Natalie is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego and a graduate researcher at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. Her research examines how globalization and technological influence the landscape of skilled labor migration. Her work explores how startup entrepreneurs and technical workers choose where to locate, and how the demand for specific skills changes preferences over time. In addition, her work investigates the outcomes of startup visa programmes and science and innovation policy. Her areas of expertise include international labor migration, new technology and policymaking in the United States and in the EU. Natalie holds a MA in Sociology from University of California, San Diego, and an M.Sc. in Comparative European Politics with Distinction from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to her academic work, she worked in legislative affairs in Arizona and Washington, DC for a number of for-profit and non-profit firms.