Bridget’s research focuses on procedural and legal barriers to foreign national entrepreneurship, highly-skilled immigration, refugee livelihoods and their effects on urban economic sectors. Prior to moving to Canada from the United States in 2016, she worked as an Immigration Paralegal, specializing in highly-skilled immigration, and monitored STEM graduate regulation changes and petitions in cases of Extraordinary Ability.
Her Master’s thesis, entitled Legal Barriers to Foreign Entrepreneurship in the United States (2015), discussed the ways in which United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in conjunction with the US Department of Labor, levy procedural and legal barriers that restrict foreign nationals from entrepreneurship activities. As well as how these actions restrict urban development and processes of labor market integration. From 2013 to 2014 she acted as a Congressional advocate on Immact90 and International Education with the National Association for International Educators (NAFSA) in Washington, D.C. and presented on effective international education and immigration advocacy across New England. In 2012, Bridget worked in a team of Master’s and PhD researchers in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts to conduct Refugee Small Business and Entrepreneurship Livelihoods Assessments for the Ascentria Care Alliance New Americans Programs.
MA, Community Development & Planning, Clark University Graduate School of International Development, Community & Environment, Clark University