Sara McElmurry

Nonresident Fellow, Immigration

Areas of expertise: Global Immigration


Sara McElmurry is a nonresident fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where she has contributed to a portfolio of research and analysis focused on immigration to the Midwest since 2014. She is also an award-winning communications strategist, having built media advocacy and multicultural outreach platforms for a number of national and local nonprofit organizations focused on immigration, education, housing, and health policy.

McElmurry was a research professor at the Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca in Oaxaca, Mexico. She continues to be involved in sustainable development work in southern Mexico, along with organizations supporting Mexican and Latino immigrants in the United States.

Her writing and research have appeared in Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, along with numerous regional publications. McElmurry earned BA degrees in Spanish and communications from Bradley University and an MA in linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University.


In the News

Work authorization is a lifeline for asylum-seekers — and for Chicago’s economy

Chicago Tribune , December 26, 2019

Proactive and Patient

Center for American Progress, November 14, 2018

The Midwest Loses if Immigrants Are Too Scared to Complete the Census

Crain's Chicago Business, April 2, 2018

The Looming Crisis in Health Care

Crain's Chicago Business, February 6, 2018

Immigrants are Partners in National Security – Reforms Should Reflect That

Global Insight, February 5, 2018

As International Enrollment Drops, Iowa City Must Reinforce Its Global Appeal

Iowa City Press- Citizen , January 19, 2018

Declining International Enrollment Should Raise Red Flags

The Daily Iowan, December 1, 2017

As International Enrollment Dips, Midwest College Towns Should Double-Down on Welcoming Foreign Students

Global Insight, November 29, 2017