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Gordon Hanson and Santiago Levy


The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies is based at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) and is a policy research institute. Since 1979, it has been a go-to source for serious academic research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations, informing the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy.

Program Goals

  • Engage in and highlight policy-relevant research on Mexico
  • Support the most promising young scholars
  • Provide a forum for thought leaders from academia, government, the private sector and civil society to discuss timely public policy issues
  • Train practitioners in best practices in public policy and administration

About GPS

The UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) addresses the great societal challenges of the 21st century. The School’s pioneering research builds on internationally recognized expertise on the Americas and Asia, integrates analysis of public policy and markets, and explores global issues of conflict and cooperation. Leveraging UC San Diego’s renowned programs in science and technology, GPS creates new analytic tools for top practitioners while supporting rigorous training of the next generation of global leaders. Through strong collaborations across the UC San Diego campus and counterparts around the globe, GPS shapes better solutions for a transforming world.

Fellows Program

The Center has one of the largest residential fellowship programs in the U.S. for multidisciplinary research on Mexico. Each year we bring together fellows from the social sciences and related fields to engage with our students, faculty and the San Diego community. 


USMEX works to support promising young fellows and to foster academic exchange and comparative research from across University of California campuses to universities in Mexico. A number of large-scale and multiyear research projects are underway, providing original, timely and policy-relevant scholarship on Mexico.

Events and Conferences

Through conferences, workshops, seminars and cultural events, the Center connects leaders from government, business and civil society to discuss current issues and challenges in Mexico with our academic community.

Meet the USMEX Team