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Fellows Program

USMEX has one of the largest residential fellowship programs in the U.S. for research on Mexico. The program has received more than 670 academics at UC San Diego. Each year we bring together fellows from the social sciences and related fields to engage with our students, faculty and the larger San Diego cross-border community. Learn more about our past fellows.

Meet the 2017–18 Fellows

  • Lorraine Affourtit

    Lorraine Affourtit

    Ph.D. candidate in history of art and visual culture, UC Santa Cruz

    Research Project: The Art of Assembly:  Visualizing Collectivity in Oaxaca's Popular Uprising
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Abigail Andrews

    Abigail Andrews

    Professor of sociology, UC San Diego 

    Research Project: The Politics of Mexican Migrants' Exclusion
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Marcel Sebastian Anduiza Pimentel

    Marcel Sebastian Anduiza Pimentel

    Ph.D. candidate in history, University of Chicago

    Research Project: From Pacific Gateway to Tourist City: Migration, Revolution, and Tourism Development in Acapulco, Mexico, 1849-1970
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Martha Balaguera

    Martha Balaguera

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Research Project: We are all migrants: citizenship in transit and the perils and promises of crossing Mexico
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Angel de la Vega Navarro

    Angel de la Vega Navarro

    Professor of economics, National Autonomous University of Mexico

    Research Project: Mexico's place and role in the energy integration and transition in North America: fossil and renewable energy
    Residency: September – December 2017

  • Alejandra Beatriz del Carmen Diaz de Leon Cardenas

    Alejandra Beatriz del Carmen Diaz de Leon Cardenas

    Ph.D. candidate in sociology, University of Essex

    Research Project: A pueblo that walks together: Trust and bonding among transit migrants in Mexico
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Cecilia Farfán-Méndez

    Cecilia Farfán-Méndez

    Postdoctoral fellow in international relations, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Beyond Cartels and Kingpins: The Business of Drug Trafficking Organizations
    Residency: July 2017 – June 2018

  • Charlotte Gonzalez-Abraham

    Charlotte Gonzalez-Abraham

    Postdoctoral fellow in ecology, Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas del Noroeste

    Research Project: Evaluating the Resilience of Mexican Farming Systems to Climate Change
    Residency: October 2017 – September 2018

  • Angela Gutierrez

    Angela Gutierrez

    Ph.D. candidate in psychology, San Diego State University and UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program

    Research Project: Trauma, Psychological Distress, and Cardiometabolic Health among US Latinos and Latino immigrants
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Tobin Hansen

    Tobin Hansen

    Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, University of Oregon

    Research Project: Criminal Alien-Nations: Deportation, Social Citizenship, and the Boundaries of Belonging
    Residency: January – June 2018

  • Jane Lilly Lopez

    Jane Lilly Lopez

    Ph.D. candidate in sociology, UC San Diego

    Research Project: (Un)Authorized Love: US Immigration Law and the Effects of Institutional (Dis)Approval on Mixed-Citizenship Families
    Residency: September – December 2017 

  • Paolo Marinaro

    Paolo Marinaro

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

    Research Project: We Fight Against the Union!" Ethnography of Workers ' Opposition to Employer Protection Unions in Mexico. The Case of Auto Industry
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Graciela Marquez Colin

    Graciela Marquez Colin

    Professor of history, El Colegio de Mexico

    Research Project: Taxes and inequality. A history of inheritances taxes in Mexico 1821-2016
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Yesica Mayett-Moreno

    Yesica Mayett-Moreno

    Professor of business, Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla

    Research Project: Importance of good agricultural practices (GAP) among small and medium producers and low income consumers of fresh vegetables
    Residency: January – May 2018

  • John McNeece III

    John McNeece III

    Senior Fellow of Practice

    Research Project: Implementation of the Mexican Energy Reform in the Power Sector: Accomplishments and Uncertainties
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Ana Barbara Mungaray-Moctezuma

    Ana Barbara Mungaray-Moctezuma

    Professor of economic and international relations, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California

    Research Project: Designing Community Interventions to Increase Educational Capacities of Youth in the Tijuana-San Diego Region
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Amalia Pulido Gómez

    Amalia Pulido Gómez

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of North Texas

    Research Project: Drug-related violence and party behavior: the case of candidate selection in Mexico
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Betsabé Román González

    Betsabé Román González

    Postdoctoral fellow in social sciences, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

    Research Project: Transnational Children Returning to American Schools and Communities from Mexico
    Residency: September 2017 – August 2018

  • Carolyn Schutten

    Carolyn Schutten

    Ph.D. candidate in history, UC Riverside

    Research Project: Flow and Obstruction: Tijuana River and Environmental Activism at the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1970s-2010s
    Residency: January – June 2018

  • David Shirk

    David Shirk

    Professor in political science, University of San Diego

    Research Project: Organized Crime, Violence, and the Drug War in Mexico
    Residency: September – December 2017

  • Aileen Teague

    Aileen Teague

    Ph.D. candidate in history, Vanderbilt University

    Research Project: Americanizing Mexican Drug Enforcement: The War on Drugs in Mexican Politics and Society, 1964-1982
    Residency: January – March 2018

  • Arturo Vargas Bustamante

    Arturo Vargas Bustamante

    Professor of public health, UC Los Angeles

    Research Project: Cross-border health care providers after the Affordable Care Act implementation and possible abolition
    Residency: April – June 2018

  • Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa

    Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa

    Ph.D. candidate in sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

    Research Project: Papers, places, and familias: Tracing the social mobility of Mexicans in New York
    Residency: September – December 2017