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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 650 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 2016–17 Fellows

  • Emilio de Antuñano

    Emilio de Antuñano

    Ph.D. candidate in history, University of Chicago

    Research Project: Building a Megalopolis: The Politics of Planning in Mexico City, 1930-1960
    Residency: October 2016 – June 2017

  • Jose Luis Burgos

    Jose Luis Burgos

    Assistant professor of global public health, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Binational U.S.-Mexico Global Mental Health Training
    Nonresidential visiting fellow

  • Claudia Chávez Argüelles

    Claudia Chávez Argüelles

    Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

    Research Project: Beyond Legal Truths: Impunity, Memory, and Maya Alternative Justice After the Acteal Massacre
    Residency: September 2016 – December 2016

  • Yin-Zu Chen

    Yin-Zu Chen

    Associate professor of sociology, National Taipei University

    Research Project: Biographical Consequences of Activism: A Case Study of Mexican Young Feminists
    Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

  • Alfredo Corchado

    Alfredo Corchado

    Mexico bureau chief, Dallas Morning News

    Book Project: “Shadows at Dawn”
    Residency: January 2017– March 2017

  • Daniel Ervin

    Daniel Ervin

    Ph.D. candidate in geography, UC Santa Barbara

    Research Project: Twin Gods: A Mixed-Method Investigation of Diet Change in Latino Immigrants
    Residency: January 2017 – June 2017

  • Salvador Espinosa

    Salvador Espinosa

    Professor of public affairs, San Diego State University

    Research Project: Regulatory Harmonization, Bond Market Development and Strategic Cross-Border Infrastructure
    Residency: August 2016 – June 2017

  • Gustavo Fondevila

    Gustavo Fondevila

    Professor of political science, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

    Research Project: Latin American Criminal Justice in Action
    Residency: January 2017 – June 2017

  • Kiri Hagerman

    Kiri Hagerman

    Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Domestic Ritual and Identity in the Teotihuacán State: Exploring Processes of Social Integration through Figurines
    Residency: September 2016 – December 2016

  • Kyle Haines

    Kyle Haines

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Critical Political Ecology and Environmental Crisis: Rhetoric, Development, and Decentralization in the U.S. and Latin America
    Residency: September 2016 – June 2017

  • Imke Harbers

    Imke Harbers

    Professor of political science, University of Amsterdam

    Research Project: Neither Dwarf nor Leviathan: Explaining Territorial and Functional Variation in State Capacity
    Residency: August 2016 – July 2017

  • Georgia Hartman

    Georgia Hartman

    Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, UC Irvine

    Research Project: Homes with Value: Real Estate Markets, Mortgage Finance, and the Remaking of the Mexican City
    Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

  • Tania Islas Weinstein

    Tania Islas Weinstein

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of Chicago

    Research Project: Common Sense, Uncommon Worlds: The Politics of Art and Representation in Contemporary Mexico
    Residency: September 2016 – June 2017

  • Jane Lilly López

    Jane Lilly López

    Ph.D. candidate in sociology, UC San Diego

    Research Project: (Un)Authorized Love: U.S. Immigration Law and the Effects of Institutional (Dis)Approval on Mixed-Citizenship Families
    Residency: October 2016 – June 2017

  • Ricardo Massa Roldán

    Ricardo Massa Roldán

    Professor of financial sciences, El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

    Research Project: A Comparison Study of the Impact of the Oil Price Shocks in the Economic Performance of Mexico and United States: Implications to the Mexican Energetic Bill
    Residency: January 2017– April 2017

  • Jessica McCurley

    Jessica McCurley

    Ph.D. candidate in psychology, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Socio-ecological Correlates of Type 2 Diabetes in a Medically Vulnerable Migrant Community on the U.S.-Mexico Border
    Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

  • Alina Méndez

    Alina Méndez

    Ph.D. candidate in history, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Cheap for Whom? Migration, Farm Labor, and Social Reproduction in the Imperial Valley-Mexicali Borderlands, 1942-1969
    Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

  • Victoria Ojeda

    Victoria Ojeda

    Assistant professor of global public health, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Binational U.S.-Mexico Global Mental Health Training Program
    Nonresidential visiting fellow

  • Raquel Pacheco

    Raquel Pacheco

    Ph.D. candidate in sociocultural anthropology, UC San Diego

    Research Project: The Promise of Intimate Modernity: The Heterogeneous Renegotiation of Huastecan Nahuas and Teenek’s Sexual and Gendered Citizenship in Mexico
    Residency: September 2015 – November 2015

  • Thomas Passananti

    Thomas Passananti

    Associate professor of history, San Diego State University

    Research Project: Managing Globalization: The Politics of Finance in Porfirian Mexico
    Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

  • Ulices Piña

    Ulices Piña

    Ph.D. candidate in history, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Rebellious Citizens: National Reforms and the Practice of Local Governance in Jalisco, México, 1914-1940
    Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

  • Luis Sánchez-López

    Luis Sánchez-López

    Ph.D. candidate in Latin American history, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Constructing the Nation: Zapotec Indians and Customary Law in Postcolonial Oaxaca, 1857-1917
    Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

  • Christophe Sohn

    Christophe Sohn

    Professor of urban planning, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research

    Research Project: The Cross-border Metropolis Hypothesis: Back to the Source
    Residency: August 2016 – July 2017