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2015-16 USMEX Fellows

Past Fellows

USMEX has offered fellowships for more than 35 years and is one of the leading residential fellowship programs in the U.S. for research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations. More than 650 fellows have been in residence, including Sergio Aguayo (COLMEX), Denise Dresser (ITAM), Jonathan Fox (American University), Lorenzo Meyer (COLMEX), Alan Knight (University of Oxford) and Peter Ward (University of Texas).

Learn more about our recent past fellows below.

2015–16 Fellows

  • Jaime Arredondo

    Jaime Arredondo

    Ph.D. candidate in global public health, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Police and Public Health: Decriminalization on the ground with the Tijuana Police Department
    Residency: September 2015 – May 2016

  • Claudia Chávez Argüelles

    Claudia Chávez Argüelles

    Ph.D. candidate in sociocultural/activist anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

    Research Project: Beyond Legal Truths: Impunity, Memory and Maya Alternative Justice After the Acteal Massacre
    Residency: September 2015 – May 2016

  • Alejandro Brugués

    Alejandro Brugués

    Professor of economics, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

    Nonresidential visiting fellow
    Research Project: Binational Industry Clusters

  • Jose Luis Burgos

    Jose Luis Burgos

    Assistant professor in global public health, UC San Diego

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

  • Eduardo Torre Cantalapiedra

    Eduardo Torre Cantalapiedra

    Ph.D. candidate in Population Studies, El Colegio de México

    Research Project: Mexican Families in Phoenix Facing the Arizona's Anti-immigrant Policies: Permanence and Interstate Migration
    Residency: March – May 2016

  • 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: January – June 2016

  • Noe Aron Fuentes

    Noe Aron Fuentes

    Professor of economics, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

    Nonresidential visiting fellow
    Research Project: Binational Industry Clusters

  • Andrea Giralt

    Andrea Giralt

    Consultant

    Nonresidential visiting fellow
    Research Project: Analysis of Cali-Baja Economic Growth and Global Competitiveness

  • Laura Gutiérrez

    Laura Gutiérrez

    Ph.D. candidate in history, UC San Diego

    Research Project: A Constant Threat: Deportation and Return Migration to Northern Mexico, 1918-1965
    Residency: September 2015 – May 2016

  • Romeo Guzman

    Romeo Guzman

    Ph.D. candidate in history, Columbia University

    Research Project: Transnational Citizens: Mexican Migrant Families and Youth, 1920s to 1940s
    Residency: September 2015 – May 2016

  • 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: January – June 2016

  • Anthony Jerry

    Anthony Jerry

    Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Politics of Race and Citizenship on the U.S.-Mexico Border
    Residency: September 2015 – August 2016

  • Lucia Martinez Moctezuma

    Lucia Martinez Moctezuma

    Research professor, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos

    Research Project: The children's body in Latin-American school: Narratives and representations, 1880-1940
    Residency: September 2015 – May 2016

  • Alejandro Monjaraz

    Alejandro Monjaraz

    Ph.D. candidate in economics and international relations, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California

    Research Project: Transnational Political Participation: Migrant Associations in Los Angeles and their Involvement in Mexican Electoral Processes
    Residency: September – November 2015

  • Magnus Pharao Hansen

    Magnus Pharao Hansen

    Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, Brown University

    Research Project: Learning Nahuatl: The Significance of Indigenous Language Education in Mexico
    Residency: September 2015 – May 2016

  • Victoria Ojeda

    Victoria Ojeda

    Associate professor in global public health, UC San Diego

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

  • Ulices Piña

    Ulices Piña

    Ph.D. candidate in history, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Rebellious Citizens: National Reforms, State Formation and the Practice of Local Governance in Jalisco, México, 1914-1940
    Residency: September 2015 – May 2016

  • Rocío Rivera Barradas

    Rocío Rivera Barradas

    Ph.D. candidate in international studies, University of Miami

    Research Project: The Role of State Capacity in Mitigating Organized Crime in Mexico
    Residency: September – December 2015

  • Rosalba Fabiola Rodriguez Ceron

    Rosalba Fabiola Rodriguez Ceron

    Ph.D. candidate in global development studies, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California

    Research Project: Transborder Dynamics of Technological Transfer and Cooperation in the Medical Device Industry in Baja California
    Residency: October 2015 – March 2016

  • Alejandro Tortolero Villaseñor

    Alejandro Tortolero Villaseñor

    Professor of history, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa

    Research Project: An environmental history of Mexico
    Residency: September 2015 – May 2016

  • Deborah Watkins

    Deborah Watkins

    Ph.D. candidate in economics, UC San Diego

    Research Project: North-South Trade Liberalization and Innovation: Evidence From NAFTA
    Residency: September 2015 – May 2016

2015 Summer Fellows

  • Daniel Abraham Adrian Osorio

    Daniel Abraham Adrian Osorio

    Ph.D. candidate in social sciences, COLEF Tijuana | Email

    Residency: Summer 2015
    Research Project: Evaluation of Economic Integration of Mexico in North America
    Research Interests: economic integration, open macroeconomics, economic policy, trade liberalization and international finance

    Daniel’s research focuses on growth and economic integration, incorporating regional data and national analysis to calculate the impact of economic policies implemented by the Mexican government on macroeconomic variables.

    Daniel has worked as an infrastructure valuator for the Ministry of Public Works for the government of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, as well as on valuation projects for the Board of Science and Technology for Yucatán. He also was a visiting researcher in the Mexican cities of Monterrey, Tijuana, Juarez and Mexico City.

    A native to Merida, Yucatán, Daniel earned a degree in economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán and a master’s in applied economics from COLEF.

  • Cheryl Álvarez Torres

    Cheryl Álvarez Torres

    Ph.D. candidate in social sciences, COLEF Tijuana | Email

    Residency: Summer 2015
    Research Project: Democratization and Development in Latin America: Democratic Capacities of Young Women in Sub-national Governments
    Research Interests:
    democratization, regional development, human development, youth and gender studies and citizenship

    Cheryl’s research focuses on democratization and development processes, particularly the building of democratic capacities for human development and political inclusion at the regional and local level in Latin American countries. Her study centers on the participation of young women in citizen participation initiatives and in collaborative public management mechanisms from a comparative perspective in Mexico and Brazil.

    Previously, Cheryl worked at the Science and Technology State Board of the Ministry of Economic Development and as an adviser for the Ministry of Education. She currently is participating as an analyst for the Electoral Observatory for Gender Equality in Baja California, Mexico.

    She has a master’s in regional development from COLEF.

  • Helí Hassan Diaz Gonzalez

    Helí Hassan Diaz Gonzalez

    Ph.D. candidate in social sciences, COLEF Tijuana | Email

    Residency: Summer 2015
    Research Project: Knowledge, Capabilities and Regional Systems: The Case of Software Industry in the States of Guanajuato and Baja California, Mexico
    Research interests: regional development, knowledge economy, regional intangible capitals, technological capabilities and software industry

    Helí’s research focuses on territorial learning processes and the creation of local capabilities. Specifically, he is examining the software industry in Guanajuato and Baja California, Mexico. He currently is a member of the Regional Studies Association and the Urban Research Web.

    Helí also is an alumnus of COLEF. He earned a master’s in regional development from the school and holds a bachelor’s in territorial development from the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua.

  • Maciel Garcia Fuentes

    Maciel Garcia Fuentes

    Ph.D. candidate in social sciences, COLEF Tijuana | Email

    Residency: Summer 2015
    Research Project: Cross-Border Regional Innovation System and Global Value Chains: Spinoffs in Baja California (1994-2014)
    Research interests: regional innovation systems, global value chains, technological startup companies, institutions, learning and innovation

    Maciel Garcia’s research focuses on academic and corporate spinoffs, cross-border regional innovation systems and multinational companies located in the region of Baja California, Mexico. His study has shown that academic, research-based and corporate spinoffs are the product of organizational learning, innovation and the circularity of norms, standards and institutions in contexts of global value chains and cross-border regional innovation systems.

    Maciel Garcia also is engaged in a research program funded by ECOS Nord, formed by researchers from Aix Marseille Université and COLEF. For 10 years, he has tutored and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on organizational economics, regional development and business management at Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior.

    He holds a master’s in economics from the Universidad de Guadalajara.

  • Chantal Lucero Vargas

    Chantal Lucero Vargas

    Ph.D. candidate in social sciences, COLEF Tijuana | Email

    Residency: Summer 2015
    Research Project: Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adolescents, Public Policies and Human Rights
    Research Interests: unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents, human rights, vulnerability, citizenship, immigration policy and national security

    Chantal’s research focuses on the respect and protection of human rights of unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents who are under the jurisdiction of the Mexican State. It analyzes if Mexican immigration policy focuses on respecting human rights or whether it is focused on national security.

    Chantal holds two master’s degrees. She earned a master’s in constitutional law from Universidad de Sevilla and a master’s in human rights and democracy from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences.

  • Gabriela Pinillos Quintero

    Gabriela Pinillos Quintero

    Ph.D. candidate in social sciences, COLEF Tijuana | Email

    Residency: Summer 2015
    Research Project: Asymmetrical Borders and Survival Strategies in Tijuana: Exclusion, Precariousness and Social Exclusion
    Research Interests: border studies, regional development, poverty and social exclusion and homelessness

    Gabriela’s research relates to borders, human development, poverty, exclusion and marginalization both from a qualitative and quantitative approach.

    Her professional experience comprises managing databases, calculating indicators and community work for projects with universities, government and civil society organizations in Colombia and Mexico. Specifically, Gabriela has worked as a teacher at Universidad Francisco de Paula Santander and the Fundación Universitaria los Libertadores, as well as the Universidad Autonóma de Baja California.

    She completed her graduate studies in development and regional integration at the Universidad de los Andes and undergraduate studies in economics at the Universidad Industrial de Santander.

  • Jaime Andres Vinasco Barco

    Jaime Andres Vinasco Barco

    Ph.D. candidate in social sciences, COLEF Tijuana | Email

    Residency: Summer 2015
    Research Project: Effects in Mexico of the Regulation of Cannabis in the United States: the Experience of the Border San Diego, California—Tijuana, Baja California
    Research Interests: culture and drugs, cannabis studies, cannabis legalization, health and drugs

    Jaime Andres’s research focuses on studying how the regulation of cannabis in California influences consumer practices of the Tijuana´s consumers that interact in California. Based on academic literature and through his research thus far, Jaime Andres suspects the inhabitants of Tijuana who have a constant interaction with U.S. society acquire certain patterns of drug consumption that are later replicated in Mexico.

    He holds a master’s of culture and drugs from the Universidad de Caldas and a degree in nursing from the Universidad de Antioquia.

2014–15 Fellows

  • Matilde Cordoba Azcarate

    Matilde Cordoba Azcarate

    Department of communication, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Landscapes of Contemporary Yucatan
    Residency: January 2015 – June 2015

  • Ana Alcazar Campos

    Ana Alcazar Campos

    Department of social work and social services, University of Granada

    Social Work with Trafficked Women: Case Analysis in the Mexico-U.S. Border
    Residency: March – May 2015

  • Maya Duru

    Maya Duru

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

    Research Project: The Politics of Economic Risk: Electoral Targeting of Agricultural Insurance in Mexico
    Residency: October 2014 – March 2015

  • Ana Isabel Garcia

    Ana Isabel Garcia

    School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego

    Research Social conflict: Effectiveness, representation and accountability in democratic Mexico
    Residency: September – December 2014

  • Micah Gell-Redman

    Micah Gell-Redman

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

    Research Project: Political institutions and disease control: The case of malaria in Mexico and the U.S. South
    Residency: September 2014 – March 2015

  • Victor A. Hernandez Huerta

    Victor A. Hernandez Huerta

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of Notre Dame

    Research Project: Losers’ Compliance in Democracies: The Strategic Use of Electoral Justice and Protest as a Negotiation Strategy
    Residency: September 2014 – June 2015

  • Alfonso Hernandez-Valdez

    Alfonso Hernandez-Valdez

    Professor of sociopolitical and legal studies, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente

    Research Project: Federalism and Representation in Mexico
    Residency: September 2014 – June 2015

  • Daniel Klooster

    Daniel Klooster

    Professor of environmental studies, University of Redlands

    Research Project: Trans-border communities and environmental governance in Mexico
    Residency: September – December 2014

  • Anabel Lopez Salinas

    Anabel Lopez Salinas

    Ph.D. candidate in public affairs and policy, Portland State University

    Research Project: Exploring Transnational Economic, Social and Political Participation of Latino Immigrants in Oregon
    Residency: March – June 2015

  • Victor Remigio Martinez Cantu

    Victor Remigio Martinez Cantu

    Professor of economics, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

    Research Project: Security and Prosperity: How to Build Leadership for an Agile and Secure Border Supporting Interchange
    Residency: September – December 2014

  • Brian Palmer-Rubin

    Brian Palmer-Rubin

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, UC Berkeley

    Research Project: Mobilizing for Access: Interest Organizations and Development Policy in Mexico
    Residency: September 2014 – June 2015

  • Magnus Pharao Hansen

    Magnus Pharao Hansen

    Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, Brown University

    Research Project: Learning Nahuatl: The Significance of Indigenous Language Education in Mexico
    Residency: September 2014 – June 2015

  • Gerardo Rios

    Gerardo Rios

    Ph.D. candidate in history, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Patria Chica, Infierno Grande: Tlaxcala in the Throes of Liberal Reform, Dictatorship, and Mass Upheaval, 1853-1929
    Residency: September 2014 – March 2015

  • Jeffrey Rubin

    Jeffrey Rubin

    Professor of history, Boston University

    Research Project: Citizen Subjectivities Reconfigured: Social Movements, Business, and Religion in Latin America’s 21st Century Democracies
    Residency: April – June 2015

  • Gema Santamaria

    Gema Santamaria

    Ph.D. candidate in sociology and historical studies, New School for Social Research

    Research Project: Lynching Violence in Twentieth-Century Mexico: State Formation, Vigilantism and Local Communities in Puebla
    Residency: September 2014 – June 2015

  • Jasper Vanhaelemeesch

    Jasper Vanhaelemeesch

    M.A. candidate in anthropology and development, KU Leuven

    Research Project: The U.S.- Mexican border in the lime-light
    Residency: September 2014 – January 2015

  • Carlos Vilalta

    Carlos Vilalta

    Professor of research methods, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas

    Research Project: The better angels of our nature? Crime and fear of crime in contemporary Latin America
    Residency: October 2014 – June 2015

  • Deborah Watkins

    Deborah Watkins

    Ph.D. candidate in economics, UC San Diego

    Research Project: North-South Trade Liberalization and Innovation: Evidence From NAFTA
    Residency: October 2014 – March 2015

  • Danny Zborover

    Danny Zborover

    Ph.D. in archaeology, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Sherds to Words: An Multidisciplinary Study of Mobility and Settlement Patterns in the Chontal Highlands, Oaxaca, Mexico
    Residency: January – June 2015

2013–14 Fellows

  • Matilde Cordoba Azcarate

    Matilde Cordoba Azcarate

    Department of Communication, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Landscapes of Contemporary Yucatán
    Residency: January 2014 – June 2014

  • Froylan Enciso Higuera

    Froylan Enciso Higuera

    Ph.D. candidate in history, State University of New York at Stony Brook

    Research Project: Made in Sinaloa: From the Regional to the Global History of the Mexican War on Drugs, 1909-1985
    Residency: September 2013 – June 2014

  • Vanessa Freije

    Vanessa Freije

    Ph.D. candidate in history, Duke University

    Research Project: Printing Politics: Investigative Journalists, the Public, and Political Change in Mexico, 1965-1988
    Residency: September 2013 – May 2014

  • Sebastian Garrido de Sierra

    Sebastian Garrido de Sierra

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, UCLA

    Research Project: Eroded Unity and Clientele Migration. Explaining Mexico’s Democratic Transition
    Residency: September 2013 – June 2014

  • Kathy Kopinak

    Kathy Kopinak

    Professor of sociology, University of Western Ontario

    Research Project: The Role of the Maquiladora Industry and Gender in Labour Migration from Morocco to Spain and Mexico to the US: A Comparative Study
    Residency: January 2014 – June 2014

  • Michael Lettieri

    Michael Lettieri

    Ph.D. candidate in history, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Wheels of Government: The Alianza de Camioneros and the Political Culture of P.R.I. Rule, 1929-1981
    Residency: September 2013 – June 2014

  • Morris Levy

    Morris Levy

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, UC Berkeley

    Research Project: The Effect of Immigration from Mexico on U.S. Local Public Spending, 1980-2000
    Residency: September 2013 – March 2014

  • Casey Lurtz

    Casey Lurtz

    Ph.D. candidate in history, University of Chicago

    Research Project: Exporting from Eden: Coffee, Migration, and the Development of the Soconusco, Mexico, 1867-1920
    Residency: September 2013 – June 2014

  • Marco Morales

    Marco Morales

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, New York University

    Research Project: Improving on Economic Voting Measurements: Evidence from Mexico, US and the UK
    Residency: September 2013 – December 2013

  • Veronica Pacheco

    Veronica Pacheco

    Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology, UCLA

    Research Project: Performing with the Sacred: A Study of Ritualistic Music among the Huastec Nahua
    Residency: September 2013 – June 2014

  • Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye

    Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye

    Ph.D. candidate in art history, University of Southern California

    Research Project: Contemporary Pre-Columbian Art
    Residency: September 2013 – June 2014

  • Alexander Ruiz Euler

    Alexander Ruiz Euler

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

    Research Project: Basic Infrastructure in Mexico: Political Dilemmas of Development in New Democracies
    Residency: September 2013 – December 2013

  • Alexis Salas

    Alexis Salas

    Ph.D. candidate in art history, University of Texas at Austin

    Research Project: Performing the Making: Uses of Public Spheres of Collaboration by Artists in Mexico City, 1993-2003
    Residency: January 2014 – June 2014

Fellows