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The Center is leading a class at the School of Global Policy and Strategy on society and public policy across the U.S. Border, as well as the Mexican Migration Field Research Project. These two courses bring our Fellows’ expertise into the classroom, support discussion of current policy issues, and connect students to our research projects through fieldwork and experiential learning.

IRGN 490 I00: Society & Public Policy across the US Mexico Border
Professor: Michael Lettieri, 2013–14 fellow
Class description:
The relationship between Mexico and the United States is, in many ways, defined by the border, yet the border is more than the figurative “line in the sand.” Issues such as migration, security, and trade are fundamentally about people and things moving across a geopolitical boundary, yet their implications, and the policy responses to them, are felt far beyond the immediate border region. Broadly conceived, this course is an examination of the relationship between Mexico and the United States, and how bilateral policy addresses the problems and opportunities that emerge from that border relationship. Examining how and why policymakers and civil society groups have succeeded or failed to address issues of common concern, the course attempts to understand how big picture policy plays out on personal and local levels. Covering immigration, trade policy, border infrastructure, security, and public health, the course will draw on the expertise of fellows and associates of the Center for U.S.‐Mexican Studies to provide the valuable perspectives of both academics and practitioners.

Mexican Migration Field Research Project (MMFRP)
It is a unique, three-course offering for students seeking hands-on field research experience focused on issues related to migration in the San Diego-Tijuana binational metropolis. Students participating in the course have the opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary, multinational research team of undergraduate and graduate students from the United States and Mexico. Through coursework and time in the field, students develop skills to collect and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data using established methods from the social and behavioral sciences. This year, MMFRP has partnered with UCLA, the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California to survey high school students in the region to understand the ways in which migration affects youths’ perspectives on future educational and professional opportunities.

Apply to the Mexican Migration Field Research Program 2016–17 cycle. The application deadline is June 3, 2016.