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Wednesday Seminars

Break up your week with USMEX, when on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) the center gives the floor to a USMEX Fellow to highlight their respective research while in residence. Seminars also feature invited guests doing research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations. Learn about a wide range of topics, plus get in on the discussion.

All our seminars are held via Zoom video conference. If you would like to attend please contact Greg Mallinger at:

Upcoming Events

Entre la espada y la pared': Comerciantes, Police, and Protection in Early Twentieth Century Mexico City
April 6, 2022
Keegan Boyar, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Matthew Vitz, Associate Professor of History, UC San Diego

Principled Pragmatism in Mexico’s Foreign Policy: Variables and Assumptions
April 20, 2022
Rafael Velazquez, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Jorge Schiavon, Professor of International Relations, CIDE

La inclusión financiera de las personas mexicanas en Estados Unidos
May 4, 2022
Rafael Fernandez de Castro, USMEX Director and Claudia Fernandez Calleros, USMEX Academic Coordinator for Financial Inclusion

Tráfico de drogas y gobernabilidad en la Sierra Tarahumara, al Norte de México. Un análisis desde la colonialidad y la violencia de género
May 11, 2022
Fatima Valdivia, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Margarita Sayak Valencia, Professor of Cultural Studies, COLEF

Tomatoes, Oil, and Drugs: How Regional Economies Configure Illicit Markets
May 18, 2022
Cecilia Farfan, USMEX Head of Security Research Programs
Discussant: TBD

In Pursuit of Justice: Vigilantism, Policing, and Rights in Mexico
May 25, 2022
Hannah Baron, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: David Shirk, Professor of Political Science, University of San Diego

Living in the Shadow of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
June 8, 2022
Linda Sanchez, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Susan Coutin, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine

Past Events

Political Participation of Mexican Immigrants in the US: Proposing a Research Methodology
Feb. 23, 2022
Yuriko Takahashi, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: David FitzGerald, Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego

Inspirational Narratives: Sustainable Development Practice in Mexico
Feb. 16, 2022
Alejandro Guevara Sangines, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Michel Estefan, Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego

From Drug Cartels to Criminal Enterprises: Government Crackdowns and Criminal persification Strategies
Feb. 9, 2022
Marco Alcocer, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Dorothy Kronick, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Public spending in health and changes in the mix of public and private infrastructure in Mexican states
Jan. 26, 2022
Lucia Felix Beltran, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Francisco Garfias, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Government Food Aid, Embodied Nutritional Knowledge, and the Production of Development Subjects in Rural Oaxaca, Mexico
Dec. 8, 2021
Fiona Gladstone, USMEX Non-Resident Fellow
Discussant: Jennifer Burney, Associate Professor at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Illiberal in/securities: Distrust, Disinformation, and Anti-Gender Conspiracy Theorizing in Mexico
Dec. 1, 2021
Annie Wilkinson, USMEX Non-Resident Fellow
Discussant: Nancy Postero, Professor of Anthropology, UC San Diego

Shared problems and solutions: U.S.-Mexico Border Public Health and Environmental Cooperation
Nov. 3, 2021
Julie Collins-Dogrul, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Denise Moreno Ducheny, California State Senator (2002 to 2010) and California State Assemblywoman (1994 to 2000)

Geospatial Analytical Modeling for Sustainable Land Use Planning in Mexico
Oct. 20, 2021
Fernanda Herrera Lopez, USMEX and UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellow
Discussant: Gordon McCord, Associate Teaching Professor at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Fuera mascaras: An Ideological Portrait of Lopezobradorismo
Oct. 13, 2021
Javier Tello Diaz, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Kathleen Bruhn, Professor of Political Science, UC Santa Barbara

Wild Sargasso Sea: Notes on the Future of Labor and the Struggle for Solidarity from Mexico's Maya Riviera
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Brandon Hunter-Pazzara, USMEX Non-Resident Fellow
Discussant: Matilde Cordoba, Assistant Professor of Communications, UC San Diego

Violence, Political Inclusion, and the Approval of Emigrant Political Rights: Argentina and Colombia (1970-1991)
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Leydy Diossa-Jimenez, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Abigail Andrews, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego

No longer invisible? counting and discounting people of African Descent in Mexico (1545-2020)
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Juan Delgado, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Dana Velasco Murillo, Associate Professor of History, UC San Diego

Elegir en tiempos difíciles. El proceso electoral 20-21 en México
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Victor Espinoza, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Rafael Fernandez de Castro, Director at Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego

Who Ruled Mexico City Between 1952 and 1966?  Analyzing The Uruchurtu Rule
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Manuel Perlo, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: TBD

Considerations for the comparison of classroom practices: lessons from the TALIS Video Study in Latin America
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Mariana Barragan, USMEX Non-Resident Fellow
Discussant: Agustina Paglayan, Assistant Professor at School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego

Unexpected Spaces of Reception: “Remain in Mexico” and Central American Asylum Seekers in Tijuana
March 10, 2021
Joseph Wiltberger, USMEX Visiting Fellow
Discussant: Elana Zilberg, Associate Professor of Communications, UC San Diego 

Kingpin strikes and criminal group conflict
March 3, 2021
Patrick Signoret, USMEX Visiting Fellow
Discussant: Ev Meade, Professor of Practice and Faculty Director of the Trans-Border Institute, University of San Diego 

Body-Maps: Racialization, Territoriality, and Counter-Archives to a Mestizo Geography in Mexico
Feb. 24, 2021
Yoalli Rodriguez, USMEX Visiting Fellow
Discussant: Matilde Cordoba, Assistant Professor of Communications, UC San Diego

Evolution of the Baja California economy towards high value added processes from the perspective of the cross border relationship with Southern California
Feb. 17, 2021
Flavio Olivieri, USMEX Visiting Fellow
Discussant: James Gerber, Professor Emeritus of Economics, San Diego State University

Borderline Unsustainable: A History of Urban Planning and Water Management in the Binational Tijuana River Basin
Feb. 10, 2021
Kevan Malone, USMEX Visiting Fellow
Discussant: Carlos de la Parra, Professor of Urban Studies and Environment, COLEF