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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 670 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.

2020-2021 Fellows

  • Mariana Barragan Torres

    Mariana Barragan Torres

    Ph.D. Candidate in Education, UCLA

    Research Project: A comparative study of teaching in Mathematics in Chile, Colombia and México

  • Jose Luis Burgos

    Jose Luis Burgos

    Assistant Professor in Global Public Health, UC San Diego

    Research Project: PrEP Adherence in Latinos at High Risk of HIV

    Residencies: September 2019 – May 2020; September 2020 – May 2021

  • Arturo de las Fuentes

    Arturo de las Fuentes

    Ph.D. in Political Science, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); President of Cruces y Puentes Internacionales, S.A. de C.V.

    Research Project: Mexico - United States relationship: binational infrastructure instrumentation projects experiences

    Residency: September – December 2020

  • Juan Delgado

    Juan Delgado

    Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, UC Los Angeles

    Research Project: Race as Culture and Color, Recognizing Afrodescendent Populations in Colombia and Mexico (1970-2018)

    Residencies: September 2019 – May 2020; September 2020 – May 2021

  • Leydy Diossa-Jimenez

    Leydy Diossa-Jimenez

    Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, UCLA

    Research Project: Emigrant Political Rights in Latin America, Dual Citizenship, Voting, and Representation

    Residency: September 2020 – May 2021

  • Virginia Marisol Escobedo Aguirre

    Virginia Marisol Escobedo Aguirre

    Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, El Colegio de Michoacán

    Research Project: Between Dis/protection and a Neo/liberal Paradigm: An Ethnography of Journalism and Violence in Mexico

    Residencies: November 2019 – October 2020; September – October 2020

  • Victor Alejandro Espinoza

    Victor Alejandro Espinoza

    Professor of Public Administration, COLEF

    Research Project: The 2021 Elections in Mexico and Extraterritorial Suffrage

  • Fernanda Herrera Lopez

    Fernanda Herrera Lopez

    UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics

    Research Project: Geospatial Analytical Modeling for Sustainable Land Use Planning in Mexico

    Residency: January 2021 – December 2021

  • Brandon Hunter-Pazzara

    Brandon Hunter-Pazzara

    Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, Princeton University

    Research Project: Solidarity in the Sand: Labor, Development and Contestation in Mexico's Maya Riviera

  • Philip Johnson

    Philip Johnson

    Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

    Research Project: Narcommunication: The Marketing and Messaging of Organized Crime

    Residency: September 2020 – May 2021

  • Fatima Khayar Camara

    Fatima Khayar Camara

    Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Assimilating the Prodigal Son: A Comparative Historical Analysis of Three Post-Deportation Incorporation Regimes in Mexico

    Residency: September 2020 – March 2021

  •  Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

    Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

    Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Sorbonne University 

    Research Project: Violent Brokers. From Political Intermediation to Patronage Wars: Social Order Amidst Violence in Michoacán and Guerrero, Mexico

  • Kevan Malone

    Kevan Malone

    Ph.D. Candidate in History, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Borderline Sustainability: Urbanization and Environmental Diplomacy at the Tijuana-San Diego Boundary, 1919-1999

    Residency: September 2020 – March 2021

  • Victoria Ojeda

    Victoria Ojeda

    Associate Professor at School of Medicine, UC San Diego

    Research Project: PrEP Adherence in Latinos at High Risk of HIV

    Residencies: September 2019 – May 2020; September 2020 – May 2021

  • Flavio Olivieri

    Flavio Olivieri

    Ph.D. Candidate in Global Development Studies, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California

    Research Project: The evolution of Baja California economy towards higher value-added processes, linked to the Southern California economy

    Residency: January – May 2021

  • Manuel Perlo Cohen

    Manuel Perlo Cohen

    Researcher at Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, UNAM

    Research Project: Análisis del Proceso de Construcción del Sistema de Drenaje Profundo de la Ciudad de México (1967-1975)

    Residency: November 2020 – May 2021

  • Meztli Yoalli Rodriguez Aguilera

    Meztli Yoalli Rodriguez Aguilera

    Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin 

    Research Project: Grieving Geographies, Mourning Waters in Mexico: Environmental Struggles, Life, Death Among Black and Indigenous Women in a Mestizo Nationalist Country

    Residency: July 2020 – May 2021

  • Patrick Signoret

    Patrick Signoret

    Ph.D. Candidate in Politics, Princeton University

    Research Project: Order and Peace Amid Large-Scale Criminal Violence in Mexico

    Residency: January 2020 – August 2020; September 2020 – May 2021

  • Joseph Wiltberger

    Joseph Wiltberger

    Assistant Professor of Central American Studies, California State University, Northridge

    Research Project: Central American Migration, Asylum, and the U.S.-Mexico Border

    Residency: September 2020 – May 2021

2019-2020 Fellows

  • Jose Luis Burgos

    Jose Luis Burgos

    Assistant Professor in Global Public Health, UC San Diego

    Research Project: PrEP Adherence in Latinos at High Risk of HIV

    Residency: September 2019 – May 2020

  • Juan Delgado

    Juan Delgado

    Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, UC Los Angeles

    Research Project: Race as Culture and Color, Recognizing Afrodescendent Populations in Colombia and Mexico (1970-2018)

    Residency: September 2019 – May 2020

  • Virginia Marisol Escobedo Aguirre

    Virginia Marisol Escobedo Aguirre

    Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, El Colegio de Michoacán

    Research Project:  Between Dis/protection and a Neo/liberal Paradigm: An Ethnography of Journalism and Violence in Mexico

    Residency: November 2019 – October 2020

  • Victor Alejandro Espinoza

    Victor Alejandro Espinoza

    Professor of Public Administration, COLEF

    Research Project: The Vote of Mexicans Abroad 2006-2018. From Nationality to the Exercise of Distance Citizenship

    Residency: September 2019 – May 2020

  • Charlotte Gonzalez-Abraham

    Charlotte Gonzalez-Abraham

    Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecology, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste

    Research Project: Resilience of Mexican Farming Systems to Climate Change. The food, agriculture, biodiversity, land use and energy pathways initiative in Mexico.

    Residency: Non-Resident Fellow

  • Juan Fernando Ibarra Del Cueto

    Juan Fernando Ibarra Del Cueto

    Professor of Political Science, Colgate University

    Research Project: The Political Economy of Divergence:  Subnational Development Regimes in Mexico

    Residency: January 2020 – June 2020

  • Michael Lettieri

    Michael Lettieri

    Ph.D. in history, UC San Diego

    Research Project: The Motor of the PRI: Political Entrepreneurs and Authoritarian Rule in Mexico, 1927‐1985

    Residency: September 2019 – May 2020

  • Bruno Lopez-Videla

    Bruno Lopez-Videla

    Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Local Public Finances and Governance: Evidence from Mexico

    Residency: September 2019 – March 2020  

  • Juan Pablo Micozzi

    Juan Pablo Micozzi

    Professor of Political Science, ITAM

    Research Project: Unfolding Congressional Behavior in an Authoritarian Legislature: The Case of the Hegemonic (yet Group-Based) PRI

    Residency: September 2019 – May 2020

  • Victoria Ojeda

    Victoria Ojeda

    Associate Professor at School of Medicine, UC San Diego

    Research Project: PrEP Adherence in Latinos at High Risk of HIV

    Residency: September 2019 – May 2020

  • Daniel Ramirez Perez

    Daniel Ramirez Perez

    Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, COLMICH

    Research Project: Las marcas del pueblo. Patrimonio cultural y propiedad intelectual en la producción de Tequila (Jalisco, México) y Aguadas (Caldas, Colombia) como destinos del turismo cultural.

    Residency: September 2019 – May 2020

  • Betsabe Roman Gonzalez

    Betsabe Roman Gonzalez

    Professor of Sociology, El Colegio de Sonora

    Research Project: School Experiences of Transnational Teenagers: Life Stories of Students in Three Mexican Transborder States

    Residency: Non-Resident Fellow

  •  Jorge Alberto Schiavon Uriegas

    Jorge Alberto Schiavon Uriegas

    Professor of International Studies, CIDE
    Fulbright Research Chair

    Research Project: The Mexico-California and Mexico-Texas Relationships Research Project

    Residency: September 2019 – February 2020

  • Gilles Serra

    Gilles Serra

    Professor in Political Science, CIDE

    Research Project: A Complex Market to Buy Votes: The Shifting Allegiance of Clientelistic Brokers in Contemporary Mexico

    Residency: September 2019 – June 2020

  • Patrick Signoret

    Patrick Signoret

    Ph.D. Candidate in Politics, Princeton University

    Research Project: Order and Peace Amid Large-Scale Criminal Violence in Mexico

    Residency: January 2020 – August 2020

  • Deisy Milena Sorzano

    Deisy Milena Sorzano

    Ph.D. candidate in global development studies, UABC

    Research Project: Factores prolongados del conflicto armado en Colombia, según la perspectiva Farc-Ep

    Residency: September 2019 – November 2019

  • Abigail Thornton

    Abigail Thornton

    Ph.D. Candidate for the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UC Los Angeles

    Research Project: Learning for Inclusion: Deported Migrants' Strategies for Rebuilding Lives in Tijuana, Mexico

    Residency: September 2019 – March 2020

2018-2019 Fellows

  • Kevan Antonio Aguilar

    Kevan Antonio Aguilar

    Ph.D. candidate in history, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Revolutionary Encounters: Mexican Communities and Spanish Exiles, 1931-1952

    Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

  • Helga Baitenmann

    Helga Baitenmann

    Associate Fellow, University of London

    Research Project: Zapata’s Justice: Land and Water Conflict Resolution in Revolutionary Mexico (1914–1916)

    Residency: February 2019 – March 2019

  • Daniela Tatiana Barba-Sánchez

    Daniela Tatiana Barba-Sánchez

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, Princeton University

    Research Project: State Neutrality and the Fight Against Crime as a Political Opportunity: The Case of Mexico

    Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

  • Angie M. Bautista-Chavez

    Angie M. Bautista-Chavez

    Ph.D. candidate in government, Harvard University

    Research Project: Exporting Borders: The Domestic and International Politics of Migration Control

    Residency: September 2018 – December 2018

  • Jose Bucheli

    Jose Bucheli

    Ph.D. candidate in economics, University of New Mexico

    Research Project: Migratory Experiences to the United States and Labor Decisions Among Return Migrants in Mexico

    Residency: September 2018 – May 2019 

  • James Daria

    James Daria

    Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, University of Oregon

    Research Project: Jornalero: Indigenous Migrant Farmworkers in Global Agricultural Enclaves Along the US-Mexico Border

    Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

  • Silvia López Estrada

    Silvia López Estrada

    Professor in the department of population studies, Colegio de la Frontera Norte

    Research Project: Mexican Transborder Care Workers in the Tijuana-San Diego Region: A Profession of Life at the Intersection of Gender, Welfare and Migration

    Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

  • 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: September 2018 – August 2019
  • Michael Lettieri

    Michael Lettieri

    Ph.D. in history, UC San Diego

    Research Project: The Motor of the PRI: Political Entrepreneurs and Authoritarian Rule in Mexico, 1927‐1985

    Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

  • Albert José-Antonio López

    Albert José-Antonio López

    Ph.D. Candidate in History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture, MIT

    Research Project: The Integrated State: Architecture, Planning, and Politics in Mexico: 1938-1958

    Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

  •  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 2018 – August 2019
  • Kevin J. Middlebrook

    Kevin J. Middlebrook

    Professor of Latin American Politics, University College London

    Research Project: The International Defense of Labor Rights: The North American Experience in Comparative Perspective

    Residency: February 2019 – March 2019

  • Daniel Millán

    Daniel Millán

    Ph.D. candidate in sociology, UC Irvine

    Research Project: Immigration Laws and Household Instability: The Academic Outcomes of Mexican Children of Immigrants with a Deported Parent

    Residency: September 2018 – February 2019

  • Sergio Miranda Pacheco

    Sergio Miranda Pacheco

    Professor of history at Institute of Historical Research, UNAM

    Research Project: Urbanization and Desiccation: Towards an Environmental History of Mexico City in the 19th and 20th Centuries

    Residency: April 2019 – June 2019

  • Francisco José Paoli Bolio

    Francisco José Paoli Bolio

    Professor of Sociology, Law, and Political Science, National Autonomous University of Mexico

    Research Project: Historical Analysis of U.S.-Mexico Relations

    Residency: April 2019 - June 2019

  • Jorge Ramirez

    Jorge Ramirez

    Ph.D. Candidate in history, UC San Diego

    Research Project: Becoming Indigenous: Race, Violence, and Agriculture in Cold War Oaxaca and Along the U.S.-Mexico Pacific Coast, 1970-2006

    Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

  •  Tesalia Rizzo

    Tesalia Rizzo

    Ph.D. candidate in political science, MIT

    Research Project: When Clients Become Citizens: Intermediation and Claim-Making in Mexico

    Residency: January 2019 – June 2019

  • Teresita Rocha-Jimenez

    Teresita Rocha-Jimenez

    Ph.D. candidate in Public Health, UC San Diego- San Diego State University

    Research Project:The Role of Migration and Mobility on Sexual and Mental Health at Mexico’s Northern and Southern Borders

    Residency: September 2018 – February 2019

  • Melissa Rogers

    Melissa Rogers

    Assistant professor of political science in the Division of Politics & Economics at Claremont Graduate University

    Research Project: Nascent Bureaucracies: Institution Building in Mexico’s States

    Residency: September 2018 – December 2018

  • Lynn Stephen

    Lynn Stephen

    Professor of anthropology, University of Oregon

    Research Project: Remembering Mexico: Emotion and Testimony in Elena Poniatowska’s Crónicas

    Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

  • Brian Stevenson

    Brian Stevenson

    Fulbright Research Chair; Professor in business administration, Lakehead University

    Research Project: Politics of NAFTA

    Residency: August – December 2018
  • Abigail Thornton

    Abigail Thornton

    Ph.D. candidate in education, UCLA

    Research Project: Learning for Inclusion: Deported Migrants’ Strategies for Rebuilding Lives in Tijuana, Mexico

    Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

  • Carolina Valdivia

    Carolina Valdivia

    Ph.D. candidate in education, Harvard University

    Research Project: Understanding How the Possibility of Being Separated Due to Deportation Affects Immigrant Young Adults and their Families

    Residency: January 2019 – April 2019

2017-2018 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

  • Cheryl Alvarez Torres

    Cheryl Alvarez Torres

    Ph.D. candidate in Social Sciences, El COLEF

    Research Project: Women political empowerment in Mexico: The cases of Baja California and Mexico City
    Residency: January 2018 – March 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: Citizenship in Transit: 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

  • Chantal Lucero Vargas

    Chantal Lucero Vargas

    Ph.D. candidate in social sciences, El COLEF

    Research Project: Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adolescents, Public Policies and Human Rights
    Residency: January 2018 – March 2018

  • Paolo Marinaro

    Paolo Marinaro

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

    Research Project:"We Fight Against the Union!" An Ethnography of Labor Relations in the Automotive Industry in Mexico
    Residency: September 2017 – May 2018

  • Graciela Márquez Colín

    Graciela Márquez Colín

    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

  • 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

  • Brian Stevenson

    Brian Stevenson

    Professor in business administration, Lakehead University

    Research Project: Politics of NAFTA
    Residency: February – July 2018

  • 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

  • Alejandra Trejo-Nieto

    Alejandra Trejo-Nieto

    Professor, Center of Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies, El Colegio de Mexico

    Research Project: Understanding and Comparing Local Public Finances, a Metropolitan Perspective
    Residency: January 2018 – May 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 2017 – May 2018

2016-2017 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

  • Bernardo Gomez

    Bernardo Gomez

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

    Research Project: The impact cultural capital of high school students on their educational expectations and aspirations: A study of Tijuana-San Diego youth
    Residency: September 2016 – December 2016

  • 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

  • Zulia Orozco Reynoso

    Zulia Orozco Reynoso

    Ph.D. candidate in urban studies, National Autonomous University of Mexico

    Research Project: Criminal Economy in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Reaches and Limits in the Social Space Conformation (2000 – 2010)
    Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

  • 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

2015-2016 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

2014-2015 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

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

2013-2014 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