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USMEX Today Podcast is a podcast about Mexico's economy, politics, society and their implications for international affairs, hosted by the center at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. Subscribe to USMEX Today on Soundcloud, iTunes and Google Play.


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

Juan Delgado focuses on the politics of ethno-racial politicization in Colombia and Mexico and explains, in a comparative perspective, why only some Latin American states have extended group-differentiated rights to people of African descent.

USMEX: El sufragio extraterritorial de la diáspora: 2017-2019

Victor Espinoza analyzes various variables and indicators such as electoral participation, modalities of extraterritorial suffrage, dual voting, political preferences, opposition vote, among others. This will allow us to advance the knowledge of the political behavior of outsiders in a context in which the studies on political culture of the Mexican diaspora are rather scarce.

USMEX: Democracy and Sub-national Institutional Building in Mexico

Juan Fernando Ibarra del Cueto discusses the social origins of institutional building, the relationship between political institutions and development outcomes at the subnational level in Mexico, and the differential quality of democracy in Mexican states.

USMEX: Cohesion, capacity, or stability? The state’s role in ending violent criminal competition

Patrick Signoret focuses on competing criminal organizations and state security forces to explain subnational variation in violence trends in contemporary Mexico (2006–2018), ultimately seeking to understand when and how order and peace arise in violent criminal contexts.

USMEX: Tequila Pueblo Mágico y Aguadas Pueblo Patrimonio: marcas de la espacialización del tiempo en destinos turísticos

Daniel Ramirez Perez looks at the relationship between cultural heritage landscapes, geographical indications and cultural tourism in the constitution of the municipalities of Tequila (Jalisco, México) and Aguadas (Caldas, Colombia) as destinations.

USMEX: Political Regimes and Politicians’ Behavior: Evidence from Mexico, 1982-2012

Juan Pablo Micozzi discusses whether democratization made a difference on the behavior of individuals who occupied office before and after the rise of electoral competition.

USMEX: Four Dimensions of Clientelism: A Typology of Threats and Promises to Voters

Gilles Serra evaluates the problems of new democracies such as vote-buying, and whether they can be addressed through legal electoral reform.

USMEX: The Octopus and the Leviathan: Urban Politics and the Rise and Fall of Authoritarianism in Mexico

Michael Lettieri discusses his case study of the Mexico City bus industry’s entrepreneurs to argue that mid-level political actors were crucial to the longevity of dominant-party rule.

USMEX: The city that was not: environmental problems and urbanization of Mexico City in the 1950s

Sergio Miranda Pacheco examines urban policies, representations and environmental practices of authorities, scientists, urban reformers and inhabitants of Mexico City during the 1950’s.

USMEX: We are the Slaves of the Twenty-First Century”: Life and Labor among Mexico’s Indigenous Migrant Farmworkers

James Daria discusses the internal migration of indigenous peoples from the southern Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas to the northern border where they labor as jornaleros (salaried agricultural workers) in global agricultural enclaves.

USMEX: Cárdenas was Calling Us:’ Race, Class, & Settlement in Mexican & Spanish Exile Imaginaries

Kevan Aguilar examines the perceptions and receptions of Mexicans to the relocation of Spanish exiles during and after the Mexican Revolution and Spanish Civil War.

USMEX: Variations in the Circumstances of Law Enforcement: Detention and Torture Beyond the War on Drugs in Mexico

Daniela Barba discusses the results of a national survey that looks at the circumstances that influence the detentions and torture patterns of the police and military in Mexico.

USMEX: I Became a Mom Overnight: How the Deportation of a Parent Affects Immigrant Young Adults’ Educational Trajectories

Carolina Valdivia discusses how the possibility of being separated due to a deportation affects immigrant families, including members' participation in the household and school.

USMEX: Análisis de las Relaciones entre México y los Estados Unidos en Perspectiva Histórica

Francisco Paoli is a USMEX Fellow and professor of sociology, law and political science and a researcher at the Institute of Juridical Investigations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His research examines citizen political involvement, political rights, political fragmentation, and political accessibility in Mexico. In discussing these topics, Paoli Bolio has focused on the 2018 presidential election in Mexico, particularly the votes cast by each political party and the presidential triumph of Andrés Manuel López.


USMEX Fellow – Teresita Rocha

Teresita Rocha discusses homelessness and HIV/STI risk among women sex workers in Tijuana in her talk titled Homelessness and HIV/STI risk among a cohort of women sex workers on the border city of Tijuana, Mexico.

USMEX Fellow – Jose Bucheli

Jose Bucheli discusses the relationship between return migration and economic development in his talk titled Return Migration and Economic Development: Evidence from Mexico.

USMEX Fellow – Lynn Stephen

Lynn Stephen discusses how culture influences politics in her talk titled From Tlatelolco to Ayotzinapa: The Crónicas of Elena Poniatowska in Mexican Social Memory.

USMEX Fellow – Daniel Millan

Daniel Millan discusses immigration in his talk titled Household Instability and the Academic Performance of Latino Children of Immigrants.

USMEX Fellow – Albert Lopez

Albert Lopez discusses how architecture influences urban planning policies in his talk titled “Technical Architecture, Integral Planning, and Integration: an Architectural Foray into Politics and Policy-making in Mexico 1925-1955.

USMEX Fellow – Charlotte Gonzalez

Charlotte Gonzalez discusses the impacts of climate change on farming in Mexico in her talk titled Evaluating the Resilience of Mexican Farming to Climate Change.

USMEX Fellow – Abigail Thornton

Abigail Thornton discusses deportation from the United States to Mexico in her talk titled Constructing New Lives in Mexico Post-Deportation: What Reintegration Means for Former Residents of the Casa del Migrante en Tijuana.

USMEX Fellow – Kevin Middlebrook

Kevin Middlebrook discusses the effect that trade among the United States and Mexico has on labor rights in his talk titled Political Change from the Outside in: U.S. Trade Leverage and Labor-Rights Reform in Mexico.

USMEX Fellow – Helga Baitenmann

Helga Baitenmann discusses Emiliano Zapata’s historical legacy in her talk titled Zapata’s Justice: Land and Water Conflict Resolution in Revolutionary Mexico (1914–1916).