Regional Expertise in Latin America
The bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Mexico is more important than ever. The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, located just 20 miles from the border, has the unique opportunity to engage in research on Mexico, Mexicans in the U.S. and the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Rafael Fernández de Castro, professor and director of the center, leads the university’s engagement with Mexico and is a go-to source for rigorous academic research that can be applied to the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy.
In the News
UC San Diego Mexico Violence Resource Project Goes Beyond Cartels to Study Drug War
Oct. 14, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Project serves as reliable database for organized crime statistics and provides innovative analysis of dynamics of violence on the one-year anniversary of the shootouts in Culiacán, Sinaloa
Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies expands research on drug war and migrant crisis
Oct. 31, 2019 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
With the ever-changing policies and complexities between the U.S. and Mexico, the center will inform the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy to enhance the lives of citizens in both countries
Research at the border: A living laboratory of transformation
Sept. 26, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
A GPS team conducted policy-relevant research across the border at the crux of the U.S.-Mexico immigration debate
Walking the path to global sustainability
Aug. 28, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Alumnus Andrés Prieto, MPP ’19, unearths pathways to sustainable land and food systems in Mexico City as part of the United Nations network
Faculty and Research
Research Fields: Cuba, Latin America, U.S. foreign policy, multilateral institutions, trade and investment, globalization, democratization, non-governmental organizations
Professor; Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
Research fields: U.S.-Mexico relations, foreign policy, immigration and security in Latin America
Research Fields: comparative political economy, state capacity, taxation, social conflict, Latin American politics, Mexican politics, econometrics
Assistant Teaching Professor
Research Fields: development economics, public health, environment
Professor; Co-director, Policy Design and Evaluation Lab
Research Fields: development economics, agricultural and resource economics, program evaluation, microeconomics, anti-poverty policies
Research Fields: political economy, comparative politics, education systems, labor market institutions, state capacity, applied econometrics, historical research methods, politics of policymaking in Latin America and the U.S.
Examining central questions about economic growth, equality and market change in the Pacific, this center brings together the worlds of academic inquiry and policy analysis.
Supporting academic research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations, this center explores the creation,
implementationand evaluation of public policy in these countries.