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

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Faculty and Research

Related Faculty

  • Richard Feinberg

    Richard Feinberg


    Research Fields: Cuba, Latin America, U.S. foreign policy, multilateral institutions, trade and investment, globalization, democratization, non-governmental organizations

  • Rafael Fernández de Castro

    Rafael Fernández de Castro

    Professor; Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

    Research fields: U.S.-Mexico relations, foreign policy, immigration and security in Latin America

  • Francisco Garfias

    Francisco Garfias

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: comparative political economy, state capacity, taxation, social conflict, Latin American politics, Mexican politics, econometrics

  • Gordon McCord

    Gordon McCord

    Assistant Teaching Professor

    Research Fields: development economics, public health, environment

  • Craig McIntosh

    Craig McIntosh

    Professor; Co-director, Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

    Research Fields: development economics, agricultural and resource economics, program evaluation, microeconomics, anti-poverty policies

  • Agustina Paglayan

    Agustina Paglayan

    Assistant Professor

    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.

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  • Center on Global Transformation

    Center on Global Transformation

    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.
  • Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

    Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

    Supporting academic research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations, this center explores the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy in these countries.

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