The strategic importance of Mexico for California and the United States goes well beyond the traditional issues of security, migration and trade. With a common border extending 2,000 miles and bilateral trade of more than $300 billion per year, the U.S.-Mexico relationship is among the most complex bilateral relationships in the world. However, the relationship is not just about the continued flow of finance and people or the linkages created by licit and illicit trade. It extend into areas such as arts and culture, renewable energy, water resources, epidemiological threats, and demographic transitions.
Stanford has had a long scholarly engagement with Mexico, both through its Mexican and Mexican origin students as well as a long engagement of its faculty in research projects involving Mexico. The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies is launching the Mexico initiative to broaden and deepen Stanford’s work and to take advantage of key opportunities to strengthen its programs of research, education and outreach in Mexico. The greater aim of the initiative is to make a significant contribution to the study of contemporary Mexico by leveraging Stanford University’s unconventional approach to development, and promoting innovative thinking linking science, technology, society and the humanities.
The Mexico Initiative is hosted at the Freeman Spogli Institute, and works in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies, the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and the Institute for Economic Policy Research.
The Mexico Initiative is working to promote and disseminate events and programs occurring in the campus. Some recent and upcoming events on Mexico at Stanford are highlighted below.
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November 20, 2014
Enrique Cabrero, Director of Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT)
Stanford Looking South
The Institutional Architecture of Mexico’s Energy Sector
Jose Antonio Gonzalez, director of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS)
Geronimo Gutierrez North American Development Bank Director
November 5, 2014
November 5-8, 2014
October 24, 2014
Notas sobre la poesía de Octavio Páz with David Huerta
October 6, 2014
"Retail Globalization and Household Welfare: Evidence from Mexico" with David Atkin
Department of Economics International Trade Workshop
June 1-2, 2014
April 28-28, 2014
March 14, 2014
“Indigenous Histories of Colonial and Mexican California” with Lisbeth Haas
March 12, 2014
“Economic, Cultural, and Adaptationist Models of Technological Change in Colonial Mexico” with Enrique Rodriguez-Alegria
February 3, 2014
“From Maize to Haze: Agricultural Shocks and the Growth of the Mexican Drug Sector” with Oeindrila Dube
Department of Political Science Comparative Politics Workshop
January 9, 2014
“Illegal Drug Markets and Violence in Mexico: The Causes Beyond Calderón” with Daniel Mejia Londoño
Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law Seminar Series
December 9, 2013
December 6, 2013
December 2, 2013
“Can a For Profit Microfinance Institution Stay True to Its Mission?” with Iván Mancillas and Alejandro Puente of Fundación Gentera and Banco Compartamos
Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Center for Global Business and the Economy
November 20, 2013
“Territoriality and health governance in Mexico” with Alberto Diaz-Cayeros
Stanford Libraries Geospatial Center GIS Day 2013
November 14, 2013
November 6-9, 2013
November 5, 2013
“Closeness and Gay Culture in Modern Mexico” with Michael Schuessler
October 30, 2013
October 11, 2013
“Can Contract Failures Foster Ethnic Assimilation? Evidence from Conicheal in Mexico” with Alberto Diaz-Cayeros
October 4, 2013
“Luis Buñuel: Treinta Años Ausente” with Jorge Ruffinelli
Stanford supports several unique fellowship opportunities for international graduate students from Mexico:
In addition to these Stanford programs, the Fulbright-García Robles scholarship is a prestigious award administered by the Mexico-U.S. Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS), which seeks promote mutual understanding between the two countries through educational and cultural exchanges.
The Freeman Spogli Institute and the Mexico Initiative provide funding and advising to the Forum for Cooperation Understanding and Solidarity (US-Mex FoCUS). FoCUS is a product of the collaborative effort of students at Stanford University and at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Through this partnership, students from both universities are attempting to develop and strengthen a network of young leaders committed to improving the academic exchange between the United States and Mexico.
The Stanford University Press has published over 40 titles focused on Mexico. Below is a list of the books published by the Stanford UP since 2012: