Director: Claudio Lomnitz, Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology
Mexican nationals number more than twelve million in the United States, and comprise the fastest growing Latin American nationality in New York City. In addition, New York City serves as an important node for scholars, businesses, non-governmental actors, and multilateral institutions engaged in Mexico. These facts, in combination with Columbia University´s internationally distinguished and interdisciplinary faculty with a focus on Mexico and the Latin American region and the increasing number of students interested in Mexico, have strategically poised Columbia University to build on its foundation in Mexican Studies, expand its research and teaching in Mexican Studies, and further catalyze innovative and dynamic dialog, research, and educational initiatives on Mexico.
The relations between Mexico and the United States are characterized by strong trade, close economic ties and political cooperation to address the challenges and opportunities derived from migration flows, economic development, labor supply and environmental concerns, among others. Mexico is undergoing a period of rapid change that is shifting the landscape of this traditional relationship and it has informed an ongoing effort at ILAS to widen the conversation from shared prosperity to innovation and scientific cooperation, among other areas vital to the future of both countries.
This new discussion drives our vision and Columbia faculty’s research agenda. Our goal is to establish a Center for Mexican Studies based at Columbia University that will become a reference point for Mexican initiatives on the east coast. Housed in the International Affairs Building of Columbia University, and supported by the government of Mexico and the generosity of individual, private and corporate donors, the Center is poised to engage in thought provoking dialogue and exchanges with renowned faculty and international experts in residence at Columbia University from all fields of Mexican inquiry.
The Institute is in the process of developing new programs with universities and entities in Mexico. Currently, ILAS sponsors the following opportunities:
The Institute of Latin American Studies would like to thank our patrons for their generosity and support of Mexican studies at Columbia University:
INCA Investments, FL
Consulado General de México en Nueva York
The Tinker Foundation
Consejo Nacional para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (CONACYT)
Jorge Suárez-Vélez, SP Family Office, NY
We invite you to support the Center for Mexican Studies with a tax-deductible financial contribution. Smaller contributions may be made here. For large donations or endowments, please contact Maritza E. Colón-Fermín at 212-854-4617 for more information.
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