UA-UNAM Binational Consortium

On April 18, 2018, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Arizona, signed an agreement to formally establish the Binational Research Consortium on Migration, Human Security, and Human Rights.

About the Consortium

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The consortium seeks to provide with an infrastructure for binational cooperation and collaboration between the Coordination of Humanities (UNAM) and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (UA) that will strengthen research in migration, human rights, and human security. By doing this, both institutions recognize the importance of the bilateral exchange of academic staff, researchers, technical specialists, and students associated with CH-UNAM and SBS.

Among the central challenges of the 21st century is the need to strengthen human rights and security globally. Due to the critical threats to human rights and human security inherent in the migration process between Mexico and the United States, it is necessary to conduct social science research and propose joint solutions, including new or amended policies, to ensure protection on human rights and human security. The research carried out thus far by researchers in both countries has greatly increased scientific knowledge around issues of migration, human rights, and human security; however, collaboration in research between the two participating institutions could strengthen dialogue between their respective countries and enhance the search for common solutions from a shared, interdisciplinary, and multidimensional perspective. 

UNAM Research in Humanities Coordinating Office


  • Establishing mechanisms and financing to strengthen joint research between UNAM and the UA on issues of migration, human rights, and human security between the United States and Mexico, inclusive of but not limited to their shared border region.
  • Promoting the mobility between both the universities of academic staff and students for academic or research stays as part of the commitment mentioned above.
  •  Promoting the establishment of collaborations between academic degree programs to allow undergraduate and graduate study opportunities for students at both institutions in areas related to issues the consortium addresses.
  • Promoting a permanent exchange of bibliographic resources and other teaching and research materials, as well as the co-publication of research products carried out by scholars from both countries.

University of Arizona Consortium Members

University of Arizona Executive Director

Luis E. Coronado Guel, Director for SBS Mexico Initiatives


University of Arizona Cluster Coordinators


Anna Ochoa-O'Leary Associate Professor & Head, Mexican American Studies (also Latin American Studies; Gender & Women Studies)

Human Security

Javier Osorio Assistant Professor, School of Government and Public Policy

Human Rights

Daniel E. Martínez, Associate Professor, School of Sociology

University of Arizona Members

Rosi Andrade Research Professor, Southwest Institute of Research on Women

Jeffery Bannister Assistant Research Professor, Southwest Center and School of Geography and Development

Geoff Boyce School of Geography and Development

Benedict Colombi Associate Professor, American Indian Studies

Megan Carney Assistant Professor, School of Anthropology

Luis Coronado Guel Director, SBS Mexico Initiatives, Adjunct Professor, Department of History, Affiliated Faculty of Mexican American Studies, the Binational Migration Institute, and the Southwest Center  

Colin Deeds Assistant Director, Latin American Studies

Ted Downing Former Research Professor of Social Development at the University of Arizona

Javier Duran Professor, Spanish and Border Studies; Director of Confluence Center

Celeste Gonzales De Bustamante Associate Professor, Journalism and Latin American Studies

James Hopkins Associate Clinical Professor, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program; Affiliated Professor of American Indian Studies & Latin American Studies

Seanna Howard Director, International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop & Professor of Practice; Rogers College of Law Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program 

Jennifer Jenkins Associate Professor of Literature and Film, Department of English, affiliate of Latin American Studies

Josephine Korchmaros Director, Southwest Institute for Research on Women

Mauricio Magana Assistant Professor, Mexican American Studies

Dan Martinez Assistant Professor, Sociology

Robin Reineke Assistant Research Social Scientist, Southwest Center

Jeannine Reilly Assistant Professor, Journalism, Latin American Studies, School of Government and Public Policy

Jessica Retis, Professor, School of Journalism

Iliana Reyes Spanish and Portuguese Department

Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith Lecturer, Mexican-American Studies, Latin American Studies; Women’s Studies

William Simmons Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies and Honors Interdisciplinary Faculty

Michelle Tellez Assistant Professor, Mexican American Studies

Marcela Vasquez-Leon Associate Professor, School of Anthropology an Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, also Associate Professor, Latin American Studies

Margaret Wilder Associate Professor, School of Geography and Development, and Latin American Studies. Also, Associate Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona

Jill Williams Assistant Research Social Scientist & Director of the Women in Science and Engineering Program, Southwest Institute for Research on Women

Scott Whiteford Emeritus Professor, Latin American Studies & SBS Mexico Initiatives Director

UNAM Consortium Members

UNAM Executive Director

Dr. Graciela Martinez Zalce Director of the Center for Research on North America (CISAN)


UNAM Cluster Coordinators


Dra. Alethia Fernández de la Reguera (IIJ) Research Professor at the Institute for Legal Research of UNAM 

Human Security

Dr. Roberto Zepeda Martínez Research Professor at the Center for Research on North America (CISAN)

Human Rights

Dr. Guillermo Castillo (IGeografía) Associate Researcher at the Geography Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico

UNAM Members

Dr. Juan Carlos Barron Pastor, Research Professor at the Center for Research on North America (CISAN)

Dr. Fernando Lozano Ascencio (CRIM) Principal Investigator, Regional Center for Multidisciplinary Research, UNAM

Dr. Maria Isabel Martinez Ramirez (IIH), Professor at the Institute of Historical Research 

Dr. Alejandro Mercado Celis, Research Professor at the Center for Research on North America (CISAN)

Dr. Laura Vazquez Maggio, Associate Professor, Economics (FE)

Dr. Armando Sanchez Vargas, Professor & Director, Economics (IIE)

Dr. Carolyn Kristen O´MearaResearch Professor at the Institute for Research on Philology (IIF)

Dra. Ana Melisa Pardo (I.Geografía) Associate Researcher, Institute of Geography of the National Autonomous University of Mexico

Dra. Luciana Gandini (IIJ) Researcher, Legal Research Institute, UNAM, in the area of Sociology of Law

Dra. Maria Marcela Terrazas (IIH), Professor at the Institute of Historical Research 

Dra. Camelia Tigau (CISAN), Research Professor at the Center for Research on North America

Dr. Juan Vega Gómez (IIJ) Researcher in the Philosophy and Legal Theory Area, UNAM Legal Research Institute

Dr. Manuel Suarez Lastra, Research Professor at the Institute of Geography, UNAM