Research Centers on Latin America

The University of California - San Diego offers a unique array of opportunities for cutting-edge research on Latin America. There is a constant stream of seminars, symposia, workshops, conferences, and public presentations, and a widespread commitment to excellence in the research enterprise. All this has helped make UCSD one of the nation's leading institutions for the study of Latin America.

UCSD is host to several outstanding research centers devoted to Latin America:

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS), which emphasizes interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to research on Latin America (plus the Iberian peninsula). CILAS regularly hosts visiting scholars from Spain and Latin America, and provides research fellowships for UCSD graduate students as well.

University of California eScholarship Repository. The repository is a service of the eScholarship initiative of the California Digital Library. Research and scholarly output included here has been selected and deposited by the individual University of California units. Selected CILAS publications including Working Papers and Newsletters can be downloaded from this site.

The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (US-Mex), which coordinates research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexican relations. A distinguishing feature of CUSMS is its visiting researcher program, which brings 15-20 scholars per year to UCSD for extended periods of research, writing, and consultation. Recent institutional projects have focused on agrarian reform, environmental protection, and undocumented migration to the United States.

The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) is an interdisciplinary, multinational research and training program devoted to comparative work on international migration and refugee movements.

California Cultures in Comparative Perspective (CCCP) The California Cultures initiative is a cutting-edge center of creative, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and collaboration among faculty, students, and the public to explore the broad implications of the history and current growth of the state's immigrant and people of color populations. As California is now a "majority minority" state, this focus becomes even more important.

The Institute of the Americas (IOA), a private organization located on the UCSD campus, is in the process of launching a series of analytical studies on questions of particular interest to business communities --in such areas as telecommunications, energy, mining, and public health.

The San Diego Dialogue, based in UCSD's School of Public Service and Extended Studies, which commissions work on development issues around and across the U.S.-Mexican border, with special emphasis on linkages between San Diego and Tijuana.

The Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) also conducts research and analysis relating to Latin American and Asian economies.


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