TRPI’s focus on Mexico

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, housed at the University of Southern California in the heart of Los Angeles is the nation’s oldest and most well-recognized think tank on Latino issues. While the Institute’s mission has widened over the years, the Institute maintains a research focus on Mexico as well as close connections with Latino civil society organizations on both sides of the border. Additionally, TRPI supports future leaders and scholars on issues facing Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations by offering grants to USC students for on-the-ground research and travel in Mexico. The research grants are awarded in memory of Harry Pachon, Latino scholar and advocate and former director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, and with the support of the Latino Alumni Association.

Supporting future leaders and scholars on issues facing Mexico

  • Water Policy in Mexico City and Los Angeles

    This study will examine water governance, sustainability, and stewardship practices, with the goal of identifying reforms that will improve water delivery and conservation in Mexico City and Los Angeles. In support of this project, USC graduate students conducted a comparative analysis of water regulation and production regimes in both metropolitan regions.
  • Barriers to Mexican citizenship for U.S. born children

    This study focused on the barriers to Mexican citizenship for U.S. born children who have migrated to Mexico. The project was a partnership between USC and the Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración (IMUMI), a civil society organization that promotes the rights of Mexican migrant women and children. USC graduate student traveled to Mexico City to conduct research.
  • Contemporary Sound Art

    With prolific artists and writers in residence and home to extensive archives and active pedagogical organizations, Mexico City is a rich resource for sound art. Heber Rodriguez, candidate for USC's Master of Art and Curatorial Practice in the Public Sphere, traveled to Mexico City to conduct archival research and interview key practitioners and academics working in the field.
  • Without Black Within: Mexico and the articulation of a disappearing radical blackness in the United States

    PhD candidate in comparative literature at USC, Ricardo Wilson, traveled to Mexico City and the Costa Chica region of Oaxaca to conduct dissertation research. While in Mexico, Wilson examined historical archives as well as built strong connections within the university community and various cultural institutions.
  • City of the Future: Economic and Social Development Zones

    Mexico City has been growing without a clearly defined long term plan for the past several decades. In partnership with Calidad de Vida, Progreso y Desarrollo para la Ciudad de México, S.A. de C.V., USC students will research the impact the Economic and Social Development Zones (ZODES) “City of the Future” policy will have on the community.

Ties that bind our Los Angeles Metro and Mexico

An accomplished researcher, author and journalist, Roberto Suro, examines immigration with an emphasis on Mexico, the Hispanic population, U.S. policy, and U.S. public opinion. In the Spring 2015 semester, Suro will lead a group of USC students on rich reporting experiences in Los Angeles, at the border between San Diego and Tijuana, and in Mexico City. The central objective of this course is to explore the linkages between Los Angeles and Mexico. Nowhere else in the United States, indeed nowhere else in the industrialized world, have such profound and varied interconnections developed on the same scale between a major metropolis and a single foreign nation. Arguably, there is no more convenient laboratory than L.A. in which to build rich chronicles of life in an interconnected world. And, there is no interconnection more vivid or more accessible in L.A. than the ties that bind our metro and Mexico.


U.S.- Mexico Network@USC

Using TRPI’s Media Curator platform, the Network’s Imagining 2024 project is designed to provide readers a quick overview of key issues in U.S.-Mexico relations.


TRPI has partnered with Fundar, an independent research and advocacy organization in Mexico City, on research focused on the impact of citizen participation in migration policy.

Photo credits: Rob Young and Haakon K