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About the Center for the United States and Mexico

Thought and Policy Leadership Spanning Two Nations



The Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico seeks to have a meaningful impact on the U.S.-Mexico relationship through original research, relevant solutions to binational policy issues, and the advancement of mutual understanding by convening leaders who can bridge the world of ideas and the world of action.



Center for the United States and Mexico
Baker Institute for Public Policy—MS 40
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Phone: 713.348.2649


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The Center for the United States and Mexico would like to thank the following for their generous support: 

  • The Honorable James A. Baker, III
  • Estate of Deanna D. Emerson, M.D.
  • The Honorable Thomas F. McLarty III and Mrs. McLarty
  • Mexican Business Council
  • Peter Jay Sharp Foundation
  • Members of the U.S.-Mexico Forum


Research and Activities

The center’s research agenda focuses primarily on the following issues of concern to both the United States and Mexico.

  • Immigration

    • The U.S. immigration system
    • Human mobility and labor markets between Mexico and the United States
    • Irregular migration
  • Rule of Law

    • Corruption and impunity in Mexico
    • Administration of justice system reform
  • The U.S.-Mexico Border

    • Orderly and legal cross-border flows
    • Border infrastructure investment
    • Border management


Other Areas of Interest

The Center for the United States and Mexico has also addressed key issues of the day and their policy impact on the dynamic relationship between Mexico and the United States.

  • Energy

    • Mexico’s energy reform
    • Binational energy markets
  • Education

    • Student and scholar mobility
    • Research partnerships and cooperation on science

  • Telecommunications

    • Mexico’s telecommunications sector

  • Health Care

    • Integration of the U.S. and Mexico health care markets
    • Binational cooperation on public health issues