Cátedra México, an initiative of Rice University and the government of Mexico, aims to strengthen academic ties between institutions in Mexico and at Rice through research, cultural and academic exchanges and events with distinguished experts from a wide range of fields. Silvia Giorguli Saucedo, president of El Colegio de México, has been chosen by Mexico’s Foreign Ministry as the inaugural chair of the Cátedra México program. At this event, Giorguli shared her thoughts on current and emerging challenges in the U.S.-Mexico relationship, including immigration, economic integration, border governance and the state of political and diplomatic relations.
This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico, Rice University and the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston. Follow @BakerCtrUSMEX on Twitter, and join the conversation online with #BakerMexico.
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Silvia E. Giorguli Saucedo, Ph.D., has served as president of El Colegio de México (Colmex) since 2015. She joined the faculty of the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA) at Colmex in 2003. She was the director of CEDUA from 2009 to 2015, president of the Mexican Society of Demography from 2011 to 2012 and founding director of the magazine Coyuntura Demográfica.
Her research focuses on issues of international migration from Mexico to the United States and its impact on education and the structure of Mexican families on both sides of the border. Currently, she is a co-researcher at the Mexican Migration Project, organized by the University of Princeton, University of Guadalajara and Brown University. She has also been a participant in the Binational Dialogue on Mexican Migrants in the United States and Mexico, organized by Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social and Georgetown University.
Giorguli studied sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and received a master's degree in demography from El Colegio de México and a doctorate in sociology from Brown University. She was a visiting fellow in 2007–08 at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In 2018, she received the Horace Mann Medal from Brown University.
Rodrigo Montes de Oca
Research Scholar, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute