Deeply intertwined social, economic, business, cultural and personal relationships between the United States and Mexico mean the U.S.-Mexico border is more like a seam than a barrier, weaving together two economies and cultures, according to a new book by Migration Policy Institute President Andrew Selee.
The Baker Institute Mexico Center hosted Selee for a discussion of his book “Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together,” which examines how productive connections between people on both sides of the border have blurred the boundaries that once separated the two countries.
A book signing followed the event. Copies of the book were available for purchase courtesy of the Rice University Campus Store.
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11:00 a.m. — Reception
11:30 a.m. — Presentation
Andrew Selee, Ph.D., is president of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI). He previously served as executive vice president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from January 2014 through April 2017, and was founding director of the center’s Mexico Institute. Selee has worked closely on two of MPI’s signature initiatives: the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future, and the Regional Migration Study Group, which was jointly convened by MPI and the Wilson Center. He also served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy. Selee has written and edited a number of books and policy reports on U.S.-Mexico relations, Mexican and Latin American politics, and Latino immigrant civic engagement in the United States. His latest book, “Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together,” was published by Public Affairs in June 2018. He is a regular columnist for the Mexican newspaper El Universal and frequently provides commentary on U.S.-Mexico issues to various media outlets. He has regularly taught courses at Johns Hopkins University and at George Washington University since 2006, and he was a visiting professor at El Colegio de Mexico. Selee holds a B.A. in Latin American studies (Phi Beta Kappa) from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in policy studies from the University of Maryland.