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Stephen Mumme

Nonresident Scholar


Stephen Mumme, Ph.D., is a nonresident scholar at the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico specializing in transboundary environmental and natural resources management along the U.S.-Mexico border. He is a leading authority on binational management of the transboundary rivers linking the two countries, the work of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), and the implementation of other binational and trinational environmental agreements between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.   

Mumme is a faculty member in the political science department at Colorado State University and an affiliated faculty member in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. He is the author or co-author of more than 140 journal articles, chapters, books and monographs, including “Statecraft, Domestic Politics, and Foreign Policy Making: The El Chamizal Dispute” (Westview, 1988). His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Denver Post and other national and regional press outlets. Mumme has given lectures to the IBWC, served as consultant to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and advised and consulted with various national and international environmental NGOs. He has also been a visiting professor at El Colegio de Sonora in Hermosillo (as a U.S. Fulbright senior scholar), El Colegio de San Luis Potosi, the American Graduate School of International Management and the University of Arizona’s Guadalajara Summer Program. 

Mumme is a former fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego and past president of the Association for Borderlands Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

Contact at smumme@colostate.edu or 970-491-7428.