Title: Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies | Director, Mexico Center
Office Phone: (713) 348-3762
Tony Payan, Ph.D., is the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Rice University and a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Between 2001 and 2015, Payan was a professor of political science at The University of Texas at El Paso.
Payan’s research focuses primarily on border studies, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border. His work includes studies of border governance, border flows and immigration, as well as border security and organized crime. Payan has authored two books, “Cops, Soldiers and Diplomats: Understanding Agency Behavior in the War on Drugs” and “The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security” (2006 and 2016 editions). He has also co-edited six volumes: “Gobernabilidad e Ingobernabilidad en la Región Paso del Norte,” “Human Rights Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Gendered Violence and Insecurity,” “De Soldaderas a Activistas: La mujer chihuahuense en los albores del Siglo XXI,” “A War that Can’t Be Won: Binational Perspectives on the War on Drugs,” “Undecided Nation: Political Gridlock and the Immigration Crisis,” and "Reforma Energética y Estado de Derecho en México." In addition, he has authored several book chapters and journal publications.
Payan has served on several boards, including the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority in El Paso, Texas, and the Plan Estratégico de Juárez in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership's Immigration Task Force and the Mexico Energy Task Force. He previously served as president of the Association of Borderlands Studies between 2009 and 2010.
Payan earned a B.A. in philosophy and classical languages from the University of Dallas and an MBA from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. He received a doctorate degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 2001.
my research and publications
- 12/08/2014 - The Evolution of Political Parties in Mexico, 1900–2014
- 04/09/2013 - Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century
- 07/29/2015 - Children at the Border
- 06/15/2017 - NAFTA Matters Less than You Think
- 07/31/2014 - Central America's Unaccompanied Minors
- 09/17/2015 - Border: An Epidemic of Violence
- 01/29/2016 - 'El Chapo' arrest & Texas drug trade
- 06/25/2017 - Was NAFTA Good for the U.S.?
- 12/06/2016 - Security, the Rule of Law, and Energy Reform in Mexico
- 01/05/2017 - Immigration: A Path to Resolution
- 11/16/2016 - The rule of Law and energy reform
- 11/03/2016 - U.S.-Mexico ties after the election
- 10/19/2016 - The 3 U.S.-Mexico Border Wars
- 06/09/2016 - Mexico’s 2016 elections
- 06/05/2016 - Mexican Armed Forces & Security
- 05/11/2016 - The Evolution of Cartels in Mexico, 1980-2015
- 04/01/2016 - Mexico & Oil Prices
- 02/17/2016 - A 100–year–old border dispute
- 01/13/2016 - 'El Chapo' and U.S.-Mexico Relations
- 01/09/2016 - 'El Chapo' captured (again)
- 10/05/2015 - Call for Proposals: Summer Visiting Scholars
- 09/08/2015 - Coproduction of Public Safety
- 07/23/2015 - Payan Testifies Before Congress
- 02/24/2015 - Testimony Before the Texas House
- 02/18/2015 - U.S. must help fight corruption
- 01/12/2015 - Perfect Storm on U.S.–Mexico Border
- 11/19/2014 - The pervasive myth of an immigration crisis
- 10/30/2014 - Land Ownership and Use Under Mexico’s Energy Reform
- 10/17/2014 - “Illegal” Immigration on the U.S.–Mexico Border: Is It Really a Crisis?
- 08/04/2014 - The Hill: The media cycle and the border crisis myth
- 07/30/2014 - Mexico's Growing Auto Industry
- 07/30/2014 - Border crisis solutions
- 06/24/2014 - The Hill: Immigration Reform
- 05/06/2014 - Energy Reform and Security in Northeastern Mexico
- 12/12/2012 - Baker Institute Conference Report -- Americas Project 2012: Building Global Green Economies
- 02/07/2013 - Eventual immigration reform details will determine success
- 03/07/2013 - Death of Hugo Chavez offers U.S. chance to foster change
- 03/08/2013 - Immigration Reform: A Comprehensive vs. Piecemeal Approach
- 04/08/2014 - Espiral: NAFTA Interview
- 12/19/2017 - Crime threatens Mexico's reforms
- 12/01/2017 - NAFTA Talks: The Likely Outcome
- 09/05/2017 - Can DACA be saved?
- 04/20/2017 - What comprises "the border"?
- 04/10/2017 - Testimony: Int'l Commerce
- 01/13/2017 - Changing Minds: Understanding Collective Violence in the Southeastern U.S.-Mexico Border from a Public Health Perspective
- 01/12/2017 - Customs and Border Protection Abuses at Ports of Entry along the U.S.-Mexico Border
- 04/09/2013 - The Immigration Debate in Texas
- 05/02/2013 - Mexican Politics Could Constrain U.S. Influence on Security
- 07/15/2013 - Conference Report -- Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century
- 09/21/2013 - Puentes Consortium
- 09/22/2013 - Mexico Center Research
- 09/22/2013 - Introducing the Mexico Center
- 11/26/2013 - Mexico's Energy Reform: Powering the Future
- 03/13/2014 - Theory-building in Border Studies: The View from North America
- 03/13/2018 - Youth Vote May Set Mexico's Future