The Puentes Consortium provides a distinctive voice for a binational community of scholars who carry out multidisciplinary research on issues of importance to the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. and on the well-being of their inhabitants.

The distinctive nature of this consortium resides both in the high-level, regular dialogue that takes place between the university presidents and leaders in government, business and other institutions concerned with Mexico-U.S. relations, and in the sustained, active research carried out by binational teams of scholars. Together, these interactions will enhance the connections between higher education institutions in the two nations and lay the foundation for long-term, effective dialogue.

2018 Members


The Puentes Consortium Fund for Visiting Scholars and Graduate Students

The Puentes Consortium has created a fund to support the exchange of faculty members and Ph.D. students (or equivalent) among the consortium member institutions.

This fund is intended to support an international scholarly visit for up to six (6) research professors and/or doctoral students from member universities annually. Preference will be given to international scholarly visits, although scholarly visits to member institutions in the same country will be considered.

Please click on the link below for more information on how to apply:

2018 Call for Proposals (English)
2018 Convactoria (Español)


Puentes Consortium Visiting Scholars


Fernando-Chinchilla-thumb_jpg.jpgFernando A. Chinchilla, Ph.D., was a summer 2015 Puentes Visiting Scholar at the Baker Institute Mexico Center and an associate professor at the Universidad de Monterrey’s (UDEM) Department of Social Sciences. Chinchilla is also founder and director of UDEM’s Centro de Política Comparada y Estudios Internacionales; an associate member of the laboratory Les Afriques dans le Monde (attached to the Institut d’études politiques in Bordeaux, France); a member of the Université de Montréal’s Réseau francophone de recherche sur les opérations de paix; and a member of the Scientific Committee at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú’s Laboratorio de Criminología Social y Estudios sobre la Violencia. His research focuses on conflict resolution, i.e., peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace-building, democratization processes and war-to-peace transitions in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Chinchilla was a visiting scholar for the Political Studies Program at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Ecuador between 2010 and 2012, and for the Political Science Department at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia in 2007. He has also been a post-doctoral researcher at the Universidad de Salamanca’s Instituto de Iberoamérica; a FQRSC postdoctoral fellow for the government of Quebec between 2009 and 2011; and an International Development Research Centre doctoral fellow for the government of Canada between 2004 and 2005. In 2014, he won the University of Monterrey’s Research Award in social sciences.

As a consultant, he has collaborated with the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights and the Organization of American States (OAS) Good Offices Mission in Colombia and Ecuador. In 2009, he was an OAS short-term observer in Ecuador; in 2011, he integrated the European electoral observation mission in Nicaragua.

Chinchilla received a Ph.D. in political science from the Université de Montréal.

Baker Institute publication: Border: An Epidemic of Violence (09/17/2015)


Adrian Duhalt, Ph.D., was a summer 2014 Puentes Visiting Scholar at the Baker Institute Mexico Center. He is also an associate professor at Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), where his teaching focuses on economic geography, corporate strategy and energy issues in North America. His main research at the Mexico Center is related to energy dynamics in North America (shale gas development in the United States and Mexico’s energy reform) and their effect on petrochemical value chains, agricultural productivity and food dependency in Mexico. Duhalt has spoken about energy issues at various conferences and events in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Prior to joining UDLAP in 2013, he completed his Ph.D. in economic geography at the University of Sussex. His thesis analyzes the main political economy drivers that shaped the development of the petrochemical industry in Mexico over the last few decades. For his conceptual and empirical contributions, he received the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award from the Economic Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers in 2012.

Baker Institute publication: Energy Reform and Autos in Mexico (06/25/2015)


Juan Carlos Gachúz, Ph.D., is a full time professor at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla. He has been awarded the Ford-Hewlett-MacArthur scholarship, the University of Essex-CONACYT scholarship and the Alfonso Caso Award (UNAM). From 2012 to 2013, he was a Rajawali Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at Harvard University. He was director of the B.A. program in international relations at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, campus Puebla and worked later as a postgraduate director at the same Institution. He has been a visiting professor at postgraduate level to the University of Monaco. He teaches International Security Issues and International Political Economy his research interests are geopolitics and theories of Globalization. He is author or coeditor of five books, including “BRICS the New Agenda” (2013), “Chinese Foreign Policy and Cooperation” (2014) and “China-Latin America: A relationship in transition” (2015). He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in international relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in government from the University of Essex, England.

Baker Institute publication: Globalization and Organized Crime: Challenges for International Cooperation (07/06/2016)

Elizabeth-Salamanca-thumb.jpgElizabeth Salamanca, Ph.D., was a summer 2016 and summer 2015 Puentes Visiting Scholar at the Baker Institute Mexico Center and a professor at the School of Business and Economics at the University of the Americas Puebla (UDLAP). She is also a visiting professor at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, teaching the course “Doing Business in Emerging Markets.” Her research interests include organizational culture and migration issues.

Salamanca chaired UDLAP’s Department of International Business Administration from August 2010 through June 2014. Before that, she was a professor at UDLAP’s Department of International Business Administration, specializing in marketing, Latin American markets and cross-cultural management. In 2005 she obtained a UDLAP award for best professor.

Salamanca edited and co-authored the book “International Management Perspectives” and authored the book “Human Resources Strategies in the Restaurant Industry: Overcoming Institutional Voids in Latin American Emerging Markets.”

She has doctorate in social and economic sciences from the Johannes Kepler University-Linz in Austria; an MBA jointly conferred by the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Nantes (France), and the University of Bradford (England); and a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from UDLAP.

Baker Institute publication: Entrepreneurial Migration Factors (11/18/2015)
Empresarios – A Bridge to Success: Migración empresarial de méxico hacia estados unidos (01/19/2016)