The Mexico Virtual Lecture Series is a recurring online event intended to highlight the deep connections between Notre Dame and Mexico. Each lecture focuses on the current work of a Notre Dame faculty member or researcher, covering topics that vary widely from medical research to the social sciences and arts and culture.
Many of the featured researchers have benefited from Notre Dame International’s Mexico Faculty Research Grant to deepen partnerships with institutions throughout Mexico. These collaborations are central to Notre Dame’s engagement with Mexico and are highlighted in several of the lectures.
July 15 - Marriage to a Citizen: Just a Relief Valve for Immigration Policy or also a Reason behind Marital Instability?
Dr. Eva Dziadula examines whether family-centered immigration policy may be associated with marital instability, with particular relevance to Mexican migrants who marry U.S. citizens. Within the framework of U.S. policy, marriage to a citizen is one of the fastest pathways to obtain permanent legal status and ultimately U.S. citizenship. Once permanent residency is established, these marriages may be less stable as other characteristics would play a larger role. Dr. Dziadula investigates the relationship between the immigrants’ current citizenship status, which is an observed measure of their permanent legal status in the U.S., and the likelihood of divorce.
June 30 - Partners for a Cure: Fighting Cancer in Mexico
Dr. Sharon Stack of the Harper Institute, Dr. Thomas Merluzzi for the Psychology Department, and Dr. Maria del Rocio Baños Lara of UNE share their current efforts regarding their integrative research that confronts the complex challenges of cancer. Through collaboration with long-time Notre Dame partners, Una Nueva Esperanza (UNE) and Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), they hope to advance the understanding of leukemia and other cancers that affect children in Mexico.
May 26 - Combating Vector Borne Diseases in Mexico
Dr. Nicole Achee and Dr. John Grieco are entomologists who the mosquito and tick populations connected to dengue, chikungunya, zika, and other diseases in Chiapas, Mexico. Their research also develops strategies to control these vector populations and limit disease spread.
May 19 - Doctors on the March: (Extra) Ordinary Practice, Violence, and Protests
Dr. Vania Smith-Oka is a medical anthropologist and recipient of an NDI Mexico Faculty grant. Her research examines medicine and culture in Mexico, including the role of gender for health outcomes in rural and indigenous communities. Dr. Smith Oka’s recent project looks at decisions that physicians make when caring for women and patients from marginalized groups.
May 12 - Poverty reduction policies in Mexico: Are universal policies better than conditional cash transfers?
Dr. Alejandro Estefan is a native of México who worked as a policy analyst in the office of the President of the Republic of Mexico before entering academia. His research focuses on economic development, labor economics, and public finance in México and aims to provide a solid evidence base for impactful policy formulation.