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Wayne Cornelius, PhD

Co-Director, Migration & Health
Co-Director, Education

Wayne A. Cornelius (Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University) is Co-Director for Education, University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI); Co-Director, UCGHI Center of Expertise on Migration and Health; and a Core Faculty Member, Division of Global Public Health, School of Medicine, University of California-San Diego. He is Director Emeritus, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies; Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Emeritus; and Theodore E. Gildred Professor of U.S.-Mexican Relations (all at UCSD). He is also a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn, Germany). He was Professor of Political Science at MIT from 1971 to 1979, when he joined the UCSD faculty. He founded UCSD’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies in 1979 and directed it from 1979-1994 and 2001-2003. In 1999 he established UCSD’s Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and directed it until June 2009. He joined UCSD’s Division of Global Public Health, School of Medicine, in July 2009. He is a past President of the Latin American Studies Association and an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York). He is the recipient of seven major awards for his graduate and undergraduate teaching, including the American Political Science Association’s Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Distinguished Teaching in Political Science. Cornelius conducted field research in Mexico and the United States nearly every year from 1970 to 2009, and in Japan and Spain from 1992-2008. A specialist on Mexican migration to the United States, international migration and health, comparative immigration policy, and the Mexican political system, he is the author, co-author, or editor of 280 publications dealing with these subjects. His most recent book is Mexican Migration and the U.S. Economic Crisis: A Transnational Perspective (co-author/editor, CCIS/Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009). His most recently published journal articles deal with the role of international migration and U.S. deportation policies in the transmission of HIV/AIDs. He currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences’ study panel on the efficacy of border enforcement measures.