Border Studies Program


  • We are still accepting applications for the Spring 2015 Border Studies Program! The deadline for applying is October 17, 2014. Apply now!
  • The BSP is excited to announce that we have new staff and family member, Alisha Vasquez! Read her bio and a brief Q&A here!
  • Maddie Taterka, Contributing Editor for Autostraddle and Fall 2012 BSP Alum, recently published a piece on the detention of child migrants in Arizona.
  • Spring 2014 Border Studies Program alum Alex Cook is working this summer with migrant advocacy group Migrant Justice. Read about his work with the Vermont based organization here.
  • Marcos Ramos, Earlham grad and Spring 2013 BSP alum is spending his summer in his native Brazil after having won a Davis Project for Peace Grant for his project “Navigating Discourses of Sexuality: Resistance to Homophobia in Brazil”. Read more here.
  • Read the participants' updates from the Borderlands and follow their experiences throughout the semester at our Border Studies blog.
  • Read BSP Instructor Katie Sharar's piece for NACLA's Border Wars blog on immigration enforcement in Texas' Big Bend region.
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Resources on immigration and the border

Border Film Project
Border Film Project is a collaborative art project giving disposable cameras to two groups on differentWall sides of the border: undocumented migrants crossing the desert into the United States, and American Minutemen trying to stop them. To date, 73 cameras have been received — 38 from migrants and 35 from Minutemen — with nearly 2,000 pictures in total. The pictures show the human face of immigration, and they challenge us to question our stereotypes and to see through new and personal lenses.

The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández
A website through PBS that provides a wealth of interesting links and information about border issues.

In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexican border as part of the war on drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18 year old was, in fact, a U.S. citizen tending his family's goats with a .22 rifle. He became the first American killed by U.S. military forces on native soil since the 1970 Kent State shootings. The website is dedicated to his memory.

Pew Hispanic Center
A non-partisan "fact-tank" whose mission is to "improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the entire nation."

Border Action Network
A member-based, grassroots organization that collectively works to strengthen the voice of those impacted by border politics and to ensure that human dignity is respected.

PBS: "The Border"
This interactive site is based on the PBS series "The Border," which illustrates life on the U.S.-Mexico international boundary. In addition to providing detailed historical information, the site contains an interactive timeline, morphing map, and a helpful resource bank.

Time/CNN Special Report: The New Frontier/La Nueva Frontier
This site includes articles on Ciudad Juarez and El Paso.

Frontera Norte Sur
This site provides online news coverage of the US-Mexico border. In addition to daily news from Ciudad Juarez, the site features topics such as environment, immigration, Ciudad Juarez women's issues, maquiladoras, US and Mexican seurity issues, and border health issues.

The U.S.-Mexican War
This site is developing interesting documentation of the Mexican-American War.

The Borderlands Encyclopedia
This web page is from the University of Texas, El Paso. A directory of web resources and a collection of miscellaneous resources (e.g., periodical articles, recordings) on the borderlands arranged by topic. Slow loading, but worth the wait!

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) is a national organization composed of local coalitions who work to promote a just immigration and refugee policy in the U.S. The site includes information about legislative updates on human rights, the environment, local human rights campaigns, and border militarization.

Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border
Interview with Maria Jimenez, Director of the Immigration Law Enforcement Monitoring Project, a project of the American Friends Service Committee.

AFSC Immigrant Rights Project
Includes information on some of the current happenings in the nationwide immigrant rights movement

Nijmegen Centre for Border Research
From the Department of Human Geography at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Resource Center of the Americas
A non-profit human rights organization that provides articles and educational materials about cross-border issues in the Americas.

North American Congress on Latin America
The NACLA Report on the Americas Nov./Dec. 1999 focuses on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. HEPAC

Interhemispheric Resource Center
A non-profit organization that provides information and analysis that increase social and economic justice.

Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez
The Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez is a prominent University that has strong programs in the social sciences and medicine. Border Studies students take Temas Fronterizos: Perspectivas Mexicanas with UACJ faculty.

The U.S.-Mexican War
This site documents the history of the US-Mexican War from 1846-1848.

News From the Americas

Narco News
Reporting on the Drug War and Democracy from all América

North American Congress on Latin America
The NACLA Report on the Americas. Nov./Dec. 1999 focuses on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.

Upside Down World
An online magazine covering activism and politics in Latin America. Made up of work from writers, activists, artists and regular citizens from around the globe who are interested in flipping the world upside down...or right side up. Provides concerned global citizens with independent reporting on Latin American social movements and governments that have refused to prostrate themselves to the interests of corporate globalization, and instead have focused their work on addressing the needs of the people. While corporate media often distorts or overlooks this progressive, regional trend, Upside Down World seeks to provide an alternative resource for information about the achievements and challenges of these people-powered movements.

News, Resources and Organizations from Tucson and the Arizona Borderlands

Border Action Network
A member-based, grassroots organization that collectively works to strengthen the voice of those impacted by border politics and to ensure that human dignity is respected.

Coalición de Derechos Humanos
Coalición de Derechos Humanos (“The Human Rights Coalition”) is a grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.

Corazón de Tucson (site in Spanish and English)
We are united families and community members organizing to defend our civil and human rights so thatbarrio there can be equality and justice in our communities. We have a vision of living in a more just world, free of all discrimination and oppression.

O’odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective
A collective made up Akimel O'odham and Tohono O'odham youth who are pressing the attack against the ongoing colonization of their traditional lands (i.e. U.S./Mexico Border policies), environmental racism from transnational corporations and the state, and all colonial polices aimed at destroying the O'odham Him'dag (Traditional Way of Life).

Three Sonorans: Progressive and Activist News in Tucson and Arizona
A fun and thorough independent Tucson source from perspectives of activists

UNIDOS is a new youth coalition of students from local Tucson high schools, alumni and community members, demanding our educational human rights. UNIDOS was created in response to H.B. 2281, the ban on Ethnic Studies throughout the state of Arizona, and the growing attacks on our education. UNIDOS seeks to protect and expand Ethnic Studies and promote the values and diversity, justice and equity in our education.


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