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Wayne A. Cornelius

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Wayne A. Cornelius is director of undergraduate programming for the University of California’s ten-campus Global Health Institute; Co-Director of the UC Center of Expertise on Migration and Health; and a Core Faculty Member in the Division of Global Public Health, School of Medicine, University of California-San Diego. He is Director Emeritus of the UCSD Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, which he founded and directed until 2009; Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Emeritus; and Theodore E. Gildred Professor of U.S.-Mexican Relations, Emeritus, at UCSD. He is a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn, Germany). He was previously Professor of Political Science at MIT, Visiting Professor of Political Science at Princeton, and a Faculty Fellow at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Tokyo.  He founded UCSD’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and directed it until 2003.  He joined UCSD’s Division of Global Public Health in 2009.

Professor Cornelius graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. in Political Science and Latin American Studies, from The College of Wooster (Ohio). His Ph.D. (in political science) is from Stanford University. He is a past President of the Latin American Studies Association, the largest international organization of Latin American specialists, 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 has conducted field research in Mexico and the United States nearly every year of his career, and in Japan and Spain from 1992-2008. He continues to teach in the Mexican Migration Field Research and Training Program at UCSD and mentors graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a variety of disciplines.

A specialist on Mexican migration to the United States, comparative immigration policy (U.S., Spain, Japan), international migration and health, and the Mexican political system, he is the author, co-author, or editor of 285 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). Recent journal articles deal with the impacts of international migration on health outcomes, and the role of U.S. deportation policies in the transmission of HIV/AIDs. He co-authored a major report on immigration enforcement policies for the National Academy of Sciences, released in December 2011.  His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Times of London, Newsweek, US News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition,” and “Marketplace,” PBS’ NewsHour , PBS’ Front Line, BBC World Service, CNN, CBS News’ “60 Minutes”, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, ABC Evening News, and other national and international media.

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