Tony Payan

Tony Payan

Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies |
Director, Mexico Center

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Tony Payan, Ph.D., is the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Rice University and a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Payan’s research focuses primarily on border studies, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border. His work theorizes on various topics regarding international borders, including border governance, immigration, border security, organized crime and the manifestation of U.S. foreign policy at its borders. Payan has authored two books: “Cops, Soldiers and Diplomats: Understanding Agency Behavior in the War on Drugs” and “The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security.” He has also co-edited five volumes: “Gobernabilidad e Ingobernabilidad en la Región Paso del Norte,” “Human Rights Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Gendered Violence and Insecurity,” “De Soldaderas a Activistas: La mujer chihuahuense en los albores del Siglo XXI,” “A War that Can’t Be Won: Binational Perspectives on the War on Drugs,” and “Undecided Nation: Political Gridlock and the Immigration Crisis.” He is currently working on a manuscript titled “The Bird’s Eye View: An Elite Analysis of Mexico’s 2006-2012 Security Strategy” and the second edition of his book “The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars.” He has written numerous book chapters and academic articles and attended dozens of conferences and workshops in the United States, Mexico, Canada and other countries. Payan has served on several boards, including the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority in El Paso, Texas, and the Plan Estratégico de Juárez in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership's Immigration Task Force and Mexico Energy Task Force. He also served as president of the Association of Borderlands Studies in 2009-2010. Payan earned his B.A. in philosophy and classical languages from the University of Dallas and his MBA from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. He received his doctorate degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 2001.

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