Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera (Ph.D. in Political Science, The New School for Social Research) is Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. Her areas of expertise are Mexico-U.S. relations, organized crime, immigration, border security, and human trafficking. Her newest book is titled Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico (University of Texas Press, 2017). She was recently the Principal Investigator of a research grant to study organized crime and trafficking in persons in Central America and along Mexico’s eastern migration routes, supported by the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. She is now working on a project to analyze all aspects of Mexican undocumented immigration in the United States. Dr. Correa-Cabrera is currently the President of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Project Summary

Through this project, the researcher will systematize and analyze some of the information obtained through an 18 month JTIP research grant that involved extensive field research to understand the role of transnational organized crime in the trafficking of migrants in the “Northern Triangle” of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) and along Mexico’s eastern migration routes. During the duration of this fellowship, the researcher proposes to produce four publishable articles (one per country of study) presenting the results of this research that can eventually form part of a book on this relevant and understudied subject.

Major Publications

Democracy in “Two Mexicos”: Political Institutions in Oaxaca and Nuevo León (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
Special issue of the Journal of Borderlands Studies (co-edited with Kathleen Staudt): The Multiple U.S.-Mexico Borders. Volume 29, Issue 4, 2014.
Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy and Civil War in Mexico (UT Press, forthcoming Spring 2017).