El Aula

A place for learning in the classroom and beyond.

The Bi-National Classroom: Conversations Among Mexican and U.S. Students

Research Projects


On-Going Conversations

More coming Spring 2018


Recent Conversations

USC/ITAM IR students debate Iran nuclear deal, Spring 2016

USC/ITAM FP students debate Iran nuclear deal, Fall 2015

USC/ITAM IR students, Spring 2017


none currently underway


USC/ITAM papers on issues in US-Mexico Relations


Beyond the classroom, the U.S.-Mexico Network helps students with a particular interest in Mexico, the United States, or the bilateral relationship work for a semester or a summer as an intern in organizations related to their interests.  Since 2009, the Network has helped place dozens of students in internships at the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Americas Program, in Washington, DC, the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City, and the Mexican Embassy, Washington DC (Mexican citizens only).

If you are interested in such an internship, contact us.

Opportunities for 2017-2018

Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Mexico Institute

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Center for Strategic and International Studies, U.S.-Mexico Futures Initiative

Endeavor Mexico


Beyond the classroom, the U.S.-Mexico Network hosts a speaker series at the University of Southern California focused on issues related to Mexico, the United States or their bilateral relationship.  Previous speakers have included key policymakers in US-Mexico relations as well as academic experts on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico affairs.

These have included Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, (and current U.S. Ambassador to Mexico), Arturo Sarukhan, the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Carlos Pascual, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Sada, the Mexican Consul General in Los Angeles (and current Undersecretary for North America), Rafael Fernández de Castro, foreign policy adviser to Mexican President Felipe Calderón (and current director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies), Professors Robert Pastor of American University, David Shirk of the University of San Diego, Governors Graco Ramírez of Morelos and Claudia Pavlovich of Sonora, Carlos García de Alba, Mexican Consul General in Los Angeles, and Leon Krauze award-winning Mexican journalist, author, and news anchor at Univision’s Los Angeles TV station.

Recent events: 

Leon Krauze event 3 (1)Lunch Speakers series (ASC)


More events to be announced soon