Who We Are
The Mexican Center of LLILAS, established in 1980, is one of the foremost centers for the study of Mexico in the United States. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Mexico and to coordinate the advancement of Mexican studies at the University of Texas at Austin. With nearly seventy Mexicanist faculty on campus, UT Austin has one of the largest research and teaching groups on Mexico and bilateral U.S.-Mexico relations outside Mexico. Their research covers a range of interests from Mesoamerica's culture and languages to colonial and modern history, water resources, social inequalities, migration and border issues, gender and indigenous issues, contemporary Mexican politics, and art and architecture. The Mexican Center brings together students and faculty, visiting researchers, and the communities of Austin, Texas, and Mexico to foster a fuller understanding of our region.
What We Do
The Mexican Center offers more a variety of stipends and travel grants to students at UT Austin. Funds provide support for U.S. and Mexican students to conduct research in Mexico and for Mexican students to study at UT. For more information about the fellowships we offer and to apply online, visit Fellowships.
Matías Romero Visiting Chair
In partnership with the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations, we host the Matías Romero Visiting Chair in Mexican Studies, which brings a distinguished academic from Mexico to teach a graduate seminar at UT each year. For a complete listing of previous Matías Romero Chairs, visit Matías Romero Visiting Chair.
Becas de Investigacíon
LLILAS and the Benson Latin American Collection offer travel fellowships to scholars from Mexican and Central American universities who wish to do short-term research at the Benson Latin American Collection at UT Austin. To learn more about the Becas de Investigacíon, visit Fellowships.
LLILAS works with the International Office at UT Austin to coordinate exchange agreements with Mexican research institutions, which include El Colegio de México, Mexico's most prestigious university for the study of international relations, and CIESAS (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social), the leading institution for the study of the social sciences. We also maintain strong ties with the Universidad Veracruzana, one of Mexico's largest public universities.
The Mexican Center organizes talks and conferences on a wide array of topics related to Mexico. Recent events have included a workshop on law enforcement on the border, a symposium on sustainable development, a lecture on the impact of the 2012 Mexican elections, a book presentation on the history of Mexican immigration in Texas, a roundtable discussion on colonial Mexican art history, and the series Foodways of Mexico.
For a complete listing of LLILAS events, visit our Events Calendar.
Connect with Us
Are you interested in helping out with some of our events? E-mail the Mexican Center to find out how.
LLILAS Scholarly Programs Newsletter
To learn about recent news, upcoming events, research activities, and publications at UT about Mexico and other Latin American countries, subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter.
Follow LLILAS on Facebook
At the LLILAS page on Facebook you'll find frequent updates on LLILAS events, faculty and student research, and news about Latin America.