Jorge Bustamante is a Mexican sociologist with a Ph. D. from the University of Notre Dame, where he also holds an endowed chair ( Eugene Conley Professor of Sociology) since 1986. He was also President of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, a research and degree granting institute located in Tijuana, Mexico, from its creation in 1982 until January of 1998. He has more than 200 publications in scholarly journals of the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Venezuela, Spain and Mexico. The majority of these publications are research reports on: Mexican immigration to the United States, US-Mexico border phenomena and US-Mexico relations. Dr. Bustamante has been quoted as a leading expert in the field of international migrations by most major newspapers in the United States, as well as in his appearances in T.V. programs such as Nigth Line, 60 Minutes and the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour.
He wrote a weekly column in the editorial pages of Reforma since June of 2006 to May of 2014, after having written a similar one in Milenio diario of Mexico City from 2000 to March 2006, and Excelsior from 1984 to 1997. His research on international migrations was cited by President Miguel de la Madrid of Mexico when he gave Dr. Bustamante the highest award the Mexican government grants to scientist know as the “Premio Nacional de Ciencias “ in 1988. He has been a faculty member of: the University of Texas at Austin, El Colegio de México in Mexico City and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. As a visiting professor he has been in charge of seminars and graduate courses at the Universities of: California, Riverside; The National University of Mexico and the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris. In a ceremony in the presidential house of Los Pinos, President Carlos Salinas de Gortari presented Dr. Bustamante with the National Award on Demography on October 20, 1994 for his research on the Mexican migration to the United States.
During 1994, Dr. Bustamante accepted the following appointments: Member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (J-PAC); Member of the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC).These bodies were created by the governments of Mexico, the United States and Canada as a result of the “parallel agreements” of NAFTA. Following Mexico’s membership at the OECD (May 1994) Dr. Bustamante was appointed by the OECD as SOPEMI’s (Continuous Reporting System on Migration) correspondent for Mexico. Dr. Bustamante continues serving as coordinator of the Social Sciences Committee of the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology for the President of Mexico. In September of 1995 he was appointed by the government of Japan as their Honorary Consul in Baja California, Mexico. In 1995 he was a member of a binational group or researchers, appointed respectively by the governments of Mexico and the United States, to conduct research on various aspects of the Mexican migration to the United States. In 1997 the member countries of Latin America and the Caribbean , voted in favor of Mexico’s proposal to appoint Dr. Bustamante as one of a new 5-member UN committee to study worldwide the relationship between international migrations and human rights. In November of 1997, during the committee’s first working session in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Bustamante was elected President of this UN committee. One year later, he was reelected.
The Bank of Bilbao Vizcaya Foundation granted its annual fellowship to Dr. Bustamante on July of 1998. This is the first time this fellowship, one of the most prestigious in Spain, is granted to a social scientist. It has been awarded to several Nobel prizes in the past.
Dr. Bustamante was appointed on May 12 of 2000 as UAM (Metropolitan Autonomus University of Mexico City’s) Junta Directiva. This collective body elects all the Chancellors and it is the highest authority of the whole UAM, which has more than 200,000 students. It consists of three academically self-governing universities. They are known as UAM-Atzcapotzalco, UAM-Iztapalapa and UAM-Xochimilco. Each one has a Rector (Chancellor) appointed by the Junta Directiva. There is a Rector General, above the three others, who in UAM’s chief executive officer also appointed by the Junta Directiva. On January 2001 he was appointed as member of the advisory group on immigration and population policies by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. In the month of January 2003, was appointed as Emeritus scholar of the National System of Scholars of the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico. Appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants as of July 29 2005, position he held until June 2011. On January 3 of 2005 The Permanent Committee (Comisión Permanente) of the Legislative Power of México produced a resolution which was voted unanimously to nominate Dr. Jorge A. Bustamante for the Peace Nobel Price. On January 14 Dr. Bustamante was notified by the President of the American Sociological Association that he was selected as the 2007 recipient of the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award, one of the two highest granted to a sociologist in the United States. On October 26, 2010 the Mexican Bar Association awarded Prof. Bustamante the National Jurisprudence Award for his work in favor of the human rights of migrants. On December 13, 2011 he was appointed by the Mexican Senate as an advisor to the Director of the National Commission of Human Rights of Mexico.
Research Interests: International Migration; Mexican American Studies
Areas of Study: Race and Ethnicity