Since its inception, the Southwest Center has sponsored dozens of research projects that have enhanced our understanding of trans-border culture and history.

  • Linguistic and literary studies of the Yaqui People of Sonora;
  • Diachronic analyses of the economics, cultures, and history of northern Mexico;
  • Research in comparative urban development;
  • Ethnobotanical studies among the Mayo and Guarijío peoples of southern Sonora.
  • Multidisciplinary studies of the region that explore cultural dimensions of plant cultivation and land use;
  • Southwestern folklore;
  • Study and inventory of Sonoran religious art;
  • Studies in the architecture and urbanism of northwest Mexico and the American Southwest;
  • Water and Food Security in the Southwest Borderlands;
  • Ranching history and sustainability.



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