Research Projects and Student Opportunities

The Southwest Borderlands Studies program develops collaborative, multidisciplinary research projects which bring together faculty from diverse disciplines to explore the complexities of borderland spaces and their implications in today’s global society.

Many past and current research projects incorporate Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s rich institutional resources for border studies and Mexican American studies, including the John E. Conner Museum, South Texas Archives, Institute for Architectural Engineering Heritage, GeoSpatial Laboratory, and Center for Tejano Studies.

Some of our current projects and initiatives include:

  • South Texas Hispanic Farm Labor Communities Oral History Project
  • Rancho Colorado Cemetery Historic Preservation Project
  • Folk Healing in the Borderlands: A Longitudinal Study of Young Adults’ Attitudes Regarding Curanderismo, Mexican American Folk Healing Practices
  • Sustainable Community Development: Community Planning Study for the City of San Diego, Texas
  • South Texas Urban Parks Public Archaeology Project

Student Research Opportunities

Are you interested in taking part in borderland studies and Mexican American studies-related research? Many current research projects are actively involving undergraduate and graduate students in various stages of research, including project formulation, data gathering, interpretation, and public presentation. These include both paid and volunteer research assistant opportunities. Through both SWBS courses and research project experiences, students have the opportunity to conduct independent research, give professional presentations at regional and national conferences, and pursue publication. By building research, presentation, and publication experience, SWBS hopes to increase the preparation of Texas A&M University-Kingsville students for strong employment opportunities and graduate school.

Undergraduate students have presented the results of their research at conferences including:

American Anthropological Association

American Society for Ethnohistory

Southwest Psychological Association

Texas Oral History Association

Texas Archaeological Society

For more information about how to get involved, contact the program director:

Dr. Christine Reiser Robbins at

This page was last updated on: September 29, 2016