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The International Population Center has had a long-standing commitment to research relating to issues along the U.S.-Mexico border and has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Population Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana, Mexico (

The fertilty map of US-Mexican border
The fertilty distribution of the U.S.- Mexico border


John R. Weeks, Project Director, "Border Issues in Population/Family Planning," Grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bergstrom Foundation, the S. H. Cowell Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation to the San Diego State University Foundation, 1986-1987.

John R. Weeks, Principal Investigator, "Demographic Interrelatedness of the U.S. Mexico Border Region," Grant from the S.H. Cowell Foundation, and a Joint Statistical Agreement (JSA) with the U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1988-1989.

John R. Weeks, Project Director, "Publication of Proceedings of Population Issues Along the U.S.-Mexico Border," grants from the S.H. Cowell Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 1990.

Manual García y Griego, John R. Weeks, and Roberto Ham Chande, "Migration to Mexico," in C. Nam, R. Weller, and W. Serow (eds.), Comparative Handbook of International Migration (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press), 1990.

John R. Weeks, "The Binational Survey in San Diego and Tijuana," Frontera Norte 2(4): 234-236, 1990.

John R. Weeks and Roberto Ham Chande (eds.), Demographic Dynamics of the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of Texas at El Paso: Texas Western Press), 1992.

John R. Weeks, "The Changing Demographic Structure of the San Diego Region," in Norris Clement, editor, San Diego and Tijuana in Transition (San Diego State University: Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias), 1993.

Paul Ganster, John R. Weeks, and Roberto Ham-Chande, “Demographic Dynamics of the U.S.-Mexico Border,” International Journal of the Sociology of Language 114:124-129, 1995

John R. Weeks, “Demographic Dynamics of the San Diego-Tijuana Region,” Chapter 2 (pp 17-34) in Mark Spalding, editor, Sustainable Development in San Diego-Tijuana: Environmental, Social and Economic Implications of Interdependence.  La Jolla: Center for US-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1999.


John R. Weeks, Co-Principal Investigator (with Rubén G. Rumbaut), "Perinatal Risks and Outcomes Among Low-Income Immigrants," grant from the U.S. Public Health Service, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health and Resource Development, 1990-91.

John R. Weeks and Rubén G. Rumbaut, "Infant Mortality Among Ethnic Immigrant Groups," Social Science and Medicine, 33(3): 327-334, 1991.

Rubén G. Rumbaut and John R. Weeks, "Unraveling a Public Health Enigma: Why do Immigrants Experience Superior Perinatal Health Outcomes?"  Research in the Sociology of Health Care, 13(B): 337-391, 1996.

John R. Weeks, Rubén G. Rumbaut, and Norma Ojeda, "Reproductive Outcomes Among Mexico-Born Women in San Diego and Tijuana: Testing the Migration Selectivity Hypothesis," The Journal of Immigrant Health 1(2):77-90, 1999.

Rubén G. Rumbaut and John R. Weeks, "Children of Immigrants: Is Americanization Hazardous to Infant Health?" in Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Barry M. Lester, and Barry Zuckerman, editors, Children of Color: Research, Health, and Policy Issues (New York: Garland Publishing), 1999.

Christopher Peak and John R. Weeks, “Does Community Context Influence Reproductive Outcomes of Mexican Origin Women in San Diego, California?”, The Journal of Immigrant Health, 4(3):125-136, 2002.


John R. Weeks, Principal Investigator, "Determining the Costs of Illegal Immigrant Criminal Activity and Use of Emergency Medical Services in San Diego and Imperial Counties," Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, through the United States/Mexico Border Counties Coalition, 2000-2001

David McIntyre and John R. Weeks, " Environmental Impacts of Illegal Immigration on the Cleveland National Forest in California." Professional Geographer, 54 (3): 392-405, 2002.

Tanis Salant, Christine Brenner, Nadia Rubaii-Barrett, and John R. Weeks;Illegal Immigrants in U.S./Mexico Border Counties: The Costs of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Medical Services. Final Report to the United States/Mexico Border Counties Coalition, 2001 (

John R. Weeks, Co-Investigator (Douglas Stow, PI);Spatial Decision Support for Border Security,” Grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2003-2007

Project Team :

Project Director- John R. Weeks

Graduate Student Researchers:

Steve Warmerdam, Justin Stoler, Jeff Vandersip, Christopher Peak, David McIntyre, and Gina Berseutes

Last Updated January 29, 2010

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