Trans-Border Institute
Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8123

Location: KIPJ Room 238
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Facebook iTunesU Flickr YouTube Twitter

Trans-Border Institute

About the Institute

The Trans-Border Institute (TBI) advances the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies' mission of building and sustaining peace and justice. The TBI promotes dialogue, understanding, and collaboration to address transnational issues among the peoples of the Unites States, Mexico and beyond.

Inspired by the vision and leadership of Sister Sally Furay, the institute:

  • Conducts cutting-edge, policy-focused and applied research,
  • Promotes public education and debate, and
  • Engages directly with policy makers and stakeholders to improve border relations and the quality of life across borders.

Today, the Trans-Border Institute is one of the country’s leading centers for promoting dialogue, understanding, and cooperation along the U.S.-Mexico border. Through a combination of policy research and analysis, international dialogue, publications, education and training programs, public outreach, and cultural programs, the institute is a valuable resource for students, researchers, and the wider community. 

The institute's staff and student interns benefit from the insight of an international council of advisors. It has a rich network of scholars and experts, and close partnerships with other organizations in the United States and Latin America.

Our Mission

The Trans-Border Institute (TBI) promotes research, outreach and dialogue on border issues. For the last twenty years, TBI has been a leading source of expertise on the relationship between the United States and Mexico. Policy makers, educators and civic leaders throughout the Americas look to TBI for unbiased information, careful analysis, and creative approaches to hot-button issues. From migration and border security, to the war on drugs and organized crime, to regional economic inequality and development, TBI has helped to reshape how we think about the border and its myriad social, economic and cultural manifestations.