Mexico is of great importance to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. It has a rich history, culture, and economic and ecological relevance. Research and professional interests in Mexico are broad at the university, in fields ranging from history to public health and environmental studies. Special projects include an agreement between Rutgers and the State University System of Oaxaca (SUNEO), a multi-campus university system that facilitates the development of research and educational exchanges between the universities. Specific research has included an examination of dietary change among Oaxacan migrants to the US done in collaboration with the Food Policy Institute at Rutgers, Lazos America Unida, and SUNEO. This initiative is among several programs developed under Transnational New Brunswick, an initiative to bring Rutgers faculty and students together with members of the New Brunswick, NJ, Mexican community.
Other research on Mexico includes the study of the resilience of forests along the Meso-American Biological Corridor after environmental disturbances such as hurricanes, droughts, and fires. Under current scenarios of climate change, some of these disturbances will increase in frequency, making the region important for environmental change studies. There is also active research on Mexican history, the history of the Aztec peoples, and on the history of Mexican art.
Faculty throughout Rutgers dedicate themselves to Mexico related research. Laura C. Schneider is involved in an ongoing research project with Environmental Disturbance in Greater Yucatan (EDGY). Her research focuses on how human environment relations affect patterns and processes of land-use land-cover change. Louis Sass, professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, has a research project focused on opinions of mental disorders in indigenous groups in Michoacan, Mexico. He is sponsored by the School of Psychology of the Univerisity of Michoacan in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.