We had no idea when we first published Geo-Mexico, the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico, and started this associated blog, how many readers we would reach.
On the one hand, very few U.S. or Canadian universities have courses devoted specifically to Mexico. There are quite a number of geography courses with titles such as “The Geography of Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America”, or “The Geography of Latin America”, but very few that focus mainly or solely on Mexico. This is unfortunate and means that most geography students graduating from USA universities will have only a partial knowledge, at best, of their southern neighbor. It also means that Geo-Mexico was not adopted by as many university courses as we might have hoped.
On the other hand, the book has been used in several courses that were not part of its target market, including courses in “The Politics of Mexico” and at least one International Affairs program. Equally, it has exceeded our expectations in providing a basic guide for non-specialists interested in getting a better knowledge of Mexico; the frequent feedback from readers has been overwhelmingly positive and gratifying. (Please keep it coming!)
The blog has proved to be very popular, and its audience continues to grow ~ don’t forget to recommend it to friends and colleagues. We welcome all comments and suggestions for future posts. We also welcome 400-800 word submissions (which will be published with your byline), but please contact us first.
Maps from Geo-Mexico have been included in many academic publications and a number of graduate theses. Publications that referred to the book, and/or blog, cover an amazing range of topics. A random sampling includes:
- “Environmental risk, resilience and migration: implications for natural resource management and agriculture” in Environmental Research Letters (2012)
- “Texas and Mexico: Sharing a Legacy of Poverty and Neglected Tropical Diseases” in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2012)
- “Zapatista Autonomy in Cartel Mexico: Preserving Smallholder Viability”, in Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (2011)
- “NAFTA: The Mexican Economy, and Undocumented Migration” a research paper of Naval War College Newport, RI, Joint Military Operations Dept. (2011)
- The Future of Entrepreneurship in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
- “Climate Change, Migration and Security, Best Practice Policy and Operational Options for Mexico”, an Interim Report from the Royal United Services Institute, Whitehall, London (2012)
- “Vulnerability and Surviving Pattern of Elderly Migrants in Urban Mexico”, in Journal of Sociological Research (2012)
- OECD Reviews of Risk Management Policies: Mexico 2013 Review of the Mexican National Civil Protection System (OECD 2013)
To all our readers, thanks for your support, and we wish you all a
Happy New Year! ¡Feliz año nuevo!