Jorge A. Bustamante
Eugene P. and Helen Conley Professor of Sociology
As old conflicts fester and new problems erupt along the U.S.-Mexico border, longstanding immigration and border issues expert Jorge Bustamante is increasingly called upon to further understanding of these complex matters.
A native from Chihuahua, and resident of Tijuana, Bustamante is known worldwide as an advocate of human and labor rights for immigrants. He was appointed a UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, under the United Nations Council on Human Rights, and in 2006, he was nominated by the Mexican Congress for a Nobel Peace Prize. He is also the recipient of the 2007 Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award, one of the highest honors granted by the American Sociological Association.
Bustamante earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Notre Dame, where he has served on the faculty for nearly 30 years. He is the founder and president of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, a prominent Mexican research institute devoted to the study of social issues affecting the border region between Mexico and the United States. In 2007, Bustamante received the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award, the highest award granted to a sociologist in the United States.
Eugene and Helen Conley, who endowed professorships in political science and sociology, held a deep regard for Notre Dame and for its president emeritus, the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Gene, the founder of Publisher’s Syndicate, was the first to offer the Gallup Poll and popular comics Mary Worth and Rex Morgan, MD, to newspapers through the country.