Wayne Cornelius Wins Mexico’s Highest Honor for Foreigners

Wayne Cornelius first fell in love with Mexico in 1962 as a small-town Pennsylvania high schooler. It was his first trip abroad (first time west of the Mississippi, actually), and he “got hooked,” he says, on the country, its people, history, food and music. Now, the social scientist who founded UC San Diego’s Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, as well as Center for U.S-Mexican Studies, has been honored with Mexico’s highest award for foreigners: the Order of the Aztec Eagle. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Wayne Cornelius, PhD, a member of the core faculty in the Division of Global Public Health, directs undergraduate programming for the University of California’s ten-campus Global Health Institute. In addition, he co-directs the UC Center of Expertise on Migration and Health and is founder and Director Emeritus of the UCSD Center for Comparative Immigration Studies.

Dr. Cornelius is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Emeritus; and Theodore E. Gildred Professor of U.S.-Mexican Relations, Emeritus, at UCSD.More information: