Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

The Bildner Center brings together scholars, policymakers, civil society leaders, and other stakeholders to further understand and foster policy-oriented research concerning the governance, security, and economic well-being of peoples in the Americas.

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The center's mission is to create a shared community of specialists in the Americas and organizations to forward understanding of the complexities of social, economic, political, cultural, and ecological life in the Western Hemisphere.


Founded in 1982 with the support of businessman and philanthropist Albert Bildner, the Center has been directed by sociologist Mauricio Font since 2000.

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Mexico Project; Photo credit: Sebastien Paquet/Flickr

Our Projects

The Center has several projects regarding social, political, and economic dynamics in the western hemisphere: the Brazil Project, the Cuba Project, and the Mexican Studies Group.

Maize in Peru; Photo credit: CIAT/Flickr

Our Program Areas

Our major program areas are: Transitions and Reform Processes in a Global Context, Developing Human and Social Capital, Democratic Governance and Human Security, Transnational Communities, and Global Cooperation and Regional Integration.

Areas of Focus

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