Comparative Border Studies  is a unique research initiative designed to bring scholars, artists, and publics together to discuss and debate issues pertaining to geopolitical and cultural borders.

The goal of Comparative Border Studies is to facilitate productive exchanges that welcome all political views and expand our understanding of the challenges facing societies and nations divided by borders.  The initiative develops programming that explores a range of topics, such as: security, immigration, trade relations, cultural production, and bicultural/binational education. 

The initiative develops yearlong themes to provide structure and move us from a consideration of local to global borders. The current and upcoming themes are: