Stephen Mumme

Stephen Mumme
Professor, Department of Political Science, Colorado State University

Mumme’s project examines the politics and institutional development of U.S.-Mexico management of transboundary water resources since the landmark 1944 U.S.-Mexico Water Treaty was struck at the end of World War II.  He will develop a series of papers and complete a book related to this work.

The U.S.-Mexican Salinity Crisis, 1961-1973: History and Significance for Colorado River Management Today mim-symposium

Recent publications on U.S.-Mexico binational water management:

  • In draft nearing submission:  Stephen Mumme and Oscar Ibanez,  “Extraordinary Drought in USMEX Water Relations”;  Stephen Mumme, Jamie McEvoy, Nicolas Pineda, Margaret Wilder,  Shipping Water Across the U.S.-Mexico Border:  International Governance Dimensions of Desalination for Export”
  • Stephen P. Mumme, “Constructing Equity During the Salinity Crisis, 1961-1973:  Mexico, the United States and the Politics of Sharing on the Colorado River,” forthcoming in Journal of the Southwest (2017).
  • Stephen P. Mumme, “The Politics of U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Water Governance since NAFTA:  Observations on the (Changing?) Architecture of Power in U.S.-Mexico Water Relations,” Vol. 13 (6) of Globalizations (2016).
  • Stephen Mumme, “Enhancing the U.S.-Mexico Treaty Regime on Transboundary Rivers:   Minutes 317-319 and the Elusive Environmental Minute,” Journal of Water Law, Vol. 25:1 (2016): 27-37.
  • Luzman Fabiola Nava, Christopher Brown, Katalin Demeter, Frederic Lasserre, Maria Milances-Murcia, Stephen Mumme, and Samuel Sandoval-Solis, “Existing opportunities to adapt the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin Water Resources Allocation Regime,”  Water, 8:7 (2016) 291-313.
  • Stephen Mumme and Peter Taylor, “The Ocotillo Water War and the U.S.-Mexico Salinity Crisis:  An Examination of Transitivity and Scale in Environmental Justice,” Journal of the Southwest. Vol. 56, No.1 (Spring 2014): 1-28.
  • Stephen Mumme, Kimberly Collins, and Jose Luis Castro “Strengthening Binational Management of the Tijuana River,” University of Denver Water Law Review, Vol. 17, Issue 2 of (2014):  329-357.
  • Stephen Mumme and Oscar Ibanez,  “Power and Cooperation in Mexico-United States Water Management Since NAFTA,” in Peter Gilles, Harlan Koff, Carmen Maganda, and Christian Schulz, eds., Theorizing Borders Through Analyses of Power Relationships.  Published in the book series Regional Integration and Social Cohesion. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2013:  151-176. (refereed).
  • Margaret Wilder, Gregg Garfin, Paul Ganster, Hallie Eakin, Patricia Romero-Lankao, Francisco Lara-Valencia, Alfonso Cortez-Lara, Stephen Mumme, Carolina Neri, and Francisco Muñoz-Arriola. 2013.  “Chapter 16:  Climate Change and U.S.-Mexico Border Communities, Pp. 340-384 in, Gregg Garfin, Ed., Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States. An NCA Regional Input Report. Published in e-book form in Washington, D.C.:  Island Press. 505 pages.  http://www.islandpress.org/ip/books/book/distributed/A/bo9199001.html
  • Stephen P. Mumme, Oscar Ibanez, and Suzanne M. Till, “Multi-level Governance of Water on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Regions and Cohesion, Vol. 2:2 (Summer 2012): 6-29.
  • Stephen Mumme.  2011.  “The 1906 Rio Grande Water Convention,” in Steven L. Danver and John R. Burch editors, Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States.  Washington, D.C.:  CQ Press.
  • Stephen Mumme 2011. “International Boundary and Water Commission,” United States and Mexico in Steven L. Danver and John R. Burch editors, Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States.  Washington, D.C.:  CQ Press.
  • Stephen Mumme 2011. “The 1944 United States-Mexico Water Treaty,” in Steven L. Danver and John R. Burch editors, Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States.  Washington, D.C.:  CQ Press.
  • Stephen Mumme 2011. “United States-Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Act,” in Steven L. Danver and John R. Burch editors, Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States.  Washington, D.C.:  CQ Press.
  • Stephen Mumme 2011. “Colorado River Basin,”  in Steven L. Danver and John R. Burch editors, Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States.  Washington, D.C.:  CQ Press.
  • Stephen Mumme 2011. “1922 Colorado River Compact,” in Steven L. Danver and John R. Burch editors, Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States.  Washington, D.C.:  CQ Press.
  • Mumme, Stephen P., “Environmental Governance in the Rio Grande Watershed:  Binational Institutions and the Transboundary Water Crisis,” Vol. 1, No. 1, Journal of Transboundary Water Resources, Vol. 1 (February 2010): 43-68.  (refereed).
  • Stephen P. Mumme and Oscar Ibanez, “U.S.-Mexico Treaty Impediments to Border Security Infrastructure,” Natural Resources Journal, Vol. 49, No. 2 (Spring 2010). (refereed).
  • Stephen P. Mumme and Debra Little, “Leadership, Politics, and Administrative Reform at the United States’ Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico,” Social Science Journal, Vol. 47, No. 2 (March 2010): 1-19.  (refereed).
Fellowship Details: 
Fellowship Year: 
2016-2017
Other Affiliations: 
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Political Science