Ms. Baba s research focuses on the transition of social security system reforms in Mexico from the perspective of comparative studies in rural areas. The challenges of a social security system are important issues that are inextricably linked to the quality of a newborn democracy, not only in Mexico, but in all of Latin America. In Mexico, the problems of the social security system differ by region according to the distinct policy and actors in each state or municipality. Ms. Baba plans to conduct a comparative analysis of various rural communities within Mexico in order to examine the reality and consequences of social security reforms. Secondly, she will bring into focus the characteristics of Mexican reforms through a comparative analysis of reform processes in other Latin American nations.