It is mostly aimed at conducting scientific research in the fields of history and social sciences, and also at contributing to the production of national scientific knowledge at the service of Mexican society. It has specialized mainly in Mexican history, and political, economical, social, and cultural studies, history and urban regional and international studies, social sciences and international cooperation.
It has a specialized faculty of research professors, trained in postgraduate studies in Mexico and abroad, with a wide teaching experience in many Mexican and foreign universities.
The researchers focus their study mainly on Mexico, the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Moreover, they belong to several cutting-edge intellectual groups in Mexico.