Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Professor Ricardo Ainslie to Lead Mexico Center

Wed, January 25, 2017
Professor Ricardo Ainslie to Lead Mexico Center

The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) is pleased to announce that Professor Ricardo Ainslie will assume leadership of the LLILAS Mexico Center.

As one of the foremost centers for the study of Mexico in the United States, the LLILAS Mexico Center holds as its mission the promotion of greater knowledge and understanding of Mexico in the United States, and the advancement of Mexican studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

Founded by Professor Bryan Roberts in 1980, the Center has been a core priority at LLILAS over the ensuing decades. One of the cornerstones of the Center is creating a fertile environment for scholarly collaborations across borders. The Center has recently added two ambitious programs: the Matías Romero Visiting Scholars Program and the Marcela Lagarde y de los Ríos Program for the Study of Gender Violence, the latter in collaboration with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at UT Austin.

Ainslie is M.K. Hage Professor in Education within the Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, at UT Austin. His work explores the intersection of psychology and culture through such topics as the psychological experience of immigration, ethnic conflicts within communities, and the relationship between individual and collective identity.

Virginia Garrard-Burnett, director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, is delighted to welcome Ainslie. “Having lived and worked in Mexico and the United States, Rico will infuse the Mexico Center with new energy and passion as we move into a brave new era of US–Mexico relations.”

In line with the priorities of UT President Greg Fenves to expand research and exchange between the university and Mexican scholarly institutions, LLILAS and the Mexico Center are committed to promoting mutual understanding between the United States and Mexico, and to deepening academic collaboration in the hopes of improving lives on both sides of the border.

As one of the principal goals under his leadership, Ainslie points to new efforts to establish the Mexico Center as the home for cross-campus research and collaboration between the UT Austin and Mexico. “These activities will extend beyond the College of Liberal Arts to include interdisciplinary efforts in the spirit of President Greg Fenves’s initiatives in Mexico begun last year,” says Ainslie. “Our aim is to align the Center with this vision in hopes of building a new and creative alignment between The University of Texas at Austin and Mexico’s leading universities. I am grateful for this opportunity and very much look forward to working with Mexicanist colleagues as we move toward this new conception of the Mexico Center.”

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