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

Matías Romero Visiting Scholars Program

The Matías Romero Visiting Scholars Program was originally created in 2003 as the Matías Romero Chair in Mexican Studies through an educational and research cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Mexico and UT Austin. Its purpose is to promote the presence and participation of distinguished Mexicans from the public and private sectors, as well as from academia, to foster greater understanding of Mexican culture and society.

For more information, and to apply, visit the Matías Romero VSP Call 2017–18 online application form.
Para mayor información, y para llenar su solicitud, vea el formulario para candidatos del Programa Matías Romero 2017–18 en inglés.

Lea la Convocatoria 2017–2018 del Programa de Investigaciones Conjuntas Matías Romero publicada por SRE.

Contact:  Mariela García, 512.471.8418

The Mexican government's commitment to academic collaboration with UT Austin led to the renewal and reformulation of the Matías Romero Agreement on July 9, 2015. The reformulated agreement has the objective of advancing a shared vision of innovative research that will promote basic scientific and humanistic discovery, as well as new knowledge applied for practical ends on topics that both Mexico and Texas identify as high priority.

The current Matías Romero Visiting Scholars Program is open to any discipline, from the STEM fields to Humanities and Social Sciences, and will support up to ten (10) projects each academic year.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry selected the following Mexican scholars for the Matías Romero grant in January 2017:

  • Dr. Alberto Simpser, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. “Vote buying in Mexican elections: new evidence on an old question”

  • Evelyn Mejía Carrasco, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. “Experiences of violence: police subjectivity and ethnic belonging”

  • Dr. Rolando Díaz Loving, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. “Effects of Culture on Violence and Well-being among Hispanics”

  • Dr. Rubén Minutti Zanatta, Escuela Libre de Derecho. “Sistema Nacional de Defensoria Pública y Centro Pericial Nacional, como binomio estratégico para el acceso a la justicia en México”

  • Dr. Alfonso Valenzuela Aguilera, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos. “Securitized real estate instruments: the financialization of social housing in Mexico”

  • Dra. Elda Nelly Treviño, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. “Contrast of the effects of a Dalcroze Eurhythmics–based intervention on physical, cognitive, and emotional domains in a population of older adults in Texas, USA, and Nuevo León, México”

  • María Rocío Aguilar Rangel, LANGEVIO-CINESTAV, Irapuato. “Genes from wild relatives in the adaptation of Mexican native maize to new environments”

  • Dra. Olga Nelly Estrada, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. “Los estudiantes de movilidad estudiantil con doble retorno del nivel superior y el sueño americano”

  • Dr. Gabriel Luna Bárcenas, CINESTAV, Querétaro. “Smart biomaterials for health and the environment”

  • Dra. Claudia Carretta Beltrán, CINESTAV, Instituto Politécnico Nacional. “Poverty and intelligence: The new dyad for the configuration of Mexican society (1900–1940)”


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