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.

In March 2016, the Mexican Foreign Ministry selected the following Mexican scholars.

  • Dr. Adrián de León Arias, Universidad de Guadalajara. Agentes de cambio, instituciones (organizaciones) y desarrollo económico: Identificando y explicando la transformación de la industria de la información y el conocimiento de México a través de su dinámica empresarial.”
  • Dra. Amalia Patricia Cobos Campos, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua. Mecanismos judiciales de combate a la corrupción. Un estudio comparado entre México y EUA.”
  • Mtra. Denia Díaz Núñez, Escuela Nacional de Música, UNAM. “Edición crítica del Manuscrito García (Chalco, 1772).”
  • Dra. Diana Barrón Villaverde, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. Centros de investigación como catalizadores de innovación de la Ley de Transición Energética en México.”
  • Dra. Edtna Jauregui Ulloa, Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de Guadalajara. Evaluation of Physical Activity in Mexican Schools through Different Methods with Implication on Future Policies.”
  • Dra. Margarita Dalton, Centro de Investigación y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), Oaxaca. Mujeres en transición de frontera por acontecimientos políticos. California, México/Estados Unidos 1840-1885.”
  • Dra. Gemma Kloppe Santamaría, Depto. Estudios Internacionales, ITAM. En el vórtice de la violencia: linchamientos, justicia extralegal y Estado en el México post-revolucionario.”
  • Dr. Antonio Hernández Espriú, Facultad de Ingeniería de la UNAM, Earth Sciences Division. Desarrollo de investigación piloto para la evaluación de acuíferos en plays de Shale Gas en México.”
  • Dr. Martin Nieto, Depto. de Física, Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Building up expertise for the modeling of nuclear fuel cycles utilizing fusion neutron sources.”
  • Dr. Oscar Misael Hernández-Hernández, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Sede Matamoros. Políticas y riesgos en la migración y repatriación de menores mexicanos por la frontera Tamaulipas–Texas: análisis de información.”

Previous Matías Romero Chairs

Fall 2013

Guadalupe González, professor, Division of International Studies at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, and academic director, CIDE research project Mexico, the Americas, and the World: Foreign Public and Political Opinion. She is an Associate Researcher for the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of San Diego. Professor Gonzalez is an expert in foreign policy and international relations, with specific research interests in Mexico-U.S. relations, Latin American–Mexican relations, comparative foreign policy in Latin America, national security, drug trafficking, and organized crime.  She was a founding member of the Mexican Council of International Affairs and has been a member of the Academic Council of the School of Intelligence for National Security. She taught the graduate seminar Public Opinion, Political Culture, and International Relations in Latin America during fall 2013.

Spring 2012

Gustavo Vega, director, Center for International Studies, El Colegio de México. Dr. Vega is an expert in U.S.-Mexican economic relations and North American integration, having studied and written extensively on the topic. Professor Vega has been a member of five binational panels under Chapter 19 of NAFTA. He taught the graduate seminar Critical Issues in Mexico–United States Relations during spring 2012.

Fall 2009

Roberto Breña, professor of Political History, Center for International Studies, El Colegio de México. Dr. Breña is a noted authority on nineteenth-century Latin American history, and holds an MA in philosophy from UNAM and a PhD in political science from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. During fall 2009, he taught the graduate seminar Making Sense of a Bicentennial Commemoration: The Latin American Independence Movements (1808–1824), as well as New Historiographic Perspectives, an overview of the Spanish American independence movements.

Spring 2008

Rodolfo Cruz, director, Population Studies Department, Colegio de la Frontera del Norte, Tijuana, Baja California. He has taught numerous courses on demography there and at San Diego State University. Dr. Cruz also has published widely on Mexican migration patterns and on immigration, border labor forces, and the gender dynamics of labor participation along the U.S.-Mexico border. During his semester in Austin, Dr. Cruz taught a graduate seminar on international migration, with a focus on Mexican migration to the U.S. He also participated in a major conference on immigration hosted by LLILAS in April 2008.

Spring 2007

Gustavo Chapela, former director, Mexico’s National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT). In addition to CONACYT, he was director of the Mexican Institute of Oil (Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo) and president of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. Dr. Chapela has published extensively in many prestigious journals and has been a visiting professor at Oxford University and the University of Minnesota. During his stay in Austin, Dr. Chapela taught the course Higher Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation: The Value Chain of Scientific Knowledge.

Spring 2006

Jaime Parada Ávila was the first Matías Romero Visiting Professor. He has been the general director of the National Council for Science and Technology in Mexico, where he developed education policy to promote higher education and increase value for developments in the fields of science and technology. He worked in the private sector as a chief technology officer for Celulosa y Derivados. For the past thirty years, he has been a leader in Mexico in the fields of business management, product development, higher education, consultancy in engineering, innovation programs, and manufacturing and quality systems.  Professor Parada Ávila taught the graduate course Science, Technology, and Development: Mexico's Challenge and the USA's Role.


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