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Ricardo Ainslie

Professor

rainslie@austin.utexas.edu |
EDB 262G

Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan

Interests: Psychological Experience of Immigration; Ethnic Conflicts within Communities; the Relationship Between Individual and Collective Identity.

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James H. Cox

Professor

jhcox@austin.utexas.edu |
CAL 218

Education: Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Interests: Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Native American Literature; Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Ethnic American Literatures, including Chicana/o Literature and Literature of Immigration

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Richard R. Flores

Professor, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

flores@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-9209 |
GEB 3.212

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Folklore and Expressive Culture of Greater Mexico; Anthropology of Symbols; Anthropology of Religion; Anthropology and History; and Critical Theory.

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John Morán González

Director, Center for Mexican American Studies; Professor, Department of English

jmgonzal@utexas.edu |
(512) 471-5351 |
GWB 1.102E

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: Latino/a Literature; Chicano/a Literature; Late Nineteenth-Century American Literature; Postcolonial Studies; Narrative Theory

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Gloria González-López

Professor

gloria@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-6343 |
CLA 3.504

Education: Ph.D., University of Southern California

Interests: Gender and Sexuality with Populations of Mexican origin

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Madeline Y. Hsu

Professor

myhsu@austin.utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D., Yale University

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David L. Leal

Professor

dleal@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-1343 |
BAT 3.140 and MEZ 5.100

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: Latino Politics and Policy

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Raul L. Madrid

Professor

rmadrid@austin.utexas.edu |
512.232.7246 |
BAT 3.112

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: Comparative Politics; Political Economy; Latin American Politics; and Voting Patterns of Indigenous Populations in Latin America

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Martha Menchaca

Professor

mmen@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-7537 |
SAC 5.158

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: Social Anthropology; Ethnicity; Gender; Oral History; Chicano Studies; U.S./Mexican Culture; and Latin America

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Robin Moore

Professor

robin.moore@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-0373 |
MBE 3.210

Education: Ph.D., 1995, Music, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Music and Nationalism; Music and Race Relations; Popular Music Study; and Socialist Art Aesthetics.

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Yolanda C. Padilla

Clara Pope Willoughby Centennial Professor in Child Welfare

ypadilla@utexas.edu |
(512) 471-6266 |
SSW 3.130K

Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan

Interests: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Well-Being with an Emphasis on Mexican American Children and Families; Poverty; Immigration; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

Charles E. Ramirez Berg

University Distinguished Teaching Professor

ramberg@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-9925 |
CMA 5.120

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Latinos and Media; Mexican Cinema; Chicano Cinema; and Latino Stereotypes in Hollywood Cinema

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Pedro Reyes

Professor and Ashbel Smith Professor in Education Policy

preyes@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475-8569 |
1912 Speedway, Suite 310M

Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: Academic Success for Children of Poverty; Stratification of Learning Opportunities for Children of Color, and Policy Making in Education

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Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Professor

mrivas@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-0405 |
BMC 3.120

Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests: Intersection of Oral History and Journalism; and U.S. Latinos and the News Media.

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Néstor P. Rodríguez

Professor

nrodriguez@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-6300 |
CLA 3.528

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: International Migration; Immigration Policy; Border Enforcement; Global Urban Development; Racial/Ethnic Relations; and State Repression

Cinthia S. Salinas

Ruben E. Hinojosa Regents Professor in Education and Chair of Department of Curriculum and Instruction

cssalinas@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-3539 |
SZB 428G

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Historical Thinking and Citizenship Education in Bilingual, ESL, and Immigrant Schooling Contexts; Migrant Education, and High Stakes Testing in Social Studies.

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Luis Urrieta, Jr.

Professor

urrieta@austin.utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests: Identity, Agency, and Social Movements in Education with a focus on Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Indigenous (Purepecha) Formal and Informal Education; Native Research Methodologies; and Citizenship and Social Studies Education.

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Angela Valenzuela

Professor

valenz@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-6008 |
SZB 374H

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: Valenzuela's research and teaching interests are in the sociology of education, race and ethnic relations, education policy, school partnerships, urban education reform, and indigenous education.

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Emilio Zamora

Professor

e.zamora@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475-8706 |
GAR 2.104B

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Mexican American History; U.S. Working Class History; Oral History and the History of the Mexican Archival Enterprise in Texas and Northern Mexico

Associate Professors


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Mary Beltrán

Associate Professor

mary.beltran@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-0021 |
CMA 6.124B

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Critical and Cultural studies of the Construction of Race, Class, and Gender in U.S. Film and Television; with specializations in Latina/os and Media and Mixed Race and U.S. Media Culture.

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Oscar H. Casares

Associate Professor

ohcasares@utexas.edu |
(512) 471-8758 |
PAR 222

Education: M.F.A., University of Iowa

Interests: Creative Writing

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Karma R. Chávez

Associate Professor

karma.chavez@utexas.edu |
(512) 232-6888 |
GWB 2.306

Education: Ph.D., Arizona State University

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Cary Cordova

Associate Professor

cordova@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-4582 |
BUR 437

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Interconnectivity of Art, Politics, Place, and Public Policy; Latina/o Cultural Production, including Art, Music, and the Performing Arts, and Social Movements.

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George F. Flaherty

Associate Professor

gflaherty@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-5531 |
DFA 2.524

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Interests: Latin American and Latino Visual and Spatial Cultures since 1945; Film and Media Studies; Postcolonial Theory and Subaltern Studies, emphasis on Mexico and the U.S. Borderlands

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Thomas Garza

University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor and Director, Texas Language Center

tjgarza@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-9126 |
BUR 458

Education: Ed.D., Harvard University, 1987

Interests: Russian language teaching methodology; applied linguistics; contemporary Russian culture; the Chechen wars and the media; Post-Soviet youth culture; language teaching pedagogy; Russian popular culture; modern Russian language; contemporary Russian media

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Kenneth Greene

Associate Professor

kgreene@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-7206 |
BAT 4.112

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Mexican politics; Latin American Politics; Political Parties; and Social Science Research Methods

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Nicole Guidotti-Hernández

Associate Professor

ngh24@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-6313 |
BUR 422

Education: Ph.D., Cornell University

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Laura G. Gutiérrez

Associate Professor, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and Interim Chair

lauragutierrez@utexas.edu |
(512) 471-3543 |
GWB 2.332

Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: Latin American and Latina/o performance studies; visual cultural studies; gender and sexuality studies; feminist theory; queer theory; race and racial formations; and inter-American and transnational studies

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Julie A. Minich

Associate Professor

minichja@utexas.edu |
PAR 227

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies; Latina/o Literary and Cultural Studies; LGBT Studies; Feminist Studies; and Disability Studies

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Domino R. Perez

Associate Professor

drperez@austin.utexas.edu |
CAL 401

Education: Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Interests: Young Adult Fiction; American Literature; Popular Culture; Cultural Studies; Film

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Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

Associate Professor

roxanne@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-7345 |
WIN B.104H

Education: MFA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Multi-cultural Theatre Education and Latino Theatre for Young Audiences

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Victor B. Sáenz

Associate Professor

vsaenz@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475-8585 |
SZB 310A

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Interests: Higher Education Policy Issues; Educational Benefits of Racial/Ethnic Diversity; Desegregation Issues; Access, Transition, and Retention Issues (Especially Latino Males in Higher Education); Policy Impacts of Affirmative Action and Remedial Education Policies; and Assessment Issues in Higher Education (Learning Outcomes).

Assistant Professors


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C.J. Alvarez

Assistant Professor

cjalvarez@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475-6768 |
GWB 1.102F

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: History of the U.S.-Mexico border

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Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana

Assistant Professor

Colomina-Alminana_Juan@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-4053 |
GWB 1.106

Education: Ph.D., University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain)

Interests: Philosophy of Language; Linguistic Anthropology; Bilingualism; Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness; Cognition: Intensional and Inductive Logic; Philosophy of Science; Metaphysics (specially Time); Points of View and Perspectivism; and Carnap’s and Russell’s Legacies.

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Rachel V. González-Martin

Assistant Professor

rvgonzal@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475-6775 |
GWB 2.314

Education: Ph.D., Indiana University

Interests: Verbal and Material Traditions of Communities Coming-of-Age in the American Latino Diaspora.

Mónica Jiménez

Assistant Professor

majimenez@utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D., 2015, History; J.D., 2007, The University of Texas at Austin

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Sarah Lopez

Assistant Professor

sll@utexas.edu |
(512) 471-0147 |
SUT 2.118

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

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Belem López

Assistant Professor

bglopez@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-2415 |
GWB 2.308

Education: Ph.D., Texas A&M University

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Dustin Tahmahkera

Assistant Professor

tahmahkera@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-2439 |
GWB 2.322

Education: Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Teaching Faculty


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Michael Avila

Lecturer, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts

michael.avila@austin.utexas.edu |
512.471.5793 |
WIN B.104H

Education: M.A., University of Houston

Interests: Latinx Theatre for Young Performers; Multi-cultural Issues in K-12 Theatre Education; Theatre Education in Mexican-American Communities

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Marcel Brousseau

Lecturer

mbrousseau@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-2452 |
GWB 2.312

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Ezekiel Castro

Lecturer and Director, University of Texas at Austin Mariachi Ensemble, Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlán

maestroerc@utexas.edu

Interests: Mariachi; Ethnomusicology

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Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Lecturer

vmdsoto@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-8366 |
GWB 2.104B

Education: Ph.D., Duke University

Interests: Campaigns and Elections; Political Marketing; Political Psychology; Immigration; and Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

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Patricia M. García

Lecturer

pmgarcia@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-8354 |
CAL 4

Education: Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Interests: Renaissance Literature; Women, Gender, and Literature; and Cultural Studies.

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Olivia Mena

Lecturer

oliviamena@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-2465 |
GWB 2.310

Education: Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science

Interests: Race, Ethnicity, and Postcolonial Studies; Comparative Ethnic Studies; Latino/a Studies; Borderlands Studies

Professors Emeriti


Douglas Foley

Professor Emeritus

dfoley@austin.utexas.edu |
SZB 528A

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: Minority Communities in South Texas, Mississippi, and Iowa; Anthropology; U.S. Culture and Schools; Popular Culture; Social Movements; Race Relations; and Inequality in the U.S. Public Schools.

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Rolando Hinojosa-Smith

Professor Emeritus

rorro@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-8796 |
PAR 324 and PAR 108

Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois

Interests: American Literature and Creative Writing

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José E. Limón

Professor Emeritus

Jose.Limon.5@nd.edu |
(562) 426-3918 |
3618 California St., Long Beach, CA 90807

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Mexican-American Literature and Culture, Folklore, American Literature after 1865, Critical Theory, Texas and the U.S. South, the United States and Greater Mexico

Alba A. Ortiz

Professor Emeritus

alba.ortiz@austin.utexas.edu |
SZB 455 and SZB 306

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Developing Models for Effective Schools and Instructional Delivery System of Minority Students; Preventing Academic Under Achievement of Hispanic students; Pre-Referral Intervention

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Richard Valencia

Professor Emeritus

richard.valencia@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-0378 and (512) 471-4155 |
SZB 506K

Education: Ph.D., Unversity of California, Santa Barbara

Interests: Intellectual & Academic Development of Racial/Ethnic Minority Children; Psychometric Evaluation of Intelligence & Achievement tests; & Teacher Testing & Prospective Minority Teachers.

Research Fellows


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Rebeca Hey-Colón

CMAS Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellow

rheycolon@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-2452 |
GWB 2.312

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: Latinx Studies; Caribbean Studies; Border Studies; Spirituality; Gender Studies


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