Humanities Institute

Fellows-in-Residence

Robert Abzug, PhD

Deliana Garcia


Robert AbzugRobert Abzug, PhD

Dr. Robert Abzug is Professor of History and American Studies and the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Regents Chair of Jewish Studies. He is also the Co-Director of the Gale Collaborative on Jewish Life in the Americas and Founding Director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies. 

Professor Abzug's scholarship explores the formation of social and moral consciousness in American culture. He has worked in three major fields: social reform and religious life in antebellum America, America and the Holocaust, and, most recently, the interpenetration of religion and psychology in modern American culture. His research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and numerous other foundations. 

He is in the final stages of preparing a biography of the American psychologist, Rollo May. In addition, he has published  a new edition for classroom use of William James's Varieties of Religious Experience (2012). He is currently doing research on Jews and other minorities in the state of Montana and will be producing a volume for University of Texas Press’s Texas Bookshelf on insiders and outsiders and the creation of the Texas myth. He also edits a book series for UT Press, Exploring Jewish Arts and Culture.

He taught at Berkeley and UCLA before coming to Texas in 1978. He held the Eric Voegelin Visiting Professorship at the University of Munich, 1990-91. He is also a former chair of American Studies (1990-96) and founding Director of Liberal Arts Honors Programs at Texas (1996-2002).

In 2019, Dr. Abzug spearheaded the launch of the UT Arts Portal, a tool for enriching curriculum across the College of Liberal Arts by increasing awareness of performances, exhibits, and other arts opportunities, and for fostering linkage of arts happenings on campus and in the Austin community. As a Faculty Associate of the Humanities Institute, Dr. Abzug will continue to shepherd and develop the project.

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Deliana GarciaDeliana Garcia

As the Director of International Projects, Research, and Development for Migrant Clinicians Network, Deliana Garcia has dedicated more than twenty-five years to the health and wellness needs of migrant and other underserved populations. Throughout her career she has worked in the areas of reproductive health, sexual and intimate partner violence, access to primary care, and infectious disease control and prevention. Ms. Garcia is responsible for the development and expansion of Health Network, an international bridge case management and patient navigation system to make available across international borders the health records of migrants diagnosed with infectious and chronic diseases. She has served as the Principal Investigator or member of the research team for a number of studies addressing topics, such as sexual and intimate partner violence prevention among Latino migrant and immigrant families, trauma in transit for migrants crossing international borders, and emotionally-charged dialogue between patients and health care providers.