Humanities Institute


Ceclia Ballí

Melissa Biggs Coupal

Deliana Garcia

Cecilia BallíCecilia Ballí 

Dr. Ballí is a writer, journalist, and anthropologist. She holds a B.A. in American Studies and Spanish from Stanford University, and a PhD. in Cultural Anthropology from Rice University. She is a writer-at-large for the Texas Monthly, and has published long-form articles in Harper's Magazine. Her work has also been anthologized in The Best American Crime Writing, and she received an honorable mention for the Columbia School of Journalism's 2008 J. Anthony Lukas Book-in-Progress Award. She is the 2014-15 J. Dobie Paisano Fellow, and in Spring 2015, she led a faculty writing workshop sponsored by the Humanities Institute. Her book, Marking the Line: The Making and Remaking of the U.S.-Mexico Border is currently in progress. 

Curriculum Vitae   

Selected Publications:

The Passion of Benjamin Sáenz.” Texas Monthly. August 2013.

What Nobody Says About Austin.” Texas Monthly. February 2013.

The Julián Castro I Knew – And How He’s Changed.” September 2012.

What About the Stories We Can’t Tell?” June 2012.

The True Meaning of the Tejano Monument.” March 2012.

Melissa BiggsMelissa Biggs Coupal

Melissa Biggs Coupal is the former Program Coordinator at the Humanities Institute and is currently a Fulbright post-doctoral scholar working on traditional Mexican food culture in Guadalajara, Mexico. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology in 2011. Her dissertation, Exhibiting Mexicanidad: The National Museum of Anthropology and Mexico City in the Mexican Imaginary, examined the representation of history and culture at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

“Encased: Plotting Attentions Through Distraction,” with John Bodinger de Uriarte. Invited essay for the website Somatosphere: Science, Medicine, and Anthropology. July 5, 2015.

“Wag(er)ing Histories, Staking Territories: Exhibiting Sovereignty in Native America,” with John Bodinger de Uriarte. Museum and Society 11 (2), 2013.

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.