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

LLILAS Faculty in the News

Mon, December 10, 2012

Due to their wide range of expertise, LLILAS faculty are frequently called upon to discuss Latin America–related issues in the media, as well as receiving recognition for their contributions to Latin American Studies. Featured here are some of our most recent faculty in the news.

Cecilia Ballí (Department of Anthropology) wrote an article for the Brownsville Herald highlighting the cultural impact of taquerias. “[This] is the story of an intergenerational journey to find their footing and build new lives in a new country, and in their culinary traditions are woven their histories, memories, ambitions and dreams. It is a story of sazón: the Spanish word for personal seasonings and flavors, artfulness and flair. And it is the story of entrepreneurial ingenuity that results when two worlds merge together,” said Dr. Ballí. Dr. Ballí focuses her work on immigration and border issues. She is a native of Brownsville and a frequent contributor to Texas Monthly and Harper’s. For the complete story, visit the Brownsville Herald.

Terri Givens (Department of Government) discussed the Latino vote, the GOP, and the possibility of an upcoming immigration reform in her Huffington Post Voces column. Dr. Givens has faculty appointments in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and European Studies and is affiliated with the Center for Women and Gender Studies and Center for African and African American Studies. She is also a Distinguished Scholar in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Law and Security. Her research interests include radical right parties, immigration politics, and immigrant integration in Europe. For the complete story, visit the Huffington Post.

Nestor Rodriguez (Department of Sociology) was featured in the Houston Chronicle discussing the reaction of the GOP to the role of Latinos in the 2012 election. "I think there's been a wake-up call, but they might hit the snooze button," said Rodriguez in the article. Dr. Rodriguez is a leading scholar on immigration and has conducted international research in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, China, and Japan. His current research focuses on the social impacts of deportation in both the sending and receiving countries. For the complete story, visit the Houston Chronicle.

David Stuart (Department of Art and Art History) was awarded a UNESCO medal for his lifetime contributions to the study of ancient Maya culture and archaeological sites. 
“This is a special time for Maya archaeology and epigraphy. Until recently we were never in a position to talk about the history of Maya civilization. Now we have identified their dynasties and studied their politics and societies; but there is yet a lot of work ahead of us,” said Dr. Stuart. 
For the complete story, visit the Mesoamerica Center.


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