The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

Research Affiliates

Belem LópezBelem López
Assistant Professor, Mexican American & Latina/o Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
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Dr. Belem López is an assistant professor in the department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and an affiliate in the Center for Mexican American Studies and the department of psychology. Dr. López is also the director of the LLAMA: Psycholinguistic and Sociolinguistic Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2015. Her research focuses on bilingualism, particularly on how knowing and using multiple languages can shape cognition in terms of creativity, problem solving, decision-making, and language access. She is committed to expanding the current psycholinguistic literature on bilingualism to include more individual differences in the areas of creativity, code-switching, cross-language activation, decision-making, and problem solving.

Víctor M. Macías-GonzálezVíctor M. Macías-González
Professor, History, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Former Latino Research Institute Research Fellow
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Víctor M. Macías-González is Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, where he is also Coordinator of Faculty Retention and Promotion for the College of Business Administration. A native of El Paso, Texas, Macías-González earned his doctorate in Latin American History from Texas Christian University (1999). Macías-González is a specialist of Mexico’s long nineteenth century (1750–1930) with a focus on the history of gender and sexuality. He coedited the first edited collection on the history of Mexican masculinity in 2012 and is presently completing a manuscript on the history of homosexuality in Greater Mexico ca. 1920–1970. Macías-González has published nearly two dozen articles and book chapters on manuals of etiquette, consumption, bathhouses, interior decoration, diplomacy, the Mexican colony in Paris, Mexicans in British boarding schools, and gay men’s domesticity. He serves on the advisory board of a 90-minute PBS documentary "Wisconsin Pride" about the history of LGBTQ Wisconsin. He is working on a book proposal, The Gay Male World of Mexico City, 1940-1960s: Spaces, Practices, Domesticity, and Social Networks and serves on the organizing committee of the XVI Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México that will meet in Austin on October 30-Nov. 2, 2022. https://xvireunion.utexas.edu/convocatoria/

Amy Sara CarrollAmy Sara Carroll
Writing Faculty, Literary Studies, The New School
Former Latino Research Institute Research Fellow
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Amy Sara Carroll’s books include SECESSIONFANNIE + FREDDIE/The Sentimentality of Post-9/11 Pornography, chosen by Claudia Rankine for the 2012 Poets Out Loud Prize; and REMEX: Toward an Art History of the NAFTA Era which received honorable mentions for the 2017 MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize, the 2018 Latin American Studies Association Mexico Section Best Book in the Humanities, and the 2019 Association for Latin American Art-Arvey Foundation Book Award. Since 2008, she has been a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0, coproducing the Transborder Immigrant Tool. She coauthored [({   })] The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto which was published under a Creative Commons license and widely redistributed. Carroll was a 2017-2018 Fellow in Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities and a 2018-2019 Fellow in the University of Texas at Austin’s Latino Research Initiative. Previously she taught at The New School in New York City, currently she’s an Associate Professor of Literature and Writing at the University of California, San Diego. Winter 2021, she also was an artist in residence with other members of EDT 2.0 at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy.

Alice VillatoroAlice Villatoro
Assistant Professor, Public Health, Santa Clara University
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Dr. Alice P. Villatoro is a mental health disparities researcher with training in health services, psychiatric epidemiology, and medical sociology. She received her PhD from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training at Columbia University in New York City. Prior to joining the Public Health faculty at Santa Clara University, she was a Research Assistant Professor at the Latino Research Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. Villatoro’s research centers on health equity and studying populations that have been historically underrepresented in public health research. Her research is interdisciplinary in that she fuses theory-driven basic research with an applied population health orientation to understand how structural, social, cultural, and psychological factors shape mental health care disparities in Latinx communities and other diverse populations. As a result, she has examined (1) how families influence entry into mental health care services among Latinx groups (Villatoro, Morales, & Mays, 2014) and African American adults (Villatoro & Aneshensel, 2014), (2) intersectional patterns in perceptions of need for mental health care (Villatoro, Mays, Ponce, & Aneshensel, 2018), and (3) mental illness stigma in adolescents and parents (e.g., Villatoro, DuPont-Reyes, Phelan, Painter, & Link, 2018). Collectively, her research has been frequently cited, presented at international conferences, and recognized by the National Center for Institutional Diversity and The AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation for Minority Scholars.


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