Faculty Research Associate — Ph.D., University of Liverpool
Professor, LBJ School; C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations
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Peter M. Ward earned his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Liverpool in 1976. He held senior teaching positions at the Universities of London and Cambridge before moving in 1991 to The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations, and is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, and at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Since 1997 he has coordinated the Mellon Sociology of Latin America Ph.D Program. In 2001 he led the successful bid to bring the Latin American Research Review to UT, and now serves as its Executive Editor. In addition to over seventy scholarly articles and book chapters on public policy in Mexico and Latin America, he has written eleven books: Housing, the State and the Poor: Policy and Practice in Latin American Cities (with Alan Gilbert), Welfare Politics in Mexico: Papering Over the Cracks, and Mexico City: The Production and Reproduction of an Urban Environment (all translated into Spanish); Self-Help Housing: A Critique, Corruption, Development and Inequality (editor), Methodology for Land and Housing Market Analysis (coeditor), Political Change in Baja California: Democracy in the Making? (with Victoria Rodriguez), and Opposition Governments in Mexico: Past Experiences and Future Opportunities(with Victoria Rodriguez). Among his most recent texts are Mexico City (second edition), New Federalism and State Government in Mexico: Bringing the States Back In (with Victoria Rodriguez), Colonias and Public Policy in Texas: Urbanization by Stealth, and (forthcoming) Common Origins, Segmented Futures: Mexican and Mexican American Households in Transnational and Border Contexts.
His principal research interests are Latin American urbanization, contemporary Mexican politics, housing policy and planning, Mexico City, and colonia-type housing in the United States. At various times he has served as adviser to the Mexican government and to a number of international development agencies.
“Colonias, Informal Homestead Subdivisions and Self-Help Care for the Elderly among Mexican Populations in the USA”, In The Health of Aging Hispanics: The Mexican-origin Population (Jacqueline L. Angel and Keith E. Whitfield, Eds.). Springer Publishing Co., New York
Governance in the Americas: Decentralization Democracy and Subnational Government in the USA, Mexico, and Brazil. (With Robert Wilson, Peter Spink and Victoria Rodríguez.) University of Notre Dame Press. 337 pp.
“Self-help housing and Informal Homesteading in Peri-Urban America: Settlement Identification Using Digital Imagery and GIS”, with Paul Peters*. Habitat International, pp. 141-64.