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Rosental Alves

Professor and Knight Chair in Journalism, School of Journalism

rosental.alves@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.6851  |  BMC 3.302

Interests

  foreign correspondence; online journalism; communication; freedom of the press

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Eugenio Arima

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & the Environment

arima@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-0714  |  CLA 3.416

Education   

Ph.D., Michigan State University

Interests

  human-environment interactions; land change science; GIS/Science; applied quantitative methods

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Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez

Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Department of African & African Diaspora Studies

jarroyo@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.4536  |  BEN 3.120

Education   

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

Interests

  Luso-Brazilian and Afro-Diasporic literatures and cultures; race, gender, and sexuality in colonial and postcolonial societies

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Jason Borge

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

jason.borge@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.4542  |  BEN 3.136

Education   

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests

  Latin American film and literature; inter-American cultural studies; early 20th century avant-garde; popular culture

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Leigh Boske

Sharpe Centennial Fellowship Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

leigh.boske@mail.utexas.edu  |  512.232.4005  |  SRH 3.342

Education   

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Interests

  national and international transport policy; international trade; economics; finance; multimodal/intermodal transport planning

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Daniel M Brinks

Associate Professor, Department of Government

danbrinks@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.7252  |  MEZ 3.104

Education   

Ph.D., J.D., University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan

Interests

  human rights; rule of law; democracy and democratization; regimes and regime change; state building

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David Cannatella

Professor, Section of Integrative Biology; Associate Director, Texas Memorial Museum

catfish@mail.utexas.edu  |  512.232.4862  |  PAT 121A

Interests

  neotropical frogs; relationship of bioinformatics and systematics

Isabella Cunningham

Ernest A. Sharpe Centennial Professor in Communication and Department Chair, Department of Advertising and IC2 Institute

isabella.cunningham@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.8216  |  BMC 4.338A

Interests

  legal and ethical aspects of advertising and promotional communications; effect of political advertising on youths and minorities

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Anthony Di Fiore

Professor, Department of Anthropology

anthony.difiore@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.2318  |  SAC 5.150

Education   

Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Interests

  ecology; primates; tropical forest

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Elsie Echeverri-Carroll

Sr. Research Scientist, IC² Institute

e.carroll@mail.utexas.edu  |  512.475.7811  |  IC2 1.124

Education   

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  economics; trade; wage inequalities; economic integration; high-technology clusters; gender issues; women in business

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Zachary Elkins

Associate Professor, Department of Government

zelkins@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.7250  |  BAT 4.120

Education   

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests

  institutional reform; constitutional law; national identity

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Patience L. Epps

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics

pattieepps@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.9015  |  CLA 4.736

Education   

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Interests

  Amazonia; indigenous languages; language documentation; historical linguistics; prehistory

William Fisher

Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources, Department of Geological Sciences

wfisher@mail.utexas.edu  |  512.471.5600  |  JGB 6.130

Education   

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Interests

  petroleum exploration and assessment

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Vivian Flanzer

Senior Lecturer, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

vflanzer@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.4522  |  MEZ 4.138

Interests

  teaching culture in the foreign language classroom; language teaching and technology; creation of pedagogical materials; foreign language education methodologies; secondary language acquisition

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Daniel Fridman

Assistant Professor, LLILAS and Department of Sociology

dfridman@utexas.edu  |  512.232.4811  |  CLA 3.634

Education   

Ph.D., Columbia University

Interests

  Economy and Culture; Consumption; Finances and Popular Culture; Neoliberalism and Globalization.

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Seth W. Garfield

Associate Professor, Department of History

sgarfield@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.475.7269  |  GAR 2.120

Education   

Ph.D., Yale University

Interests

  Brazilian history; race and ethnicity in Latin America; indigenous policy; comparative frontiers

Lawrence Gilbert

Professor, School of Biological Sciences

lgilbert@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.4705  |  PAT 440

Interests

  behavior, ecology, and evolution of passionvine butterflies (Heliconius)

Barbara Hoidn

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Architecture

512.232.9312

Interests

  urban design and public infrastructure in North and South America; materiality, construction methods, and social context

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Kristine Hopkins

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

khopkins@prc.utexas.edu  |  512.471.8313  |  CLA 2.620D

Education   

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  reproductive health issues in Texas, the U.S.-Mexico border, and Latin America

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Wendy Hunter

Professor, Department of Government

wendyhunter@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.7247  |  BAT 3.138

Education   

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests

  social policy issues in Latin America; politics of education and health reform

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Orlando R. Kelm

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Department of Marketing Administration

orkelm@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.4534  |  MEZ 4.146

Education   

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests

  The teaching of foreign language for professional purposes, Use of technology in foreign language education, Portuguese and Spanish phonetics, Applied linguistics.

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Dale A. Koike

Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

d.koike@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.4508  |  BEN 3.108

Education   

Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Interests

  pragmatics; language acquisition; heritage language learning; language variation; Spanish and Portuguese sociolinguistics

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Edgardo M. Latrubesse

Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment

latrubesse@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.1592  |  CLA 3.418

Education   

Ph.D., National University of San Luis, Argentina

Interests

  geomorphology; large rivers; large plain; human impacts; basin management; Quaternary paleoenvironments

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Lorraine Leu

Associate Professor, LLILAS and Department of Spanish & Portuguese

lorraine.leu@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.8770  |  BEN 3.142; SRH 1.327

Education   

Ph.D., King's College, University of London

Interests

  Brazilian culture; urban Brazil; theories in Latin Americanism

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Naomi E. Lindstrom

Gale Family Foundation Professor in Jewish Arts and Culture; Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

lindstrom@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.4936  |  BEN 4.144

Education   

Ph. D., Arizona State University

Interests

  gender studies; Jewish studies; online scholarly resources; women's writing

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Fernando Luiz Lara

Associate Professor, School of Architecture

fernandolara@utexas.edu  |  512.471.0711  |  WMB 4.116B

Education   

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Interests

  Latin American architecture; Latin American urbanism; favelas; sustainability

Kathleen S. Mackie

Senior Lecturer, Department of Marketing Administration

kate.mackie@mccombs.utexas.edu  |  512.288.3115  |  CBA 5.176M

Education   

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  marketing; market research; strategic and tactical planning; budget development

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Leticia Marteleto

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

marteleto@prc.utexas.edu  |  512.471.8302  |  CLA 2.708.

Education   

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Interests

  social demography; education and social opportunity; transitions to adulthood

Eric R. Pianka

Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professor, School of Biological Sciences

erp@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.7475  |  PAT 125

Education   

D.Sc., University of Western Australia

Interests

  population and community ecology; evolutionary ecology; species diversity; historical accident and biogeography; macrodescriptors

David Platt

Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting

david.platt@mccombs.utexas.edu  |  512.471.3518  |  GSB 3.126

Francisco Polidoro

Associate Professor, Department of Management

francisco.polidoro@mccombs.utexas.edu  |  512.471.9187  |  CBA 4.258

Education   

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Interests

  knowledge management; social networks; strategic alliances; strategic management; technology and innovation management

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Joseph E. Potter

Professor, Department of Sociology and Population Research Center

joe@prc.utexas.edu  |  512.471.8341  |  CLA 2.620C

Education   

Ph.D., Princeton University

Interests

  reproductive health; population; development

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Carlos E. Ramos Scharrón

Assistant Professor, LLILAS and Department of Geography & the Environment

cramos@austin.utexas.edu  |  CLA 3.426

Education   

Ph.D., Colorado State University

Interests

  land use; soil erosion; water quality; ecosystems; coral reef systems

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Bryan R. Roberts

C.B.Smith Sr. Chair in US-Mexico Relations, Department of Sociology

brr@prc.utexas.edu  |  512.232.6329  |  CLA 3.608

Education   

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests

  Latin American urbanization and social policy in the late 20th-century

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Sonia Roncador

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

roncador@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.4525  |  BEN 3.132

Education   

Ph. D., New York University

Interests

  Lusophone literatures and culture; gender and race; questions of servitude, domesticity, and women's education; Brazilian and transatlantic cultural studies

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Christen Smith

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, and Center for African and African American Studies

christen.smith@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.6332  |  SAC 5.136

Education   

Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests

  Performance, racial formation, the black body, violence, black women and transnational struggle, black liberation and resistance in the Americas (particularly Brazil and the United States)

Patricia A. Somers

Associate Professor, College of Education

pasomers@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.7551  |  SZB 374B

Interests

  access and persistence in Brazilian higher education; affirmative action and admissions in the U.S. and Brazil; college student persistence in the U.S.

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Chandler Stolp

Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

stolp@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.8951  |  SRH 3.384F

Education   

Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon University

Interests

  social polcy program evaluation statistics

Joseph Straubhaar

Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor of Communication, Department of Radio-Television-Film

jdstraubhaar@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.5304  |  CMA 5.116

Education   

Ph.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Interests

  global media and cultural theory; media and migration; digital media and the digital divide in the U.S. and other countries; global television production and flow

João H. Costa Vargas

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Department of African & African Diaspora Studies

costavargas@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.6591  |  GRG 234

Education   

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Interests

  race; politics; social inequality; cultural studies; social theory; African diaspora

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Andres Villarreal

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

avilla@prc.utexas.edu  |  512.471.8309  |  CLA 2.404B

Education   

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests

  internal and international migration; social inequality; violence; crime and deviance; development and Latin America; research methods

Jose Felip Voloch

Professor, Department of Mathematics

voloch@math.utexas.edu  |  512.471.2674  |  RLM 9.122

Education   

Ph.D., Cambridge

Interests

  number theory; algebraic geometry

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Kurt Weyland

Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Professor in Latin American Politics, Department of Government

kweyland@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.7253  |  BAT 4.126

Education   

Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests

  democratization; diffusion; social policy; populism; bounded rationality; market reform

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Robert H. Wilson

Mike Hogg Professor in Urban Policy, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

rwilson@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.8947  |  SRH 3.232

Education   

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Interests

  decentralized policymaking; impact of technological change on urban and regional economies; urban policy; public policy

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Luis Zayas

Dean and Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy, School of Social Work

lzayas@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.1937  |  SSW 2.202

Education   

Ph.D., Columbia University

Interests

  family functioning; child-rearing; child and adolescent mental health in Latino families in the U.S. and Latin America

Pilar Zazueta

Lecturer, LLILAS

pzazueta@utexas.edu  |  512.232.2418  |  SRH 1.322

Education   

Ph.D., Columbia University

Interests

  public policy; food consumption and nutrition; gender


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