Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
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 is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He was the Director of the Mexican Center of the Institute of Latin American Studies at UT Austin from 1992 to 1996 and 2000-05. In 2000 he was appointed C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations. Since 1997 he has coordinated the Mellon Sociology of Latin America Ph.d. Program.
Latin American urbanization, contemporary Mexican politics, community development and housing policy in developing countries, planning in Mexico City, colonia-type housing in the United States, US-Mexico relations, Governance and politics and Latin America
Director, Mexican Center of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at UT-Austin (1993-1996, 2001-2005), Advisor on Housing Policy at the Ministry of Human Settlements and Public Works, Mexico (1978-1980)
Co-Author, "Governance in the Americas" (University of Notre Dame Press, 2008)