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Talia Garza Garza

Talia Garza Garza
Major: 
Government, Communication Studies (Political Communication)
BDP Certificate: 
Ethics & Leadership
Graduation: 
Fall 2008

I am a PhD candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Location: Sheffield, England

“My BDP experience influenced my career path by providing the opportunity to witness first-hand Mexican foreign service and politics when I interned at the Mexican consulate in Austin.”

Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.

After graduating from UT in December 2008, it seemed almost impossible to find a job. I volunteered with an NGO and with local hospitals. Later, I taught political science, international relations, political theory, economics, and public administration at Autonomous University in Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. From there, I decided to pursue my master’s degree in international development at the University of Bath in England. I am now pursuing a doctorate degree at the University of Sheffield.

How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?

My BDP experience influenced my career path by providing the opportunity to witness first-hand Mexican foreign service and politics when I interned at the Mexican consulate in Austin. Also, it was a privilege to conduct legal research with leading scholar, John Dzienkowski, at the UT School of Law, which furthered my curiosity to learn about legal bi-lateral ethical questions regarding U.S.-Mexico relations. That said, my current research focuses and expands on similar topics that I explored as an undergraduate.