Faculty Associates

The research and academic agenda of the Center for U.S.-Latin American Initiatives is enriched and strengthened by its Faculty Associates, who analyze and research U.S.-Latin American affairs from the social science, arts, and humanities perspectives, publishing internationally and lecturing UT Dallas students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty Associates provide the experience, ideas, and energy needed to ensure that the Center's seminars, conferences, lecture series, and publications are of the highest quality. They often lecture in Latin America to students and provide training to Latin American public officials in making policy decisions from a leadership perspective.

Dr. Monica Rankin

Monica Rankin

is Director of the Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives and an Associate Professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas. She specializes in the history of Mexico, Latin America, and U.S.-Latin American relations. She completed her Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Arizona in 2004. She is the author of ¡México, la patria! Propaganda and Production during World War II (University of Nebraska Press, 2009); The History of Costa Rica (Greenwood Press, 2012); and Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture: The Search for National Identity, 1820s-1900 (Facts on File, 2010). She has also written several chapters and articles on various aspects of Mexican foreign policy, gender, and popular culture during World War II. She is currently writing a general textbook on Latin American history for Oxford University Press and a history of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs during the 1940s for the University of Nebraska Press. She is the recipient of research grants through the Fulbright Program, the Roosevelt Institute, the Truman Institute, and the UT Dallas Center for U.S.-Latin American Initiatives. Other research projects continue to examine popular culture and nationalism in 20th century Mexico and Latin America. In the area of pedagogy, she was the winner of the 2015 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award for the University of Texas System. She is known for her use of Twitter, animation, and other forms of emerging media in the classroom.

Dr. Rankin was a guest on the Australian version of NPR (called Rear Vision) in April 2016 talking about her book on Costa Rica. The audio and transcript can be viewed here.

Dr. Rankin received a faculty research grant from the Fulbright Commission to conduct research on a new project in Ecuador in 2017. A detailed description can be viewed here.

Dr. Daniel G. Arce M.

is a UT System Regents' Outstanding Teacher and Professor and Program Head of Economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. He teaches courses on the application of game and economic theory to issues related to management decision making, collective action and business ethics. His primary areas of research interest are in game theory, business ethics, collective action, conflict, corporate governance, global public goods, leadership, and (counter)terrorism. He is the former editor of Defence & Peace Economics and a member of the editorial board of The Southern Economic Journal and serves on the teaching business ethics reviewing team for Journal of Business Ethics. Prior to joining the faculty at UT Dallas in 2007, he was the McCallum Distinguished Professor of Economics at Rhodes College (2000-07) and Professor and Thomas Fellow of Teaching Excellence at the University of Alabama (1991-2000). Professor Arce has won two Fulbright Grants to Latin America and his teaching and research have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Economist.

Paul Battaglio

Dr. R. Paul Battaglio, Jr. is Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management at The University of Texas at Dallas and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Public Administration Review. His research interests include public human resource management, organization theory, behavioral public administration, comparative public policy, and research methods. His research on public human resource management has appeared in Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, American Review of Public Administration, Review of Public Personnel Administration, and Public Personnel Management.

He is currently working with Edgar Ramírez de la Cruz, Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (Center for Research and Teaching in Economics) on Urban Sustainability and Political Reform: Challenges and Limitations for Mexican Cities.

Dr. Brian J.L. Berry

is Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor and Professor of Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his B.Sc. (Economics) degree at University College, London in 1955, the M.A. in geography from the University of Washington in 1956 and the Ph.D. in 1958. He was a faculty member at the University of Chicago (1958-1976), at Harvard (1976-1981), and a dean at Carnegie-Mellon (1981-1986), joining UTD in 1986. In the 1960s his urban and regional research sparked geography’s “quantitative revolution” and made him the most-cited geographer for more than 25 years. Subsequently, his inquiries have extended from urban ecology to geographic information systems, from growth center theory to the concept of counter-urbanization, and, most recently, have focused on long-wave macroeconomic/historical processes. The author of more than 450 books and articles, he has attempted to bridge theory and practice via involvement in urban and regional development activities in both advanced and developing countries. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1975, is a fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the Victoria Medal from the Royal Geographical Society in 1988. In 1999 he became the first geographer to serve as a member of the Council of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Berry has lectured on technology and development to cabinet members of state and federal governments in Mexico. 

Dr. Monica Brussolo

is Senior Lecturer at the Jindal School of Management of The University of Texas at Dallas where she obtained her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy and a Master degree in Economics. She also holds an MBA from Texas A&M International University. Her main research interest lies on regional economic development and its spatial analysis. She has focused her work on examining inequality for diverse demographic groups, its determinants and the implications for social domestic policy in the Mexican context. She is interested on education and labor outcomes for disadvantaged social groups, and the effects of Latin American migration on segmented job markets for the American border region. She has collaborated with different levels of the Mexican government in the definition and implementation of their economic strategic plans. She has taught courses of Corporate and International Finance, Management, Project Management, Applied Statistics, Quantitative Business Analysis, and Economics at UTD, Collin College and the State University of Tamaulipas (UAT). At her alma mater (UAT), she earned bachelor degrees in Management and in Public Accounting. She was assistant director of Institutional Research at the Collin College before joining JSOM.

Dr. Lorena Camacho-Guardado

Lorena Camacho holds a Ph.D. in "Spanish Linguistics" from the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. She joined the School of Arts & Humanities at The University Texas at Dallas in Fall 2016, where she is the Director of the Spanish Language Program. She teaches and coordinates SPAN 1311, SPAN 2311, SPAN 2312 and SPAN 3365. Before joining the School, she taught, coordinated, designed and created several Spanish Language courses at Princeton University, and a wide variety of specialized Spanish Language, Literature and Culture courses in several countries (Spain, Singapore and Slovakia), and in different teaching contexts.

Professor Camacho's research focuses on the difficulties in the treatment of certain linguistic mechanisms in Spanish for both teachers and learners as well as the search for more effective approaches and strategies that facilitate the learning process, and improve learners' communicative competence. Her areas of interest include Second Language Acquisition, Teaching Methodology, Language Pedagogy, Curriculum Design and Cognitive Linguistics.

Dr. Alvaro A. Cárdenas

is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.S. from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. Before joining UT Dallas he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and a research staff at Fujitsu Laboratories of America in California.

His research interests focus on computer security, cyber-physical systems, network intrusion detection, and wireless networks. He has contributed to NIST documents on cloud computing security and smart grid security, an RFC wireless standard from the IETF and several patents. He has also received numerous awards for his research including a best paper award from the U.S. Army Research Office, and a graduate school fellowship from the University of Maryland.

Katherine Davies

Dr. Katherine Davies is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Emory University and her B.A. from Whitman College. She specializes in Continental Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, and Ethics. She has several current research projects involving Latin American and Latinx Philosophy, including a philosophical analysis of the social and political consequences of a private city in Guatemala and a project considering the philosophy of home which draws heavily from Latina Feminist Philosophers Mariana Ortega and Gloria Anzaldúa. She is also in the process of developing a course on Latin American Philosophy and Latina Feminist Philosophy.

Dr. Maria A. Engen

received her B.A. (Suma Cum Laude) from the Instituto Isabel La Catolica, Madrid, Spain and two Master Degrees, one from University of Madrid, Spain and the other from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Engen received her Ph.D. in the Humanities from the University of Madrid. Her dissertation was titled “The Development of Historical Writing in California.” Dr. Engen is Senior Lecturer of Spanish at The University of Texas at Dallas. Also, Dr. Engen was Senior Lecturer at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri, and Adjunct Instructor of Spanish at the Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS. Dr Engen received a Fulbright Fellowship and the Panama Pacific International Exposition Memorial Fellowship from University of California at Berkeley. She had provided Spanish Language consulting services such as translations and seminars to Cable Video, Inc., Kansas City; Black and Veach, Inc., Overland Park, KS; Rockwell International, Dallas, TX; Texas Instruments, Richardson, TX; Otis Engineering, Dallas, TX. Dr. Engen is member of Spanish Heritage Association (SHA), American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). 

Dr. Monica Evans

is an Associate Professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has designed and developed experimental and educational games with numerous university partners, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Texas System, the United States Department of Defense (TRADOC and JFCOM), Children's Medical Center of Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and multiple arts institutions in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Dr. Evans is the Pathway Head for Gaming within ATEC at UT Dallas, which has been named as one of the Princeton Review's Top Schools in Gaming every year they have released a ranking. The program includes courses in game development, design, and studies, as well as the Game Production Lab, a sequence of industry simulation courses which focus on the creation of innovative student games. Dr. Evans' students have been hired at numerous game development studios including Blizzard, Id, Gearbox, Bioware, Bethesda, Naughty Dog, and multiple Zynga studios; many have also started their own independent development studios and released games through Steam Greenlight, Kickstarter, and independent publishers. Dr. Evans' latest work includes both large-scale projects in educational games, informal learning, and simulation; and independent projects on such topics as the dynamics of string quartets, classic literature, post-scarcity science fiction, and orchid hunters. She directs the Narrative Systems Research Lab in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication.

Dr. Juan González

is a Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he carried out his thesis research in bacterial transposition. He later did postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in the study of bacterial-host interactions. His current research focuses on the molecular genetics of plant-microbe interactions. Presently he is the UT Dallas director of the NSF funded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and the Co-Director of the NIH funded Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research.

Dr. Charles Hatfield

received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Johns Hopkins University in 2007 and is currently an associate professor of Literature and Latin American Studies. He specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American literature, intellectual history, and literary and cultural theory; his work has explored major concepts such as identity and culture, history and memory, universality and particularity, and aesthetics and interpretation. Hatfield's publications include articles, reviews, and translations in journals such as Revista Hispánica Moderna, MLN, Política Común, World Literature Today, Mandorla, and Nonsite, and he is the author of The Limits of Identity: Politics and Poetics in Latin America (University of Texas Press, 2015).

Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero

is Director of International Partnership Development (IPD) and Senior Advisor to the Center for U.S. – Latin America Initiatives (CUSLAI) at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). The IPD offers UT Dallas' constituencies methods and opportunities to engage in strategic and comprehensive international partnerships, including sponsored student programs. Dr. Hernandez Guerrero led CUSLAI (former Center for U.S. – Mexico Studies) from 2001 to 2014 and the UT Dallas Office of International Education from 2005 to 2014. Dr. Hernandez Guerrero holds a B.A. in International Studies from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), a M.A. in Political Science from the Southern Oregon University, a M.S. in Applied Economics, and a Ph.D. in Political Economy from UT Dallas. He teaches courses on U.S. – Mexico Affairs, Contemporary Politics of Mexico, Mexican Political System, and Mexican Economics. Prior to his current position at UT Dallas, he worked as researcher at the Latin American Institute of Economics, Social, and Communication Studies (ILEESCO), the Permanent Conference of Public Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean (COPPAL), and the Secretariat of the NAFTA Labor Commission. Dr. Hernandez Guerrero has published in specialized journals and newspapers and participated in news and documentary T.V. and radio programs in Mexico, the United States, Argentina, Portugal, United Kingdom, and Australia. Dr. Hernandez Guerrero is the Secretary of the Board of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA).

Dr. Jennifer Holmes

is Professor of Public Policy, Political Economy and Political Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her major area of research is political violence, terrorism, and political development with an emphasis on Latin America and Southern Europe. In addition to publishing numerous articles, she is the author of Terrorism and Democratic Stability (Manchester University Press, 2001, Transaction 2006), Terrorism and Democratic Stability Revisited (Manchester University Press, 2008), and coauthor of Guns, Drugs, and Development in Colombia (University of Texas Press, 2008) and Immigration Judges and U.S. Asylum Policy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). She is also the editor of New Approaches to Comparative Politics: Insights from Political Theory Lexington Books (2003, 2008) and coeditor of Latin American Democracy: Endangered Species or Emerging Reality (Routledge 2008, 2015).

Dr. Julia Leverone

is a Lecturer of Spanish in the School of Arts and Humanities. A translator and poet, Dr. Leverone's work, has appeared in Sugar House Review, Crab Orchard Review, Asymptote, B O D Y and Cimmaron Review. Her translations from the Spanish of Paco Urondo have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and Poetry International She is the co-editor of the Sakura Review. Dr. Leverone holds a Ph.D. from Washington University and an MFA from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Juan Llamas-Rodriguez

is an Assistant Professor of Critical Media Studies in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. His research focuses on transnational media distribution, digital labor, border studies, infrastructure studies, and Latin American film and television. He has published articles in Feminist Media Histories and the edited collections Geoblocking and Global Video Culture and Arrow and Superhero Television. In addition, his articles are forthcoming in the journals Film Quarterly, Jump Cut, and Cinema Journal, and in the Routledge Companion to Risk and Media collection. He is co-editor of the Media Fields Journal special issue on "Digital Distribution." His current book project, Trafficking Tunnels and Mediations at the Border, examines how fictional media and digital technologies shape the popular conception of illicit underground tunnels and, subsequently, create avenues for reimagining transnational borders. He is a member of the Global Internet TV Consortium, a network of media studies scholars seeking to understand the implications of internet-distributed television around the world.

Dr. Manuel Luis Martinez

is Professor of Creative Writing and Literature in the School of Arts & Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a novelist and short story writer interested in the lives of Latinos who live in the shadows and outskirts of American society. His scholarly focus is on the American counterculture beginning with the Beats (Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Hunke, Cassidy, Corso) well into 1970s prose and poetry that sees itself as politically relevant (Hunter Thompson, Tomas Rivera, Oscar Acosta). His book, Countering the Counterculture, reviews various countercultural traditions and how they play against each other in order to gain a fuller history of democratic discourse in the twentieth century and beyond. He also writes on the social and political imperatives which writers consider when writing fiction. Previously, Dr. Martinez was a professor of English and creative writing at Ohio State University and Indiana University. Dr. Martinez hold a Ph.D. in American Literature from Stanford University. He is a native of San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Alex R. Piquero

is Ashbel Smith Professor in the Program in Criminology in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, Adjunct Professor Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice, and Governance, Griffith University, Faculty Affiliate, Center for Violence and Injury Prevention George Warren Brown School of Social Work Washington University in St. Louis, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Prior to arriving at UT-Dallas, he was on the faculties of Florida State University, University of Maryland, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/City University of New York, University of Florida, Northeastern University, and Temple University. He has published over 240 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of criminal careers, crime prevention, criminological theory, and quantitative research methods, and has collaborated on several books including Key Issues in Criminal Careers Research: New Analyses from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development (Cambridge University Press, co-authored with David P. Farrington and Alfred Blumstein) and Handbook of Quantitative Criminology (Springer, co-edited by David Weisburd). His work has been cited over 10,000 times and he has been ranked as the #1 criminologist in the world since 1996 in terms of scholarly publications in elite criminology/criminal justice journals. In addition to his membership on over a dozen editorial boards of journals in criminology and sociology, he has also served as Executive Counselor with the American Society of Criminology, Member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel Evaluating the National Institute of Justice, Member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network at Ohio State University, and Member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice. Professor Piquero has given congressional testimony on evidence-based crime prevention practices in the area of early-family/parent training programs, and has provided counsel and support to several local, state, national, and international criminal justice agencies. Professor Piquero is past recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Young Scholar and E-Mail Mentor of the Year Awards, Fellow of both the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and has also received numerous teaching awards including the University of Florida’s College of Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year Award and the University of Maryland’s Top Terp Teaching Award, and the University of Texas at Dallas Diversity Award.

Dr. Rene Prieto

is a specialist in 19th and 20th century literature and humanities. He is fluent in five languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French and Chinese. Before coming to UT Dallas in 2012, he was a professor of literature at both Vanderbilt University and Southern Methodist University, a visiting professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan and The University of Virginia, and an assistant professor at Middlebury College.

Prieto received all of his undergraduate training in Italy and France, and did the major part of his graduate work at Stanford University. His interests include 19th and 20th century European and Latin American narrative (including body, gender and sexuality), literary theory, and Indigenismo. His current research deals with the ethical and political dimensions of love in 20th century Latin American literature.

Prieto hopes to work closely with museums in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as with the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and TITAS to showcase the bond between literature and the arts. He intends to show how this bond stretches well beyond the confines of the classroom and is, in fact, the very backbone of today's global culture. He has published more than 40 articles and reviews, and was co-editor of The Handbook of the Library of Congress (Central American literature section) for eight years, as well as on the editorial board of the Latin American Literature Journal. He has received three grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and one from the Guggenheim Foundation. Prieto has published three books, and is completing work on a fourth, Blood Ties, an analysis of the father's role in 19th and 20th century foundational fictions of Latin America.

Dr. Manuel Quevedo-Lopez

is currently an associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his PhD in Materials Science at The University of North Texas (2002). In 2002 he joined Texas Instruments Silicon Technology Development Group as Member of Technical Staff (MTS). While at Texas Instruments he was appointed SEMATECH assignee from 2004-2006. At TI and SEMATECH he worked extensively in advanced gate stack materials for Si-based technology. In April 2007 He joined the University of Texas as Dallas as Research Professor and in September 2010 was appointed Associate Professor at the Materials Science and Engineering Department in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Prof. Quevedo has authored or co-authored over 130 publications in peer reviewed journals and holds 10 US patents. In 2012 He received the UT-Dallas Faculty Diversity award and has ongoing collaborations with Mexico, Brazil and Colombia that includes student and faculty exchange. Dr. Quevedo established a dual PhD program in Materials Science between Mexico and UT-Dallas. He is associate editor for the Journal of Electronics Materials and a member of the Materials Research Society, AVS and IEEE. His interests include materials and devices for flexible electronics, flexible non-volatile memory, large area sensors and novel nanostructured semiconductor, dielectrics and contacts for TFT and Energy applications.

Dr. Stephen G. Rabe

is a professor of history and Ashbel Smith Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas. He has written or edited ten books, including John F. Kennedy: World Leader (2010) and The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America (2011). Professor Rabe has taught or lectured in nineteen countries, conducting seminars on modern U.S. history in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador. He has also served as the Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College, Dublin in Ireland and the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland. His present scholarly project is Kissinger and Latin America, a book-length study of U.S. policies during the Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford administrations.

Dr. Miguel Razo

was born in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico. He obtained his B.S. in Communications and Electronic Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Guanajuato, Mexico, in 2001 and 2002 respectively. He worked as professor in the Communications and Electronics department, teaching undergraduate level courses, and served as a committee member for the creation of the B.S. in Computer Science, as well as software architect for government and private industry projects.

In January 2005 through the support of the agreement between The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT), he started his graduate studies at UTD, where he earned his M.S. in Telecommunications Engineering in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2009. He worked as Research Assistant from 2007 to 2009, and is currently a Research Associate, at the OpNeAR (Open Networking Advance Research) Laboratory and Senior Lecturer within the Computer Science Department at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

He has collaborated in design and implementation of software prototypes for telecom industry.

His research interests include network planning, fault protection, telecommunication software design, protocol design and network modeling, emulation and simulation.

Dr. Danieli Rodrigues

received her BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil in 2005. She then joined the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University, Syracuse – NY, receiving her MS in 2007 and PhD in 2010. Her graduate studies focused on orthopedics research, primarily working on the characterization of corrosion and failure mechanisms of retrieved modular hip implants, and development of acrylic two-solution bone cements for the treatment of spinal compression fractures. From 2010-2012, Dr. Rodrigues worked as Senior Research Engineer in the Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics Research Department at Zimmer Inc, Warsaw – IN. As a research engineer with the medical device industry, she developed test methods for performance verification of new designs of hip and knee implants and related surgical instrumentation. Dr. Rodrigues joined the Department of Bioengineering at UT Dallas as an assistant professor in July 2012 and is currently the principal investigator in the Orthopedic Biomaterials Laboratory.

Dr. Fabiano Rodrigues

is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Physics and William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences at UT Dallas. He received a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria in Brazil (2000), and M.Sc. in Space Physics from the Brazilian Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (2003). He then worked as a Research Associate at The University of Nottingham, UK before moving to United States to work on his PhD. Dr. Rodrigues received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2008. Before joining UT Dallas in 2012, he worked as a research engineer for Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates – ASTRA where he was involved in various atmospheric- and space-related research projects sponsored by NSF, NASA, and AFOSR. Dr. Rodrigues's research focuses on fundamental and applied studies of the Earth's upper atmosphere and geospace, particularly at low latitudes. As a result of his research interests, Dr. Rodrigues has been collaborating very closely with research groups in South America and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Mario A. Rotea

graduated with a degree in electronic engineering from the University of Rosario in 1983. He received the master's degree in electrical engineering in 1988 and the Ph.D. in control science and dynamical systems in 1990 from the University of Minnesota. He is currently a professor and head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he holds the Erik Jonsson Chair in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. In 1990, Dr. Rotea began his academic career at Purdue University, West Lafayette, where he was a professor of aeronautics and astronautics. From 2007 to 2009, he was a professor and the department head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During his tenure with Purdue University, Dr. Rotea managed the Control Systems program at the National Science Foundation (2005-2007), and worked as senior research engineer for the United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Connecticut (1997-1998).

Dr. Rotea is a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to robust and optimal control of multivariable systems. He authored or co-authored over 120 archival and conference publications. He has developed, and transitioned to industry, control systems to mitigate noise and vibrations in mechanical and aerospace systems. His current research interests are in monitoring and control of energy systems.

Dr. Rotea is the inaugural department head of mechanical engineering at UT Dallas. Under his leadership, the department has grown from 10 enrolled students in 2008 to more than 600 enrolled students in 2013, has started the PhD degree program in mechanical engineering, and has earned ABET accreditation for the BS degree program in mechanical engineering.

Meghna Sabharwal

is a tenured associate professor and the program head in the Public and Nonprofit Management program. Her research expertise lies in public human resource management, specifically related to workplace diversity, job satisfaction, performance, comparative human resource management, and high-skilled immigration. She won the best paper award from ROPPA in 2013 for a co-authored paper titled: "Charting Ethics in Asia-Pacific HRM: Does East Meet West, Ethically?" Meghna is also the recipient of the Julia J. Henderson International Award (2015) by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Section on Women in Public Administration, which recognizes demonstrated commitment to international public administration. She also won the best article award for the Journal of Public Affairs Education in 2013 titled: "Advancing Underrepresented Populations in the Public Sector: Approaches and practices in the Instructional Pipeline." She won the best graduate and undergraduate professor award in 2017 and 2016 by the Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her current research is with scholars in the Caribbean on issues of public human resources, governance, public management, leadership and ethics.

Dr. Sabharwal has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and has presented in over 80 international, national, and regional conferences, and has been invited to over two dozen presentations or talks at national and international professional meetings, seminars, or colloquia. So far she has received two National Science Foundation grants, one in 2013 ($197,189) and the other in 2016 ($217,155). She also received a $5,000 internal Economic Political and Policy Science Advisory grant.

Dr. Sabharwal was the chair of the Section of Women in Public Administration from 2017-18, the largest and most active ASPA sections. She also serves on the editorial boards of: Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Public Personnel Management, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Asian Journal of Political Science, Indian Journal of Public Administration - leading journal of Public Administration being published regularly by the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, since the early 1960s, and Governance and Management Review research journal by Institute of Administrative Sciences at Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan. She regularly reviews manuscripts for several public administration, public policy, social science and higher education journals.

Dr. Sabharwal received her doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University in 2008. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the City College of New York, City University of New York (CUNY) before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas in fall 2009.

Dr. Rainer Schulte

is a translator, poet, playwright, essayist, and critic of contemporary international literature. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan. He studied philosophy for several years at the Gutenberg University in Mainz and was a student in the master class for piano at the Music Academy in Darmstadt. His language background includes studies in Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany. He has translated works of contemporary poets and writers from German, French, and Spanish. He has edited several anthologies of contemporary international literature and written numerous studies on the craft and theory of literary translation. He is the director of The Center for Translation Studies and the editor of Translation Review, which he founded in 1978. He is the co-founder of the American Literary Translators Association. (ALTA), whose national office is located in the Center for Translation Studies. He is a Professor of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the holder of the Katherine R. Cecil Professorship in Foreign Languages. Furthermore, he has been instrumental in developing Translation Workshops for the art and craft of literary translation.

Dr. Jeff Schulze

is a Clinical Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his B.A. from UT Austin, his M.A. from UT El Paso, and his Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University. He is the author of Are We Not Foreigners Here?: Indigenous Nationalism in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (UNC Press, 2018) and “The Chamizal Blues: El Paso, the Wayward River, and the Peoples in Between” (Western Historical Quarterly, 2012), among other publications. He has taught courses on the U.S-Mexico borderlands, the American West, environmental history, public history, and American Indian history. His scholarly work has tended to focus on the U.S.-Mexico border region (especially its indigenous inhabitants), and explores issues related to nationalism, identity, immigration, and the law.

Dr. Rubia Valente

is a Research Associate at the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Southern Methodist University, and her Master degree in International Political Economy and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests reside in using quantitative methods to examine economic and social development issues, with a special focus in Latin America and Brazil. Her main interest lies in the socioeconomic inequalities due to race, class and gender in the context of social, political, and religious institutions. She also studies happiness (a.k.a., well-being, quality of life, life satisfaction), and is interested in social movements and political protests. Dr. Valente is the faculty advisor of IGNITE- a UTD student organization that inspires and unites young women to overcome the barriers that prevent them from seeking elected office. Dr. Valente has published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals such as the Latin American Research Review, Geographical Review, Cities, Journal of Happiness Studies, Race Ethnicity and Education, PentecoStudies and PNEUMA.

Dr. Shilyh Warren

Shilyh Warren is assistant professor of Aesthetic and Film Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is currently writing a book about the history of US women's documentary filmmaking with a special focus on the 1970s. Her essays on documentary, transnational feminism, and feminist filmmaking have appeared in Camera Obscura, South Atlantic Quarterly, Signs, Jump Cut, and Mediascape. She is also the co-editor of a special feature on pedagogy and cinematic violence for Films for the Feminist Classroom.

Alejandro Zentner

is an Associate Professor of Managerial Economics at the Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas. He holds a BA in Economics from Universidad de la Plata in Argentina, an MS in Economics from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina, and a master and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Professor Zentner's research focuses on the media and entertainment markets. He has examined cross-media substitution, firm and consumer behavior in online markets, file-sharing impacts on sales of music and movies, and structure and competition in media and entertainment markets.