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Dr. Sonia Hernández

Conference Organizer

Dr. Hernández is a Chancellor EDGES Fellow and Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University. She received a Ph.D in Latin American History from the University of Houston in 2006. Hernández specializes in the intersections of gender and labor in the U.S. – Mexican Borderlands, Chicana/o history, and Modern Mexico. She is the author of Working Women into the Borderlands (Texas A&M University Press, 2014), which received the Sara A. Whaley Book Prize (NWSA), the Liz Carpenter Award (TSHA); Mujeres, trabajo y región fronteriza (Tamaulipas: ITCA; Mexico City: INEHRM, 2017); For a Just and Better World: Engendering Anarchism in the Mexican Borderlands, 1900-1938 (University of Illinois Press, 2021) which earned the Taft Labor Book Prize (Cornell and LAWCHA) and is co-editor with John Morán González of Reverberations of Racial Violence: Critical Reflections on the History of the Border (University of Texas at Austin, 2021); She is currently at work on a new book project which reexamines the near-lynching attempt of Gregorio Cortez from a transnational and gendered perspective. Dr. Hernández is also co-founder of the award-winning public history project, Refusing to Forget which brings public awareness to the history of anti-Mexican violence during the early 20th century and its relevance to contemporary issues.  


Paula Michelle Ochoa

Conference Assistant

Paula Michelle Ochoa (they.she) is a Ph.D. student who studies the identity development of border commuters of the Matamoros, Tamps., Mexico/Brownsville, Texas borderlands. Michelle is interested in researching the influence of race, class, gender, culture, language, citizenship, and borderland location on transborder/transfronterize student’s academic success. They are also interested in working with mentorship and leadership programs designed to support underrepresented students, as well as help create inclusive spaces for transborder/transfronterize student commuters. She is currently working on their thesis “Border Commuting Student Experiences: Developing Transborder/Transfronterize Identities,” and as a Teacher Graduate Assistant with the Department of Sociology; as well as with the Department of History as a Research Assistant. Michelle holds a B.A. in Mexican American and Latinx Studies, and Government from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Teresa Marie Rodriguez

Conference Assistant 

Teresa Marie Rodriguez is an undergraduate student at Texas A&M University from Harlingen, Texas, majoring in history and minoring in museum studies. Teresa has worked as a research assistant for over a year under Dr. Sonia Hernandez. She also interned at the Anthropology Research Center at Texas A&M maintaining the preservation of artifacts found in Texas. She has an interest in the family, environment, and social aspects of the history of the Southwest Borderlands and the American West.


Maggie Shea Haggerty

Conference Volunteer

Maggie Shea Haggerty is an undergraduate student at Texas A&M University from Houston, Texas, majoring in history. Maggie is currently a student in Dr. Sonia Hernández’s course, The Historian’s Craft: Focus on the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands. She has an interest in the 19th century United States South, labor, and education history.

Participants / Participantes

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Armando Alonzo 

A native of the Lower Valley of Texas, professor Alonzo received his Ph.D. in History from Indiana University in 1991 and has taught at Southwest Texas State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research interests are the history of Tejanos and Borderlands of Mexico and the U.S. He is the author of Tejano Legacy: Rancheros and Settlers in South Texas, 1734-1900, published by the University of New Mexico Press in 1998. With funding from the National Research Council, he is currently studying the history of Texas and Northern Mexico in the period 1700-1865.


Nora Elvia Cruz Camacho

Cruz Camacho has an economics degree and an MBA from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). She also has a Humanities Masters degree with a cultural studies specialty from the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). The focus of her work during the MA was “Neoliberalism among four novels from Nuevo Leon´s writers." She is currently working toward a Cultural Studies PHD at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) where she is completing a dissertation examining women's writing during Mexican Revolution.

Es Licenciado en Economía por el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) y Maestro en Administración por el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). Es Maestro en Humanidades con especialidad en Estudios Culturales por la Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) con la tesis “El neoliberalismo en cuatro novelas de escritores de Nuevo León”. Estudia el Doctorado en Filosofía con acentuación en Estudios de la Cultura por la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) con la tesis “La situación femenina con relación a la Revolución mexicana en tres autobiografías de autoras del Noreste de México”.


Christopher Carmona 

Christopher Carmona is the author of The Road to Llorona Park, which won the 2016 NACCS Tejas Best Fiction Award and was listed as one of the top 8 Latinx books in 2016 by NBCNews. He has co-written the academic dialogue book, Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue about New Chican@ Poetics. Currently, he is working a series of YA novellas entitled El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande. The first book in this series, was a 2019 Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Book Finalist. He is a member of the Refusing To Forget Project helping to bring the history of violence against Mexican Americans to the public. He served as the chair of NACCS-Tejas Foco Committee on MAS in Texas Schools. Currently, he teaches Mexican American Studies and English at Our Lady of the Lake University.


Peggy Sue Carris

Peggy Sue Carris is a doctoral student and Graduate Diversity Fellow studying race and ethnicity and education in the Sociology Department at Texas A&M University. Her most recent research analyzes educational inequalities between White and Latina/o/x students attending school in the U.S.-Mexico Border region. In addition, she is beginning work on first-generation Latina/o/x college students' sense of belonging in HSIs. She previously earned a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.


Gustavo Alberto Ramirez Castilla

Dr. Ramirez Castilla has been a researcher at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Tamaulipas Delegation since 1997. He has worked as a UNESCOs consultant to combat illicit trafficking in cultural property in Central America and the Caribbean. 
He is also the founder and Director of the Mexican Archeology Network and the Chak Pet Cultural Foundation (ONG). He is also Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Texas Archeology and History (JTAH). He has authored books, scientific and popular articles on the Huastecs and northeastern Mexico and participated in the design and creation of the Museum of the Huastec Culture and the Museum of the Northeastern Mexico in Monterrey. He currently works with the Instituto Tamaulipeco para la Cultura y las Artes (ITCA) Tamaulipas. 

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Carlos Recio Dávila 

Carlos Recio es doctor en ciencias de la información y la comunicación por la Universidad Lumière en Lyon, Francia. Es profesor investigador de la Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila. Miembro del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. Sus últimos libros son: El habla del norte de México, así como Saltillo, imagen y memoria. Tarjetas postales de la época de Oro 1900-1914, publicados en 2022.  Ha sido profesor invitado de universidades de México, Francia, Italia y Corea del Sur. Ha dictado conferencias sobre semiótica visual e historia de México en más de 10 países, entre ellos Canadá, Cuba, Portugal, Polonia, Argelia y Turquía.

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Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto

Dr. Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto (Egr. Universidad Católica del Perú; M.A. & Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley. Miryam is an active scholar with a distinguished record of teaching, service, and professional activity. Her teaching and research draw on decolonial indigenous feminist research methodologies. It is recognized by being transnational in scope yet intimately collaborative using poetry, testimonios, ethnography and art-based qualitative methodologies. Miryam’s scholarly and artistic publications appear both in leading academic journals, handbooks, peer reviewed books, and regional/local publications that evidence the broad interdisciplinary, community based, and intellectual curiosity of her engagement.

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Victor Barrera Enderle

Víctor Barrera Enderle (Monterrey, 1972). Escritor. Se licenció en Letras Españolas en la UANL y realizó su maestría y doctorado en la Universidad de Chile. Trabaja con diversos registros, como el ensayo, la crítica, la historiografía de la literatura, la crónica, el diario, el diálogo, la epístola y la biografía.  Obtuvo el Certamen Nacional de Ensayo “Alfonso Reyes” en 2005, y el Premio Internacional de Ensayo “Ezequiel Martínez Estrada” en 2013. En 2017 fue reconocido con el Premio a las Artes por la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. Fue director de la revista Armas y Letras, subdirector de la revista digital Levadura  y Coordinador del Centro de Escritores de Nuevo León. Ha publicado, entre otros, los siguientes libros: De la amistad literaria, Lectores insurgentes. La formación de la crítica literaria hispanoamericana (1810-1870), El centauro ante el espejo (Charlas y apuntes sobre el ensayo) y Ahora colecciono miradas. Se desempeña como investigador de tiempo completo en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UANL, y escribe quincenalmente en el periódico El Porvenir. Pertenece al Sistema Nacional de Investigadores.

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Gloria Garcia

Gloria Garcia is a Latinx doctoral candidate at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Gloria has been an elementary dual immersion teacher for more than nine years. She has also taught undergraduate students in the bilingual teacher preparation program at UTRGV. Currently, in addition to her teaching, Gloria is completing her doctoral studies, researching testimonios in the RGV, women of color, and Latinx culture.

Graciela Flores Flores es doctora en Historia por la UNAM. Realizó dos estancias posdoctorales, la primera en El Colegio de México y la segunda en el Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales de la UNAM. Autora de los libros La justicia criminal ordinaria en tiempos de transición… y La ciudad judicial, publicados en 2019 y 2020 respectivamente. Es profesora investigadora de la Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales. Estudia las instituciones de impartición de justicia, el Derecho, el delito y el castigo en México, siglos XIX y XX.

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Pat Rubio Goldsmith

Pat Rubio Goldsmith is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. He earned his doctorate at the University of Arizona in Tucson, his hometown, in 1999. He studies education, school segregation, residential segregation, and state violence against Latinx. His work has appeared in journals like Socius, Social Science Research, and the Sociology of Education. His current research looks at Latinx education from a sociological and geographical perspective which includes large Latinx hubs (like Houston and Los Angeles), new destinations, the border, and the many places with smaller Latinx populations. He is also examining why, despite so much criticism, predominantly black and predominantly Latinx schools perform similarly to predominantly white ones.

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Cassandra Rincones


Eugenio Lazo 

Licenciado en Historia y Estudios de Humanidades por la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. En 2018 obtuvo el reconocimiento 'Atanasio G. Saravia' de Historia Regional Mexicana 2016-2017, del Fomento Cultural Banamex, en la categoría Tesis de Licenciatura.
Cursó la maestría en Historia de El Colegio de San Luis, en su 11° promoción. Se desempeña como director del área de Historia en Centro de Estudios Humanísticos de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. Actualmente cursa el doctorado en Geografía, en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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Humberto Abraham Flores Lecea

Humberto Abraham Flores Lecea holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the Universidad del Valle de Mexico and a Master’s Degree in Humanistic Studies from Tecnologico de Monterrey, where he is now developing as an international programs specialist.
His research focuses on ethnic relations and syncretism in colonial Mexico and combines different disciplines of study, including history, cultural anthropology, and the performing arts.
His international experience includes an academic semester in Paris, France, and a program as a cultural representative of Mexico at Walt Disney World.

Dr. Cassandra Rincones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Texas A&M University in Kingsville and holds a Master of Arts degree in History from the same institution. Rincones also earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University specializing in U.S./Comparative Border studies. Rincones was awarded the Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship in Latino History, the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute Fellow Award by Texas A&M University, and the distinguished Chancellor’s Dissertation Research Grant by Lone Star College . Between 2013-2022, Dr. Rincones taught at Lone Star College-Kingwood at the rank of Associate Professor of History and also served as Dean of the Social Sciences and Humanities Division, and Interim Vice President of Student Success at LSCK.  She is also an inaugural Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) Career Leadership Development Institute fellow (2019) and currently serves on the TACHE state board as Gulf Coast Region Co-Representative. She currently serves as the Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives Director at Texas A&M University.

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Sergio Lemus

As of Fall 2021, Lemus is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Previously, Lemus was part of the inaugural ACES Fellow cohort class of 2019.  In his research agenda, Lemus documents the centrality of labor processes in driving cultural transformations among Mexican migrants and the politico-historical changed that gives rise to a working-class formation—Los yarderos. This research is slated to be published as a book at the University of Illinois Press under Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest series with the title, “Los Yarderos: Mexican Yard Workers in Neoliberal Chicago.” Lemus’ second research project examines the lives of Mexican, working-class immigrants and their cultural experience living with cancer. This research acutely points to the neoliberal, necropolitical, and cultural forms that give rise to the Latino/a cancer patient as a manageable population in the United States. In general, Lemus’ projects emphasize the study of immigration along three lines of investigation: a) Mexican transborder subjectivity, b) cultural production and reproduction, and c) health and disease as these relate to class, gender, and unstable state regimes.

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Ana Laura Ceballos Martinez

Licenciada en Historia y Estudios de Humanidades por la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (2018) y Maestra en Historia Moderna y Contemporánea por el Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora (2022). Sus trabajos se han centrado en la  política y género en la frontera del Noreste mexicano y, especialmente, en los dos Laredos durante el siglo XX. Actualmente se dedica a investigar la formación del Estado posrevolucionario y del Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) en el Noreste de México.

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Mayra Jocelin Martínez Martínez

Maestra en Estudios Latinoamericanos por la UNAM. Estudia el Doctorado en Filosofía con acentuación en Estudios de la Cultura.

Sus intereses se centran en las y los intelectuales en América Latina en el siglo XX, en la Historia de los movimientos feministas, la relación México-Brasil, y en la Filosofía en el Sur Global.

En 2017, su tesis Redes y revoluciones hispanoamericanas. Fray Servando Teresa de Mier en Londres, Filadelfia y México, 1811-1824 fue acreedora del Premio Ernesto de la Torre Villar que otorga el Instituto Nacional de Estudios Históricos de las Revoluciones de México.

Co- Coordinadora del libro:  “Las filósofas que nos formaron” de la Colección del Centro de Estudios Humanísticos-UANL.


Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez

Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez is an Associate Professor of History at Texas State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA and was a postdoctoral fellow at SMU’s Clements Center. He specializes in the indigenous peoples of the US-Mexico Borderlands during the 18th and 19th centuries. His research has been funded, among other institutions, by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Newberry Library, UC MEXUS, and CONACyT. He has published in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, France, Canada, and Ecuador. He is currently writing books on the presence of Plains Indians in Mexico after 1821 and Comanche captivity.

El Dr. Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez es profesor de Historia en Texas State University. Doctor en Antropología por UCLA, fue becario postdoctoral del Clements Center de SMU. Se especializa en los pueblos indígenas de la frontera EE.UU.-México durante los siglos XVIII y XIX. Su investigación ha sido patrocinada por numerosas instituciones, incluidas la Wenner-Gren Foundation, la American Philosophical Society, la Newberry Library, UC MEXUS y CONACyT. Ha publicado su trabajo en EE.UU, México, España, Francia, Canadá y Ecuador. Actualmente trabaja en un libro sobre la presencia de indígenas de las llanuras en México a partir de 1821 y otro acerca del cautiverio comanche.


Moisés Alberto Saldaña Martínez

He is from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and holds a PhD with a focus on Cultural Studies (2022), a Master of Science with a Specialty in Social Sciences (2006), and a Bachelor in History (2000) from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL). He is a Full-Time Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (UANL), where he has taught several college classes in the area of History since 2001. His line of research is the History of the Catholic Church in Nuevo Leon during the 20th century. He is the author of the book “Official anticlericalism in Nuevo León, 1924-1936” (UANL, 2009).

Originario de Monterrey, Nuevo León. Es Doctor en Filosofía con Acentuación en Estudios de la Cultura (UANL, 2022), Maestro en Ciencias con Especialidad en Ciencias Sociales (UANL, 2006) y Licenciado en Historia (UANL, 2000). Es Profesor de Tiempo Completo en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, donde ha impartido diversas Cátedras del área de Historia desde 2001. Su línea de investigación es la Historia de la Iglesia Católica en Nuevo León durante el siglo XX. Es autor del libro “El anticlericalismo oficial en Nuevo León, 1924-1936” (UANL, 2009).

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María Esther Quintana Millamoto

Dr. María Esther Quintana Millamoto holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book Los pícaros, bufones y cronistas de Maluco: la novela de los descubridores was published by Linardi y Risso in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2008. Dr. Quintana’s second book, entitled Madres e hijas melancólicas en las novelas de crecimiento de autoras latinas, will be published shortly by Instituto Benjamin Franklin and Universidad de Alcalá Press, Spain. She has also published critical essays in refereed journals in Mexico, Cuba, Spain and the U.S. Her teaching fields are Hispanic and U.S. Latin literatures, Women’s Studies, Latin American culture and Spanish language.


Edmundo Treviño Garza

Mexicano nacido en Monterrey, N.L.  Ingeniero Mecánico Administrador por la U.A.N.L. Poliglota apasionado del comercio y el emprendimiento internacional con énfasis en el mercado estadounidense. Inmigrante con participación en decenas de proyectos de exportación en 20 años como empresario en Texas. Pionero en introducir marcas mexicanas y de fabricantes de Brasil, Argentina, Colombia, Polonia, Alemania, China y Turquía, especialmente en la industria automotriz de Estados Unidos. Fundador y socio de múltiples empresas texanas. Consultor y
promotor de empresas latinoamericanas en la búsqueda de su sueño americano.

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Regina Mills

Regina Marie Mills is an assistant professor of Latinx and Multi-Ethnic Literature. As a first-generation college student, she supports current first-gen students through the First Faculty Mentor program. Her current book project, Invisibility and Influence: A Literary History of US Afrolatinidades examines AfroLatina/x/o life writing through the lens of woman-of-color feminist life writing scholarship. She is currently writing an essay on US-Central American and Central American refugee narratives as a contributor to The Routledge Handbook of Refugee Narratives as well as an essay on the opportunities and challenges inherent in teaching video games in the literature classroom for Teaching Games and Games Studies in the Literature Classroom (an MLA volume).

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Juana Dolores Montiel 

Juana Dolores Montiel is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).  She is passionate and has studied and researched a variety of language issues. Ms. Montiel holds a BA in Lettres Modernes Francaises, a MA in French Literature, a MA in Spanish Literature, and a MA in Mexican American Studies. She teaches Introduction to Mexican American Studies in Spanish at UTRGV Brownsville, Texas. Currently, Ms. Montiel is completing her doctoral studies and planning her research with Pláticas and Spanish Heritage Language Speakers.

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Cesar Morado 

Dr. Morado received the Ph. D from the University of Guadalajara. He  specializes in the social history of war and biopolitics. He works as a full professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UANL. For 15 years he has been part of the National System of Researchers. He served as President of the Nuevo Leon History Society in 1994. Since 2019, he has been the National Correspondent in Nuevo Leon for the Mexican Academy of History. He is a co-founding member (2003) of the Academic Committee of the International Colloquium on Northeast Mexico and Texas. He is currently the director of the Center for Humanistic Studies at UANL in Monterrey, Mexico.

Doctor en Ciencias Sociales por la Universidad de Guadalajara. Se desempeña como profesor titular en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UANL. Desde hace 15 años forma parte del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. Se desempeñó como Presidente de la Sociedad Nuevoleonesa de Historia  en 1994. Investiga  sobre historia social de la guerra y biopolitica. Desde 2019, es Corresponsal Nacional en Nuevo León de la Academia Mexicana de la Historia. Es miembro fundador (2003) del Comité Académico del Coloquio Internacional sobre el Noreste de México y Texas. Actualmente, es titular del Centro de Estudios Humanísticos en la UANL en Monterrey México.

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Reynaldo de los Reyes Patiño 

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Octavio Herrera Pérez

Doctor en Historia por El Colegio de México. Rector fundador de El Colegio de Tamaulipas, 2002-2006. Titular del programa del Noreste del Museo de Historia Mexicana, en Monterrey, Nuevo León, 2007-2011. Y actualmente es profesor de tiempo completo y director del Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas de la Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas. Realizó una estancia posdoctoral de investigación en la Yale University en 2007. Es miembro permanente del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, presidente de la Sociedad Tamaulipeca de Historia, de la Sociedad Mexicana de Geografía y Estadística y corresponsal en Tamaulipas de la Academia Mexicana de la Historia. Recientemente se ha publicado su libro Nuevo León Cartográfico. La transformación del territorio.

Es candidato a doctor en Historia por El Colegio de México. Cuenta con una licenciatura en Historia por la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León y una maestría en Estudios Regionales por el Instituto Mora. Es autor de diversos trabajos sobre ganadería y consumo de carne en México durante el siglo XX, y actualmente desarrolla una tesis donde investiga el papel de la energía en la urbanización e industrialización de la Ciudad de México entre 1920 y 1970. Desde el 2020, es organizador del Seminario de Historia Ambiental en el Colmex, y desde 2021 es parte de la mesa directiva de la Asociación de Historia Económica del Norte de México (AHENME).

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Beatriz Liliana De Ita Rubio

Docente-investigadora de tiempo completo (FFyL/UANL). Responsable de la sección de Ciencias Sociales del Centro de Estudios Humanísticos de la UANL y directora/editora de Transdisciplinar. Revista de Ciencias Sociales del mismo centro.
Doctora en Ciencias Sociales con orientación en Desarrollo Sustentable (IINSO/ UANL); Maestra en Filosofía de la Cultura (FFYL/UMSNH) y Licenciada en Pedagogía (FFyL/UNAM).
Cuenta con Perfil deseable PRODEP.
Realiza investigación sobre democracia y sustentabilidad; filosofía, religión y educación.
Ha publicado 1 libro, 1libro en coautoría, 17 artículos en revistas científicas y 15 capítulos de libros.
Miembro de Comunidad Filosófica Monterrey, RENIRS/CEMERS y Cuerpo Académico Democracia y Sustentabilidad.


Roberto Kaput González Santos 

Dr. Roberto Kaput González Santos es Licenciado en Letras Españolas por la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León; maestro en Lengua y Cultura Españolas por la Universidad de Salamanca; doctor en Estudios Humanísticos por el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Desde 2012 se desempeña como docente en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UANL. Sus áreas de investigación son la historia del periodismo en el norte de México y suroeste de Estados Unidos y la literatura mexicana del siglo XX. Ha publicado el ensayo El México de Afuera. Polemistas de la Revolución Mexicana (UANL 2020) y Somos lo que nos trae el tiempo (Tilde 2020), biografía musical del grupo de Hip-Hop norteño THR. En 2019 entró al Sistema Nacional de Investigadores.


Miguel Soto 

Miguel Soto received his PhD in History at the University of Texas at Austin and is currently a professor of history at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  He has written widely on early nineteenth century U.S.-Mexico border relations; among his published work there stands “Politics and Profits: Mexican Officials and Land Speculation in Texas, 1824-1835” in Sam Haynes and Gerald Saxon, Editors, Contested Empire. Rethinking the Texas Revolution, College Station, Texas A & M University Press, 2015, p. 79-95; currently he is working on Lucas Alamán and the administration of the Duke of Terranova and Monteleone´s Estate in Mexico.

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Valeria Torres

Valeria Torres is an MA graduate student at Texas A&M University who specializes in the aftermath of the Mexican American War. Her research specifically looks at Mexican American property rights in post- 1848 Texas through a legal approach in analyzing the Texas Constitution and Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in state and federal court cases. 


Nancy Plankey-Videla 

Born in Chile and raised in Vermont and central Mexico, Dr. Plankey-Videla’s research is informed by a global perspective on inequality and agency. Her research asks how structural inequality affects the opportunities and barriers for women workers in Latin America and Latinx immigrants in the U.S. Her recent work with the Latinx immigrant community in Texas has led to research on the racialization of day laborers, effects of deportation threat on families and communities, and social integration of deportees and returnees in Mexico. She is associate professor of sociology and currently the coordinator of the Latino/a and Mexican American Studies Program at Texas A&M University

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Ana Lopez Villalpando


Xinyuan "Karl" Zou

Xinyuan "Karl" Zou is a data analyst at Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Karl Zou has a Ph.D. in Demography/Sociology from Texas A&M University. Much of his research falls within the areas of residential segregation, historical demography, and statistical methods. Before joining the Kinder Institute team, he was a graduate researcher at Texas Research Data Center where he performed demographic analyses using restricted access Census data.

South Texas native, Ana Lopez holds a BA in History and Spanish and a MA in History from the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) and Texas Southmost College (TSC). She started her career in education as a Social Studies secondary educator.  Ana Lopez earned a D.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (2022). Her dissertation Pláticas with Women in the Rio Grande Valley: Defining U.S. Citizenship on my own Terms using Chicana Feminist Epistemologies is a critical ethnography that embraces Chicana Feminist epistemologies as a form of knowledge using mother-daughter pedagogies to humanize the voices of brown women into school curriculum.

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