Irasema Coronado

Membre associée, Observatoire de géopolitique


  • Amérique latine
  • Politique comparée États-Unis/Mexique
  • Frontière mexicaine-américaine
  • Frontières et environnement
  • Relations et collaborations transfrontières
  • Communauté hispano-américaine et politique
  • Femmes et frontières


Informations biographiques

Irasema Coronado received her bachelor's degree in political science and a certificate of Latin American Studies from the University of South Florida. She has an M.A. in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Arizona. Her area of specialization is comparative politics. She is the Director of the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.  Previously, she was a  professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she held the Kruszewski Family Endowed Professorship.

She was also a contributing faculty member of the Environmental Science and Engineering Ph.D. program at UTEP. She is co-author of the book titled “Fronteras No Mas: Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border” and“Styles, Strategies, and Issues of Women Leaders at the Border” Eds. Mattingly, Doreen and Hansen Women and change at the U.S.-Mexico Border Tucson, Arizona:  University of Arizona Press.   

She has co-edited “Digame! Policy and Politics on the Texas Border” and the book “Juntos Pero No Revueltos: Estudios sobre la frontera Texas-Chihuahua”. She also coauthored “Latinas in Local Government, Políticas: Latina Public Officials in Texas” in 2008. She was the recipient of a Fulbright to Germany in 2002, and a Border Fulbright in 2004 at the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez.

Irasema Coronado has had a variety of academic and administrative positions at the University of Texas El Paso. She served as graduate Advisor in the Department of Political Science September 2006- January 2008; Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Texas at El Paso September 1, 2005-September 1, 2006 and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts 2007-2008, and Associate Provost from 2008-2012.   Irasema Coronado is past president of the Association for Borderland Studies 2005-2006. She served as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency Good Neighbor Environmental Board from 1999-2002 and co-chair of the Coalition Against Violence Toward Women and Children on the Border. She was also part of the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2003-2006.  President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in North America in 2010. Irasema Coronado served as the executive director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America 2012-2016.  Currently, she is also a member of the academic advisory board for Ms. Magazine, and serves on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) and the Department of Human Health Services, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences- National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

Her present research include the impact of the deportation process on families and children, environmental cooperation, and U.S.-Mexico border politics. 



  • Políticas:  Latina Trailblazers in the Texas Political Arena. 2008. Sonia, Garcia, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Irasema Coronado, Sharon Navarro, and Patricia Jaramillo, Austin, Texas:  University of Texas Austin Press.
  • Juntos Pero No Revueltos:  Estudios sobre la Frontera Texas-Chihuahua. 2006. Coronado, Irasema and Hector Padilla, Eds. Jalapa, Veracruz:  Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez.
  • Dígame! Public Policy on the Texas Border. 2003. Christine Brenner, Irasema Coronado and Dennis Soden, Eds.   Dubuque, Iowa:  Kendall Hunt .
  • Fronteras No Más:  Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border. 2002. with Kathleen Staudt, New York:  Palgrave.

Chapitres d'ouvrages collectifs

  • “Towards the Wall between Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora” in Borders, Fences and Walls. 2014. Elisabeth Vallet, Ed. Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate, Border Regions Series, Chpt 15, 247-266.
  • “Migration and Discrimination:  Contradictory Discourse regarding Repatriations in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico” With Hector Padilla in Lusk, Mark, Kathleen Staudt and Eva Moya Social Justice in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. 2012. Springer Press, Netherlands.
  • “Para la Comunidad:  For the Community” in Grace and Gumption in El Paso. in Daudistel, Marcia Ed. Dallas, Texas:  TCU Press 2011
  • "Cultural Poetics of Environmental Justice" in Gateways Northeastern Mexico and South Tejas, One Region, One Culture:
An Anthology of Essays, with Kamala Platt.  Edited by Pedro Rodriguez; Assistant Editor, John Castro.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 2009: 120-133.
  • “Be Realistic Demand the Impossible:  Public Policy Changes on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” in Transformation of La Familia on the U.S.-Mexico Border. 2008. Raquel Márquez, and Harriett Romo, Eds.  South Bend, Indiana:  University of Notre Dame Press.
  • Acción Cívica Binacional en pro de la rendición de cuentas: Organización contra la violencia en Ciudad Juárez-El Paso,” with Kathleen Staudt in  Reforma de la Administracion de la Justicia en México. 2008. Arturo Alvarado, Ed.  Colegio de Mexico.
  • “Civic Action for Accountability:  Anti-Violence Organizing in Ciudad Juárez-El Paso,” with Kathleen Staudt in Reforming the Administration of Justice in Mexico. 2007. Wayne Cornelius and David Shirk, Eds. Notre Dame Press  Chapter 15, pages 349-368.
  • “Mujeres y trabajo: la participación de la mujer en la fuerza laboral de la frontera Texas-México,” with Christine Brenner, in Juntos Pero No Revueltos:  Estudios sobre la Frontera Texas-Chihuahua. 2006. Irasema Coronado and Héctor Padilla Eds. Jalapa, Veracruz:  Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez.
  • “Styles, Strategies, and Issues of Women Leaders at the Border,” in Women and change at the U.S.-Mexico Border. 2006. Doreen Mattingly, and Ellen Hansen, Eds. Tucson, Arizona:  University of Arizona Press.
  • “Resistance on the Global Frontlines:  Gender Wars at the U.S.-Mexico Border,” with Kathleen Staudt in Critical Theories, World Politics and the Anti-Globalisation Movement. 2005. Catherine Eschle and Bice Maiguasscha, Eds. London: Routledge.
  • “Cross-Border Cooperation:  The Case of Ciudad Juárez-El Paso,” with Hector Padilla in Digame! Public Policy on the Texas Border. 2003. Christine Brenner, Irasema Coronado, Dennis Soden, Eds. Dubuque, Iowa:  Kendall Hunt.
  • “Sustainability of Development in a Border Context: The Case of Ambos Nogales,” with Francisco Lara Valencia in Sustainable Development in the 21st Century Americas:  Alternative Visions of Progress:  Conference Proceedings, B.A. Suderman, J.C. Jacob and M. Brinherhoff, Eds.  Division of International Development, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 1995, p. 104-115.

Articles avec comité de lecture

  • “El Paso Del Norte Vita de Frontiera” Italian Review of Geopolitics  Number 8,  2016  p.171-177
  • “Whither the Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations on Multiple Regions of the US-Mexico Border?” December 2014 Journal of Borderland Studies Volume 29 Issue 4 pages 449-464.
  • “La Vida en las Colonias de la Frontera/Life in Colonias on the Border,” Latino Studies Journal. 2003:  193-197.
  • “Universities as Sites of Citizenship and Civic Responsibility: A Report on the Pilot Phase of the Research,” with Virginia Chanley, and Ashley Woodiwiss in The Political Psychologist Newsletter. American Political Science Association Vol. 7, No. 1 Spring 2002: 2-18.
  • “Water Conflict in the Borderlands,” with George Kourous in Borderlines. Vol. 7, No. 6 Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 1999.
  • “Conflictos Ambientales Internacionales e Internacionales,” in II Simposio de Estudios Fronterizos, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Piedras Negras, Coahuila: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, December 1996.
  • “Legal Solutions vs. Environmental Realities: The Case of the United States-Mexico Border Region,” in University of Connecticut Journal of International Law. Vol. 10, No. 2 Spring 1995, p. 281-300.
  • “Relaciones Sociales y Cooperacion Transfronteriza en la Region Sonora-Arizona,” with Francisco Lara Valencia,  Estudios Sociales Vol. V. No. 10 December 1995, p. 171-196.
  • “The Hardening of the United States-Mexico Borderlands:  Causes and Consequences,” with Edward J Williams Boundary and Security Bulletin Vol. 1, No. 4, University of Durham, England January 1994.

Rapports techniques

  • “Effectiveness of The American Community of the U.S. Census in a Borderlands Colonia Setting,” with Duncan Earle, U.S. Census Publication Technical Report 2002. (78 pages).
  • “Barriers to Enumeration in Colonias on the U.S.-Mexico Border,”with Duncan Earle, U.S. Census Publication Technical Report, 2001. (39 pages)
  • Contributor, Report prepared by Udall Center to Ford Foundation “U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Water Resources Management: Bilateral Issues, Policies and Strategies in the Nogales Region,” 1995.

Notices d'encyclopédie

  • Contributor, Mexico and the United States, Ed. Stacy, Lee. New York: Marshall Cavendish: 2003 (Six Encyclopedia Entries).
  • Contributor, The Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States Oxford University Press 2006 (Eight Encyclopedia Entries).


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  • Beer, Caroline Electoral Competition and Institutional Change in Mexico  in Choice  vol. 41 no. 8, April 2004
  • Ard, Michael J. An Eternal Struggle:  How the National Action Party Transformed Mexican Politics in Choice vol. 41 no. 10, June 2004
  • Huesos en el Desierto, in La Prensa, Riverside, California 4-10 April 2003.
  • Tulchin, Joseph S. and Andrew Selee Mexico’s Politics and Society in Transition, in Choice vol. 40 no. 10, June 2003.
  • Messer-Davidow, Ellen Disciplining Feminism:  From Social Activism to Academic Discourse, in Choice vol. 39 no. 11, July 2002.
  • Suad, Joseph Women and Gender in the Middle East, in Choice  vol. 39 no. 1, September 2001.
  • “Strategies for Disseminating Academic Research into the Public Arena” National Women’s Studies Association Meeting Montreal, Quebec, Canada November 10-13, 2016
  • Panelist, “Las Elecciones en Estados Unidos: Implicaciones para la Frontera” Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez October 11, 2016
  • “Las Elecciones en los EUA:  Participacion de los Latinos” Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), Tijuana, Baja California, September 26-28, 2016
  • “Barreras y Obstaculos para la Participacion Politica de los Latinos”   El Voto Latino en las Elecciones de Estados Unidos de 2016. Implicaciones para México” Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, August  15-16, 2016
  • “The Best Interests of the Child?  Deportations at Borders” International Political Science Association, Poznan, Poland July 23-28, 2016
  • “Children against the Wall” Borders, Walls and Violence:  Costs and Alternatives to Border Fencing” Universite du Quebec a Montreal, June 2-3, 2016
  • with Kathleen Staudt “Biopolitics and family politics in these neoliberal times: Borders, governmentality, and intrusion into private bodies and family lives” Borders, Walls and Violence:  Costs and Alternatives to Border Fencing”  Universite du Quebec a Montreal, June 2-3, 2016
  • “Family Politics at the Border: Security Policies That Separate Refugee and Asylum-seeking Parents” Association of Borderland Studies, Reno, Nevada April 13-16, 2016
  • “Whither Environmental Activism on the U.S.-Mexico Border” Earthday Fest University of Texas Rio Grande Valley April 20-22, 2016
  • “Conducting Binational Research on the U.S.-Mexico Border” Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) March 7th, 2016
  • “Laudato Si: los temas ambientales a debate" Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez  January 26-27, 2016
  • “Environmental Protection at Border Regions” with Hector Padilla, International Political Science Association, 23rd IPSA World Congress, Montréal, Quebec, Canada, July 20-24, 2014.
    *With Hector Padilla, International Political Science Assocation, 22nd IPSA World Congress, Madrid, Spain
  • “Crossing Over to the Dark Side: The Administrator Option” Panelist, with Liane Kosaki & Jessica Lavariega Monforti, Mini-Conference for Women of Color in Political Science (MCWOC) Organizing Committee, American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, August 27-28, 2013.
  • “Regionalization and Collaboration in the U.S.-Mexico Border,” 50th Annual Convention, International Studies Association, New York City, New York, February 15- 18-2009.
  • Featured Author and Moderator, “Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas” 2008 Texas Book Festival, Austin Texas, November 1, 2008.
  • “Politicas-Latina Public Officials in Texas,” American Association of University Women, El Paso Texas November 8, 2008.
  • “Politicas-Latina Public Officials in Texas,” Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, October 1, 2008.
  • 61a Jornada Informativa del IME Género y Migración, Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, August 24-27, 2008.
  • Presenter, “Communications across Borders” Michigan State University, July 6-9 2008
  • MS Magazine Cruise, “Mexican Elections and Women” February 18-25, 2007 Mexico, Guatemala, Florida, Belize.
  • US-Mexico Binational Center for Environmental Sciences and Toxicology, Global Environmental Health Workshop, “Social Justice at the Border” Wed. March 14, 2007 Tucson, Arizona.
  • 4th Annual Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Undergraduate
  • Student Conference, Michigan State University “The Left in Mexico” March 28, 2007.
  • BRIT VIII Border Regions in Transition. Lublin, Poland and Lviv, Ukraine. September 20-25, 2006. Paper: El Voto: Absensentee Voting in the 2006 Mexican Elections.
  • American Political Science Association. Philadelphia, PA. August 30-September 3, 2006. A Short Course on Borders.
  • Coloquio Internacional Migraciones y Fronteras. Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas. Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Noviembre 14-17, 2006. Paper: Niños Migrantes: Cruzando Fronteras
  • With Tony Payan “Who Governs? Agency and Interets in Cross- border Governance” Presented in Jerusalem, Israel at the BRIT VII Conference January 2005.
  • With John Bretting “Mobilizing Grassroots Democracy-American Indians, Anglos, Mexicans, and Mexican Americans,” APSA Conference 2005.
  • “Casinos in the Borderlands” Association of Borderland Studies 2005.
  • “Violence against Women on the Border,” Presented at Incarnate Word 2/25/05, Southwest Texas State 2/25/05.
  • “Quien Gobierna en la Frontera” Fulbright Scholars Annual Meeting Mexico City, Mexico, 3/2/05.
  • Keynote speaker for the Joan B. Kroc Peace & Justice Distinguished Lectura, University of San Diego May 05, 2004.
  • “Undocumented and Unaccompanied Children on the Border” Violencia e Impunidad en la Frontera Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez /University of Texas El Paso, El Paso, Texas Nov. 25, 2003.
  • “Women’s Issues on the Border,” Young Democrats Convention, San Antonio, Texas Nov. 23, 2003.
  • “Civic Action for Political Accountability: Anti-Violence Organizing in Ciudad Juárez and El Paso” Primer Encuentro Sobre Estudios de la Mujer En la Region Paso Del Norte Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua November 13-14, 2003.
  • “The Numbers Game and the Social Construction of Women Victims in Ciudad Juárez” University of California Los Angeles, October 31-Nov 2, 2003.
  • “A Real Life Perspective: The Roles of Mentors in Higher Education,” American Political Science Association-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 26-30, 2003.
  • “Fronteras No Más: Toward Social Justice at the U.S.- Mexico Border,” Center for U.S.- Mexico Studies, University of California- San Diego, April 23, 2003.
  • “Successful Cross-Border Cooperation Efforts on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Thirteenth Annual International Conference on the Quality of Life on the United States-Mexico Border, El Paso Community College, El Paso, Texas April 9, 2003.
  • Panelist, “No Accuser, Nor Crime, But You’re Guilty” University of Arizona, April 24, 2003.
  • “Cross-Border Migration and its Impact on El Paso-Ciudad Juárez,” Border Institute for Executive Directors of Nonprofit Organizations for the El Paso Community Foundation El Paso, Texas, March 14, 2003.
  • “US-Mexico Border Environment,” UTEP Professor Roberto Villarreal’s Doctoral Seminar March 11, 2002.
  • “Resistance on the Global Frontlines: Gender Wars at the U.S.-Mexico Border” with Kathleen Staudt International Studies Association, February 26-March 1, 2003 Portland, Oregon, February 26-March 1, 2003.
  • “Status of Women on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 47th Annual Meeting, New York, New York, March 5-14, 2003.
  • “Testimonios: Celebrating our Stories,” Women’s History Month, University of Texas - San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, March 24, 2003.
  • “Innovative Ideas for Teaching Border Classes in a University Setting,” Association for Borderland Studies, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 9-12, 2003.
  • “Teaching Tolerance and Respect in a Democracy,” The Arab World: Insights into Islam; Relations Between Jews, Christians and Muslims, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, March 24, 2002.
  • “Environmental Issues on the U.S.-Mexico Border” Water in the Desert Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 8-9, 2002.
  • “Barriers to Census Enumeration in Colonias: The Loss of the Female Voice?” Southwestern Social Science Association, New Orleans, La. March 27-30, 2002.
  • Participant, Roundtable Discussion Paso Del Norte Women in the Environmental Field USEPA March 13, 2002 El Paso, Texas
  • “Cross-Border Environmental Issues,” State Department International Visitors Bureau, El Paso, Texas March 27, 2002.
  • “Women in the Environmental Arena,” Bureau of Reclamation El Paso, Texas March 25, 2002.
  • Commentator, II Foro Fronterizo (No) Violencia y Relaciones de Género en la Frontera Norte, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua March 10, 2002.
  • “Cross-Border Cooperation: Challenges and Successes,” Center for Inter-American and Border Studies Brown Bag Series April 25, 2002.
  • “Transnational Citizenship Across Fortified Borders: Implications for Latino Politics in a Changing World,”American Political Science Association, Boston , Mass. August 28-31, 2002.
  • “Fronteras No Más” Border Cities/Border Cultures Conference, University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 15-16, 2002.
  • “International Migration: The U.S. Perspective,” El Paso Community Foundation January 11, 2002.
  • “Capacity Building for Environmental Health in the Paso del Norte Region: The Case of El Paso/ Juárez,” United States Environmental Protection Agency Community Involvement Conference and Training, San Antonio, Texas, June 19-22, 2001.
  • “Cross-Border Cooperation at the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Latin American Studies Association Meeting, Washington, D.C. September 6, 2001.
  • “Universities as Sites of Democracy: Community - University Relations,” American Political Science Association Meeting, San Francisco, California, September 2, 2001.
  • “U.S. México Border Environmental Issues,” Consorcio Educativo para la Protección Ambiental, San Juan, Puerto Rico April 22-25, 2001.
  • “American Community Survey: Data Gathering in Colonias,” with Duncan Earle Association of Borderland Scholars, Reno, Nevada, April 19-20, 2001.
  • “Methodological Issues in Census Research in Colonias,” with Duncan Earle, Census Workshop Conference, University of Texas-El Paso April 17, 2001.
  • “Environmental Justice Issues on the US-Mexico Border,” President’s Peace Commission Program St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, Thursday March 22, 2001.
  • “Environmental Issues on the US-Mexico Border,” December 11, 2000, University of Ohio Students.
  • “Border Counts: Barriers to Enumeration in Colonias,” with Duncan Earle, American Anthropological Association Meeting, San Francisco, California, Nov. 15-18, 2000.
  • “The Good Neighbor Environmental Board,” USEPA Border Office Guest Speaker Series El Paso Public Library August 9, 2000.
  • “Women on the Border: The Case of the Mixtecas in Nogales, Sonora,” June 20, 2000, Wake Forest University Students.
  • “Women of the Middle East,” Southwest Women’s Association Studies Conference, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas March 17, 2000.
  • “US-Mexico Border Environmental Issues,” International Visitor’s Bureau, February 2, 2000.
  • “Perceptions of Colonia Residents of the US Census,” Statistical Research Division Colloquium, Washington, D.C., September 26, 2000.
  • El Patronato Cultural Hispanoamericano, San Antonio, Texas, “Indigenous Women on the Border,” February 21, 2000.
  • “PRI Primary: Election Results in Ciudad Juárez,” Rocky Mountain Conference on Latin American Studies, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oct. 1999.
  • "Cultural Poetics of Environmental Justice on the U.S.-México Border,” with Kamala Platt, American Sociological Association Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 1999.
  • "Cultural Poetics of Environmental Justice on the U.S.-México Border," Gateways Fellows, Zuazua, Nuevo Leon, Mexico February 1999.
  • "Research Methods in a Border Context: The Case of the Mixtecas in Nogales, Sonora," National Association of Chicano Scholars, San Antonio, Texas, April 1999.
  • "Environmental Justice on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Gateway Fellows, University of Texas-San Antonio March 1999.
  • "Women in the Field of Political Science," National Women's Week, University of Texas-San Antonio, March 1998.
  • "Towards the Next Millenium: Latinos in the United States," San Juan, Texas, October 1997.
  • "Political Participation of Latinas," Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas November 1997.
  • "Mexican Migration to the United States," Bilingual Education Student Organization, University of Texas-San Antonio, Texas, September 1996.
  • "Bilingual Education and the North American Free Trade Agreement," San Antonio Area Association for Bilingual Education, University of Texas-San Antonio, March 29, 1996.
  • "NAFTA and Bilingual Education," San Antonio Association for Bilingual Education, San Antonio, Texas, January 1996.
  • "Who Governs in a Binational Context? The Role of Transnational Political Elite," Latin American Studies Association XIX Congress, Washington, D.C., September 28-30, 1995.
  • "Women on the Border: The Case of the Mixtecas," Association of Borderland Scholars, Oakland, California, April 19-21, 1995.
  • "The Role of Women in Addressing Environmental Issues in the United States-Mexico Border Region," United States Environmental Protection Agency: Women and the Environment Conference, Oakland, California, November 1994.
  • "Sustainable Development in the United States-Mexico Border Region: The Case of Water Resources in Ambos Nogales", with Francisco Lara Valencia, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, March 1994.
  • "Environmental Equity in the United States-Mexico Border Region," Western Political Science Association Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 1994
  • "Towards the Development of an Inclusive, Interdisciplinary, and Interagency Research Design to Ensure Environmental Justice," Symposium on Health Research Needs to Ensure Environmental Justice, Washington, D.C., February 1994
  • "Women and Education on the Mexico-United States Border," The Way Up Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, October 1993.
  • "Hacia La Reforma Electoral: Cultura Política, Sociedad Civil y Partidos Políticos," Comisión Estatal Electoral, Hermosillo, Sonora, August, 1993.
  • "Updating Environment Issues and NAFTA,” American Friends Service Committee, Tucson, Arizona, June 1993.
  • "NAFTA and the Environment," Nogales Lion Club, Nogales, Arizona, June 1993.
  • "Militarization of the Border: Implications for Democracy," with Edward J. Williams, Violence on the Border Conference, University of Texas at El Paso, May 1993.
  • "Militarization of the Border: Multiorganizational Policy Analysis," with Edward J. Williams, Inventando las Fronteras Conference, COLEF/Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, April 1993.
  • "Images and Perspectives of Transboundary Relations in Ambos Nogales," with Francisco Lara, Association of Borderlands Scholars, Corpus Christi, Texas, April 1993.
  • "Mujer que no se Organiza Sigue Planchando Camisa," COLEF/CETIS International Day of the Woman, Nogales, Sonora, March 1993.
  • "Women and Politics in Mexico: A Call for Research,” Whither Mexico? Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, March 1993.
  • "Ambos Nogales Water Study," Tucson Nature Club, Tucson, Arizona, January 1993.
  • "U.S. Mexico Border Environmental Issues," Soroptomist Club, Phoenix, Arizona, May 1992.
  • "Politics of Cultural Diversity," University of Arizona, 4H Extension Program, Tucson, Arizona, February 1992.
  • "Border Environmental Plan: Citizen Participation and Public Policy Development in a Binational Context," Ford Foundation Meeting on Setting a Binational Research Agenda, Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, October 1991.
  • "Hispanic Education in the United States," Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, September, 1990.
  • "Infusing Race, Class, and Gender into American Government Courses," Western Political Science Association Meeting, Newport Beach, California, March 1990.
  • "Issues of Cultural Diversity in Higher Education," National Conference on the Training of Teaching Assistants, Austin, Texas, November 1991.
  • "Multiculturalizing the Curriculum in Higher Education: Project IMPACT," National Association of Bilingual Education, Tucson, Arizona, April 1990.
Prix et distinctions


  • A Holistic Approach to Environmental and Water Challenges in the Mexico City Metropolitan Region:  A Study Abroad Opportunity for Non-traditional Minority Students submitted to Partners of the Americas-100,000 Strong in the Americas.”  Received Award $25,000.00 October 2016- December 2017
  • “Library Grant for Informational Literacy $3,000.00 For Women, Power and Politics Class” awarded in 2016 to be implemented in 2017
  • El Paso Community Foundation “Mexico 2012 Elections Project” $2,000, 2012.
  • “Civic Capacity, Leadership, and Service Learning for Housing and Economic Development in El Paso,” summer support.
  • Co-PI Kauffman Foundation Grant “Hispanic Entrepeneurship” $2 million, 2008- 2010
  • Border Fulbright, “Border Politics Project,” Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez 2004-2005.
  • Fulbright Scholar, German Studies Seminar, “International Migration and National Identities” Summer 2002.
  • “Sector Agua, Saneamiento y Salud Publica” with Fundación Mexicana para la Ciencia Border, Border Pact Grant $12,000, 2001-2002.
  • “Women on the Border Conference” Ford Foundation through Center for Inter-American and Border Studies, University of Texas- El Paso, $1,700, 2000.
  • "Cultural Poetics of Environmental Justice" with Kamala Platt, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas, $10,000, 1997-1998.
  • “Content Analysis of Border Newspapers Project” Faculty Development Grant with Laura Hendrickson, University of the Incarnate Word, $2,000, 1997.
  • “Mexico Border Web Site Data Base Faculty Development Grant” University of the Incarnate Word, $2,000, 1996.
  • “U.S.- Mexico Border Research Project” Faculty Development Grant University of the Incarnate Word $500, 1995.
  • “Women in the Informal Economy” Ford Foundation: Programa de Estudios Micro Sociales Aplicados. $7,000, 1993.
  • “The Arizona Politics Project” Pima Community College: Minority Education Development Fund. $2,500.00 grant for, 1993.
  • “Women’s Educational Needs Assessment” Southern Arizona Women's Fund $2,350, 1993.

Prix et reconnaissance

  • Top 100 Influential Hispanics in the United States October 2010 Hispanic Business Magazine
  • Appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America 2010-present
  • Woman of the Year, Latinas Unidas Harvard University 2004.
  • REACH Award, Education Category, YWCA El Paso, Texas 2002.
  • Adaljiza Sosa Riddell Undergraduate Mentor Award, American Political Science Association, Committee on the Status of Latinos and Chicanos in the Profession 2002.
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2002.
  • Participant, “Infusing Asian Studies into the Curriculum Study Tour” University of Hawaii and Manila, Philippines, June 1999.
  • Recipient, Medalla de Merito Civico, Club de Mujeres Profesionistas y de Negocios de Sonora, A.C. February 1995.
  • Recipient, Environmental Award, November 1994, Prescott College.
  • Professor, University of Texas at El Paso- Department of Political Science 2011- Present
  • Associate Provost, University of Texas at El Paso July 1, 2008-January 16, 2012
  • Graduate Advisor Department of Political Science September 2006- January 2008.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Texas at El Paso 2004-2011
  • Assistant Professor, Academic Advisor Center for Inter-American and Border Studies August 1999-2003.
  • Contributing Faculty Environmental Science and Engineering, Ph.D. program August 1999 to present
  • Professor, Border Exchange Program, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez, January- May 1999.
  • Assistant Professor, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, July 1997- August 1999.
  • Visiting Professor, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas January 1995- July 1997.
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas Summer 1998. & 1999.
  • Visiting Professor, University of Arizona, Guadalajara Summer School, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Summer 1997 & 2001.