BORDER CITIES/BORDER CULTURES CONFERENCE
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
MILWAUKEE, WI
NOVEMBER 15-16, 2002
 
 

PARTICIPANT BIOGRAPHIES

 
KATHERINE BENTON recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she is on the job market!  Her dissertation is entitled, "What about Women in the White Man's Camp?: Gender, Nation, and the Redefinition of Race in Cochise County, Arizona, 1853-1941."   She is currently a lecturer at UW-Madison, where she teaching U.S. Women's History.  Notwithstanding her scholarly interest in the border, Benton's border credentials are mostly genealogical: her grandfather was born in Douglas, Arizona; her mother was born in El Paso, Texas; and her parents met in a bar in Nogales, Sonora.  Alas, Benton was born and raised in the Phoenix area.

PEDRO CASTILLO is Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has published on the history of Mexican American Los Angeles.

IRASEMA CORONADO is Assistant Professor at UT-El Paso in the Department of Political Science. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona specializing in comparative politics and focusing on Latin America.  She has recently published a co-authored book Fronteras No Mas: Towards Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border.   She has worked as a consultant to the U.S.Census conducting research on barriers to enumeration in colonias, and has co-authored two technical reports on that work. She is a member of the U.S. EPA Good Neighbor Environmental Board that consults the president and Congress on matters pertaining to U.S.-Mexico border environmental infrastructure issues.  Her colleagues on the board have appointed to her as the liaison to their Mexican counterpart the Consejo I para el Desarrollo Sustentable, an advisory board to the Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales.  She is currently researching the role of women in politics and cross-border cooperation.

MARGARET CROSBY teaches Latin American and U.S. Latino/a literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UW-Milwaukee where she is an Assistant Professor.  She received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of New Mexico in 1995.  Her research interests include: migrant health and Latin American autobiography and pathography.  She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.  Currently she is writing an article about Frida Kahlo's pain and medical treatment.

DOMINIQUE DANIEL is Associate Professor of American History at the University of Tours (France). Thanks to a Fulbright scholarship she has published a book on family reunification policy in the U.S. since 1965 and numerous articles on immigration, citizenship, and border issues in the United States and Canada. She is currently writing a new book on the evolution of Canada’s immigration policy since 1967 in a comparative perspective.

NORA FAIRES is Associate Professor of History at Western Michigan University and has published works in US urban, ethnic, labor, women's, and public history.  In 2000 she held the Fulbright Chair in North American Studies at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada).  She co-curated "A Century of Jewish Life in Flint" for the Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan, the research for which forms the basis for a manuscript-in-progress, Jewish Life in Autotown.  Current projects include two studies of gendered migration to cities in the US/Canada borderlands.  The first centers on African Canadian migrants in Detroit at the end of the nineteenth century; the second focuses on American women immigrants as "civic outsiders" in Calgary during the world wars.

ENRIQUE FIGUEROA received his PhD from UC-Davis in Economics. He has taught economics at Cornell and has worked for the US Department of Agriculture. He is the Director of the Roberto Hernández Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee which serves Latino students and sponsors research on US Latinos.

CARLOS GALVAO-SOBRINHO is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the author of articles in Bryn Mawr Classical Review and Athenaeum.  A specialist in Roman history, he received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1999.  His current research focuses on the themes of poverty in the Roman  Empire, religious violence in late antiquity, and the city of Rome.

LANCE GRAHN is Professor of History at Marquette University and department chair. He specializes in the history of Latin America.

HOWARD HANDELMAN is Professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He writes on democratization in Latin America and conducts research in Argentina, Peru and Mexico.  His recent books include: The Challenge of Third World Politics; Politics in a Changing World (co-authored); and Mexican Politics: The Dynamics of Change.

LAWRENCE HERZOG (Ph.D. Syracuse University) is Professor, Graduate Program in City Planning, School of Public Administration and Urban Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, California. His work in urban design/planning and the Mexico-U.S. border has been published extensively both in academic and popular media publications.  He has written or edited six books, including his most recent Shared Space: Rethinking the U.S.-Mexico Border Environment (edited, La Jolla: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, 2000); and From Aztec to High Tech: Architecture and Landscape Across the Mexico-U.S. Border (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999).  Herzog has served as Fulbright Scholar in Peru, and urban/regional planning consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development (in Peru and Bolivia), the U.S. Embassy (Mexico City), the American Institute of Architects, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Transportation. His essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Newsday, Buzz Magazine , Times of the Americas, San Jose Mercury News, and San Diego Union Tribune. He is a contributing writer for the web magazine theglobalist.com

JENNIFER JORDAN is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, in 2000, and is currently at work on a book about real estate and collective memory in contemporary Berlin. Her publications include "The Place of Space in the Study of the Social," co-authored with Richard Biernacki and included in The Social in Question (Patrick Joyce, ed. London: Routledge, 2002).

TOM KLUG is Associate Professor of history and director of the Institute for Detroit Studies at Marygrove College, Detroit, MI.  I am also treasurer of the Labor & Working Class History Association (LAWCHA).  My main interest is in patterns of labor-market conflict and accommodation between organized employers and organized labor in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th century.  That work has led me to examine the interplay between labor, employers and the Federal government in the area of immigration and immigration law enforcement, particularly along the United States-Canada border.

SUSAN LORD is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Queen's University, where she is also cross-appointed with the Institute of Women's Studies. Her main teaching and research areas are feminist theory and women's film culture, cultural studies of technology, and, most recently, Cuban film and video.  She has published in these areas in several journals and anthologies. Current projects include a study of the documentaries of Sara Gomez, a manuscript on gender and multiculturalism in Canadian cinema; and she is  co-editor of two forthcoming collections of essays -- Fluid Screens: Time, Digital Culture and Everyday Life (University of Toronto Press), and Killing Women: The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence (Wilfrid Laurier University Press). She is on the editorial boards of Public: Art, Culture, Ideas and The Canadian Journal of Film Studies.

SUSAN MAINS is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of the West Indies-Mona Campus, in Kingston, Jamaica. She completed her Ph.D. in Geography, titled "Contested Spaces: Representing Borders and Immigrant Identities Between the US and Mexico," at the University of Kentucky in 2000. Her current work is focusing on the UK, US, and Jamaica in relation to media representations of migration, constructions of race, sexuality, and nation, and the use of documentary film as a research methodology and teaching tool.

AIMS MCGUINESS teaches Latin American and global history in the History Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is an assistant professor.  He received his Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of Michigan in 2001.  He is currently completing a book manuscript on struggles over global communication routes in Panama in the mid-nineteenth century.

RUBEN MEDINA is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Chicana/o Studies at UW-Madison, as well as a poet.  Both his research and teaching focus on Mexican and Chicana/o literature, in particular on canonical and non-canonical writers, intellectual history, film studies, and Mexican migration to the U.S. He is currently the chair of the Chicana/o Studies Program. He has published a study on Octavio Paz, Autor, autoridad y autorización: escritura y poética de Octavio Paz (Colegio de Mexico, 1999) as well as two books of poetry, Bailame este viento, Mariana (1980) and Amor de lejos... Fools' Love (1986).  He is currently working on book-length study on Chicana/o literature, The Nation at Large: Chicana/o Literature and the Migrant Subject.

JAIME MENDOZA-MARTINEZ is a Ph.D. student at the University of Leicester in the Centre for Urban History (United Kigdom).  His research project concerns the region of southern Texas and the northeast of Mexico during the nineteenth century.

STEVE MEYER is a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor of history and urban studies. In the past, he has published books on the the assembly line and the Americanization of immigrants in the Ford Motor Company and the history of labor/management relations in the Milwaukee area Allis-Chalmers plant.  He is currently researching and writing about the history of masculine culture on the auto factory shop floor.

TERENCE MILLER is Director of Overseas Programs and Partnerships in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for International Education. In that capacity he oversees 35 study abroad programs and 65 inter-institutional partnership agreements for the university. Terry received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University and worked for over five years as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York. For three years he lived and worked as a human rights attorney in Chile investigating and documenting the disappeared and executed for the Commission of Truth and Reconciliation. Upon his return to the United States in 1991, he worked for six years as a policy analyst and director of a public policy office in Washington, D.C. His research interests are in human rights, rule of law, conflict resolution and development of civil societies.

CARL NIGHTENGALE is Visiting Associate Professor, Department of History, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of On the Edge: A History of Poor Black Children and their American Dreams and is currently researching the globalization of segregration and youth culture.

JOSE PALOFAX, UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department, is completing his dissertation on social movements along the Arizona/Sonora and California/Baja California border.  He is associate producer of the 28-minute documentary "New World Border" (2001) and guest editor of "Gatekeeper's State: Immigration and Boundary Policing in An Era of Globalization" in the journal Social Justice (2001, V. 28, N. 2).

PATRICE PETRO is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is also Director of the Center for International Education. She is the author of Aftershocks of the New: Feminism and Film History (Rutgers UP, 2001), Joyless Streets: Women and Melodramatic Representation in Weimar Germany (Princeton, 1989), editor of Fugitive Images: From Photography to Video (Indiana UP, 1995), and co-editor of Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights (with Mark Bradley, Rutgers UP, 2002), and Global Cities: Cinema, Architecture, and Urbanism in a Digital Age (with Linda Krause, Rutgers UP, forthcoming 2003).

SUSAN RIPPBERGER received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Educational Administration and Policy Studies with an emphasis on bilingual education in indigenous areas of Chiapas.  She focuses on how power, resistance, and identity are played out by populations who have been traditionally marginalized.  Susan's most recent work, co-authored with Political Scientist, Dr. Kathleen Staudt, is a book on borders and nationality called, Pledging Allegiance:  Learning Nationalism at the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez Border.

JOSEPH A. RODRIGUEZ is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of City Against Suburb: The Culture Wars in an American Metropolis (Praeger, 1999) and is currently researching the history of Latinos in Wisconsin.

MARC RODRIGUEZ is Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University. A graduate of UW-Milwaukee, he recieved the UWM Academic Opportunity Center's First Alumni Special Recognition Award in 2001. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in the Department of History and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. At Princeton, Professor Rodriguez teaches modern Southwestern/U.S. Borderlands history. With training in law and history, he specializes in the history of Mexican-Americans in the Southwestern and Midwestern United States, legal history,  and labor history. He has recently published "Cristaleno Oppositional Consciousness: Mexican American Activism in Crystal City, Texas and Wisconsin, 1963-1980," in Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest, ed. Jane Mansbridge and  Aldon Morris (University of Chicago Press, 2001), and is presently revising his dissertation on the Chicano civil rights movement for publication.

JAMES ROJAS holds a Master of City Planning and a Master of Science of Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Science.  His research is one of the few studies on U.S. Latino built environment and has been highly cited.  Excerpts have been widely printed in publications like "Places" and the "Los Angeles Times."  For the past 10 years James has lectured extensively at universities, colleges, conference, high schools, and community meeting on his research.  His goal is to empower Latinos in how to understand their environment. He is also a founder of the Latino Urban Forum, which is volunteer group of urban planners, architects and community members dedicated to improving the Latino built environment.  LUF has been active in the Los Angeles by providing the Latino community technical expertise on projects and legislation that will improve the physical form through the landuse process. LUF projects include:  The Evergreen Jogging Path and the Naciemento Tour. LUF serve on the Cornfields Advisory Committee, ArroyoFest Steering Committee, Livable Places Board and The Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency - Adelante Project Area Committee.  He has spent 3 years in the East Europe in the Peace Corps organizing environmental groups for sustainable transportation.  Mr. Rojas's currently is a project manager for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Los Angeles working and pedestrian and transportation enhancements projects.

KRISTIN RUGGIERO is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Her current work is entitled Modernity in the Flesh: Medicine, Law and Society in Turn-of-the-Century Argentina.  Research for this work was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation.

DAVID R. SMILTH is an Academic Advisor and adjunct instructor of history at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  His research focuses on the meaning of economic and political borders in the transnational Great Lakes Region.

WILLIAM VELEZ is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He teaches and researches the sociology if education and US Latino sociology. He is the editor of Race and Ethnicity in the United States: An Institutional Approach.

CAMILO JOSE VERGARA is a photograher who lives in New York City.  He was recently named a MacArthur Fellow. His books include The New American Ghetto, Twin Towers Remembered, and Unexpected Chicagoland.

DAVID WALKER received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley in Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish and Portuguese, and earned a MA in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky.  While at SDSU he wrote his thesis on changes to Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution and the privatization and urbanization of the Ejido sector in Mexican Border cities. David's research interests incorporate a theoretical approach to urbanization and spaces of resistance, neoliberalism and the restructuring of urban spaces, and race/gender and identity within the milieu of Mexican cities and the Mexican-American Borderlands.

MARGATH WALKER received her Master's in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University where she focused on migrant indigenous groups along the U.S-Mexico border. She is currently working on her Ph.D in Geography.  Her interests include Mexican migration, discourse analysis of Mexican media, migrants' agency in constructing place and identity and new approaches to discussions of modernity and development in the context of Latin America.