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The Border Studies Program Advisory Committee


The Advisory Committee visits the program and advises the program managers. The current members are:

Yolanda Vega, Hope College

Yolanda Vega is the Director of the Phelps Scholars Program and an Assistant Professor of Education.  She regularly teaches First Year Seminar (focused on issues of culture, control and community), Foundations of Education and Senior Seminar.  She began her career as a public school teacher and also has experience in Admissions, Multicultural Life, Residential Life and with TRiO Upward Bound. Her areas of interest include student centered teaching and learning and issues affecting Latino students in the educational pipeline.  She was also a participant in the 2016 GLCA Expanding Collaboration Initiative: U.S. Borderlands and Beyond project.

Rebecca Alexander, DePauw University

Rebecca Alexander is currently an Assistant Professor of Education Studies at DePauw University. Her research focuses on segregated schools and communities and the ways in which young people and their families use processes of border-crossing and border-making to grapple with social, spatial and educational dispossession. Drawing on themes of educational sovereignty, decoloniality, and illegality she looks at how communities contest marginalization and forced assimilation and work to defend and sustain critical educational spaces and frameworks.

Glen David Kuecker, DePauw Univeristy

Glen Kuecker is an Associate Professor of History at DePauw University. Glen specializes in Mexican history with a special focus on the port city of Tampico. His current research projects focus on how people in Latin America organize in resistance to neoliberal economic reforms. He served a three-year term as coordinator of DePauw University’s Conflict Studies program, and was the Resident Director of the Border Studies Program Fall 2006.

Elliott Young, Lewis and Clark College

Elliott Young is Professor of Latin American and Borderlands History at Lewis & Clark College. He currently serves as chair of the History Department and director of the Ethnic Studies program. He has published Catarino Garza’s Revolution on the Texas-Mexico Border), which examines the little known story of a rebellion launched from Texas against the Díaz government in Mexico in 1891, and Continental Crossroads, which presents a series of essays on borderlands history.

Jennifer L. Johnson, Kenyon College

Jennifer L. Johnson is Associate Professor of Sociology at Kenyon College where she teaches courses on globalization, social movements and the law. She currently serves as Chair of the Sociology Department and contributes to Kenyon’s International Studies and Law & Society programs. Her research focuses on extralegal policing, indigenous justice administration and changing understandings of citizenship in Guerrero, Mexico. More recently, she initiated an ethnographic project on the civilian border patrol movement at the U.S.-Mexico border. She is committed to experiential learning for undergraduates and, in coordination with the Border Studies Program, teaches a semester-long Borders & Border Crossings course with a field component at the border.

Amy Morris, The Fund for Global Human Rights

Amy Morris is the former Resident Director of the Border Studies Program that oversaw the transition from its previous location in El Paso/Ciudad Juarez to its current location in Tucson and Nogales. Amy has worked as coordinator of the New York Union Semester, worked with the Surdna Foundation, and she is currently part of the team at the Fund for Global Human Rights as Director of Programs. Amy holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute with a concentration in Immigration and Human Rights. She has also worked for human rights in Latin America over the course of the last ten years.

Patty Lamson, Earlham College

Patty Lamson is Director of International Programs at Earlham College and Director of the Border Studies Program. She oversees off-campus study program and international student programming. She has co-led several programs to Mexico and served as Resident Director of the Border Studies Program in 1998. She is a founding member of Amigos, the Richmond Latino Center and is coordinator of the English Language Program in that organization.

Pablo Mitchell, Oberlin College

Pablo Mitchell is the author of Understanding Latino History: Excavating the Past, Examining the Present (2017).  The textbook explores the heritage and history of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Central and South Americans in the United States.  He is also the co-editor of Beyond the Borders of the Law: Critical Legal Histories of the North American West(2018) and the author of History of Latinos: Exploring Diverse Roots (2014), West of Sex: Making Mexican America, 1900-1930 (2012) and Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880-1920 (2005). Coyote Nation was awarded the 2007 Ray Allen Billington Prize by the Organization of American Historians.  He teaches courses on Latina/o History, US-Mexico Borderlands, History of American Sexualities, Mixed Heritage in US History, the American West, and Gilded Age America. 

Shanna Salinas, Kalamazoo College

Shanna Salinas is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Kalamazoo College, where she teaches 19th, 20th, and 21st century American Literary and Cultural Studies, with an emphasis on American race and ethnicity and Chicana/o literature. She is also the Arcus Social Justice Leadership Assistant Professor of English. Shanna is currently working on converting her dissertation into a manuscript that will examine the co-constitutive relationship between U.S. national identity and Chicana/o racialized identity via the site of the U.S.-Mexico border. Her essay, "Raced Bodies, Corporeal Texts: Narratives of Home and Self in Sandra Cisnero's The House on Mango Street," is included in the collection Virginia Woolf and 20th-Century Women Writers (November, 2014).

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