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Carlos Velez-Ibanez

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Regents Professor and Founding Director Emeritus
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Affililate Faculty Member; Regents Professor and Founding Director Emeritus, School of Transborder Studies
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Regents Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Biography: 

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez received a Ph.D. in Anthropology, USCD (1975). Intellectual interests are broadly comparative and applied and publications include 12 books in English and Spanish with three more translated into Spanish as well many articles and chapters. He held professorships in anthropology at UCLA and the University of Arizona where in 1982, he founded the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology.   He became dean in 1994 at the University of California, Riverside of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and founded the Ernest Galarza Applied Research Center, and in 2011 founded the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.   Presently, he is Regents’ Professor of the School of Transborder Studies and School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and Motorola Presidential Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization, at Arizona State University. He has had numerous research and applied projects funded by private foundations and governmental agencies. His honors include the Bronislaw Malinowski Award, 1994 by the Society of Applied Anthropology; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 1993-94; and elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1999.  In 2004 he was awarded The Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology. American Anthropology Association.

 In 2016, he was inducted as a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences; the first foreign anthropologist selected and joined 107 other members including 10 Noble Prize winners.  As well, he was elected as the NACCS Rocky Mountain Foco Scholar in 2016 and received the Saber es Poder Prize in 2018 from the Institute for Mexicans Abroad and the Mexican American Studies Department of the University of Arizona.  His book, Hegemonies of Language and their Discontents (Tucson: University of Arizona, 2017) was awarded Honorable Mention by the American Association of Latinas/os Anthropologists of the American Anthropology Association in November of 2018. In 2020, he was presented with the Franz Boas Award by the American Anthropology Association for his exemplary contributions to Anthropology and is the most prestigious award presented by the American Anthropology Association.     His newest work: Reflections of a Transborder Anthropologist from Netzahualcóyotl to Aztlán, published in 2020 (Tucson: University of Arizona Press) was selected for the Distinguished Author Award of the American Association of Hispanic Higher Education in 2021.  In 2021, he earned the Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology which” Honors exemplary anthropologists for outstanding recent achievements that have contributed to the development of anthropology as an applied science and have important impacts on public policy,” by the American Anthropological Association. Lastly, in the same year he was awarded the SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America.  It recognizes scholars with a notable long-term program of research and publication by the Society for the Anthropology of North America, November 9, 2021.  In2022, he was elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California-San Diego 1975
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of California-San Diego
  • M.A. English, University of Arizona
  • B.A. Political Science, University of Arizona

 

Research Interests: 

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez' intellectual interests are broadly comparative and publications include 12 books in English and Spanish with three others translated in Spanish as well as more than seventy-five articles and chapters. He has had numerous research and applied projects funded by foundations and governmental agencies including the newest in 2016 which is a five year, 2.2-million-dollar project designed to recruit, train and retain Mexican origin migrant students to Arizona State University.  

Publications: 

Withdrawn: De Netzahualcóyotl a Aztlán: Una Peregrinación Intelectual de un Transfronterizo.  Tijuana: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 420 pp. In Press, 2018, Expected Publication.

Replaced: 

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibañez.  From Netzahualcóyotl to Aztlán: An Intellectual migration of a transborder pilgrim. Tucson: University of Arizona, In process. 443-ms. pp.

 

Language Hegemonies and their Discontents: the Southwest North American Region Since 1540.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press, November 2017. 448 pp. 

The U.S-Mexico Transborder Region:Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions.  Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez and Josiah Heyman Co-editors Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2017. 402 pp.

  • ,Roberto Sanchez Benitez, Carlos Velez-Ibanez, and Salvador Jara Guerrero, eds. Identidades Transfronerizas, Migracion y Cultura Chicana. (2011).
  • Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez. Introducción. , Identidad, Migración y Cultura Transfronteriza (2011).
  • Carlos Velez-Ibanez. An Impossible Living in a Transborder World: Culture, Confianza, and Economy of Mexican-Origin Populations,. (2010).
  • Alejandra Navarro Smith and Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez (eds). Diversividad cultural, racismo, exclusion y xenophobia den la Frontera Norte-Mexico-EEUU. (2010).
  • Alejandra Navarro Smith and Carlos Velez-Ibanez. Introducción,. , Diversividad cultural, racismo, exclusión y xenofobia den la Frontera Norte-México-EEUU (2010).
  • Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez. Construcciones, Ideológicas y Prácticas de Adaptación. Identidad, Migración y Cultura Transfronterizo (2010).
  • Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez. Introduction. Latinos in Arizona (2009).
  • Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez, James Garcia and Michelle Martinez. Genesis and Development of Latino/a Expressive Culture in Arizona: Theater, Literature, Film, Music, and Ar. State of Latino Arizona (2009).
  • Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez, et. al. State of Latino Arizona. Arizona State University (2009).
  • Alejandra Navarro Smith and Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez. Introduccion. Diversividad cultural, racismo, exclusión y xenofobia den la Frontera Norte-México-EEUU (0).
  • Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez. Procesos Transfronterizos de Desigualdad: Dos Mujeres Sin Fin. Diversividad cultural, racismo, exclusion y xenophobia den la Frontera Norte-Mexico-EEUU (0).
  • Carlos Velez-Ibanez. Procesos Transfronterizos de Desigualdad: Dos Mujeres Sin Fin. . Diversividad cultural, racismo, exclusion y xenophobia den la Frontera Norte-Mexico-EEUU (0).
Research Activity: 
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 101Latinas/os in the U.S.
TCL 310Folklore of the Southwest
TSS 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 331Mexican American Hist to 1900
TCL 331Mexican American Hist to 1900
TCL 492Honors Directed Study
TSS 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 310Folklore of the Southwest
HST 332Mexican Amer Hist Since 1900
TCL 332Mexican Amer Hist Since 1900
TSS 609Prspctus Desgn Trnsbd Studies
TSS 792Research
TSS 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 101Intro Transbrdr Chicana/o Stud
TCL 331Mexican American Hist to 1900
HST 331Mexican American Hist to 1900
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 101Intro Transbrdr Chicana/o Stud
TCL 394Special Topics
ASB 394Special Topics
SPA 394Special Topics
SLC 394Special Topics
HST 394Special Topics
TCL 493Honors Thesis
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 101Intro Transbrdr Chicana/o Stud
TCL 394Special Topics
ASB 394Special Topics
Presentations: 

He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses specializing in the former on language and learning and the latter in the theoretical foundations of transborder knowledge.

Honors / Awards: 
  • Fellow of Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (2017)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017)
  • Miembro Correspondiente de la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, the only American anthropologist selected (2016)
  • NACCS Rocky Mountain Scholar (2016) 
  • Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology, American Anthropology Association (2004)
  • Bronislaw Malinowski Medal, Society for Applied Anthropology (2003)
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA (1993-94)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1999)
  • Fellow, American Anthropology Association
  • Fellow, Society of Applied Anthropology  

Editorships: 

He has served pro bono in a number of legal cases, language and structures of meaning of public documents, and the analysis of bias in private and institutional frameworks.

Professional Associations: 

American Anthropology Association

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Mexican Academy of Science

National Association of Chicanas and Chicanos

Royal Antrhopological Institue of Great Britain and Ireland

Society for Applied Anthropology

 

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Arizona

University of California, Riverside

Arizona State University

Work History: 

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez a Tucson native, received a Ph.D. in Anthropology, UCSD (1975). He was the founding director of Mexican American Studies at San Diego State, and later held professorships in anthropology at UCLA and the University of Arizona where he was the founding director of the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology. He became dean in 1994 at the University of California, Riverside of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and presently, he is Regents’ Professor and Founding Director Emeritus of the School of Transborder Studies and Motorola Presidential Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization, and Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. 

Service: 
  • Rutgers University Press, Latinidad Series, Editorial Board (2008 - Present)
  • Crime, and Public Policy Symposium,, Keynote (2007 - Present)
  • Journal of Latino Studies, Editorial Board (1999 - Present)
  • The American Folklore Society, Keynote (2009 - 2009)
  • Conferencista Magistral y Investigador Titular de la Cátedra Aguirre Beltran, Keynote and Researcher (2009 - 2009)
  • The State of Latinos in Arizona, Designer and Contributor (2008 - 2009)
  • Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Keynote Speakere (2009 - 2009)
  • School of Transborder Studies, Organized, Designed, and Implemented (2008 - 2009)
  • Ford Foundation, Discussant (2007 - 2007)
  • American Anthropology Associaton, Presidential Session, Presenter