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Carlos Velez-Ibanez

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Regents’ Professor & Founding Director Emeritus
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Regents Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Affiliate 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

Regents' Professor Carlos Velez-Ibanez is the Founding Director Emeritus of the School of Transborder Studies and the Presidential Motorola Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization in the School of Transborder Studies and School of  Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. His academic fields include applied anthropology, complex social organizations, culture and education, ethno-class relations in complex social systems, migration and adaptation of human populations, political ecology, qualitative methodology and urban anthropology.

Professor Velez-Ibanez concentrates his work on the Transborder regions of the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico. He has numerous publications, including 75 articles and chapters, 12 books in English and Spanish, four monographs of which are based on original field research and three more translated into Spanish, and grants from National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and private foundations.  

He was appointed to ASU in 2005. He is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology of the University of California-Riverside, where his prior appointments included: dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (1994-1999) and professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of California-Riverside (1994-2005). He was a professor in the Department of Anthropology with the University of Arizona (1984-1994) and founding director of the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona (1982-1994). Prior to these appointments, he was a tenured associate professor at the University of California-Los Angeles. 

His numerous honors most recently include his induction as a Fellow of Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland and nomination to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017. He was inducted as a Miembro Correspondiente de la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias (2016) - the only  American anthropologist so selected, and he was also named the 2016 Rocky Mountain NACCS Scholar.  In 2018, he was awarded the Saber es Poder Prize by the Instituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior and the Mexican American Studies Department of the University of Arizona.  Previously he was awarded the Brownislaw Malinowski Medal in 1994, elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1994, Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies at Stanford in 1994, and in 1994 the Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology, 

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 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 332Mexican Amer Hist Since 1900
TCL 332Mexican Amer Hist Since 1900
TSS 502Found of Transborder Studies
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 101Intro Transbrdr Chicana/o Stud
TCL 394Special Topics
ASB 394Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 202Transborder Society&Culture II
HST 332Mexican Amer Hist Since 1900
TCL 332Mexican Amer Hist Since 1900
TSS 502Found of Transborder Studies
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 101Intro Transbrdr Chicana/o Stud
TCL 394Special Topics
ASB 394Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 191First-Year Seminar
TSS 502Found of Transborder Studies
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 498Pro-Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 101Intro Transbrdr Chicana/o Stud
TCL 305Transborder Practicum
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 111Intro to Transborder Culture
TCL 191First-Year Seminar
TCL 492Honors Directed Study
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