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Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera  

Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera
Chair/Associate Professor



Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera is Associate Professor and Chair of the Government Department of the University of Texas at Brownsville. Her areas of expertise are Mexico-U.S. relations, border security, immigration, and organized crime. Her teaching fields include comparative politics, Latin American politics, U.S.-Mexico relations, U.S.-Mexico border policy, comparative public policy and public administration, and American Hispanic politics. Guadalupe’s most recent book is entitled Democracy in “Two Mexicos”: Political Institutions in Oaxaca and Nuevo León (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She has published works in journals such as Latin American Politics and Society, the Journal of Politics in Latin America, Politics & Policy, Policy Studies, the Journal of South Texas, Voices of Mexico, and Norteamérica (CISAN-UNAM).

Dr. Correa-Cabrera is currently developing a project on the sources of violence and organized crime in the Texas-Mexico border region. The project has been supported by the Open Society Institute and the Social Science Research Council through the Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Fellowship. In the summer of 2012 she was visiting researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and in the summer of 2013 she was invited as research fellow at the Free University of Berlin. She is now working on a new book entitled “Los Zetas Inc.”: An Emerging Multinational Corporation and Mexico’s Civil War.

Guadalupe received her Ph.D. in political science at the New School for Social Research (New York City) and bachelor’s degree in economics at Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City). She was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship as a graduate student. Her previous work experience includes positions with the Mexican government at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Finance, and director of political analysis at Fundación Ethos, a Mexican think tank dedicated to research, analysis, evaluation and design of public policies in the areas of poverty alleviation, social and economic sustainable development, and the consolidation of democracy in Latin America. She is currently member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS).

Dr. Correa-Cabrera is quoted and cited frequently in different national and international news media on the topics of Mexican politics, U.S-Mexico relations, U.S.-Mexico border relations, and particularly on drug trafficking issues and drug violence in Mexico. Among these media sources are: The New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Al Jazeera English, The Brownsville Herald, San Antonio Express News, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, Texas Observer, The Chicago Reporter, Latin America Advisor (Inter-American Dialogue), The Nation, major Mexican newspapers and magazines (Reforma, El Universal, Excélsior, La Jornada, El Economista, Proceso, Siempre!), BBC radio, Action 4 News, KRGV Channel 5, Radio UNAM, among others.


Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research
M.Phil. from The New School for Social Research
M.A. from The New School for Social Research
B.A. (Licenciatura) in Economics from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City)

CV/VITAE: Correa-Cabrera Vitae

Classes Taught:

Fall 2009
American Government and Policy
Latin American Politics
Seminar in International and Development Policy and Management (MPPM Program)

Spring 2010
Introduction to Comparative Politics
International and Comparative Public Policy and Management (MPPM Program)
United States-Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Relations (MAIS Program)

Summer 2010
American Government and Policy (2)

Fall 2010
American Hispanic Politics
Latin American Politics
Public Policies in the Mexico-U.S. Border Region (MPPM/MAIS Program)

Joined UTB:

Fall 2009

Area of Specialty and Responsibility:

Border Studies
Comparative Politics
Mexican Politics
Mexico-U.S. Relations

Previous Experience:


Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) ; Mexico City
Departments of Economics and Political Science
Visiting Scholar/ Part-time Faculty; Fall 2005 - Spring 2007.
Course: Comparative Politics / Seminar of Political Research II (Fall 2006 and Spring 2007)

Eugene Lang College/The New School; New York, NY
Social and Historical Studies
Instructor; Fall 2003.
Course: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) ; Mexico City
Department of Economics
Instructor; Spring 2000.
Course: Introduction to Macroeconomics (“Macroeconomics I”)

New School for Social Research/The New School; New York, NY
Department of Political Science
Teaching Assistant; Spring 2004.
Course: Democracy in the Americas

Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) ; Mexico City
Department of Economics
Teaching Assistant; Fall 1996.
Course: Advanced Microeconomics (“Microeconomics IV”)


AVANCE – Análisis, Investigación y Estudios para el Desarrollo, A. C. (FUNDACIÓN ETHOS) ; Mexico City

Fundación Ethos is a Mexican think-tank dedicated to research, analysis, evaluation and design of public policies in the areas of poverty alleviation, social and economic sustainable development, and the consolidation of democracy in Latin America (

Director of the Area of Political Analysis; August 2007-September 2008.

Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) ; Mexico City
General Directorate of International Financial Affairs
Advisor to the Director General of International Financial Affairs; 1998-1999.

Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development (SAGAR) ; Mexico City
General Directorate of Agricultural Sector Studies
Chief of the Department of Economic Studies; 1997.

Organizations of American States (OAS) ; Washington, DC
Development Programs Department of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD), and Unit for Social Development and Education (USDE)
Junior Associate, Summer Internship Program; June-August 2002.


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