Antonio “Tony” Zavaleta is the Associate Provost and Professor of Anthropology. He received his doctorate in anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1976 and has dedicated his career to activity on and the study of the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2009, Zavaleta received the prestigious Ohtli award from the Republic of Mexico honoring his 35 years of research and study. Zavaleta specializes in topics concerning border health, health disparities, folk-beliefs and cultural competency in the delivery of health care to American Latino and immigrant populations. In 2009, he and curandero Alberto Salinas Jr. published "Curandero Conversations: El Niño Fidencio, Shamanism and Healing Traditions of the Borderlands." With professors emeriti, Anthony Knopp and Milo Kearney, Zavaleta continues the border history series now in its ninth volume.