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Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Dr. del Rio

Eduardo R. del Rio, Ph.D., Associate Director
Phone: 956.882.7653

Eduardo del Rio is an Associate Professor of English. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1996. He has published essays in national and international peer-reviewed journals, and his most recent article appeared in a collection titled "Into the Mainstream: Essays on Caribbean and latin American Literature and Culture." He is the editor of "The Prentice Hall Anthology of Latino Literature" and is a recipient of an NEH Faculty Research Grant. His latest book, "One Island, Many Voices: Conversations with Cuban-American Writers," was published by The University of Arizona Press in October 2008.

Dr. Kevin Buckler

Kevin Buckler, Ph.D.
Phone: 956.882.7407

Kevin Buckler is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He has published research relevant to border studies from a macro-level sociological perspective. This research focuses on public opinion toward placing limits and punitive sanctions on illegal immigration. He is currently involved in a qualitative study that looks at the impact of border violence and official responses to border violence on people who live close to the U.S.-Mexico border in the Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico, region.

Dr. Anthony Knopp

Anthony Knopp, Ph.D.
Phone: 956.882.8258

Anthony Knopp is an Emeritus Professor of history. He received a doctoral degree from Texas Tech University in 1973. For 32 years, he has taught courses on border studies, U.S.-Mexico relations and the history of Mexico, among others. He has co-authored three books on local and border history and has written numerous articles on these subjects. He serves on the Brownsville Heritage Council and is a past president of the Brownsville Historical Association.

Dr. Philip Samponaro

Philip Samponaro, Ph.D.
Phone: 956.882.7447

Phil Samponaro is an Assistant Professor of 20th century U.S. social and cultural history. His teaching fields include the histories of 20th century popular culture, post-1945 civil rights, Latino/a and Puerto Rican migrations to the United States, as well as the history of modern Latin America and 20th century labor history of the Americas. Samponaro is interested in transnational cultural patterns in the Americas over the course of the past century. Additionally, he is sponsor of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society at UTB and the author of several articles, multiple book reviews and a forthcoming study of the 20th century clock and watch industry in Connecticut.

Dr. Van Wagenen

Michael Scott Van Wagenen, Ph.D.
Phone: 956.882.7447

Michael Van Wagenen is a documentary filmmaker and an Assistant Pprofessor of History at UTB. His films about the U.S.-Mexico borderlands have twice won highest honors from the National Educational Media Network and have been screened at several important venues, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the American Museum of Natural History and Harvard University's Peabody Museum. He is the author of "The Texas Republic and Mormon Kingdom of God" published by Texas A&M University Press. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled "Remembering the Forgotten War: Memory and the United States-Mexican War, 1848-2008."


Michael Lytle
Phone: 956.882.7168

Michael Lytle joined the faculty after retiring from his Washington, D.C., consulting practice, where he was an adviser and senior subject-matter expert to federal and international agencies in forensic science, counter narcoterrorism, homeland and border security and C3I. Lytle is also the founder of the forensic science program at Marymount University. Some of his most recent forensic work includes research and development for U.S. Customs on detecting drug swallowing smugglers and forensic research for DARPA on countering suicide bombers. He is listed in Who's Who of the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and American Men & Women of Science. Professor Lytle is designated a distinguished alumnus of Sam Houston State University, where the LTC Michael A. Lytle '77 Academic Prize in Forensic Science is named for him.


Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Ph.D.
Phone: 956.882.8890

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera is an assistant professor of government. She was born in Mexico City and has worked for the Mexican government at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Finance. She received her Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in NYC. Her areas of expertise are comparative politics, Mexican politics, Mexico-U.S. relations, and border studies. Her teaching fields include: public policies in the Mexico-U.S border region; U.S.-Mexico, Central America and Caribbean relations; American Hispanic politics; and Latin American politics. She is currently developing a project on the explanations of violence in the Mexico-U.S. border, mainly focused on immigration issues, poverty and inequality.


Mahmoud k. Quweider, Ph.D.
Phone: 956.882.6630,

M K Quweider is an Associate Professor of Computer & Information Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Science (Multimedia and Image Processing specialty) and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics, M.S. in Engineering Science, and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering all from the University of Toledo, Ohio. After graduation, he was employed at several corporations including Pixera, a digital multimedia processing company in Cupertino, CA, and 3COM, a networking and communication company in Schaumberg, IL. He has more than 35 publictions in the field, and has served as a reviewer/moderator for several scientific and educational conferences. He joined UTB in 2000. His areas of interest include Imaging, Visualization and Animation, Networking and Cyber Security, Web Design, and Computer Graphics.


Manuel F. Medrano, Ph.D.
Phone: 956.882.8837

Manuel F. Medrano is currently a professor in the History Department at the University of Texas at Brownsville, specializing in Mexican American history and culture. He is a member of the Humanities Texas Distinguished Speaker's Bureau, the recipient of the University of Texas Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award and the current holder of the Houston Endowment for Civic Engagement. He has authored three published historical/cultural poetry books about the border including En Cuerpo y Mente, Imagenes and En la Sombra de Mi Alma, co-authored a history book with Dr. Milo Kearney entitled Medieval Culture and the Mexican American Borderlands and a book with Dr. Anthony Knopp entitled Charro Days in Brownsville. Medrano's most recent book is Américo Paredes, In His Own Words, An Authorized Biography. Since 1994 he has produced and directed, in conjunction with the UTB Media Services, twenty-two oral history profiles of people and events in the Rio Grande Valley, including legendary folklorist Américo Paredes, acclaimed Tejano writer Rolando Hinojosa and Chicano civil rights activist José Angel Gutierrez. titled Los del Valle.


Jeff Wilson, Ph.D.
Phone: 956.882.6646,

Jeff Wilson is an assistant professor of environmental science that focuses on health disparities and environmental justice issues along the U.S.-Mexico border from a geographic information science perspective. Dr. Wilson completed his PhD in Environmental Science from The University of Canterbury and did his Post-Doctoral work at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Wilson has recently published work on a variety of health and justice issues relevant to the border region, including swine flu, diabetes & obesity and justice disparities relating to the border wall. Dr. Wilson has presented his work as testimony on human rights violations associated with the border fence to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.

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