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Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera  

Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera
Chair/Associate Professor
Department of Government


M0 Building, Room M1.126B
Phone: (956) 882-3876
Fax: (956) 882-8893


Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera (Ph.D. in Political Science, The New School for Social Research) 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, energy, 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, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Journal of Borderlands Studies, Politics & Policy, Policy Studies, Journal of South Texas, European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, State Crime Journal, and Norteamérica (CISAN-UNAM). Dr. Correa-Cabrera is now working on a new book entitled “Los Zetas Inc.”: A Criminal Transnational Corporation, Mexico’s Energy Sector, and a Modern Civil War. She is also working on a second book (coauthored with Dr. Tony Payan) entitled The Bird’s Eye View: An Elitist Analysis of Mexico’s 2006-2012 Security Strategy.
Guadalupe is quoted and cited frequently in 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, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Al Jazeera English, Brownsville Herald, San Antonio Express News, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, Texas Tribune, Texas Observer, The Chicago Reporter, Latin America Advisor (Inter-American Dialogue), The Nation, BBC radio, KGBT-TV and KRGV-TV in South Texas, Radio UNAM, and major Mexican newspapers and magazines such as Reforma, El Universal, Excélsior, La Jornada, Siempre!, El Economista, and Proceso.


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:

Introduction to Comparative Politics
Latin American Politics
American Hispanic Politics
American Government and Policy
Seminar in International and Development Policy and Management (Graduate)
International and Comparative Public Policy and Management (Graduate)
United States-Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Relations (Graduate)
Public Policies in the Mexico-U.S. Border Region (Graduate)
U.S.-Mexico Border Policy (Graduate)

Forthcoming Publications

Los Zetas Inc.: A Criminal Transnational Corporation, Mexico’s Energy Sector, and a Modern Civil War [in contract with University of Texas Press] 
The Bird’s Eye View: An Elitist Analysis of Mexico’s 2006-2012 Security Strategy (coauthored with Dr. Tony Payan)
Special issue of the Journal of Borderlands Studies (co-edited with Kathleen Staudt): The Multiple U.S.-Mexico Borders, Volume 29, Issue 4, 2014

Joined UTB:

Fall 2009

Areas of Specialty and Responsibility:

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

Research Interests

Border security
Drug trafficking and organized crime
Energy and security
Human trafficking
U.S.-Mexico border relations

Previous Experience:


egio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF); Matamoros, Tamaulipas Certificate on Border Studies (Diplomado en Estudios Fronterizos) Instructor; October 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2012
Course: Mexico-U.S. Border Relation: Basic Problems, Institutional Framework, and Critical Topics
Mexican School of Intelligence and National Security (Escuela de Inteligencia y Seguridad Nacional, ESISEN); Mexico City Instructor; November 10 and 11, 2011
Course: Security in Mexico’s Northern Border. The Three Mexico’s Northern Borders: Tijuana-San Diego, Ciudad Juárez-El Paso, and Tamaulipas-Texas
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”)

Professional Experience

ETHOS Foundation; Mexico City
Director of the Area of Political Analysis; August 2007-September 2008
Ministry of Finance; Mexico City
General Directorate of International Financial Affairs Advisor to the Director General of International Financial Affairs; 1998-1999
Ministry of Agriculture; Mexico City
General Directorate of Agricultural Sector Studies Chief of the Department of Economic Studies; 1997
Organization 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 Program; June-August 2002.


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