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Visiting Scholars

Sylvia Mendoza

Amanda Ellis Ph.D.

Chicana/o Literature. Ethnic Studies.

Dr. Ellis' interests are in the medical humanities. Her research probes the intersections of trauma, illness, healing and folk medicine in Mexican-American Literature.

Sylvia Mendoza

Sara Hinojos Ph.D.

Communications. Chicana/o Studies. 

Dr. Hinojos' work focuses on how language facilitates the reproduction of identity through stand-up comedy and performance art. Her research examines the intersections of language, media and politics through race and humor. 

Sylvia Mendoza

Monica Lugo Ph.D.


Focusing on gender, globalization and care labor, Dr. Lugo's research addresses the impact of "illegality" on Mexican immigrant women's everyday experiences and the ways their religious practice responds to their life circumstances
Gerardo Villalobos

Gerardo Villalobos Ph.D.


Dr. Villalobos' comparative research emphasizes the connection between contemporary Mexican immigration and the media, and contextualizes the U.S. Mexican relationship in a transnational framework.

The Visiting Scholars Program is designed to generate research about the Mexican and greater Latino community and attract scholars who may be interested in assuming a tenured or tenure track position at the University of Houston once their residency is completed. Research on Houston, the state of Texas and the southwest is given priority consideration.

Application Process

The University of Houston's Center for Mexican American Studies is soliciting applications for its Visiting Scholars Program for the next academic year. All interested scholars from relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. Visiting Scholars receive a salary appropriate to rank and are expected to be in residence during the academic year. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have specializations in both Mexican and Mexican American Studies and who have an interest in remaining at the University of Houston in a tenured or tenure track position after their one year residency as the CMAS Visiting Scholar is completed.  The University of Houston and the department seek outstanding candidates with the potential for exceptional research, excellence in teaching, and who will contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Deadline for submission is February 1st of every year.*

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. and submit the following materials:

a. Cover Letter

b. Current Vitae

c. Two page descriptions of a proposed research project that will be undertaken while in residence

d. Three letters of recommendation

e. Unofficial transcripts.

Official transcripts are required for the faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of final candidate.

Visiting Scholar Info Sheet

To apply please visit: 

*Additional information about the CMAS Visiting Scholar can be obtained by contacting the director at

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