The historic city of Antigua at sunrise with a view over the main street and the Catalina arch and the Agua volcano in the background, Guatemala.

Research and Creative Activity in Mexico and Central America


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500+ students at UT Austin

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325+ UT Austin students studying, researching and interning

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2,000+ alumni

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225 faculty research and creative endeavors

Our faculty, students, and alumni are connected, engaged in research, education, and service throughout the world. For more information about activity in Mexico and Central America, view our Global Explorer interactive map.


Grants Awarded

With support from the numerous Texas Global funding opportunities available, UT Austin faculty have collaborated with their counterparts at universities and organizations across Central America. These partnerships cultivate faculty teaching and research, offer students international cultural learning opportunities, and strengthen the university's regional and global connections.

As of 2022, ten professors from seven colleges and schools have received Texas Global grants to support collaborations with peers throughout Mexico and Central America:

Faculty Research Seed Grants:

  • David DeMatthews, Ph.D., College of Education, in partnership with Enseña por Mexico IAP, Mexico
  • Robin Moore, Ph.D., College of Fine Arts, in partnership with University of Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Fernando Llanos Lucas, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts, in partnership with Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Mexico
  • Stephanie Grasso, Ph.D., Moody College of Communication, in partnership with Instituto Nacional de Neurología y Neurocirugía, Mexico

Global Virtual Exchange:

  • Octavio Kano-Galván, B.F.A., Moody College of Communications, in partnership with Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO), Mexico

Global Career Launch:

  • Marilyn Felkner, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences, in partnership with Asociación Nuestros Ahijados, Guatemala
  • Zachary Elkins, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts, in partnership with International IDEA, Panama
  • David Eaton, Ph.D., LBJ School of Public Affairs, in partnership with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Mexico
  • Richard Amato, M.B.A., McCombs School of Business, in partnership with Tejiendo Alianzas, Mexico

Internationalization Event Fund:

  • Matthew Butler, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts, to support the XVI International Meeting of Historians of Mexico