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PTC Fellows

The PTC Fellows program is a component of the Research Cluster Seed Grant to invite a non-ASU visiting fellow to work with the research cluster throughout the academic year. The program targets faculty from other institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad with a well established research record in the thematic field chosen by the cluster participants.



Dr. Juana María Melendez Torres (co-I/PTC Fellow), Professor, Department of Social Studies of Food Systems, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD),

Effects of the immigration process on lifestyle, environmental and biological factors that influence chronic disease risk among Mexican women in the Arizona-Sonora border” with Dr. Sonia Vega-López (PI)


Dr. Hilda García Pérez (co-I/PTC Fellow), Profesora e Investigadora, Departamento de Estudios de Población, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, sede Nogales,

Impacts of anti-immigrant sentiments on adolescent wellbeing in the Arizona-Sonora border region” with Dr. Flavio F. Marsiglia (PI)


Dr. Gabriela García Figueroa (co-I/PTC Fellow), Research Professor, Center for the Study of Government and Public Affairs, Founder of Observatorio de Investigación con las Infancias (ODIIN) at El Colegio de Sonora (COLSON)

Dr. Valentina Glockner Fagetti (co-I/PTC Fellow), Professor, CONACYT, COLSON

Dr. Nohora Constanza Niño Vega (co-I/PTC Fellow), Professor, CONACYT, COLSON

Beyond Child Migrants’ Immigration Proceedings: Institutional Practices and Impacts on Asylum-Seeking Youth” with Dr. Angela E. Arzubiaga (PI)



Dr. Sarah Chávez Valdez (PTC Fellow), Docente Investigador, Escuela Libre De Psicología, A.C./Universidad De Ciencias Del Comportamiento

Dr. Rodrigo Arellano Saavedra (PTC Fellow), Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación. Departamento de Fundamentos de la Educación, Universidad Católica del Maule

Testing the Use of Expressive Arts for the Reduction of Collective Fear in Borderlands Youth” with Dr. Sarah Amira de la Garza (PI)


Dr. Rafael Cabanillas-López (PTC Fellow), Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Metallurgy, University of Sonora

The Social Complexities of Distributed Water Infrastructure in Sonora” with Dr. Clark Miller (PI)


Dr. Juan Angel Demerutis Arenas (co-I/PTC Fellow), Program Director, Urban Planning and Landscape, University of Guadalajara

Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness in Guadalajara, Mexico and Tempe, Arizona” with Dr. Scott Cloutier (PI)



Dr. Patricia Garcia (co-I/PTC Fellow), Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan

Border Quants: Feminist Approaches to Data, Bodies, and Technologies across Borders” with Dr. Marisa Elena Duarte (PI)


Dr. Maria Cotera (PTC Fellow), Associate Professor, American Culture, University of Michigan

Preserving Arizona’s Latina/o Presence: Community Based Workshops on Archival Preservation and K-12 Curriculum” with Dr. Sujey Vega (PI)


Dr. Todd Eisenstadt (PTC Fellow), Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University

Dr. Brian Palmer Rubin (PTC Fellow), Assistant Professor, Political Science, Marquette University

Transborder Migration and Local Political Engagement and Participation in Mexico” with Dr. Daniel Berliner (PI)



Dr. Agustin Robles-Morua (co-I/PTC Fellow), Associate Professor, Departamento de Ciencias del Agua y del Medio Ambiente, Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora (ITSON)

Dr. Rolando Enrique Diaz-Caravantes (co-I/PTC Fellow), Associate Professor, Centro de Estudios en Salud y Sociedad, El Colegio de Sonora (COLSON)

Urban Sustainability across the US-Mexico Border: A Comparison of Urban Climate, Built Environments and Water Management in Phoenix and Hermosillo” with Dr. Enrique R. Vivoni (PI)


Dr. Maria Isabel Ortega Velez (co-I/PTC Fellow), Professor, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD)

Fostering transborder collaborations to promote healthy eating and physical activity among underserved Latino families living in the Southwest US-Mexico border” with Dr. Noe Crespo (PI)


Dr. Matthew Kester (co-I/PTC Fellow), Assistant Professor, History Department and Head Archivist, Brigham Young University, Hawaiʻi

Dr. Alexandrina Agloro (co-I/PTC Fellow), Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Arts, Interactive Media and Game Development Program, Worchester Polytechnic Institute

The Latino Pacific Archive: Digital Access to the Latina/o Experience in Oceania” with Dr. Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr. (PI)



Dr. Francesca López (PTC Fellow), Associate Professor, University of Arizona

Ecologies of cultural and linguistic adaptation for Indigenous Latina/o im/migrant families with children: Implications for development and learning” with Dr. Saskias Casanova (PI)


Dr. Yolanda Broyles-González (PTC Fellow), Professor and Director of American Ethnic Studies, Kansas State University

Entre NosOtr@s” with Dr. Marivel Danielson (PI)


Dr. Oscar Martinez (PTC Fellow), Professor, University of Arizona

A United States-Mexico Border Socio-Spatial Framework for the Study of the Interface between People, Place and Policy” with Dr. Lisa Magaña (PI)