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UTEP names new Director of Center for Inter-American and Border Studies

UTEP names new Director of Center for Inter-American and Border Studies
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Josiah Heyman, Ph.D., has been appointed director of UTEP’s Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (CIBS), with his term officially beginning Sept. 1, 2014.

“Dr. Heyman has the administrative experience, academic expertise and scholarly reputation to be an outstanding director of CIBS,” said Patricia Witherspoon, Ph.D., dean of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts. “Over the last year, a task force of administrators and faculty from various colleges at UTEP has developed a new plan for the center, and Dr. Heyman will be an excellent leader for the center as it embarks on achieving the plan’s goals. CIBS will be a center of activity involving faculty from multiple colleges, and Dr. Heyman has the requisite interdisciplinary strengths to move the center forward as a key component of the College of Liberal Arts and of UTEP.”

Heyman holds the endowed professorship in Border Trade Issues and has served as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UTEP since 2002. He received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the City University of New York, where he studied under distinguished anthropologist Eric R. Wolf.

Heyman has lived in and researched border communities both in Mexico and the United States, focusing on borders, states, power, public issues and engaged social sciences. He is the author or editor of States and Illegal Practices (Berg, 1999), Finding a Moral Heart for U.S. Immigration Policy: An Anthropological Perspective (American Anthropological Association, 1998), and Life and Labor on the Border: Working People of Northeastern Sonora, Mexico, 1886-1986 (University of Arizona Press, 1991). He has also authored more than 130 scholarly articles, book chapters and essays.

Heyman’s most recent publications are “Culture Theory and the U.S.–Mexico Border,” in A Companion to Border Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and (with John Symons) “Borders” in A Companion to Moral Anthropology (Wiley-Blackwell 2012). In 1999 he was award the Curl Essay Prize of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, one of the oldest and most prestigious article prizes in anthropology.

Currently on the Board of Directors of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Heyman has also participated in numerous community initiatives addressing public policies and human rights at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“UTEP, including the College of Liberal Arts, proudly stands at the meeting ground of North America and Latin America, and the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies is vital to this role,” Heyman said. “CIBS is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, and community engagement. When I begin as CIBS Director in September 2014, I will seek to involve UTEP faculty, staff and students, and wider communities of the Western Hemisphere in this important mission.”

The Center for Inter-American and Border Studies contributes to the fulfillment of UTEP's mission by conducting and promoting research, academic programs and public programming on themes related to Inter-American and Border Studies. These themes include history, culture, languages, the arts, economics, trade, ecosystems and environment, health and education in the Americas and the border region. The center is especially dedicated to the accomplishment of these goals through partnerships within and across UTEP, the Paso del Norte region and Latin America. CIBS also is dedicated to establishing innovative visions of the border and inter-American region that integrate traditionally separate fields of knowledge and the people who work in them, as well as integrating theory and practice to realize UTEP's intellectual and social mission.

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