Dr. Francisco Lara-Valencia
Arizona State University
Dr. Francisco Lara-Valencia is Associate Professor of border studies and Director of the Program for Transborder Communities at Arizona State University. He is also affiliated with the Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning of that university. He is originally from Mexicali, Mexico and has conducted research and taught in several Mexican universities. He completed undergraduate and graduate studies in Mexico and holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of Michigan. As a border scholar of space and territory, his scholarship is situated at the intersection of urban studies, community development, and cross-border governance and regional policy, using case study and mixed methods approaches. His most recent writings engage the topics of identity and borders in North America, local response to mixed migratory flows, governance of urban hazard in border contexts, and the pedagogy of borders. He is also the past president and current executive secretary of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS), the largest international scholarly association focusing exclusively on border issues.