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Gilberto Cardenas


Gilberto Cardenas became Assistant Provost and Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame in July, 1999. He holds the Julian Samora Chair in Latino Studies and he is Professor of Sociology. He was previously a sociology professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He continues to serve as Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, a consortium of sixteen Latino-focused research centers located at major U. S. higher education institutions.

A former director of the UT Center for Mexican American Studies, Dr. Cardenas has authored and edited several books and articles on immigration, including co-authorship of Los Mojados and co-editor of Health and Social Services Among International Labor Migrants: A Comparative Perspective. He was the editor of a multi-volume series on migration and border studies published by the Center for Mexican American Studies Books distributed by the University of Texas Press and founding Executive Producer of the award winning NPR radio program, Latino USA produced and distributed nationally by the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships; the Advisory Council of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation "Gates Millennium Scholars Program"; The Board of Directors of the The Mexican American Legal and Educational Defense Fund; the Smithsonian National Board for Latino Initiatives; the Board of Directors of The Mexican Fine Arts Museum, Chicago; and Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles. Dr. Cardenas, an avid collector of Latino art, is owner and President of Galeria Sin Fronteras, Inc., a commercial art gallery formally based in Austin, Texas.

He has been named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States for three consecutive years. Professor Cardenas was a member of the Smithsonian Institutions Task Force on Latino Issues and contributed heavily to the final report, “Willful Neglect”, 1994. He also served on the Latino Oversight Committee and also prticipated in drafting the final report, Towards a Shared Vision: U.S. Latinos and Smithsonian Institution”, 1997.

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