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”,
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