Kathy Staudt Excellence Fund
Kathleen (Kathy) Staudt, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin, 1976) retired as Professor of Political Science and Endowed Professor of Western Hemispheric Trade Policy Studies. She joined the faculty in 1977, supervised interns, and taught courses on public policy, borders, democracy, leadership and civic engagement, and women and politics. In 2008, she received the UT Chancellor's Innovation in Teaching award, one of two Texas-wide. Kathleen founded the Center for Civic Engagement in 1998 and directed it for ten years.
Staudt's research interests, published in over 100 journal articles and chapters in books, include borders, women/gender in international development, immigration, education, activism and violence. Staudt has authored and edited twenty books, nine of which focus on the U.S.-Mexico border, including Violence and Activism at the Border (University of Texas Press 2008), and is lead editor of Human Rights Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Gendered Violence and Insecurity (University of Arizona Press 2009) and Cities and Citizenship at the U.S.-Mexico Border: The Paso del Norte Metropolitan Region (Palgrave USA 2010). She joined Tony Payan, lead co-editor, and Z. Anthony Kruszewski in coediting A War that Can't be Won: Binational Perspectives on the Drug War (University of Arizona Press 2013). Her latest book is Border Politics in a Global Era: Comparative Perspectives https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442266179/Border-Politics-in-a-Global-Era-Comparative-Perspectives (2017)
Dr. Staudt completed academic articles with a research team, drawing on a successful NIH proposal, to examine environmental factors related to health outcomes in a community located in northwest El Paso County. She and Zulma Méndez recently published Courage, Resistance, and Women in Ciudad Juárez: Challenges to Militarization (University of Texas Press 2015). Kathleen completed her part of an 8-site study, funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, on cross-border governance with a special focus on business. She recently began a research project on comparative local governments at the US-Mexico border in collaboration with the Mexico Center of the Baker Institute at Rice University. For future research, she hopes the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council will fund a team project in which she is involved on transnational organizing around trade in North America, with sociologist Laura Macdonald at the lead.