Date: September 29, 2011
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: UCSD, Institute of the Americas Complex, Deutz Conference Room
Rene Zenteno is Undersecretary for Population, Migration and Religious Affairs at Secretary of Interior. Prior to joining the Secretary of Interior he served as provost and professor of sociology and demography at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF). He has been Executive Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California San Diego. He has received numerous honors and fellowships, including President of Sociedad Mexicana de Demografía and membership in the National Academy of Science of Mexico. He has been a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers since 1992, a distinction awarded only to the best national scholars. During his tenure as a professor at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, he was awarded the chair in “Economic Integration and Social Development,” in 2003, and the “Outstanding Teaching and Research Award,” in 2005. He has published widely in the areas of social and demographic change, international migration, and social inequality, with a focus on Mexico, U.S.-Mexican migration, and Mexican immigrant incorporation. He obtained his MA in demography from El Colegio de Mexico in 1988 and his PhD in sociology and demography from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. From 1996 to 1998 he undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania.