Tarleton professor delivering series of lectures in Europe

Dr. Jesus Velasco

Dr. Jesus Velasco

Thursday, May 23, 2019

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Dr. Jesus Velasco, the Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University, has embarked on a series of lectures in Europe.

He began Tuesday, May 21, with a presentation of “Migration and Security in the Trump Era: The Case of Mexico and Central America” and follows with today’s “The Relationship Between the Mexican Government and American Intellectuals in the 20th and 21st Centuries,” both at Stockholm University.

He remains in Sweden, at Uppsala University, for his address “Building a Straw Man: President Trump, the Media and the Immigration Crisis” on May 28 and the keynote address, “Are the US-Mexican Relations in Crisis? Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Donald Trump and the Future of US-Mexican Relations,” at the European Association of American Studies conference.

In addition, Dr. Velasco will record a podcast on American politics and U.S.-Mexican relations June 5 while he’s in Sussex, England.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Ph.D. in political science, Velasco worked for several years at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. He was chairman of CIDE’s Division of International Studies from 1998 to 2001.

Velasco was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C., in 2004 and a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, both at Harvard University.

In addition to his 2010 book, Neoconservatives in the U.S. Foreign Policy under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices Behind the Throne, Velasco is co-author of Bridging the Border: Transforming Mexico-U.S. Relations.

His book American Presidential Elections in Comparative Perspective: The World is Watching, will be published in July.

He has published several articles in specialized journals in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Currently, he is working on an edited volume on foreign views of the 2016 American presidential election and a book on the relationship between the Mexican government and American transnational intellectuals from 1920 to 2006.

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