Institute Community


image001 1Born and raised in Mexico, Kimberly Sumano Ortega earned a BA in History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and an MA in Archaeology from El Colegio de Michoacán. Her research focuses on both space and discourse analysis at the intersection of archaeological and historical fields. She is currently working on analyzing indigenous and Spanish perceptions through a phenomenological lens of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, a space discursively created during the sixteenth century and experienced in many different ways in daily basis. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


image002Juan Carlos Varela is a doctoral student in Borderlands History at the University of Texas-El Paso under the advisement of Dr. Sandra McGee Deutsch. His research interests include early twentieth-century Central America, imperialism, and examining how borderlands affect state sovereignty. In addition to pursuing his PhD, Varela has worked with different organizations in continuing to preserve local history. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Liberal Arts Gonzalez DDiana Gonzalez is the History Department Administrative Assistant. Diana recently relocated to El Paso, Tx from Dublin, Ohio where she worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Global Trade at Cardinal Health, Inc. As the Institute Administrator, Diana will be assisting in maintaining and monitoring the financial cost centers and payment processing. She will also provide communications in any areas of administrative operations that require assistance as well as assist with any problem solving and solution may arise.



logos copyCreative Studios (CS) at The University of Texas at El Paso collaborates with academic units to create and/or facilitate integrated, applied, and transformative teaching and learning experiences with technology. Through evidence-based pedagogical strategies, digital and multimedia course enhancement, established and emerging technology integration, and data driven assessment and analytics, Creative Studios advances the design and delivery of creative and engaging learning experiences (in all formats), and collaborates with faculty to efficiently, effectively impart content into their classes, and communicate ideas with high engagement in a digitally connected world. For more information, please contact Associate Director, Steven Varela, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We'd like to extend our appreciation to the El Paso Historical Commission for images used on this website.

“Unrefined” appears in My Own True Name: New and Selected Poems for Young Adults, 1984–1999 by Pat Mora, ©2000 by Piñata Books, Arte Público Press, University of Houston.