Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez awarded the Saber es Poder-IME Prize


portrait of a man in an office decorated with ethnic masks and books

Carlos Velez-Ibanez in his office at the School for Transborder Studies on Tempe campus. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

The first national Saber es Poder-IME Award will be awarded on April 28 to Arizona State University Regents’ Professor Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez of the School of Transborder Studies and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.  

The award recognizes an outstanding scholar whose work has demonstrated sustained excellence in Mexican American studies and is selected by a panel of five scholars from throughout the United States from a national pool of candidates.

The $10,000 prize was created by the University of Arizona Department of Mexican American Studies, the Fundación Mexico, and the Consulate of Tucson in conjunction with the Instituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME), a semi-autonomous institution of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

Vélez-Ibáñez, the author of five monographs and six edited books and numerous articles and chapters, was inducted as a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 2017 and previously as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences as well as past Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

He said that the award is “a manifestation of the importance of the field of Mexican American studies. It truly is a Mexican American award in that it is defined by its special place, unlike any other award, by the fact that it joins the academic and historical realities of this population separated by this border that is only two grandmothers old.”

Professor Vélez-Ibáñez will give a public lecture on April 27 at the Mexican Consulate and will be awarded the prize at a gala the following evening in Tucson.

More University news

 

Man smiling while speaking into a microphone and standing in front of large screens displaying slides detailing a streetcar expansion plan.

Federal, state officials gather at ASU to celebrate $15.9M in federal funding for Tempe–Mesa streetcar expansion

Surrounded by the seven brightly illuminated screens of Arizona State University’s Decision Theater drum — a multipurpose…

Elva and Lattie Coor smile at each other

Elva Coor, wife of former ASU president, remembered as 'a catalyst for enduring change'

Elva (Wingfield) Coor was passionate about the community, politics and outdoor activities.She grew up on a ranch in Camp Verde,…

A handful of globes in various sizes sit on a tabletop.

9 ASU faculty receive Fulbright US Scholar awards for 2024–25

Using AI to optimize rooftop solar panels in North Macedonia. Charting immigration and human rights efforts in Spain and Morocco…