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Professor David Spener received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and joined the Trinity faculty in 1997. He is the author of several books, including We Shall Not Be Moved/No nos moverán: Biography of a Song of Struggle (Temple University Press, 2016), Canto de las estrellas: Un homenaje a Víctor Jara (with Moisés Chaparro and José Seves, Ceibo Ediciones, 2013), and Clandestine Crossings: Migrants and Coyotes on the Texas-Mexico Border (Cornell University Press, 2009).
In addition to being a member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Dr. Spener participates actively in the University's Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) and Mexico, the Americas, and Spain (MAS) Programs. He has also taught courses in several Latin American universities, including the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City; the Universidad de Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco; and the Universidad de Santiago de Chile.