Thomas J Garza
Director, Arabic Flagship Program
Director, Texas Language Center, College of Liberal Arts
Associate Professor, Center for Mexican American Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Phone: +1 512 232 9126, +1 512 471 3607
Thomas Jesús Garza is University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Director of the Texas Language Center, and the Director of the Arabic Flagship Program. He is also Affiliated Faculty in the Program in Comparative Literature, the Center for Mexican-American Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.
He teaches Russian language and literature at all levels, foreign language pedagogy, and courses in contemporary Russian culture. He has been traveling to and researching in Russia since 1979 and has lived in Moscow for over five years. During his twenty five-year tenure at the University, he has received numerous prizes for undergraduate and graduate teaching, including the Texas Excellence Award, the President's Associates Award, the Harry Ransom Award, was inducted into the University Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2003, and selected for a Regents Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.
His current research is on intensive language teaching methods, and cultural portraits of machismo in contemporary Russian and Latino cultures.