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 Executive Director of Partners for Languages in the U.S., a national membership organization for standards-based accreditation of language programs. He is also Affiliated Faculty in the Program in Comparative Litearture and the Center for Mexican-American 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.  A native Texan, Dr. Garza received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1987.

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.

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