David Spener, Ph.D.       



David Spener is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he has worked since 1997.  He is the author of Clandestine Crossings: Migrants and Coyotes on the Texas-Mexico Border (Cornell University Press, 2009) and editor of  Adult Biliteracy in the United States (Center for Applied Linguistics, 1994), The U.S.-Mexico Border: Transcending Divisions, Contesting Identities (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998),  and Free Trade and Uneven Development: The North American Apparel Industry after NAFTA  (Temple University Press, 2002).  In addition he has published numerous articles for book and journals in both English and Spanish. 

At Trinity, Professor Spener coordinates the Languages across the Curriculum Program and the Latin American and Latino Studies concentration for the International Studies major.  He serves on the University’s Institutional Review Board and the executive committee of the Mexico, the Americas, and Spain Center.  

Spener has also taught courses at Southwestern University in Georgetown Texas, the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas-Austin, the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, and the Universidad de Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco.  He received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas-Austin and his M.S. in applied linguistics from   Georgetown University in Washington, DC. 

Courses taught in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

SOCI 1301                          Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 2314                          Social Problems

ANTH/SOCI 3327           Contemporary Minorities

ANTH/SOCI 3343           Relaciones Fronterizas México-Estados Unidos (bilingüe)

ANTH/SOCI 4361           Social Theory

ANTH/SOCI 4362           Globalization and International Development

Other courses taught at Trinity

GNED 1300                        First Year Seminar: Embracing San Antonio: Cultura y comunidad

GNED 4302                        Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar: La Sostenibilidad en América Latina


Contact information

Address: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Trinity University, #1 Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212    Voice: 210.999.8562    Email: dspener@trinity.edu


Last updated June 17, 2010