Rene Zenteno, Ph.D.

Title Professor

Phone Number 210-458-3140


Room MNT 2.270

Department Demography;


Rene Zenteno is Professor of Demography in the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As the Under Secretary of Population, Migration and Religious Affairs at the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico from 2010-2012, Zenteno was instrumental in writing, negotiating and enacting the 2011 Mexican Immigration Law. He also helped pass the Law on Refugees and Complementary Protection. These legal instruments provide basic rights to migrants and refugees in Mexico regardless of immigration status. Prior to his work with UTSA, Zenteno had been provost and professor at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and Executive Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He spent eight years on the faculty of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. Zenteno, who earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, has received numerous honors and fellowships, including President of Sociedad Mexicana de Demografía and membership in the National Academy of Science of Mexico. He has been a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers since 1992, a distinction awarded only to the best national scholars. He has published widely in the areas of social and demographic change, international migration, and social inequality, with a focus on Mexico, U.S.-Mexican migration, and Mexican immigrant incorporation.


Research Interests

Social and demographic change; international migration and social inequality with a focus on Mexico; U.S.-Mexican migration; Mexican immigrant incorporation; and immigration policy.


Postdoc Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, 1996-1998

Ph.D. Sociology and Demography, University of Texas at Austin, 1995

M.A. Demography, El Colegio de México, 1988

B.A. Communications, Tecnológico de Monterrey, 1982