Teresa E. Aguayo
Director of Academic Administration and Finance
Teresa is Director of Academic Administration and Finance in the Department of Sociology, and Associate Curator of Columbia's Gallery at the Center. Her main roles include advising students, managing faculty affairs, projects and grants, and directing academic programming, curricular development and financial operations. She co-created the Summer Program on Indigenous Studies at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and coordinated the creation of the Nahuatl Program and the expansion of the native language consortium between Columbia, Yale and NYU, as well as the establishment of the O’Gorman Program for Mexican Scholars at the Institute of Latin American Studies. Recently, she has been involved in promoting the study of Mexican studies at Columbia University under the direction of Prof. Claudio Lomnitz at the Center for Mexican Studies. A part of this endeavor Teresa is working with students, faculty and the Office of Global Programs to solidify Columbia's study abroad program in Mexico City. Prior to joining the Department of Sociology, Teresa was Assistant Director in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race--CSER for eight years. Before that, she was senior program coordinator in the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia. She also worked as a research associate in the Economics Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Teresa received her B.A. from NYU and her M.A. in Economics from the New School of Social Research. She lives in Harlem with her husband and three children.