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I am of Iranian origin, and began my studies in Tehran before moving to France
with a grant to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology. At the moment i am Farzaneh Family
Scholar and Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies in the School
of International Studies at the Oklahoma State University. My area of research is
Iran, Persianate societies, and the Middle East more generally. In my doctoral fieldwork
and also in subsequent fieldwork journeys, I have been mostly concerned with an
ethnographic understanding of death and dying among a group of traditional pastoral
nomads in the Southwest of Iran, called the Bakhtiari. In my doctoral thesis I explored
themes closely related to the material and visual culture of death, namely, through
an analysis of objects, artefacts and especially, tombstones, as well as the techniques
implied in their creation and manipulation among the Bakhtiari. Besides working
on such topics, which also included funerary rites, arts and mortuary beliefs, my
research has been further motivated by an interest in visual piety, devotional artefacts,
and religious material culture in the Middle East more broadly. I am particularly
interested in understandings of memory, loss, and death, and their relation to material
landscapes and visual representations.
Alejandro is from Puebla City, Mexico. He is the Director of the UPAEP United
States of America Liaison Office at Oklahoma State University. His main goal is
to strengthen the partnership between UPAEP and OSU and with other U.S. and Mexican
Institutions to increase the internationalization of the UPAEP community and its
He got a Bachelor Degree in International Trade in 2006 at UPAEP University,
he graduated with honors for winning the fourth best score nationally in the CENEVAL
test between 3698 students from forty-four higher education institutions. In 2009,
he got a Master in Management of Organizations at the UPAEP University, also he
graduated with honors for having achieved the second best grade point average between
all the master programs of the Graduate Business School (2009).
Since January 2007, Alejandro started working at UPAEP University. During this
time he has occupied different positions. In the Business School (2007-2011) he
was the Coordinator of Special Projects, Coordinator of Professional Social Service,
Coordinator of the Bancomext-UPAEP Service Center, Administrative Coordinator of
Continuing Education, Dean´s Executive Assistant and Business School Administrator.
In 2011, Alejandro started working in the UPAEP High School System as the Administrative
and International Affairs Director, in this position he was responsible for the
collection, planning and control of the budget of nine campuses of the UPAEP High
School, which at that time had 1640 students and 300 employees. Also he executed
many different international academic programs in the United States, China and Canada,
which have involved a lot of students and teachers.
He created links to carry out future programs with institutions in Australia,
Spain, Switzerland and other institutions in the United States of America. From
2009 to 2015, Alejandro was a faculty member of the Autonomous University of Puebla
(BUAP), the UPAEP University and the XXI Century University. He imparted courses
in continuous education, high school, undergraduate and graduate level. He has been
professor of Analysis of Consumer Behavior, Marketing Strategies, Social Responsibility
Manager, Business Ethics and Business Simulator. Also, he has been synod in many
professional examinations of bachelor's degrees.
Rodrigo Tello, native from Puebla, Mexico, has served as Director of International Programs for Oklahoma State University since September 2012. Tello graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Masters in International Studies, Business and Economic Relations in 2011. He also holds a Master’s in Marketing Management from UPAEP University and currently he is pursuing a Master’s in Health and Human Performance at Oklahoma State University. Tello’s involvement in the International area started back in 2005, when he represented Mexico in the SUTTI Project (Alpha Projects between the European Union and Latin America) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece for 10 months. In 2007, Tello was also selected to participate in an intensive Outreach Program at New York University. Since he took office at Oklahoma State University, he had hosted 1,200+ international students in a short-term academic program. Tello’s commitment with Oklahoma State University continued to be directing Faculty-Led, Experience Oklahoma and High School Summer Academy Programs throughout the year.
Anthony Cambas is a native of Tampa, Florida who brings more than 20 years total
of public and private experience in international trade and development to the Center
for International Trade and Development at Oklahoma State University. Tony is multilingual
and has obtained various professional certifications and credentials including:
Certified Customs Specialist (CCS), Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP),
Licensed Customs Broker (LCB) and Illinois Certified Business Development Advisor.
Anthony holds a B.A. in International Relations and a Certificate in Latin American
and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and
a Masters in International Customs Law and Administration from the University of
Canberra, Australia. In 2010, he attended the World Trade Institute (WTI) Summer
Academy on International Trade Regulation and WTO Law at the University of Bern
in Switzerland and has also received various post- graduate certificates for studies
undertaken in El Salvador in Economics, Philosophy and International Trade from
the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA) and the Escuela Superior
de Economía y Negocios (ESEN).
Tony comes to OSU from the International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University
Carbondale (SIUC) and worked a total of nearly four years in the Illinois SBDC International
Trade Center network at Bradley University and SIUC. In Illinois, he provided small
and medium-sized companies with assistance on international trade and export related
matters including: beginning to export; import/export compliance; international
payments and finance; global logistics and shipping; international marketing and
business development; and overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers.
Between 1992 and 1999, Anthony worked with U.S. Customs in Miami, Florida where
as an Import Specialist Team Leader he participated in numerous compliance audits
as well as developed, implemented, and executed trade outreach and enforcement policies
and procedures for Antidumping/Countervailing, HS classification, Customs valuation,
rules of origin verifications, and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement.
While with U.S. Customs, Anthony provided technical assistance to the Customs
administrations of Honduras and Venezuela on the implementation of the WTO valuation
standards and delivered training on combating corruption and commercial fraud. Since
leaving the federal government, he has worked in the international trade and development
field on short and long term USAID, European Union and other projects on SME export
promotion, Customs reform and modernization, Free Trade Agreement implementation,
and trade facilitation. Anthony’s international development experience includes
stints as a Chief of Party and Senior Advisor and Consultant in Africa, Asia, and
Latin America in 10 countries: Angola, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nepal and Nicaragua.