Francisco Lara-Valencia is an associate professor of border studies and southwest borderland and sustainability scholar at Arizona State University. Francisco obtained his Ph.D. in urban and environmental planning from the University of Michigan and completed graduate and undergraduate studies in Mexico. His current work focuses on the application of sustainability approaches to address urban problems in cities along the US-Mexico border. He also studies governance and policy issues in border regions, with an emphasis on comparative analysis and the pedagogy of borders. He is the executive director of the Association for Borderland Studies (ABS) and director of the Transborder Policy Lab.