University of Houston

University of Houston Law Center:
 University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work:
Honors College:

Showcase Participants

College of Liberal Arts and Social Studies:

College of Optometry:

College of Engineering:
Global Strategies and Studies:

Professor Marcilynn Burke, Law Center

Professor Marcilynn A. Burke joined the Law faculty in 2002 and teaches courses in property law, land use law, and federal natural resources law. Her research articles have been published in noted journals, such as the Notre Dame Law Review and the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. In the past, she served as the faculty editor for recent developments and book reviews for the Law Center’s Environmental and Energy Law and Policy Journal (EELPJ) where she is currently the lead editor. She also served as a co-director of the Law Center’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resource Center.

After receiving tenure in 2009, Burke took a leave of absence from the Law Center to serve at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she began as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director for Programs and Policy. In 2011, President Barack Obama designated her as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management (ASLM). As the Acting Assistant, she helped develop the land use, resource management, and regulatory oversight policies that are administered by four federal agencies: the BLM; the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. These agencies, with over 12,000 employees, endeavor to ensure appropriate management and use of federal lands, waters, and cultural resources, and the regulation of surface coal mining. The geographic scope of these activities encompasses the continental United States and large parts of Alaska.

 President Obama nominated Burke in 2012 as his Assistant Secretary-Designate, and the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources positively reported on her nomination later that year. In January 2013 she resumed her professorship at Law Center. Burke was named “Scholar of the Week” by the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources at the University of North Carolina School of Law in March 2013. She was also recognized in May that same year in the alumni spotlight of the Global Studies Curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the fall of 2013, the Law Center’s Black Law Students Association presented Burke with the prestigious Professor of the Year Award.

 Burke received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was an editor for both the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and the Yale Journal of International Law. After graduating she was the acting clerk for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the Eastern District of Virginia. Following her clerkship, she joined the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton. During her years at the firm, her practice focused on environmental law, antitrust, and civil and criminal litigation. After leaving the firm, Professor Burke spent a full academic year as a visiting professor of law at Rutgers School of Law-Camden (New Jersey). Burke’s scholarly interests include natural resources, property, land use, and environmental law.

Professor Seth Chandler, Law Center

Professor Seth Chandler graduated summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Edward R. Becker on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the law firm of Williams and Connolly in Washington, D.C. where he worked predominantly on white collar crime. Immediately before joining the faculty at the University of Houston Law Center in 1990, Chandler worked at the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles and Olson where he specialized in medical malpractice other torts and work for the Republic of the Philippines in recovering assets of its former President Ferdinand Marcos.

 Since coming to the University of Houston, Chandler has taught a variety of courses, including Civil Procedure, Contracts, Insurance Law, Life and Health Insurance Law, Health Law, Law and Economics, and Analytic Methods for Lawyers. He was the recipient of the university Teaching Excellence award in 1995. Chandler served as Associate Dean and Vice Dean of the University of Houston Law Center between 2002 and 2005. He has served as Director and Co-Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute at various times and currently serves as Director of this Institute, which is ranked as one of the leading American centers in health law.

Chandler has authored several articles on insurance law. His work has focused on issues of adverse selection and the tradeoffs between equality and efficiency in insurance markets and has used non-cooperative game theory to study a fairly unique doctrine of American liability insurance law termed The Duty to Settle. In recent years, Chandler has authored several blogs. These include, which has focused in its dozens of entries on the development of the Affordable Care Act and various issues arising thereunder. His work led to testimony before a committee of the House of Representatives during 2014. He has also been the author of a blog,, which addressed insurance of catastrophic risk particularly hurricane risk in Texas. Chandler has testified on several occasions before the Texas legislature on this contentious issue.

 Another focus has been pioneering a course called Analytic Methods for Lawyers and a related course called Computational Law. These courses, call on law students to learn statistics, machine learning, finance, actuarial finance, data mining, and requires students to learn the rudiments of two math-solving computer languages. Some of the methods developed in this course led to Chandler being a lead consultant and programmer on efforts of the Arnold Foundation to develop public models of what are termed “defined benefit pension plans,” a critical issue in the retirement income of tens of millions of Americans that can be used by pensioners and pension planners alike. Most recently, Chandler has spearheaded a successful effort to obtain a $100,000 grant for the University of Houston Law Center to develop its distance education and has accepted an appointment as an adjunct professor at Rice University and will be teaching a graduate course in Health Policy.

Summary of research interests

The use of Distance Education for education on comparative aspects of U.K. (including devolved powers to Wales) and U.S. health law, including the following topics: rationing of care; financing of care; use of private insurance markets to supplement public provision of care or to directly insure for care (includes reinsurance as well); licensure of medical providers; treatment of persons with disabilities, disability insurance; devolved powers (U.K.) and federalism (U.S.); public health law, including issues of quarantine, other "personal control measures," food regulation, smoking regulation h. long term care (nursing home); immigrants and health car; genetics; reproductive rights, including abortion, contraception;  medical and pharmaceutical research regulation m. issues of corporate and tax law in the provision of medicine.

Professor Alan Dettlaff, Graduate College of Social Work

Professor Alan Dettlaff is the Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston.  His research focuses on improving cultural responsiveness and reducing racial disparities in the public child welfare system.  In particular, his research has focused on understanding and addressing the unique needs of immigrant Latino children who come to the attention of this system.

Professor Dettlaff received his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining academia, he worked for several years in the public child welfare system as a practitioner and administrator, where he specialized in investigations of child maltreatment.

Professor Dettlaff has published extensively on children’s services and immigrant Latino children, and is co-editor of Racial Disproportionality and Disparities: Multi Systemic Approaches, published by Columbia University Press.  He was recently honored with induction into the 2015 Class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research.  Dr. Dettlaff also serves as Chair of the Commission on Educational Policy for the Council on Social Work Education, which develops the policy that guides social work education. 

 Guest lecture: Understanding and Addressing the Unique Needs and Rights of Immigrant Children in the Child Welfare System

When children in immigrant families become involved in the child welfare system, they face a number of unique challenges that may prevent them from experiencing positive outcomes. Understanding and addressing these unique challenges is increasingly a transnational concern, as these challenges are evident across countries.

A range of factors including language and cultural barriers, instability, lack of access to basic services, discrimination, and social exclusion can all impact the outcomes for immigrant children involved in this system. The vulnerability of immigrant children is further increased by laws of the receiving countries, which may criminalize immigrant children and their families, resulting in potential separation.

This presentation will review research findings on immigrant children’s involvement in the child welfare system in the United States, and the challenges that have been identified in providing culturally responsive services to these children and their families. The presentation will also discuss similarities and differences in other countries, and identify potential opportunities for transnational research and collaboration to improve the response to this vulnerable population


Professor Wyman Herendeen, Department of English

Professor Wyman H. Herendeen (Ph.D., University of Toronto, M.A. and B.A. Brown University), Professor of English and Department Chair at the University of Houston, has primary teaching and research interests in early modern cultural studies and intellectual and literary history, although his work extends into earlier periods, including classical literature and culture, and into later periods, such as nineteenth century art and popular culture in England and France.

He has published in many areas of the English and Continental Renaissance, including an award-winning book on the relationship between literature, the physical landscape, cultural mythology, and the construction of place: From Landscape to Literature: The River and the Myth of Geography; a study of the playwright Ben Jonson, Ben Jonson's 1616 Folio; and a study of Queen Elizabeth's biographer, William Camden: A Life in Context. He has also published on Petrarch and Freud, Spenser, Milton, and Ben Jonson, Renaissance libraries and antiquarianism, and education in post-Reformation Britain, among others. He has received major research grants from the Huntington Library, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Social Sciences, Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Active in many scholarly organizations, he has held various executive offices in the John Donne Society, the Barnabe Riche Society, and the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, and has been Senior Fellow at the Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto. He has held a number of administrative positions, including Department Head at the University of Windsor, in Canada.

 The University of Houston Department of English

The University of Houston Department of English, as part of its initiative in global literary studies, maintains a cluster of research and teaching foci and initiatives that intersect with research centers at the University of Swansea and particularly, scholars and area strengths in its Department of English.  Additionally, we are developing a Center for Writing, Community, and Global Culture that brings together these research clusters as well as plans for learning abroad opportunities for our undergraduate students. Research and teaching intensive areas in UH’s Department of English include: transnational and global literatures, particularly in areas of diasporic, colonial and postcolonial studies, including Empire Studies; translation studies and theory; multilingualism and language policy and politics, and linguistic anthropology; poetics and poetry; rhetoric, writing, language and theories of place and space; early modern literature and culture and the British archipelago; women, domesticity, and society.

The Department of English and its affiliates across CLASS have numerous faculty specializing in each of these areas. Teaching and learning abroad for the global curriculum and the English major: The Department of English undergraduate major requires a “senior experience” capstone that can be satisfied through studies abroad; we ourselves at UH currently have no department-based learning abroad initiative to offer our students.

Professor Nicolas Kanellos, Department of Hispanic Studies

Professor Nicolás Kanellos has been professor at the University of Houston since 1980. He is founding publisher of the noted Hispanic literary journal The Americas Review (formerly Revista Chicano-Riqueña) and the nation’s oldest and most esteemed Hispanic publishing house, Arte Público Press, which is the largest, non-profit publisher of literature in the U.S. Kanellos holds both a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese and M.A. in Romance Languages from The University of Texas at Austin. He earned a B.A. Spanish from Farleigh Dickinson University. He studied Mexican Literature and Culture at the Universidad Autónoma de Mexico, and Portuguese Literature and Culture at the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.

Recognized for his scholarly achievement, Professor Kanellos is the recipient of the 1996 Denali Press Award of the American Library Association, the 1989 American Book Award-Publisher/Editor Category, and the 1988 Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature presented by the White House, as well as various fellowships and other recognitions.  His monograph, A History of Hispanic Theater in the United States: Origins to 1940 (1990), received three book awards, including that of the Southwest Council on Latin American Studies. His latest book, Hispanic Immigrant Literature: El Sueño del Retorno (2011) won the PEN Southwest Award for Non-Fiction.

Professor Kanellos is the director of a major national research program, Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Heritage of the United States, whose objective is to identify, preserve, study and make accessible hundreds of thousands of documents written in those regions that have become the United States from the colonial period to 1960.  In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Dr. Kanellos to the National Council on the Humanities. In 1996, he became the first Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston. In 2008, he was elected to the Spanish American Royal Academy of Literature, Arts and Sciences.

Professor Patrick Leung, Graduate College of Social Work

Director of the Office for International Social Work Education at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW), Professor Patrick Leung, teaches program evaluation, research methodology, practice evaluation and doctoral level multivariate statistics. He was the founding Doctoral Program Director at GCSW in 1993 and the President of the Asian & Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association from 2003 to 2010. He was a board member of CSWE from 2003 to 2006 and served on the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice Council on Social Work Education from 2007 to 2010. He was appointed as the Chair of the UH Engineering Dean Review Committee in 2014.

Currently, he is the President of the Houston Chinese Faculty Association, President of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society and a member of the Provost’s Promotion and Tenure Advisory Committee at UH and Chair of the Houston Independent School District Asian Advisory Committee. He co-chairs the Texas Title IV-E Child Welfare Roundtable Evaluation Committee in Texas and serves on the National Title IV-E Evaluation Task Force.  His research areas include cultural sensitivity training, Asian mental health issues, children and families, immigrant issues, domestic violence and gerontology.  He received his Ph.D., M.S.W., M.A. (Public Administration) and B.S.S.W from The Ohio State University.

 He has served as principal investigator and evaluator on numerous projects at the federal, state and local levels; was a grant reviewer for the Administration for Children and Family (ACYF), and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). He has published 60 refereed articles and over 104, book chapters and reports and has made 151 presentations at international, national and local conferences. He has served on many boards of directors.  Currently, he is the Board Chair of the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services (serving the refugee population in Houston). He was the President and a co-founder of the Asian American Family Services (AAFS) in Houston, Texas. He is co-author of two books entitled Child Protection Training and Evaluation; and Multicultural Practice and Evaluation: A Case Approach to Evidence-Based Application.  

Professor Alison McDermott, College of Optometry

Professor Alison McDermott is Professor of Optometry and Vision Science and Scientific Director of The Ocular Surface Institute. Educated at the University of Surrey, in Guildford, U.K. and Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, U.K. she joined the faculty of the University of  Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) in 1998.  She has an active federally funded research lab and teaches both professional students of optometry and graduate students.

The overall goal of her research program is to gain a better understanding of the ocular surface at the cellular and molecular level which will lead to treatment strategies for ocular surface inflammatory, infectious disease and wound healing following injury and refractive surgery. The major focus of her current research is to investigate the role of antimicrobial peptides such as defensins and cathelicidin in protecting the eye from infection. She is also involved in developing antimicrobial peptide based therapeutics including an “antimicrobial contact lens” as well as investigating Vitamin D as a novel treatment for various ocular surface inflammatory diseases.

University of Houston College of Optometry

UHCO is a leader in the field of optometric and vision research. UHCO’s research includes basic, clinical and translational investigations that cover a range of aspects of vision. The diverse group of researchers at UHCO studies ways to prevent loss of vision using a variety of approaches ranging from cellular and molecular, behavioral and optical. The research efforts are funded externally by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, other federal and state agencies, as well as by private foundations and industry. While faculty research interests are broad three major related categories, each with one specific example of ongoing projects, can be distinguished: optics and imaging, vision science, cellular and molecular studies.

 Other features unique to UHCO include: on-site non-human primate facility; on site state of the art cataract and refractive surgery center; controlled environmental chamber for human clinical studies and an equivalent for rodent experimental studies; Objet Eden 260 3D printer; clinical trials expertise and experience for all FDA phases; soon to be installed Tescan SEM with Gatan 3View system for 3D ultrastructure imaging (the first system in Texas and one of only 30 worldwide).

Professor Michael Olivas, Law Center

Professor Michael A. Olivas is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law Center and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at UH. He has chaired the UH graduate program in Higher Education, served as Associate Dean of the Law Center, and was a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin as part of the Special Counsel to  former Chancellor Donna Shalala. In 1997, he held the Mason Ladd Distinguished Visiting Chair at the University of Iowa, College of Law. He holds a B.A. from the Pontifical College Josephinum, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Olivas has authored and co-authored more than fifteen books. His most recent book, Suing Alma Mater, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, on higher education and the U.S. Supreme Court was chosen as the 2014 winner of the Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, a prize given annually by the Education Law Association. He has a forthcoming book with New York University Press, Perchance to DREAM, A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act. Olivas has also served on the editorial board of more than 20 scholarly journals.

In 2010, he was chosen as the Outstanding Immigration Professor of the Year by the national Immigration Professors Blog Group. In 2011, he served as President of the Association of American Law Schools. He has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute and the National Academy of Education, the only person selected to both honor academies. He was elected to membership in the American Bar Foundation (ABF) and served as General Counsel to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). He serves on its Litigation Committee and Legal Defense Fund. He has chaired the AALS Section on Education Law three times, and has twice chaired the Section on Immigration Law. In 1993, he was chosen as Division J’s Distinguished Scholar by the American Educational Research Association, the Research Achievement Award by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and received its 2000 Special Merit Award. He has been designated as a National Association of College and University Attorneys and AERA fellow.

He served as a Trustee of the College Board and The Access Group, Inc. Both the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston have given him awards for lifetime achievement. Since 2002, he has served as a director on the MALDEF Board. He has a substantial and varied legal consulting practice wherein serving as an expert witness in federal and state courts (including the U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Courts of Appeals, and federal district courts).

Guest lecture: The Growing Role of Immigration Law in Universal Higher Education: Case Studies of the United States and the European Union

The increasingly prominent role of immigration law in the world of higher education is evident to observers in both camps, that is, to those who specialize in the comprehensive law of higher education, across countries, and to those whose expertise is immigration and naturalization law. Of course, there has always been a substantial and broad band of intersection, such as the required visa regime for international admissions, across all nations and institutions (in the United States, the usual F-1 process that admits and enrolls  more  than  a  million  students and scholars each year—one of several categories possible for international study), and the complex process for working in a foreign country as an academic and evaluating educational credentials for employment authorization (such as the landed immigrant procedures in Canada or NAFTA-related work certification degree requirements).

As common as these transactions have been over the years, the shrinking world with its increased geopolitical and diplomatic roles played by competitive higher education policies has moved the implementation of immigration to center stage as never before. Not only is there a growing propensity for these regimes to be considered in court cases and for a dizzying array of legislative/regulatory/administrative rules to be drafted in their service, but there is an astonishing move towards large scale national, international, transnational, consortial, and other interlocking legal mechanisms for advancing higher education interests across countries.

Immigration law has become the technical and policy regime for effectuating and implementing these interests, joining the traditional areas of diplomacy, foreign policy, finance, intellectual property, and increasingly, national security domains. In this preliminary investigation, I use case studies and detailed literature reviews from the United States and from the European Union, as higher education institutions in these two systems represent the major receiver colleges in the world system, and among the major sender nations as well. Moreover, while there are many differences in the details, the large-scale immigration mechanisms are similar in their organizational features.

Dr. Jaime Ortiz, Global Strategies and Studies

Dr. Jaime Ortiz, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and Studies, obtained his B.Sc. and a Diploma from the Universidad de Chile in Chile, his M.A. from the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands, and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in the United States.

Before joining the University of Houston, Dr. Ortiz held a visiting distinguished professorial appointment in international economics and global business at a Chinese university. He has held tenured faculty and senior administrative appointments in universities in Florida, New Jersey, and Texas. In those instances, Dr. Ortiz provided a strategic vision for their overall campus globalization efforts, implemented an array of international programs, partnerships, and research collaborations, and expanded the global education opportunities for faculty and students.

Dr. Ortiz has previously worked for international organizations, private corporations, and non-government entities in economic and business matters in more than thirty countries. He has advised, among others, Euroconsult B.V., United Nations Development Program, Gessellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH, Inter-American Development Bank, Junta del Acuerdo de Cartagena, Organization of American States, Pre-investment Organization of Latin America and the Caribbean, Technical Cooperation of the Suisse Government, and The World Bank. Dr. Ortiz is the author, co-author, or editor of books, book chapters, textbooks, research monographs and technical reports, and refereed journal articles. He is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Finance and Business, Who's Who in Business Higher Education, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who Directory of Economists.

Dr. Ortiz has been a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and India and MSI Leadership Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. His teaching interests include international economics and global business for undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. His research focuses on topics related to economic growth and development, global investment decisions, and identification of sources and origins of technical change. Dr. Ortiz has led various departments, college, and university related committees. He has also made presentations and chaired national and international conferences on topics related to globalization of institutions of higher education.

Dr. Suzanne Pritzker, Graduate College of Social Work

Dr. Suzanne Pritzker, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW). She began her professional career as a policy advisor for the Virginia Secretary of Education and as an analyst for the Virginia General Assembly. With a front-line view of the policy-making process, she developed a passion for educating and empowering vulnerable populations to participate in public policy development and implementation. Her research focuses primarily on youth civic engagement and on educational and practice interventions to increase their engagement.

She also studies strategies to prepare social workers to engage in policy practice. She teaches masters and doctoral level courses in macro practice, policy analysis, and policy advocacy. Her research and teaching are informed by her prior professional experiences as a policy advisor for the several grass root organizations.

Dr Pritzker coordinates the GCSW’s Austin Legislative Internship Program, through which graduate social work students are competitively selected to intern full-time in the Texas Legislature. She also created and coordinates a monthly Policy Insider Series, bringing policy experts to campus to share their expertise with students. In addition, she chairs the College’s Curriculum Committee, is the Curriculum Specialization Coordinator, and is lead faculty for the College’s Political Social Work specialization.

She has received awards for her teaching, mentorship, and involvement in promoting civic engagement from the GCSW, Social Work Today magazine, and the Houston Area League of Women Voters.

Professor Gangbing Song, College of Engineering

Professor Gangbing Song is the John and Rebecca Moores Professor and the founding Director of the Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory. He is a professor of Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering and was a recipient of the NSF Career award in 2001. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Columbia University in 1995 and 1991, respectively and his B.S. degree from Zhejiang University, P.R. China in 1989.

Professor Song has expertise in smart materials and structures, structural vibration control, piezoceramics, ultrasonic transducers, structural health monitoring and damage detection. He has developed two new courses in smart materials and published more than 300 papers, including 118 peer reviewed journal articles. Song is also an inventor and co-inventor of 4 U.S. patents and 8 pending patents. He has received research funding in smart materials and related research from NSF, DoE, NASA, Department of Education, Texas Higher Education Board, Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC), University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC), Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), Ohio Department of Transportation (ODoT), Hewett-Packard, OptiSolar, General Electric, and Cameron.

 In addition to his research efforts, Song is passionate about improving teaching using technology. He is a leader in internet enabled remote experiment/laboratory and a pioneer in systematically implementing remote experiments in engineering education. He received the prestigious Outstanding Technical Contribution Award from the Aerospace Division of ASCE, the Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award at the Full Professor Level from UH, the Celebrating Excellence Award for Excellence in Education from the International Society of Automation ISA), and the IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Informal Education, among others. Dr. Song is a member of ASCE, ASME, and IEEE. Song has also served as the General Chair of the Earth and Space Conference Aerospace Division, ASCE in 2010. 

Dr. Helen Valier, Honors College

Dr. Helen Valier is currently the Director of the Medicine and Society Program and the Associate Director of the Honors Program for the Health Professions within the Honors College at the University of Houston.  Valier took her BA (Hons) from the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences (Biological) in 1995 before moving to the University of Manchester to complete a M.Sc. in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and then a Ph.D. in the History of Medicine in 2002. While still completing her Ph.D. at Manchester, Valier was appointed temporary lecturer in the School of Philosophy at the University of Leeds in 2000 where she taught history of technology and history of medicine to science and engineering students.

 In 2002 Valier moved back to the University of Manchester to pursue postdoctoral studies supported by the Wellcome Trust, and it is here that she, along with John Pickstone, worked on the manuscript that would become her first book, “Community, Professions and Business: A History of the Central Manchester Teaching Hospitals and the National Health Service” (Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s Hospital NHS Trust (2008). This book uses a local study to explore and reflect upon trends and changes within the British health services. While at Manchester, Valier also worked with the Wellcome Trust-funded ‘Constructing Cancers, 1945-2000’ project and published articles and book chapters on the recent history of biomedicine, clinical trials, and cancer in the U.K. and U.S.

Her current project combines her interest in hospitals and of recent biomedicine and is a study of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest ‘hospital city’. Hospitals are key institutions in any city. To improve them effectively we might learn from experience, and most experience is local. With this in mind, Valier looks to capture the individuality of the local institutions while simultaneously interpreting their role as national and international players in the post-WWII biomedical revolution.