December 1, 2010 Universidad de Quintana ROO Attn: Rector actual Dear Rector It is with great pleasure that I write to recommend in the highest terms that Dr. Olga M. Lazin be appointed Assistant Professor of Mexico and the World. I have known Dr. Lazin since 1994, when I invited her to teach as a Visiting Professor at the University of Guadalajara. During her lectures in Guadalajara, I came to appreciate her superior analytical ability and the high quality of her research, which puts her at the top of young academicians internationally. . Professor Lazin is a leading scholar in the network of Mexicanist academicians who study history in relation to Mexico's role in globalization, economic change, and immigration. She has presented excellent papers at international conferences in Mexico; and her approach has established fresh lines of inquiry in the context of the Mexican role within Latin American history in general, which so effectively teaches. Dr. Lazin's current work focuses on the "cutting-edge" research focusing on the role of Mexican-Los Angeles Migration routes, as it relates to the reshaping of U.S. and Mexican cultures at large. Her work uses Greater Los Angeles as the laboratory to examine new socio-economic issues facing Mexico and the United States. She has taught a course on the bright and dark aspects of Globalization in Tijuana, at the Universidad Autonóma de Tijuana in Fall 2009. In leading UCLA's project to identify and analyze the U.S. impounding of funds owed to Mexicans, Lazin is showing how the denial of social security numbers to millions of undocumented workers has led to the problem workers using false or wrong social security
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Arroyo Recommendation for Dr. Lazin,


Professor Lazin reveals the "Catch 22" in U.S.-Mexican relations. Mexican workers in the United States must have a social security number from which taxes and social security contribution are withheld, but because these funds can not be matched with legal numbers, they are impounded by the U.S. government. She has found that impounded social security funds owed to Mexicans in the United States and Mexico total US$30 billion. Such impounding of funds in Washington, D.C., gravely harms the local, state and national economies of the United States and Mexico, constituting a drag on the economies of both countries where GDP growth has been negatively affected. Dr. Lazin's research now involves calculating the amount of excess withholding taxes collected and not returned to Mexican workers in the United States because undocumented workers fear that the filing of an income tax return with false data may cause their deportation and/or delay their attempts to gain legal status in the United States. With regard to her published research, I am know first-hand of Lazin's success. Her first book is being released in our Spring Catalog of Publications. Its topic focuses on Decentralized Globalization, and she examines, for example Mexico's relative success to that of Romania in resolving such issues as communal land holdings and down-sizing of oppressive state power. Following rigorous peer-reviewed evaluation, the University of Guadalajara Press and UCLA Program on Mexico accepted Dr. Lazin’s revised doctoral thesis for publication because it also makes a major contribution to international scholarly knowledge by permitting us to fathom the process of global capital and migration flows. Professor Lazin is an expert on Mexico-U.S. non-profit tax relations, and she shows in her book that Mexico is the only country in the world to have achieved mutual recognition of its foundation/NGO sector with the United States. Such recognition has failed in the attempts between the United States and the following countries: Canada, England, Israel, Germany, Russia. Indeed this latter point is important because Professor Lazin is making a contribution to history-based public policy, that is the possibility to develop new policy by understanding the reasons that specific policies have failed or succeeded in the past. Thus, she syntheses U.S.-Mexican foundation/NGO law in a manner that is organized for clarity. Her analysis is direct and clear without legalese and just what is needed by countries that seek to gain access to the U.S. corpus of nonprofit funds, far wealthier than the European Union and Japan combined. The El Paso-Ciudad Juárez model provides one of her splendid examples of decentralized globalization needed to overcome the centralized models that make New York City the pivotal player in the world of philanthropy. Dr. Lazin's analysis of the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez model for cross border philanthropy provides the scholarly pointer to civic-minded nongovernmental leaders to develop cross-border civic society, especially as it affects Chicano culture. The bureaucracy and regulations of civil society in Mexico and the United Sates are to often so constraining that they inhibit the rise of international civic society. This model she has discovered (among the three that she defines) is already serving to provide a new basis for nonofficial U.S.Mexican relations.

Arroyo Recommendation for Dr. Lazin,


Professor Lazin is renowned worldwide for her ability to lecturer at conferences and for her generosity in sharing her preliminary findings openly and frankly with her professional colleagues in Europe and Latin America as well as Asia. She has standing invitations to lecture at the Universities of Kyoto and at Buenos Aires. Indeed, she is scheduled to visit Buenos Aires early next year. As a professor, Dr. Lazin is noted for being popular but demanding with students both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She takes great care to work with students in their writing and oral presentations. In creating classroom esprit de corps. Professor Lazin wins the confidence of her students to do their very best, as I can testify having seen her in classroom presentations at UCLA during my stays in Los Angeles as Visiting Professor at UCLA. As an experienced scholar who has contributed to the advance of academic life at the Universities where she has taught in the United States and Mexico, Professor Lazin has worked effectively to create citizen-groups to advance the well being of multicultural groups in society. Dr. Lazin is one of our resource scholars in Mexico in that she advises several universities (National University of Mexico, University of Michoacán, and Mexico City University as well as my University) on issues in Mexican historical development and her new analysis of Chicano society in the United States. She opened the PROFMEX Office in Moscow in 1993 in order to bring Mexico into comparative historical studies with Russia, where scholars and policymakers have been very interested in Mexico's relationship to its economically more important to the United States. Dr. Lazin has been the interlocutor for leaders concerned about how Russia will be able to protect itself against the economically more powerful European Union. I look forward to developing with Dr. Lazin joint seminars that could allow us to receive your students to participate in seminars at the University of Guadalajara— seminars that I would be pleased to support with funds for student air fare and per diem. In summary, I recommend Dr. Lazin to be named Assistant Professor of History in your Department, to which she will bring great credit. She is a “best bet” to succeed as a congenial contributor to your departmental affairs, and I hope that you are able to attract her to enhance your faculty. Sincerely,

Jesús Arroyo University of Guadalajara Dean, School of Economic and Societal Studies Professor of Economics UCLA Visiting Scholar in Latin American Studies