Miguel Tinker Salas is Professor Emeritus of Latin American History, and Chicano/a Latino/a Studies at Pomona College. His research includes work on contemporary Mexico and Venezuela. He has published several books including In the Shadow of Eagles, Sonora and the Transformation of the Border during the Porfiriato by the University of California Press. The book was published in Mexico by the Fondo de Cultura Económica. With Jan Rus he co-edited The Mexican Presidency, Neoliberalism, Social Movements and Electoral Politics which appeared in both English and Spanish (Porrua and Universidad de Zacatecas). His research also examines the interconnection between politics, culture and oil in Venezuela. With Steve Ellner he co-edited, Venezuela, Hugo Chávez and the Decline of an Exceptional Democracy published by Rowman and Littlefield. With Duke University he published the Enduring Legacy, Oil Culture and Society in Venezuela and with Oxford Press he published, Venezuela, What Everyone Needs to Know. He is co-editor of The Venezuela Reader, under submission to Duke University Press.

Fluent in both Spanish and English, Professor Miguel Tinker Salas is often asked by the national and international media to provide analysis on political issues confronting Mexico, Venezuela, and Latin America. He has been interviewed by CNN, CNN Spanish, ESPN, the PBS New Hour, the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Univisión, Telemundo, and many other radio, television and print media outlets. His expertise includes: US-Latin American Relations, contemporary Venezuelan politics, oil policy, Mexican Politics, Mexican border issues, Immigration, and Latinos/as in the United State