Leventhal Fellow
José Alberto González Aranda
Organized Crime,
Latin America,
Covert Actions,
Public Advocacy

José Alberto González Aranda is a second-year Master of Global Policy Studies student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs where he has specialized in Security, Law, and Diplomacy. He was awarded the Leventhal Fellowship, which allowed him to work with a governmental or non-governmental institution working on nuclear nonproliferation or associated weapons of mass destruction issues. José Alberto chose to work at the Nuclear Information Project, at the Federation of American Scientists.

At UT, José Alberto has also been selected to become a Brumley fellow, and is working with the Strauss Center’s Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative doing research on Mexican Cartels.

Prior to coming to UT, José Alberto departed his hometown of Tampico, Mexico, earning a BA in History and Political Science, with minors in Economics and Public Policy, from New York University. For most of his graduate studies, José Alberto was at NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi, but spent a semester in New York and some time in Washington, DC and Ukraine.

José Alberto also worked for over two years as a Script Director at The Armchair Historian, a company that produces animated documentaries and video games about both historical and modern geopolitical conflicts. While in college he also interned at the Mexican embassy in Abu Dhabi, and at NYU, José Alberto collaborated with a variety of professors on issues ranging from COVID-19 to US Civil War memorialization to fiscal policy in modern democracies.