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Dr. Walter Wright receives two prestigious honors

Walter Wright has recently received two awards. The Houston Journal of International Law has instituted an annual “Walter A. Wright Award” for “Outstanding Comment in International Law.” Additionally, the Association of Conflict Resolution’s International Section has given him a special award in recognition of his outstanding record of service to it.


Walter Wright award


Dr. Faber has article in Austin American Statesman discussing the Constitution

Dr. Michael Faber had an op-ed article published in the Austin American Statesman on Constitution Day (Thursday, September 17th) addressing the controversy over birthright citizenship and the broader question of constitutional interpretation.

His article can be read here.


Meet the Professors Event Success!

Seventy-six undergraduate and graduate students, along with twenty-two professors attended this year's annual Meet the Professors event put together by Discourse and Democracy! They came together to discuss department activities and opportunities, and to have a good time together. Discourse in Democracy T-shirts were handed out to everyone in attendance.

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Great turnout for the the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 celebration!

Over seventy people attended the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos on August 6th. The commemoration was co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Texas State University. The commemoration included a reception, a public lecture and a LBJ Birthday celebration. Mr. Larry Temple, Chair of the LBJ Foundation, was the main speaker. Mr. Temple presented an overview of the conditions that led President Johnson to advocate forcefully for the passage of the voting rights law. The attendees to the commemoration ranged from students to retirees and were from both the University and the community. After the lecture, many attendees talked to Mr. Temple about his talk.

MPA Student Eric Ramirez meets with Governor Abbott

MPA student Eric Ramirez meets with Governor Abbott during his attendance at the 35th Annual SummerFest Independence Day Celebration in San Marcos.

Eric Ramirez with Gov. Abbott

Dr. Walter Wright Establishes Cross-Border Mediation Program

Dr. Walter Wright has been working to establish a cross-border mediation program among Dispute Resolution Centers in Texas and the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.  The program is designed to provide free or low-cost mediation services for low-income residents of Texas and Tamaulipas who have disputes with each other and wish to reach amicable resolutions.  Mediation organizations and their mediators on both sides of the border will provide the services via video conferences or online services such as Skype and Lync.  As part of the program, Dr. Wright has assisted Texas State University in negotiating and entering into a Collaboration Agreement with the Judicial Branch of Tamaulipas; the university’s role will be to provide training for the cross-border mediators.  Dr. Wright has also assisted the Central Texas Dispute Resolution Center, headquartered in San Marcos, in establishing the first Collaboration Agreement between the Judicial Branch of Tamaulipas and a Texas Dispute Resolution Center.  He is currently working with other Texas Dispute Resolution Centers interested in establishing similar Collaboration Agreements and spreading the program throughout the state. 


Lic. Roberto Montoya González (aide to Magistrado Armando Villanueva), Magistrado Armando Villanueva Mendoza (Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tamaulipas), Dr. Eugene Bourgeois (Provost of Texas State University), Dr. Walter A. Wright

This story was featured in the Austin American Statesman follow the link here.

Houston Mayor, Annise Parker, speaks at Hogwild 2015

Hogwild is an annual public policy symposium sponsored by the law firm of the law firm of Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal Hyde and Zeck (DNRBHZ), Texas State University’s Center for Research, Public Policy, Training, and the Texas State Department of Political Science. The symposium is designed to provide local government officials and practitioners with an overview of key, contemporary legal issues that impact local governance.

The 2015 event was held on Friday May 29 on the Texas State campus. Hogwild 2015 brought together 130 local government officials and practitioners to engage with legal studies experts in detailed discussions of issues relevant to local Texas governance. The keynote speaker was Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Mayor Parker discussed the difficulties in responding to the recent flooding and the overall complexity of governance.

Mayor Annise Parker Mayor parker

Public Administration Program Honors Students 5 May 2015

As the Spring 2015 semester concluded Texas State faculty, staff, and alumni gathered at the LBJ Student Center to celebrate the achievements of our public administration students. The annual PA Program Honors Reception recognized program and scholarship award recipients and inducted new members into the Public Administration Honor Society, Pi Alpha Alpha. Former Bobcat and current President and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Richard Perez spoke at the event. He emphasized the key role that public service plays in creating dynamic and just communities.

Dr. Balanoff presents honorary membership to Pi Alpha Alpha to Richard Perez

Dr. Howard Balanoff presents Mr. Richard Perez with an honorary membership to Pi Alpha Alpha

Sarah Tennent, political science major, is named 2015 LBJ Outstanding Senior Student Award Recipient

The Texas State Alumni Association is proud to announce Sarah Colleen Tennent as the 2015 LBJ Outstanding Senior Student Award Recipient. 

Sarah Colleen is a senior, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Military Science.  She is graduating in May and is expected to graduate Summa cum Laude.  Her future plans are to attend law school.  As a student, her primary involvement at Texas State includes the following:

  • Cadet, Army Reserve Officer Training Corps
  • Associate Justice, Student Government
  • Senator, Student Government
  • Supplemental Instructor, SLAC

She earned the 2014-15 Liberal Arts Award for Academic Excellence, graduated from the Military Leadership Development and Achievement Course, is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Fraternity and is the recipient of an Academic Achievement Army ROTC Scholarship.

Colleen Tennent

Elizabeth Peterson, undergraduate student, Presents at 2015 International Conference of the Association for Private Enterprise Education in Cancun, Mexico

Elizabeth Peterson, a bachelor of public administration major, presented her research at the 2015 International Conference of the Association for Private Enterprise Education in Cancun, Mexico. Her topic, Market Based Solutions to Poverty, was well-received and aligned with this year's conference theme "Political Economy: 'The Different Progress of Opulence.'"

Elizabeth Peterson in Cancun for Conference

Alumni Panel - November 17th


The Department of Political Science welcomed alumni to talk with Political Science and Public Administration majors about working in the real world following graduation on Nov. 17th. Jordan Berry, a political consultant to several well-known office-holders in Texas and owner of Berry Communications, Scott Hutchinson, Chief of Staff to State Senator Charles Perry, Angela Dozier-Borgman an immigration legal assistant with Foster, LLC, and Jennifer Scott, executive assistant to Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones returned to participate in this annual alumni event. The alums spent two and a half hours talking with students about their work, how they got their jobs, and their recommendations about how to maximize chances of landing that starting position using the skills they learned here at Texas State. 

MOAS Group Takes Home Trophies!

The Model Organization of States teams competed in the 18th annual Ambassador Eugene Scassa Model Organization of American States hosted by Baylor University, November 15-16. Texas State was well represented ant took home several awards.

  • Rachel Carrell. Selected as Rapporteur. Secretariat for Administration and Finance.
  • Josh Keesee. Selected as Chair. Secretariat for Administration and Finance.
  • Melissa Aylward. Selected to the Student Advisory Committee.
  • Victoria Kadous, Emily Hinze, Hailee Harris, and Alex Gamez. Co-Best Committee. Secretariat for Political for Political Affairs.
  • Ashton Thomas, Melissa Aylward, and, Luther Nuncio. Co-Best Committee. Executive
  • Secretariat for Integral Development.
  • Marissa Roman. Distinguished Resolution (2nd Place in Committee). General Committee.
  • Melissa Aylward. Distinguished Delegate (2nd Place in Committee). Executive Secretariat for
  • Integral Development.
  • Tara Dees. Distinguished Delegate (2nd Place in Committee). General Committee.
  • Team Venezuela. Distinguished Position Paper (2nd Place Overall). Written by Rachel Carrell and Tara Dees.
  • Dominique Gray-Berroa. Outstanding Ambassador. (1st Place Overall).
  • Domonique Gray-Berroa. Voted as Co-President for the 2015 ESMOAS.
  • ESMOAS has also recently instituted a program to bring back former students to help serve as judges and advisors for the competition. Because we have been so successful in the past, several of our former students have been selected to serve in these roles, including, Rasha Abu-Zeyadeh, Meghan Ferguson, Cheyenne Krause, Megan Parrish, Javier Reyes, and Sama Sayej.

Ashton Thomas - Right  Emily Hinze - Left

Political Science Graduate Students Present Research at Conference

Two graduate students in the Political Science Department presented their research at the Sixth Annual Research Conference for Graduate Students, hosted by the Graduate College on November 5th and 6th. Master of Arts in Political Science student, Karina Lovas presented her paper, “The International Criminal Court and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Examining the International Legal Response Through the Lens of Prosecutor v. Lubanga (2012) and Prosecutor v. Katanga (2014)”. Master of Arts in Legal Studies student, Dan Hodge, presented his paper, “Mobile Apps, Crowdsourcing, and the Blame Game.”  

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