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The Department of Political Science faculty bring a wide range of perspective, skills, and experiences to the classroom. Most faculty members have significant practitioner or consulting experience with local, state, or national government. The faculty consists of productive scholars, whose accomplishments include books, journal articles, conference papers, consultant reports, and presentations.

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Faculty Staff Teaching Assistants Instructional Assistants
  Chair Associate Chair  
MA Political Science Program Director Master of Public Administration Program Director Legal Studies Program Director

 


Faculty


Mr. Ben ArnoldMr. Ben Arnold

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 364
Phone: 512.245.4397
Email: ca17@txstate.edu

B.A., Texas Lutheran University
M.A., Texas State University

Areas of Interest: International Relations, Congressional Elections


Dr. Ashleen BagnuloBagnulo

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Office: UAC
Phone: 512.245.1564
Email: a_k230@txstate.edu

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Areas of Interest: Western Civic Republic traditions, particularly as represented in the thought of St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Montesquieu, and James Madison as well as Constitutional theory and the American presidency.


Dr. Howard BalanoffDr. Howard Balanoff

Professor, Department of Political Science
Director of the William P Hobby Center for Public Service
Holder of the Hobby Professorship

Office: UAC 376
Phone: 512.245.3453
Email: hb02@txstate.edu

B.A., City University of New York
M.U.P, Ed.D., Texas A&M University

Areas of Interest: Personnel Administration, International and
Comparative Public Policy and Administration, Organizational Theory
and Behavior, Leadership and professional Development of Human Resour

 

Dr. Vicki BrittainDr. Vicki Brittain 

Professor, Department of Political Science
Email: vb01@txstate.edu

B.A., Southwestern College
J.D., Washburn University of Topeka

 
 
 

Dr. Christopher BrownDr. Christopher Brown

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 345
Phone: 512.245.4404
Email: cb56@txstate.edu

B.A., Northwestern University
M.P.A., J.D., University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest: Environmental and Natural Resources Law,
Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Law Related to Public
Administration

 

Dr. CastilloDr. Cecilia Castillo

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Graduate Advisor, Master of Arts in Political Science

Office: UAC 355J
Phone: 512.245.7582
Email: cr09@txstate.edu

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Dallas

Areas of Interest: Political Theory, American Political Thought, Literature and Politics

 

Dr. CrossettDr. Lynn Crossett

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Legal Studies Program

Office: UAC 355E
Phone: 512.245.2233
Email: lc25@txstate.edu

B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin
J.D., Texas Tech University

Areas of Interest: Legal Writing, Litigation, Paralegal Studies, Employment Law, Privacy Rights

 


Dr. Paul DeHartDr. Paul DeHart

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 343
Phone: 512.245.3281
Email: pd18@txstate.edu

B.A., Houghton College
M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

 


DeSotoDr. Bill DeSoto

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 366
Phone: 512.245.3279
Email: wd02@txstate.edu

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

 
 
 

Dr. DoyleDr. Thomas E. Doyle, II

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 335
Phone: 512.245.3280
Email: ted29@txstate.edu

B.A. Point Loma Nazarene College
M.A. California State University, Northridge
M.A. California State University, Los Angeles
M.A. University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine

Areas of Interest: international security, international ethics, nuclear ethics, and political theory.

 

Dr. Michelle Evans

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 325
Phone: 512.245.3961
Email: me17@txstate.edu

 
 
 
 

Dr. FaberDr. Michael Faber

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC
Phone: 512.245.
Email: mjf85@txstate.edu

 
 
 
 

Blake FarrarMr. Blake Farrar

Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 378
Phone: 512.245.6013
Email:  bf18@txstate.edu

B.A., University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Texas State University - San Marcos

Areas of Interest: Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Political Behavior, Elections and Media.
 

 

Dr. FieldsDr. Billy Fields

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 332
Phone: 512.245.7726
Email: wf16@txstate.edu

B.A. Trinity University
M.A. University of New Orleans
Ph.D. University of New Orleans

Areas of Interest;  place management, hazard mitigation, and sustainable transportation policy

 

Dr. GarofaloDr. Charles Garofalo

Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 375
Phone: 512.245.3277
Email: cg10@txstate.edu

B.A., University of Florida
M.A., Ph.D., Emory University

Areas of Interest: Ethics in Public Administration, Public Policy, Government-Business Relations, Globalization

 

Dr. GormanDr. Robert Gorman

Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 361
Phone: 512.245.3262
Email: rg06@txstate.edu

B.A., Seattle University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Oregon

Areas of Interest: International Relations, International Law and Organization, International Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs, History of Ethics.

 

Dr. GrassoDr. Kenneth Grasso

Chair, Department of Political Science
Professor,
Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 355
Phone: 512.245.8230
Email: kg03@txstate.edu

B.A., St. John's University
M.A., Ph.D., Fordham University

Areas of Interest: Political Theory, Religion and Public Life, American Political Culture

 

Dr. Emily Hanks

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 348
Phone: 512.245.5608
Email: emily.hanks@txstate.edu

B.F.A., The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Texas State University at San Marcos
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest: the nonprofit and voluntary sector, public values, applied communication, and public administration

 

Dr. HendersonMr. Rick Henderson

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 368
Phone: 512.245.3267
Email:rh14@txstate.edu

B.A., M.A. Texas State University-San Marcos

Areas of Interest: American and State Politics, Local Politics

 

Mr. HernandezMr. Rodolfo Hernandez

Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 353
Phone: 512.245.8399
Email:  rkh42@txstate.edu

B.A., St. John’s College (Annapolis)
M.A. and Ph.D. Candidate, Louisiana State University

Areas of Interest: Classical Political philosophy and American Political Thought

 

Dr. HindsonDr. Theodore Hindson

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 357
Phone: 512.245.3282
Email: th09@txstate.edu

B.A., LaSalle University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Areas of Interest: Russian Foreign Policy, American Presidency, The World Political Order

 

Dr. InbodyDr. Don Inbody

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 360
Phone: 512.245.3258
Email: inbody@txstate.edu
Website: http://civmilblog.com

M.A., Naval Postgraduate School
M.A., Naval War College
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

Areas of Interest: Military voting, civil-military relations, American Government

 

Dr. KensDr. Paul Kens

Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 371
Phone: 512.245.3260
Email: pk05@txstate.edu

B.A., Northern Illinois University
J.D., Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest:

 

Dr. LederDr. Arnold Leder

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 363
Phone: 512.245.3263
Email: al04@txstate.edu
Website: http://arnoldleder.com/

B.A., Brooklyn College, City University of New York
M.A., Washington Univ. St Louis
Ph.D., Indiana Univ.

Areas of Interest: Middle East Politics, Terrorism, American Foreign Policy, Political Psychology, The Holocaust


Dr. Jennifer LammLamm

Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 323
Phone: 512.245.4436
Email: jel127@txstate.edu

 
 
B.A., Villanova Univesity
M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
 

Dr. LongoriaDr. Thomas Longoria

Professor, Department of Political Science

Director, Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training
Office: UAC 359
Phone: 512.245.6899
Email: tl28@txstate.edu

B.A., Pan American University
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

 

 

Dr. MihalkaninDr. Ed Mihalkanin

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 334
Phone: 512.245.3265
Email: em12@txstate.edu

B.A., Bradley University
M.A., Ph.D., The American University

Areas of Interest: International Relations, Latin America - Government and Politics, US Diplomacy

 

MoraMs. Sherri Mora

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Associate Chair
BPA Internship Coordinator
Undergraduate Program Advisor


Office: UAC 355F
Phone: 512.245.7427
Email: sm43@txstate.edu

B.A., M.A., Texas State University

Areas of Interest: American Government, Public Policy-Emphasis, Education and Finance

 

Dr. OpheimDr. Cynthia Opheim

Associate Provost
Professor,
Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 373
Phone: 512.245.3259
Email:co01@txstate.edu

B.A., Angelo State University
M.A., Texas Tech University
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest: Legislative Process, Political Parties, American State Politics

 

Dr. ParentDr. Patricia Parent

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 328
Phone: 512.245.3269
Email: pp07@txstate.edu

B.S., M.A., Southwest Texas State University
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest: Campaigns and Elections, Congress and State Legislatures, Women in Politics, Public Policy

 

Dr. RahmDr. Dianne Rahm

Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 374
Phone: 512.245.1565
Email: dr37@txstate.edu

B.A., M.A. Wichita State Univ.;
M.S. Fitchburg State College
Ph.D. Syracuse University

Areas of Interest: Environmental Policy, Energy Policy, Science & Technology Policy, Public Policy Formulation and Implementation, Public Administration

 

Dr. RangarajanDr. Nandhini Rangarajan

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 351
Phone: 512.245.3285
Email: nr11@txstate.edu

B.A., M.P.A., University of Madras
Ph.D., State University of New York

Areas of Interest: Public Management, Organizational Creativity


SanchezDr. Omar Sanchez

Associate Professor of Political Science
Office: UAC 341
Phone: 512.245.3272
Email: os17@txstate.edu

B.A., University of Chicago
M.S., London School of Economics
M.S., Georgetown University
Ph.D., University of Oxford

Areas of Interest: Comparative Politics; Latin American politics; democratization; quality of democracy issues; economic reform; political economy of development; party systems.

 

Dr. ShieldsDr. Patricia Shields

Director of the Master of Public Administration Program

Professor of Political Science
Office: UAC 355C
Phone: 512.245.7582
Email: ps07@txstate.edu

B.S., University of Maryland
M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University

Areas of Interest: Civil Military Relations, Pragmatism of Public Administration


Dr. David Smith smith

Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 330
Phone: 512.245.6731
Email:das182@txstate.edu

 

B.A. University of Oklahoma
J.D., University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest: Social Justice, American Legal History, Litigation, Estates, Business Organizations, Paralegal Studies

 

Dr. TajalliDr. Hassan Tajalli

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 377
Phone: 512.245.3284
Email: tajalli@txstate.edu

B.S., Iranian Institute of Advanced Accounting
M.B.A., M.A., Univ. N. Texas, Ph.D., UT Austin

Areas of Interest: Methodology, Statistics, Public Policy, American Foreign Policy


Dr. Thomas Varacalli

Lecturer, Department of Political Sciencevaracalli

Office: UAC 362
Phone: 512.245.6617
Email: tfv2@txstate.edu

 

B.A., Belmont Abbey College
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
 

Areas of Interest: Classical, Medieval, and American Political thought

 


Dr. WardDr. Kenneth Ward

Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 369
Phone: 512.245.2068
Email: kw12@txstate.edu

B.A., Drew University
J.D., Yale University
Ph.D., Columbia University

Areas of Interest: Political Theory, Constitutional Law


Dr. WellsDr. Jeremy Wells

Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 349
Phone: 512.245.7987
Email:  jlwells@txstate.edu
Website:  drjlwells.com
Twitter:  @drjlwells
Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Berea College, Kentucky
Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Areas of Interest: International relations; Interstate and civil conflict; Foreign aid; Development; Insurgency and counterinsurgency

 

Dr. WrightDr. Walter Wright

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 327
Phone: 512.245.2138
Email: ww05@txstate.edu

B.A., J.D., University of Houston
LL.M., New York University

Areas of Interest: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Transactions, Employment Law

 

Dr. YunDr. Hyun Yun

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 350
Phone: 512.245.4405
Email: hy12@txstate.edu

B.A., Ajou University, Suwon, South Korea
M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville

Areas of Interest: Political Communication, Public Opinion,
Social Capital, Political Behavior, Media


 

Staff


Denise BjerkeNo Photo

Administrative Assistant III

Phone:  512.245.8051
Email:  db1088@txstate.edu

 

 


Dodie WeidnerNo Photo

Administrative Assistant II
for MA Political Science and MPA Programs

Office: UAC 355
Phone: 512.245.7582
Email: dw29@txstate.edu

 

 


Jo Ellen KorthalsJo Korthals

Administrative Assistant II
for Legal Studies Program


Office: UAC 355
Phone:  512.245.2233
Email: jk37@txstate.edu

 

Teaching Assistants


Mr. Nathaniel MooreMoore

Office:  UAC 329
Email:  ndm9@txstate.edu

POSI 2310.257
POSI 2310.258

 

Department Photographer


Ms. Amy PerryPerry

Office:  UAC 329
Email:  adp58@txstate.edu

POSI 2310.252
POSI 2310.270

 

 


Instructional Assistants

 

 

Ms. Yinka AjagunNo Photo

Office: UAC 329
Email: yinka@txstate.edu

IA for Dr. Tiller
POSI 2320.359 T/R 12:30-1:50
POSI 2320.361 T/R 3:30-4:50

IA for Professor Gray
Connect Support

Discourse in Democracy Team
 

 

Ms. Melissa Aylwardmelissa

Office: UAC 329
Email: msa41@txstate.edu

IA for Dr. Leder
POSI 3300.251 M/W/F 9:00AM-9:50AM

IA for Professor Arnold
Model United Nations & ESMOAS
 

 


Ms. JacQuitta BeeksJAcquitta

Office: UAC 329
Email: jbb117@txstate.edu

Lead IA 2310/2320 for Professor Mora
POSI 2310.259 T/R 9:30-10:50
POSI 2310.268 T/R 2:00-3:20
POSI 2310.271 T (Hybrid) 5:00-6:20
 

 


Ms. Lindsey BentleyLindsey Bentley

Office: UAC 329
Email: lkb59@txstate.edu

Assistant to the Chair

IA for Dr. Hindson
POSI 4301.251 W 6:30-9:20
 

 


Mr. Tyler BlakeyBlakey

Office: UAC 329
Email: trb69@txstate.edu

Discourse in Democracy Leader

IA for Dr. Tajalli
POSI 3377.252 T/R 9:30-10:50
 

 


 Ms. Gwendolyn Carmichaelgwen

Office: UAC 329
Email: gbc23@txstate.edu

IA for Professor Hernandez
POSI 3300.252 M/W 12:30-1:50
POSI 3300.253 T/R 11:00-12:20

 

Department Photographer

 


 

Ms. Lisa DotsonDotson

Office:  UAC 329
Email:  lid5@txstate.edu

Assistant to the Chair

 

 


Mr. Odis Favorsodis

Office: UAC 329
Email: olf3@txstate.edu

IA for Dr. Inbody
Discourse in Democracy/Board

IA for Judge Gazda
Connect Support

IA for Dr. Parent
Connect Support
 


Ms. Courtney Grahamcourtney

Office: UAC 329
Email: c_g508@txstate.edu

Assistant to Dr. Longoria
Center for Research, Public Policy and Training

 

IA for Dr. Lamm
Connect Support
 


Ms. Shifa LateefNo Photo

Office: UAC 329
Email: sml80@txstate.edu

IA for Dr. Varacalli
Connect Support

IA for Dr. Tajalli
3301.251 M/W 12:30-1:50
 


Ms. Jordan MachaMacha

Office:  UAC 329
Email:  jem265@txstate.edu

MA and MPA Program Director Support
 

 

 

 


 

Mr. Nicholas MarksNick

Office:  UAC 329
Email:  njm34@txstate.edu

IA for Professor Mora


IA for Mr. Scott
3328.251 T/R 5:00-6:20

 

 


 

Mr. Eric RamirezRamirez

Office:  UAC 329
Email: ejr46@txstate.edu



 

Departmental Lab Facilitator

 


 

Mr. Sergio Vasquezsergio

Office: UAC 329
Email: s_v82@txstate.edu

IA for Professor Henderson
POSI 2310.270 M/W 12:30-1:50

IA for Professor Bagnulo
POSI 2310.266 M/W 12:30-1:50

 

 


Mr. Zachary WebbWebb

Office: UAC 329
Email: zsw5@txstate.edu 

IA for Prof Arnold
POSI 2320.354    M/W/F 10:00-10:50
POSI 2320.251    5:00-6:20

 


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