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Faculty in the Department of Political Science bring a wide range of perspective, skill, and experience 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.

 

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 

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Mr. Ben ArnoldMr. Ben Arnold

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 335
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 344
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: 512.245.3266
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 355F
Phone: 512.245.3991
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 375
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 333
Phone: 512.245.3261
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

Associate 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. 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 330
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. HernandezDr. 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., 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. 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. Arnold LederDr. 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. 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 355K
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. Ionut C. PopescuDr. Popscu

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science 
Office: UAC 323
Phone: 512.245.6075
 
B.A. Occidental College 
PhD. Duke University
 
Areas of Interest: U.S. Foreign Policy, Grand Strategy, Defense, National Security, International Security
 

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 352
Phone: 512.245.6315
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 368
Phone: 512.245.6899
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 Bjerke

Administrative Assistant III

Phone:  512.245.8051
Email:  db1088@txstate.edu

 

 


Dodie Weidner

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

 

 


Jamie Falconnier

Student Development Specialist II

for MA Political Science, Teaching Emphasis in American Studies (fully online)

Email


Nathan Moore

Administrative Assistant II

Office: UAC 340
Phone:  512.245.3185
Email: ndm9@txstate.edu

 

 


Zachary Webbzachary webb

Administrative Assistant II

Office: UAC 340
Phone:  512.245.3185
Email: zsw5@txstate.edu

 

 

 


Teaching Assistants

 

Amy PerryPerry

Office:  UAC 378
Email:  adp58@txstate.edu

Phone: 512.245.3255

POSI 2310.011
POSI 2310.012

 

 


Instructional Assistants

 

Melissa Aylwardmelissa

Office: UAC 329
Email: msa41@txstate.edu

IA for Dr. Hinson 3301.001

IA for Professor Arnold
Model United Nations & ESMOAS
 

 


 

Christina Barbour 

Office: UAC 329

Email: christinabarbour@txstate.edu 

Dr. Inbody Discourse in Democracy Team

Dr. Grasso Departmental Events

 

 


 

Catarino Becerra

Office: UAC 329

Email: cjb153@txstate.edu

Dr. Lamm 2310.004 MWF 10-10:50

                 2310.009 MWF 5-6:20 

Professor Arnold 2320.017 MW 11-12:00
 

 

 


 

Lindsey BentleyLindsey Bentley

Office: UAC 329
Email: lkb59@txstate.edu

Professor Arnold ESMOAS

Dr. Wells Common Experience

 

 

 


 

Maggie Bergeron

Office: UAC 378

Email: mlb285@txstate.edu

Dr. Fields Sustainability 

 

 

 


 

Phoenix Castilla

Office: UAC 378

Email: phoenix@txstate.edu

Dr. Rahm Sustainability

 

 


 

Lee Garcia

Office: UAC 329

Email: l_g219@txstate.edu

Professor Scott 3328.003

Dr. Yun 3377.002

 

 


 

Raul Garcia

Office: UAC 329

Email: rag21@txstate.edu

Prof. Mora 2310.020 TR 3:30-4:50

Dr. Castillo Assist MA

 

 


 

Jeffrey Iliff 

Office: UAC 329

Email: jdi12@txstate.edu

Dr. Lamm 2310.021 TR 11-12:20

Professor Henderson 2320.003 TR 8-9:20

 

 


 

Erkam Koca

Office : UAC 329

Email: ekoca@txstate.edu

Dr. Leder Inklings; 4328 Tech Support

Dr. Hindson 4301 Tech Support

 

 


 

Shifa Lateef

Office: UAC 329
Email: sml80@txstate.edu

Dr. Varacalli 2310.014 MW 5-6:20

                     2210/2320 Lead Connect Support 

Judge Gazda 2310.013 & 2320.013 Connect Support 

 

 


 

Ezekiel Loseke

Office: UAC 329

Email: etl19@txstate.edu

Professor Henderson 2310.007 MW 2-3:20

                                     2320.005 TR 11-12:20

                                     2320.006 TR 12:30 - 1:50

Dr. Lamm                    2310.006 MW 12:30 - 1:50

 

 


 

Morgan Moore

Office: UAC 329

Email: morganmoore@txstate.edu

Dr. Rangarajan Assist MPA

Dr. Longoria CRPPT 

 

 


 

Katie Orr

Office: UAC 329

Email: kmo26@txstate.edu

Professor Mora 3328.002 TR 11-12:20

Professor Mora Assist BPA 

 

 


 

Connor Patton

Office: UAC 329

Email: cbp47@txstate.edu

Dr. Doyle 4399.002 TR 11-12:20

Dr. Yun 4399.003 TR 2-3:20

Writing Tutor

 

 


 

Eric RamirezRamirez

 

Office:  UAC 329
Email: ejr46@txstate.edu

McEwen Liberal Arts Computer Lab

Dr. Tiller 2320.007 & 2320.008 Tech Support 

 

 


 

Joshua Ramos

Office: UAC 329

Email: jer197@txstate.edu

Professor Mora 2310.018 T 2-3:20

Professor Mora 2310.019 TH 2-3:20

 

 


 

Steven Smith

Office: UAC 329

Email: sws50@txstate.edu

Dr. Opheim 2310.002 MWF 9-9:50

Professor Henderson 2310.003 MWF 10-10:50

 


 

Makayla Velarde

Office: UAC 329

Email: mrv28@txstate.edu

Dr. Faber 2310.005 MW, 11-12:20

Dr. Parent 2320.001 & 2320.002 Connect Support