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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.

 

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

 

Faculty 

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Mr. 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

Mr. Ben Arnold

 


 

Dr. Ashleen Bagnulo

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Office: UAC 344
Phone: 512.245.1564
Email: a_k230@txstate.edu

B.A., Trinity University
M.A., 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.

Bagnulo

 


 

Dr. 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 Resources

Dr. Howard Balanoff

 


 

Dr. Vicki Brittain 

Professor, Department of Political Science

Email: vb01@txstate.edu

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

Dr. Vicki Brittain

 


 

Dr. 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. Christopher Brown

 


 

Dr. 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. Castillo

 


 

Dr. 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. Crossett

 


 

Dr. 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., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Paul DeHart

 


 

Dr. 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

DeSoto

 


 

Dr. 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. Doyle

 


 

Dr. Michelle Evans

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

B.S., University of Texas at Austin
J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law

Office: UAC 325
Phone: 512.245.3961
Email: me17@txstate.edu

 

 


 

Dr. Michael Faber

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

B.A., Northwestern University
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

Office: UAC 333
Phone: 512.245.3261
Email: mjf85@txstate.edu

Dr. Faber

 


 

Mr. 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.
 

Blake Farrar

 


 

Dr. 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., Ph.D., University of New Orleans

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

Dr. Fields

 


 

Dr. 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. Gorman

 


 

Dr. 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. Grasso

 


 

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

 

 


 

Mr. 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

Dr. Henderson

 

 


 

Dr. 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., Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Areas of Interest: Classical Political philosophy and American Political Thought

Dr. Hernandez

 


 

Dr. 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. Hindson

 


 

Dr. Don Inbody

Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Director, Discourse in Democracy

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 at Austin

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

Dr. Inbody

 


 

Dr. 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., University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Kens

 


 

Dr. Jennifer Lamm

Lecturer, Department of Political Science

Office: UAC 323
Phone: 512.245.4436
Email: jel127@txstate.edu

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

 

Lamm

 


 

Dr. 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 University, St. Louis
Ph.D., Indiana University

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

Dr. Leder

 


 

Dr. 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. Longoria

 


 

Dr. 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., American University

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

Dr. Mihalkanin

 


 

Ms. 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, San Marcos

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

Mora

 


 

Dr. 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. Opheim

 


 

Dr. 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. Parent

 


 

Dr. Ionut C. Popescu

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Office: UAC 323
Phone: 512.245.6075
 
B.A., Occidental College 
Ph.D., Duke University
 
Areas of Interest: U.S. Foreign Policy, Grand Strategy, Defense, National Security, International Security
Dr. Popescu

 


 

Dr. Dianne Rahm

Professor, Department of Political Science

Office: UAC 374
Phone: 512.245.1565
Email: dr37@txstate.edu

B.A., M.A., Wichita State University
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. Rahm

 


 

Dr. Nandhini Rangarajan

Director of the Master of Public Administration Program
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

Dr. Rangarajan

 


 

Dr. 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.

Sanchez

 


 

Dr. Patricia Shields

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. Shields

 


 

Dr. David 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

smith

 


 

Dr. 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., University of North Texas
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

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

Dr. Tajalli

 


 

Dr. Thomas Varacalli

Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Graduate Assistant Director

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

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

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

varacalli

 


 

Dr. 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. 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. Wells

 


 

Dr. 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. Wright

 


 

Dr. 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

Dr. Yun

 


Adjunct Faculty


 

 

Vince Bagnulo

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science

UAC 326
(512) 245- 5115

vab49@txstate.edu 

B.S., B.A., University of Winnipeg
B.Phil, University of Oxford
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Dr. Vince Bagnulo - Adjunct Professor

 


 

N. Sue Breland

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science

nb20@txstate.edu

B.A., Anderson University
M.S.I.S., Texas State University

N. Sue Breland - Adjunct Professor

 


 

Judge Peter Gazda

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science

UAC 326
(512) 245-5114
pfg8@txstate.edu

B.S., Pennsylvania State University
J.D., M.A., St. Mary's University

 

 


 

Cari Gray

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science

UAC 326
(512) 245-5108
cg21734@txstate.edu

B.A., University of Texas, San Antonio
M.A., Teacher Certification, Texas State University

Prof. Cari Gray

 


 

Neil Kucera

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science

ELA 373
(512) 245 - 7989

nk14@txstate.edu

B.A., Southwest Texas State University
J.D., University of Houston
M.A., Texas State University

Dr. Kucera - Adjunct Professor

 


 

Bobby Martinez

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science

UAC 326
(512) 245-5110

bm28@txstate.edu

B.A., Texas Christian University
M.P.A., Southern Methodist University
M.A., Ph.D. (A.B.D.), University of the Incarnate Word

 

 


 

Brendan Scott

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science

ASBN 308D
(512) 245-0531

bs1123@txstate.edu

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

 

 


 

Glenn Tiller

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science

UAC 326
(512) 245-5109

gt14@txstate.edu

B.S., Lee College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Houston

 

 

 


 

Pam Tise

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science

UAC 326
(512) 245 - 5107

pt1025@txstate.edu

B.A., M.A., M.P.A., Texas State University
Ph.D. (A.B.D.), Texas Woman's University

 

 


 

Cynthia Veidt

Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science

UAC 326
(512) 245 - 5106

cv20@txstate.edu

A.S., Austin Community College
B.A., St. Edward University
J.D., University of Texas School of Law

 

 


Staff


 

Denise Bjerke

Administrative Assistant III

Phone:  512.245.8051
Email:  db1088@txstate.edu

 

 


 

Jamie Falconnier

Student Development Specialist II

Email: jf1481@txstate.edu

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

 

 


 

Jo Ellen Korthals

Administrative Assistant II
for Legal Studies Program

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

Jo Korthals

 


 

Ross McEwen

Coordinator, Microcomputer Lab I
Department of Political Science

Office: UAC 440
Phone:  512.245.3185
Email: rossm@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

 

 


Teaching Assistants


 

 

 

Amy Perry

Office:  UAC 378
Email:  adp58@txstate.edu
Phone: 512.245.3255

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

POSI 2310.011
POSI 2310.012

Perry

 


Instructional Assistants


 

Melissa Aylward

Office: UAC 329
Email: msa41@txstate.edu

IA for Dr. Hinson 3301.001
IA for Professor Arnold Model United Nations & ESMOAS
 

melissa

 


 

Christina Barbour 

Office: UAC 329
Email: christinabarbour@txstate.edu 

Dr. Inbody Discourse in Democracy Team
Dr. Grasso Departmental Events

Christina Barbour

 


 

Catarino Becerra

Office: UAC 329
Email: cjb153@txstate.edu

Dr. Lamm 2310.004 MWF 10-10:50
2310.009 MWF 5-6:20

Catarino Becerra

 


 

Lindsey Bentley

Office: UAC 329
Email: lkb59@txstate.edu

Professor Arnold ESMOAS
Dr. Wells Common Experience

Lindsey Bentley

 


 

Maggie Bergeron

Office: UAC 378
Email: mlb285@txstate.edu

Dr. Fields Sustainability 

 

 


 

 

Phoenix Castilla

Office: UAC 378
Email: phoenix@txstate.edu

Dr. Rahm Sustainability

Phoenix Castilla

 


 

Lee Garcia

Office: UAC 329
Email: l_g219@txstate.edu

Professor Scott 3328.003
Dr. Yun 3377.002

 Lee Garcia

 


 

Raul Garcia

Office: UAC 329
Email: rag21@txstate.edu

Prof. Mora 2310.020 TR 3:30-4:50
Dr. Castillo Assist MA

Raul Garcia

 


 

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

 Jeffrey Iliff

 


 

Erkam Koca

Office : UAC 329
Email: ekoca@txstate.edu

Dr. Leder Inklings; 4328 Tech Support
Dr. Hindson 4301 Tech Support

Erkam Koca

 


 

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 

Shifa Lateef

 


 

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. Lamm2310.006 MW 12:30 - 1:50

Ezekiel Loseke

 


 

Morgan Moore

Office: UAC 329
Email: morganmoore@txstate.edu

Dr. Rangarajan Assist MPA
Dr. Longoria CRPPT 

 Morgan Moore

 


 

Katie Orr

Office: UAC 329
Email: kmo26@txstate.edu

Professor Mora 3328.002 TR 11-12:20
Professor MoraAssist 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

 Connor Patton

 


 

Eric Ramirez

Office:  UAC 329
Email: ejr46@txstate.edu

McEwen Liberal Arts Computer Lab
Dr. Tiller 2320.007 & 2320.008 Tech Support 

Ramirez

 


 

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

 Joshua Ramos

 


 

Timesha Smith 

Office: UAC 329
Email: t_s279@txstate.edu

Dr. Opheim 2310.002 MWF, 9-9:50
Prof. 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 

 Makayla Velarde