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Faculty

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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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. 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
Office: UAC 367
Phone: 512.245.8051
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. 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


Julia DeckerMs. Julia Decker

Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 362
Phone: 512.245.6617
Email:  jd63@txstate.edu

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

Areas of Interest: Civil Rights, Women's Rights, LGBT Rights, Interest Groups Formation and Efficacy, and American Politics
 


Dr. Paul DeHartDr. Paul DeHart

Assistant 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

 


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


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.


No Photo AvailableDr. Michelle Evans

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


Dr. FarmerDr. Jayce Farmer

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 323
Phone: 512.245.4436
Email: jfarmer@txstate.edu

B.S., Florida A&M University
M.P.A., Ph.D. Florida State University

Areas of interest: State and Local Government Fiscal Policy, Urban Policy, Local Government Administration


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
Director, Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training
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. YunDr. Neftali Garcia

Adjunct Instructor
Office: UAC 378
Phone: 512.245.4405
Email: nefgarcia@txstate.edu

B.A., St. Mary's University
M.P.A., Texas State University
J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law

Areas of Interest: Public and Administrative Law, Legislative Behavior, Campaigns and Elections, State and Local Politics


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. Balanoff-JonesDr. Emily Hanks

Assistant 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. HoferDr. Kay Hofer

Retired Professor, Department of Political Science

B.A., M.A., University of North Texas
Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Areas of Interest: Health Care Policy, Public Finance Management, Taxes, Regulatory Policy


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. JohnsonDr. Susan Johnson

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Political Science
Office: Brown Heatly Building, Austin, TX

B.A., Fisk University
M.A., University of Texas
Ph.D., Jackson State University

Areas of Interest: Human Resource Management


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. LongoriaDr. Thomas Longoria

Professor, Department of Political Science
Director of the Master of Public Administration Program
Office: UAC 355C
Phone: 512.245.7582
Email: tl28@txstate.edu

Areas of Interest:


Dr. MartinezMr. Bobby Martinez

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Political Science
Office: Teaches in San Antonio
Phone: 210.823.2378
Email: bm28@txstate.edu or bjmartinez@alumni.tcu.edu

B.A., Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth
M.P.A., Southern Methodist University, Dallas
M.A., University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio
A.B.D., University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio

Areas of Interest: City Management, Public Administration and Management,
Non-Profit Administration, Educational Intervention, Human Resources, Organizational
Leadership, Organizational Development


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


Dr. 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. NewboldDr. Stephanie Newbold

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 330
Phone: 512.245.6731
Email:  spn9@txstate.edu

B.A., Elon University
M.P.A., Ph.D., Virginia Tech

Areas of Interest: Intellectual history of public administration, democratic-constitutionalism, judicial branch dynamics, and the intersection between the American Constitution and the administrative state.


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


Dr. RugerDr. William Ruger

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 344
Phone: 512.245.1564
Email: wr16@txstate.edu

B.A., College of William and Mary
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Areas of Interest: International Politics, Security Studies, Civil-Military Relations, U.S. Foreign Policy, Ethics and International Relations, Political Theory


Dr. SanchezDr. Omar Sanchez

Assistant 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

Professor of Political Science
Office: UAC 352
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. StoufferDr. Bill Stouffer

Retired Professor, Department of Political Science

B.A., Northwestern University
M.A., Miami (Ohio) University
Ph.D., Duke University

Areas of Interest: State and Local Politics, Politics of the Working Class, Tax Policy, Institutions for Mobilizing the Middle


Dr. SullivanDr. Alfred Sullivan

Retired Professor, Department of Political Science

B.A., Dartmouth College
M.A., University of Rhode Island
Ph.D., University of Utah


 


Dr. TajalliDr. Hassan Tajalli

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

Webpage: http://uweb.txstate.edu/~ht03/
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. TillerDr. Glynn Tiller

Adjunct Instructor
Office: UAC 378
Phone: 512.245.4398
Email: glynntiller@gvtc.com

B.A.; Sam Houston State University
M.A., Ph.D.; University of Houston

Areas of Interest: Public Administration, American Government, Local Government


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. WeinbergerDr. George Weinberger

Retired Professor, Department of Political Science

B.A., Temple University
M.P.A., D.P.A., University of Georgia

Areas of Interest: Governmental Information Systems, Research Methodology, Statistical Analysis


Dr. WellsDr. Jeremy Wells

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