B.A., Pan American University
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training
Thomas Longoria is a full professor of Political Science at Texas State University and the Program Director for the Master of Public Administration. Longoria teaches courses on nonprofit management, public policy, minority and urban politics, and research methods. Longoria has conducted nearly $3,000,000 in research and sponsored projects in the area of community development. He has received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for National Service. He is author or co-author articles that appear in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Urban Affairs Review, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, State and Local Government Review, Journal of Minority and Immigrant Health, Death Studies, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, and the Western Political Quarterly. He received his B.A. degree from Pan American University and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.
POSI 4320 Issues and Interest Groups: Power and Pressure in America
An examination of selected issues at the state and national level and the interest groups which attempt to influence governmental decisions about them. The goal of the course is to promote a better understanding of the process of government and an informed opinion on the question, “Is there a Public Interest?”
PA 5362 Alternative Public Delivery Systems: Privatization and the Third Sector
This course examines the provision of public services that occur outside the public sector. Privatization (the reliance on market mechanisms) and third sector (nonprofit) service provision are explored. Management and policy issues associated with each are highlighted.