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  • Meet the Professors

    On Wednesday, September 7th, more than sixty political science majors, public administration majors, graduate students, and eighteen faculty members attended this year's annual Meet the Professors event put together by Discourse and Democracy! They came together learn about the backgrounds and specializations of the faculty, to hear about the courses they teach, and to discuss upcoming events and opportunities made available by the department. The presentations were followed by a social hour giving students the opportunity to meet informally with faculty over pizza. Discourse in Democracy T-shirts were provided to everyone in attendance.

    Students meet the professors


  • In honor of Constitution Day, on September 15, 2016, the Department of Political Science welcomed Dr. William E. Forbath, of the University of Texas School of Law, who spoke on the “Anti-Oligarchy Constitution.”  Dr. Forbath conducted two afternoon seminars with graduate and undergraduate students, and delivered an evening lecture that was attended by 400 students and faculty members. The seminars and lectures explored whether Constitution demands the establishment a truly democratic economic order. The department’s Constitution Day activities were co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and made possible by funding provided by the Texas Bar Association.

    Forbath Lecture


  • Dr. Daron Shaw

    On Tuesday October 3rd, the Department of Political Science welcomed Dr. Daron Shaw of the University of Texas at Austin to talk about the upcoming presidential election and the significance of the rise of Donald Trump. Dr. Shaw conducted two afternoon seminars for political science majors and faculty as well as other interested students. That evening he conducted a lecture for the university community.

    A widely recognized authority on presidential elections, Dr. Shaw is a member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Election Studies Board of Overseers, the editorial board for American Politics Research, and serves on the national decision team for Fox News and on the Advisory Board for the  Annette Strauss Institute. His books include  Unconventional Wisdom: Facts and Myths about American Voters  (Oxford University Press, 2008)  and  The Race to 270  (University of Chicago Press, 2006).

    The events were partially funded by a generous grant from the Texas Bar Foundation.

  • Judge Nelva Gonzales-Ramos

    On Tuesday, October 3rd, the Department of Political Science welcomed an alumnus of the department’s Legal Studies Program, The Honorable Nelva Gonzales-Ramos, a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Judge Ramos conducted two seminars for political science majors and faculty, and met informally with students over lunch and dinner. Topics ranges from what law school to what is like being a judge to some of her favorite cases. These events were funded by a generous grant by the Texas Bar Foundation.

  • Jim West

    On Friday, October 21st, a distinguished alumnus of the department of Political Science was on campus to receive a “Distinguished Alumni Award” from President Trauth. Jim West (Class of ’77), a businessman and philanthropist, spent the morning in the department where he met with Dr. Inbody’s POSI 3301 class and attended a reception in his honor.

  • Dr. George W.S. Abbey

    On Thursday, October 27th, the Dr. George W. S. Abbey delivered the latest talk in the LBJ Museum of San Marcos’ Fall Lecture Series. Dr. Abbey served as director of the NASA Johnson Space Center from 1996 to 2001 and currently serves as the Senior Fellow in Space Policy at the James A. Baker III institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Dr. Abbey’s lecture was co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

  • Bagnulo at panel event

    On November 1st, Discourse in Democracy hosted a panel discussion on the 2016 Presidential Election featuring Drs. Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo (Political Science), Mary Brennan (History), Ted Hindson (Political Science), and Ken Ward (Political Science). In addition to making predictions about the outcomes of the election, the panelists situated the election historically, explored the voting coalitions of each party, and examined the election’s implications for the future of the American party system and American democracy.

    Panel Event


  • Students in MOAS

    Texas State students excelled at this year’s Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of American States (ESMOAS) competition.

    In the competition, Texas State students exemplarily represented the nations of Nicaragua, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. In terms of honors and awards, our MOAS program is one of the strongest in nation. This year’s competition was no different, as Texas State students ruled the awards stage. Highlighting these awards, Connor Clegg won Outstanding Ambassador (1st Place Overall for an individual award) and Team Nicaragua won Distinguished Delegation (2nd Overall team award). The following is a complete list of the awards and honors our students received during this Fall’s competition:

    Domonique Gray-Berroa: Selected as Chair, Secretariat for Strengthening Democracy.

    Carly Spangler: Selected to the Student Advisory Committee.

    Connor Clegg: Distinguished Resolution (2nd Place in Committee), General Committee.

    Damian Perez: Outstanding Resolution (1st Place in Committee), Secretariat for Multidimensional Security.

    Rachel Burridge: Outstanding Resolution (1st Place in Committee), Secretariat for Strengthening Democracy.

    Andrew Homann and Colton Dutton: Outstanding Budgetary Statement (2nd Place in Committee), Secretariat for Administration and Finance.

    Connor Clegg: Co-Outstanding Delegate (1st Place in Committee), Executive Secretariat for Integral Development.

    Brandon Milligan: Distinguished Delegate (2nd Place in Committee). Executive Secretariat for Integral Development.

    Connor Clegg: Distinguished Delegate (2nd Place in Committee), General Committee.

    Andrew Homann: Outstanding Delegate (1st Place in Committee), Secretariat for Administration and Finance.

    Connor Clegg: Bre Gilpin, Robert Gresham, Holland von Rosenberg, Bianca Beronio, Brian Delgado, Andrew Homann, and Colton Duncan: Team Nicaragua, Distinguished Delegation (2nd Place Overall).

    Connor Clegg: Outstanding Ambassador. (1st Place Overall).

    Connor Clegg: Selected as President for the 21st ESMOAS at Texas State in 2017.

    In addition to the exciting developments this Fall, our new Model United Nations program will for the first time send students to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) in Boston from February 19th – 23rd. Representing the Republic of Guyana, the students that will participate as delegates in the HNMUN are: Connor Clegg, Carly Spangler, Katy Shull, Ethan Strickland, Bianca Beronio, Brian Delgado, Andrew Homann, Caroline Butler, Justice Mensah, Brandon Milligan, Bre Gilpin, and Lucy Stanley.

    MOAS Dinner



    From Thursday, November-Friday, November 5th, the Department of Political Science hosted the 20th Annual Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of American States (ESMOAS) Summit of the Americas Competition and Conference. The event brought some 300 hundred students and faculty members to campus from across the southwestern United States and northern Mexico for a completion simulating meetings of the Organization of American States, an academic conference on Inter-American Relations, and a model Inter-American Court of Human Rights competition.

    The opening session featured remarks by Texas State’s provost, Gene Bourgeois and a keynote address delivered keynoted by Ambassador Nestor Mendez, assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States.

    Mendez speaking to MOAS


  • Election Night Bash

    Discourse in Democracy and Student Association for Campus Activities hosted an Election Night Watch Party Tuesday November 8, 2016. Over 500 students joined members of the political science faculty in George's and Boko's to watch the results of the 2016 Presidential Election. Over 20 prizes were given away, 100 pizzas were eaten, and students were glued to the television as the historic election came to a close. Students engaged in our political process discussing the future of this country and what a Trump presidency will look like.

    Election Night Prizes



    On November 29, 2016, a three-person delegation from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (Mexico) visited San Marcos to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Texas State University. The purpose of the MOU is to establish the general bases of collaboration between the two universities for purposes of:

    • planning and developing specific academic projects;
    • facilitating academic cooperation;
    • promoting mutual understanding;
    • promoting student mobility and exchanges among academics;
    • promoting internationalization as one of the universities’ priorities; and
    • sustaining multicultural understanding through educational activities and research.
    Representing the Mexican university were Mtro. José Abraham Oliva Muñoz, Director (Dean) of the Law School; Lic. Joel González De Anda, Secretary General of the Law School; and Lic. Aracely Rojas, a professor at the Law School. Representing Texas State University were Dr. Eugene Bourgeois, Provost; Dr. Michael Hennessy, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Kenneth Grasso, Chair of the Department of Political Science; and Dr. Walter Wright, Associate Professor in the Legal Studies Program of the Department of Political Science. According to Dr. Wright, the Mexican university hopes to initiate activities between the two universities by sending a small group of students to Texas State in 2017 to study U.S. law and mediation practices; the short program would be organized through the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. The law school has also invited Dr. Wright to visit San Luis Potosi during one of its lecture series in 2017.

    Photo of delegation


  • On December 11, the Department of Political Science held its annual holiday party at Tres Hermanas Restaurant. The faculty, staff, and instructional assistants as well as their families in attendance enjoyed delicious food, and the children enjoyed the cookie decorating table. All in all, it was a great way to kick-off the holiday season!

    Children Decorating Cookies

    Faculty and their families



  • Students attend Texas City Management Association Conference

    MPA students Ricardo Zavala and Moaz Kahn attended the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) Conference on South Padre Island from June 8 –12, 2016 with Dr. Howard Balanoff. Both Ricardo (left) and Moaz (right) were recipients of Texas City Management Association scholarships to attend the Annual TCMA Conference.

  • Pi Alpha Alpha Awards

    Texas State University’s chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national public administration honor society held its annual induction ceremony at the Public Service Recognition Week Awards Banquet sponsored by the Centex Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA). The Banquet was held on May 19, 2016 at Plum Creek Pavilion in Kyle. Dr. Howard Balanoff (far right) with Damon Fogely (second from the right), President of the American Society for Public Administration (Centex Chapter) with Samantha Alexander (far left) President of the Texas State University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha.

  • Study Abroad in Spain

    For the last twelve years, the Department of Political Science has been offering graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to take a few of their courses through our study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain. Study abroad courses expand global perspective and cultural awareness of aspiring students. Undergraduate students can sign up for POSI 2310, 2320, or take an Independent Study course to count toward their degree. Graduate students also can take a Directed Reading and Research course in this program as part of their degree. Study abroad courses are both educational and fun.

    The Barcelona, Spain, study abroad program is offered during the summer II of every year. In the course of the program, students travel to the historic cities of Tarragona, Gerona, Figueres and Barcelona, as well as the Montserrat and Dali museums. Through these travels, students learn about the history and politics of Europe as well as the many forms of arts that have marked Western civilization.
    During this program, students and faculty stay in the beautiful apartments of Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. If you have any question about this program, please contact Dr. Hassan Tajalli at or drop by his office in UAC 377.
  • Dr. Don Inbody was welcomed by the U.S. Vote Foundation as a new member of their Advisory Board. U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote), together with our Overseas Vote initiative, is dedicated to bringing voter services to millions of American voters. The U.S. Vote Foundation develops and provide online tools to assist US citizens living anywhere in the world to register to vote and request their absentee ballot using their state’s specific voter forms. This includes US citizens living within the US, living abroad or serving in the military. Dr. Inbody has experience with the barriers of voting overseas from his time in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Inbody has also recently published the first comprehensive book on the history of military absentee voting in the United States called The Soldier Vote: War, Politics, and the Ballot in America.

    For more information on the U.S. Vote Foundation visit,   

    Dr. Don Inbody


  • Dr. Billy Fields, as a project with the Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training, directed the International Sustainable Transportation Engagement Program (I-STEP) study abroad program in the Netherlands this summer. I-STEP brought 12 students to the Netherlands to accomplish two goals:

    Enhance student knowledge of best practices in sustainable transportation practices through experiential learning  and
    Establish a platform for knowledge sharing through a project-based class experience linked to final report of findings.

    Students spent 2 weeks in the Netherlands engaging city planners, non-profits, academics, advocates, and everyday citizens in conversations about how to build a strong sustainable transportation system. Students were based out of Amsterdam and Rotterdam and made side trips to Zwolle, Kinderdijk, and Delft to explore different dimensions of the Dutch system. Through the course of these dialogues, the students accomplished a series of exercises to help engage transportation stakeholders, build substantive knowledge of the Netherlands system, and collect data on how the system works. 

    The student results are being turned into a project report that will be available in September at the project website housed through the Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training ( ). The program is scheduled for a return trip to the Netherlands in the summer of 2017. Please see Dr. Fields for more information (

    Students in front of windmill


  • The horrible earthquake that hit Central Italy was felt also in the near cities of Rome and Florence. Our heart goes out to those affected by this tragedy. If you want to make a donation to the Italian Red Cross for the earthquake of Amatrice, Rieti and Central Italy:

    REASON FOR PAYMENT: "Terremoto Centro Italia"
    PHONE NUMBER: 06.5510
    IBAN: IT40F0623003204000030631681
    (BIC/SWIFT for foreign bank transfers: CRPPIT2P086) Online donations can be made at:

  • Dr. Bill DeSoto

    Dr. Bill DeSoto was interviewed by Time Warner Cable News about the result of a Public Policy Polling in Texas. The results of a Public Policy Polling show that three out of five Trump supporters in Texas want to secede if Hilary Clinton wins the election. Dr. Bill DeSoto explained in his interview that, "It's not like a casual parting of the ways… It would be tough to untangle Texas from the rest of the United States.”

    This story can be viewed on Follow the link below:

    Poll Finds 3 in 5 Texas Trump Voters Favor Secession Over Clinton Presidency

  • The Legal Studies Program of the Department of Political Science conducted its first Study Abroad Program in June 2016.  The program offered graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to take a basic course in Legal Theory and Analysis that focused on judicial decision making; the course also compared legal institutions in the United States with comparable legal institutions in Ireland.  Each student who participated in the program also developed an Independent Study course and pursued one or more topics of special interest to the student.  The program took place in Dublin, Ireland from June 10 through June 30, 2016, and was housed at University College Dublin (UCD).

    Students had the opportunity to do extensive sightseeing as well as to participate in excursions to various Irish legal institutions, including the Criminal Courts of Justice (where many criminal trials and appeals occur), Four Courts (where many civil trials and appeals occur), the King’s Inn (where barristers are trained), and Leinster House (home to the Oireachtas, the Irish Parliament).  Students with a particular interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution also visited the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University and the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland.
    Dr. Walter Wright was the faculty sponsor for the June 2016 program. Dr. Lynn Crossett will lead the June 2017 program.  For further information about the 2017 program, contact Dr. Crossett at

    Students in Dublin


  • The Department of Political Science, in partnership with the Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal Hyde & Zech, P.C. (DNRBH&Z) law firm and The Office of Distance and Extended Learning hosted the annual Hog Wild Local Government Educational Seminar. This year’s successful seminar took place over the course of two days (May 26th – 27th) and had over 175 attendees. Several of these attendees include local city managers, mayors, city attorneys and other public sector administrative officials. The seminar included a wide variety of subject areas and trends that are useful to public practitioners. Topics covered throughout this seminar included personnel matters, transparency in government information, economic development, land use regulation, law enforcement, and a wide variety of other interesting topics. Partners from DNRBH&Z were generous with their time and knowledge as they moderated all panels and break-out sessions. The Department of Political Science would like to extend our gratitude to Dean Hennessey for taking the time out of his busy schedule to provide opening remarks. We would also like to acknowledge our own Mr. David Smith, Esq. who also took time to provide some opening remarks on the behalf of Legal Studies and the department. We would also like to express our gratitude to Mr. David Cummings from The Office of Distance and Extended Learning for the major role that he played in organizing this event. Without saying, we are especially grateful to the partners and staff of the DNRBH&Z law firm for their valued support. We look forward to working with them again in organizing next year’s seminar.

  • Former Ambassador Tibor Nagy, who now serves as Assistant Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University, spoke to Dr. Gorman's undergraduate African Politics class on Tuesday, June 21 and to his Graduate Problems in African Politics class (pictured here) on Wednesday June 22. He had just returned from the Africa Summit in Washington, DC the previous week.  He spoke about the traditional American policies and approaches to Africa and some of the issues that are currently of concern on the continent and to American policy makers.  He also had meetings with the University officials concerning a trip he will lead this coming fall to Ethiopia in which American scholars and educators will meet with Ethiopian university faculty on ways to improve agricultural output in Africa, which will be home to 2 billion people by 2050.

    Ambassador Tibor Nagy


  • The following PA students, faculty & alumni will be recognized at the Centex ASPA Public Service Recognition Week Banquet on May 19th in Kyle, Texas.

    Distinguished Educator Award

    Dianne Rahm, Texas State University

    Pi Alpha Alpha, National PA Honor Society Student Inductees

    Jessica Ancira               
    Katherine Miller         
    David Beckerley        
    Holly Doyle               
    Jesse Ancira                 
    Bradley Barrett          
    Billy Fletcher             
    Abigail Trahan
    Lana M. Sveda           

    Frank Rich MPA Scholarship Recipients

    Lisa Paiz
    Sergio Vasquez S
    JacQuitta Beeks
    Ricardo Zavala.

    William P. Hobby MPA Intern Fellowship Recipients

    John Palapala
    Lynn Anderson
    Kari Fortenot

    James M. McGrew Student Research Awards

    Marta Ortiz:A Longitudinal Examination of Hispanic College Enrollment and Graduation:  Has the Texas Closing the Gap Plan been successful?

    Faculty Advisor – Hassan Tajalli

    William Costello: The New Walking Beat: A Model Assessment Tool for Using Social Media to Enhance Community Policing

    Faculty Advisor – Patricia Shields

    Distinguished alumni plaques to the following individuals.

    Collette Jamison, Assistant City Manager, San Marcos, Texas
    Brian Withrow, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Texas State University

  • The Department of Political Science’s very own associate chair, Prof. Mora, was honored by Alpha Chi as one of their Favorite Professors for 2016! The award was received Friday April 29th in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom as part of Alpha Chi’s induction ceremony.

  • Texas State Political Science Alumna and Professor receives Kemerer Award.

    Cari Gray, M.A. 2011, was recently named winner of the Frank R. Kemerer Award presented by the Texas School Administrator’s Legal Digest (TSALD) and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP). The Award was presented at the TSALD/TASSP Conference in Austin, TX on June 14, 2016. She has been teaching social studies at New Braunfels High School since 1996.    

    The purpose of the Award is to recognize an outstanding social studies teacher at the high school level. Candidates for the award are nominated by their high school principal and endorsed by the superintendent. They must display enthusiasm for teaching, creativity, effectiveness, ability to teach various levels of students, and demonstrate involvement in the life and culture of the school. 

    In addition to teaching at New Braunfels high School, Ms. Gray also teaches courses at Texas State.

    Professor Cari Gray


  • As part of a May 25th lecture event, Dr. Paul Kens spoke at  “A Conversation on Lochner,”sponsored The Supreme Court Historical Society’s Silverman Lecture Series. He was an introduced by Justice Stephen Breyer. This event took place at The Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C. and was filmed by CSPAN.


  • On March 7, Dr. Don Inbody spoke about his recent book, The Soldier Vote: War, Politics, and the Ballot in America (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016). The book tells the story of how American military personnel gradually got the right to vote in elections while deployed or stationed away from their home states, and the practical difficulties that they experience in attempting to exercise this right.  A discussion followed with the faculty and graduate students in attendance.

    Inklings Event


  • On February 18th, the Political Science Film Series sponsored a showing of Frank Capra’s classic, State of the Union which explored the caucus and primary season of the 1848 presidential campaign the pre-caucus and primary season of the 1948 presidential election. In the fall, the series sponsored a showing of John Sayles’ iconic Texas film, Lone Star (1996). The showing of Lone Star was part of Texas State's Common Experience programming for the 2015-2016 school year whose theme was "Bridged Through Stories: Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico."

  • With the 2016 election year underway, on February 16th, Mr. Matt Boehmer, Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, came to campus to give a talk and hold a series of seminars on absentee voting. In particular, he focused on the unique difficulties that American military personnel and citizens living overseas have in voting in elections. His remarks were followed by a vigorous discussion about what is happening and what can be done to make absentee voting easier and more accessible.

    Absentee Voting Lecture


    Absentee Voting Lecture



  • Dr. Billy Fields was interviewed for two news stories for KUT radio in Austin as part of their series, The Road to Zero, which explores traffic deaths and injuries in Austin, TX and the plan to prevent them.

    Transcripts of the stories can be viewed on Follow the links below:

    The Decades-Old Theory Behind Speed Limits Might Make It Harder To Change Them

    Why Driver Distraction Is a Persistent Problem That Defies Easy Solutions

    Dr. Billy Fields


  • On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the Political Science Department sponsored a well-attended stimulating faculty roundtable discussion on “The 2016 Presidential Election & The Future of American Democracy”.  Participants were Professors Ken Grasso (moderator), Cecilia Castillo, Paul DeHart, Michael Faber, Rudy Hernandez, and Ken Ward.  More than 100 students were present during the discussion and a number of students posed interesting questions for consideration.

    Among the questions addressed by the roundtable were the future of the American political party system and possible changes in the American political system as a whole.  A variety of perspectives were offered including comparisons to earlier periods in the American political experience, the role of passion and emotions in political campaigns, and the relationship between the general public and political elites.  

    Inklings Roundtable


    Inklings Roundtable Audience



  • On April 20th the College of Liberal Arts hosted their annual Awards Ceremony to honor students for their excellence in academics and character. The Department of Political Science was well represented.

    Kyle McKelvey received the Richard B. Henderson Award which is awarded for academic excellence and character in the tradition of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Henderson.

    Melissa Aylward received the Howard M. "Prof' Greene Award which is awarded for academic excellence in honor of a political mentor to Lyndon B. Johnson and many Other Texas State alumni.

    Abigail Trahan received the Barney and Linda Knight Scholarship which is awarded to students majoring in Political Science or Business who have persevered in the face of adversity, overcome financial challenges, and demonstrated academic success.

    Justice Mensah received the James H. McCrocklin Scholarship.

    Holly Doyle received the Dan Farlow Scholarship as well as the John and Charlotte Sharp Scholarship

    Academic Excellence Certificate Recipients:

    Whitney Abshier Holly Doyle Austin Gonzales Zachary Horony Megan Ledsinger Rodrigo Osorio Warren Stoddard
    Mike Alvarez Kaitlin Easum Kent Grimes Shelby Huffman Jadelyn Lopez Drake Pamilton Hesiquia Sylvester
    Kassandra Avila Lindsay Escalante Stephen Gupton Ahmad Islam Leah Lowder Andrew Pyle Delaney Testerman
    Melissa Aylward John Espinosa Kellie Henson Doraneesha Jackson-Wilson Kyle McKelvey John Quiser Abigail Trahan
    Breanta Boss Maria Yesenia Favela Jake Herrel Tychanika Kimbrough Bill Medina Roberto Reyes Crystal Winger
    Mikayla Clark Nicolas Flores Tyler Hinton Erica Kraft Jennifer Meyer Rodrigo Rodriguez Rand Zeolla
    John Clemmer Scott Foster Molly Hoffman-Bricker William Lawrence Logan Nicks Erik Saucedo
    Ryan Court Malcolm Galer Michael Hoover Jackline Ledezma Matthew Ocker Vaugh Stockton


    Awards Ceremony


  • On April 13, 2016, Dr. Walter Wright received an award recognizing his role as one of the founders of the Central Texas Dispute Resolution Center (CTDRC), a nonprofit corporation that provides low-cost mediation services for the residents of Hays, Comal, Guadalupe and Caldwell Counties.  On the same day, the CTDRC honored its two other founders:  Anna Bartkowski, a 2007 graduate of the master's degree program in Legal Studies and one of Dr. Wright's former students, and Walt Krudop, a mediator and community leader who lives in Dripping Springs.

    Dr. Walter Wright's Award


  • On Monday evening, April 18, 2016 the Texas State University International City Management Association (ICMA) MPA Student Chapter met at the City of San Marcos Activity Center. About 50 MPA students, faculty and public administrators from the Region 7 Texas City Management Association (TCMA) were in attendance. The featured speaker for the evening was Mr. Jerrod Miller, City Manager of San Marcos, Texas. Mr. Miller provided an overview of what local governments need to do to prepare for natural disasters. His discussion focused on lessons learned from recent flooding which occurred in San Marcos and surrounding cities in Central Texas. Ms. Stephanie Reyes, City of San Marcos Assistant Director of Human Resources a member of ICMA provided the audience with valuable information about the benefits of ICMA membership. For additional information about the Texas State University ICMA MPA Student Chapter please contact MPA student representatives Jesse Ancira or or Dr. Emily Hanks, the chapter’s faculty advisor.

    Jerrod Miller
    Jerrod Miller


  • On Monday, April 11ths, the department’s visiting scholar, Choong hee Park, spoke to an Inklings gathering on Trends in South Korean TV Journalism: Domestic Elections and Politics.  His presentation explored the changing world of political coverage in South Korean TV journalism. His presentation included video clips illustrating the high level of technological sophistication achieved by South Korean TV journalists, a sophistication often surpassing that of American TV journalism.  Mr. Park’s talk included video clips of his own work as a journalist and commentator on South Korean television. These clips demonstrated his creative use of the latest technology to provide his viewers breaking electoral news and analysis.

    Mr. Park


  • Judge David Gaultney, formerly of the Texas Ninth Appeals Court, visited with Political Science and Legal Studies students on Tuesday, March 29. He is a graduate of the Texas State University Department of Political Science. Judge Gaultney spoke in a Constitutional Law class with a group of Legal Studies graduate students in the Moot Court Room, discussing the law, law school, and the American judiciary. Judge Gaultney was hosted at a luncheon in the Dean’s Conference Room with a group of two dozen students exploring the possibility of attending law school.

    Judge Gaultney speaks with students


  • Dr. Al Brophy

    Dr. Al Brophy of the University of North Carolina participated in the most recent Discourse in Democracy event. He spoke on "Reading the Great Constitutional Dream Book" which traced the origins of the idea of equality in the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education to its roots among African American intellectuals. Those long-ignored people, like W.E.B. DuBois and many others now forgotten, argued for a doctrine of equal treatment and campaigned for it in the pages of African American newspapers, periodicals, books, and ultimately the courts. The lecture showed how humble people, at the margin of US society, changed culture, politics, and law.

    Lecture Hall fro Brophy Speech

    He conducted two afternoon seminars for small groups of undergraduate and graduate students and that evening delivered a lecture on the topic in Alkek Teaching Theater. Attended by some 200 students, faculty and members of the community, it was another successful Discourse in Democracy event.