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Faculty

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.

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Department Chair

Dr. Kenneth Grasso
Professor, Political Science

Office: UAC 355
Phone: 512.245.8051
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

Kenneth Grasso

 


Associate Chair

Dr. Sherri Mora
Senior Lecturer, Political Science

Undergraduate Program Advisor
BPA Internship Coordinator

Office: UAC 355K
Phone: 512.245.7427
Email: sm43@txstate.edu

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

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

Sherri Mora

 


Program Director

Master of Arts Political Science

Dr. Cecilia Castillo
Assistant Professor, 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

Cecilia Castillo

 


Program Director

Master of Public Administration

Dr. Nandhini Rangarajan
Associate Professor, Public Administration

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

Nandhini Rangarajan

 


Program Director

Legal Studies Program

Dr. Lynn Crossett
Associate Professor, Legal Studies

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

Lynn Crossett

 


Faculty

Ben Arnold
Senior Lecturer, 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

Ben Arnold

 


Dr. Ashleen Bagnulo
Assistant Professor, 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.

Ashleen Bagnulo

 


Dr. Vince Bagnulo
Adjunct Professor, Political Science

Office: UAC 326
Phone: 512.245.5115
Email: vab49@txstate.edu

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

Vince Bagnulo

 


Dr. Howard Balanoff
Professor, Public Administration

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

Howard Balanoff

 


N. Sue Breland
Adjunct Professor, Political Science

Email: nb20@txstate.edu

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

Sue Breland

 


Dr. Vicki Brittain
Professor, Legal Studies

Office: UAC 367
Phone: 512.245.4398
Email: vb01@txstate.edu

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

Vicki Brittain

 


Dr. Christopher Brown
Associate Professor, Public Administration

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

Chris Brown

 


Dr. Paul DeHart
Associate Professor, 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

Areas of Interest: Political Philosophy, American Political Thought, Jurisprudence

Paul DeHart

 


Dr. Bill DeSoto
Associate Professor, Political Science

Office: UAC 366
Phone: 512.245.3279
Email: wd02@txstate.edu

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Areas of Interest: Local Government, Public Policy

Bill DeSoto

 


Dr. Thomas E. Doyle, II
Associate Professor, 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., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Areas of Interest: international security, international ethics, nuclear ethics, political theory

Thomas Doyle

 


Dr. Michelle Evans
Associate Professor, Legal Studies

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

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

UAC Building

 


Dr. Michael Faber
Assistant Professor, Political Science

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

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

Areas of Interest: American Presidency, American Political Development, Early American Political Thought

Michael Faber

 


Blake Farrar
Lecturer, Political Science

Office: UAC 378
Phone: 512.245.5116
Email: bf18@txstate.edu

B.A., University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Texas State University

Areas of Interest: Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Political Behavior, Elections and Media

Blake Farrar

 


Dr. Billy Fields
Associate Professor, Public Administration

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

Billy Fields

 


Mari Garza
Adjunct Professor, Political Science

Office: UAC 378
Phone: 512.245.6013
Email: ag41@txstate.edu

Mari Garza

 


Judge Peter Gazda
Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies

Office: UAC 326
Phone: 512.245.5114

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

Peter Gazda

 


Dr. Robert Gorman
Professor, 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

Robert Gorman

 


Cari Gray
Adjunct Professor, Political Science

Office: UAC 326
Phone: 512.245.5108
Email: cg21734@txstate.edu

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

Cari Gray

 


Dr. Emily Hanks
Associate Professor, Public Administration

Office: UAC 348
Phone: 512.245.5608
Email: eb14@txstate.edu

B.F.A., The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Texas State University
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest: the nonprofit and voluntary sector, public values, applied communication, and public administration

Emily Hanks

 


Rick Henderson
Senior Lecturer, Political Science

Office: UAC 330
Phone: 512.245.3267
Email: rh14@txstate.edu

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

Areas of Interest: American and State Politics, Local Politics

Rick Henderson

 


Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez
Lecturer, 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

Rudy Hernandez

 


Dr. Don Inbody
Senior Lecturer, 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 at Austin

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

Don Inbody

 


Susan Johnson
Adjunct Professor, Political Science

Email: sj16@txstate.edu

Susan Johnson

 


Dr. Paul Kens
Professor, 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

Areas of Interest: Constitutional Law and Theory, U.S. Constitutional Development, Judicial Politics

Paul Kens

 


Dr. Neil Kucera
Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies

Office: ELA 373
Phone: 512.245.7989
Email: nk14@txstate.edu

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

Neil Kucera

 


Dr. Jennifer Lamm
Lecturer, Political Science

Director, Discourse in Democracy

Office: UAC 364
Phone: 512.245.4436
Email: jel127@txstate.edu

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

Areas of Interest: American Politics and Political Development, Constitutional Law, Immigration

Jennifer Lamm

 


Dr. Arnold Leder
Associate Professor, 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

Arny Leder

 


Dr. Thomas Longoria
Professor, Public Administration

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

Thomas Longoria

 


Dr. T. Vance McMahan
Professor of Practice, Political Science

Office: UAC 349
Phone: 512.245.7987
Email: tvm20@txstate.edu

B.A., Stanford University
J.D., University of Texas

Thomas Longoria

 


W. Clark Martin
Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies

Office: UAC 326
Email: wm1013@txstate.edu

Clark Martin

 


Dr. Bobby Martinez
Adjunct Professor, Political Science

Office: UAC 326
Phone: 512.245.5110
Email: 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

Bobby Martinez

 


Dr. Ed Mihalkanin
Associate Professor, 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

Ed Mihalkanin

 


Dr. Will Moravits
Adjunct Professor, Political Science

Office: UAC 326
Email: wm1112@txstate.edu

B.A., Texas A&M University
M.A., Texas State University
Ph.D., Walden University

Will Moravits

 


Dr. Cynthia Opheim
Professor, 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

Cynthia Opheim

 


Dr. Ionut C. Popescu
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Office: UAC 323
Phone: 512.245.6075
Email: icp11@txstate.edu

B.A., Occidental College
Ph.D., Duke University

Areas of Interest: International Security, Strategy and Conflict, and American Foreign Policy and National Security

Ionut Popescu

 


Dr. Dianne Rahm
Professor, Public Administration

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

Dianne Rahm

 


Dr. Omar Sanchez
Associate Professor, 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

Omar Sanchez

 


Dr. Eduardo Schmidt Passos
Lecturer, Political Science

Office: UAC 353
Phone: 512.245.8399
Email: e_s547@txstate.edu

M.A., Ph.D., Catholic University of America

Areas of Interest: Political Theology, Religion and Politics, Contemporary Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Latin American Politics

Eduardo Schmidt Passos

 


Dr. Patricia Shields
Professor, Public Administration

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

Patricia Shields

 


Dr. David Smith
Lecturer, Legal Studies

Office: UAC 368
Phone: 512.245.6731
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

David Smith

 


Dr. Hassan Tajalli
Professor, Public Administration

Office: UAC 377
Phone: 512.245.3284
Email: ht03@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

Hassan Tajalli

 


Dr. Glynn Tiller
Adjunct Professor, Political Science

Office: UAC 326
Phone: 512.245.5109
Email: gt14@txstate.edu

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

Glynn Tiller

 


Dr. Thomas Varacalli
Lecturer, Political Science

Graduate Assistant Coordinator

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

Tom Varacalli

 


Dr. Cynthia Veidt
Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies

Office: UAC 326
Phone: 512.245.5106
Email: cv20@txstate.edu

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

Cynthia Veidt

 


Dr. Marc Wallace
Associate Professor of Practice, Public Administration

Office: UAC 359
Phone: 512.245.3269
Email: maw301@txstate.edu

B.A., Rider University
M.A., Ph.D., American University

Areas of Interest: Organizational Effectiveness, Urban Development, Health Care, Education

Marc Wallace

 


Dr. Kenneth Ward
Professor, 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

Kenneth Ward

 


Dr. Walter Wright
Associate Professor, Legal Studies

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

Walter Wright

 


Dr. Hyun Yun
Professor, 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

Hyun Yun