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Dr. Richard Jones is Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specialization are include  Human Geography, Latin American and European emigration, integration of immigrant youth in the US, and the economic and social geography of Texas.

Dr. Jones earned his PhD in Geography at Ohio State University.  His research has focused on international migration for all of his professional career, encompassing shifting geographic patterns of migration and return migration, impacts of migration and remittances on villages of origin, and immigrant adjustment in areas of destination. Mexican and Bolivian emigration, Irish return migration, and adjustment of immigrants in the US have occupied his research agenda over the past two decades. He has received major grants from NSF to investigate emigration and the economic base of Zacatecas and from the EPA to examine environmental degradation and disease in the middle Rio Grande Valley. He has received two Senior Research Fulbright awards (to Mexico and Bolivia) and two two COLFA faculty development leaves (to Ireland and Bolivia). His books include Ambivalent Journey: U.S. Migration and Economic Mobility in North-Central Mexico (University of Arizona Press 1995) and two edited volumes, Immigrants outside Megalopolis: Ethnic Transformation in the Heartland (Lexington Books 2008) and Patterns of Undocumented Migration: Mexico and the US (Rowman and Allanheld 1984).

Recent Courses

• GES 1013 Fundamental Geography
• GES 2623 Human Geography
• GES 4856 Study Abroad: Mexico
• GES 3153 Geography of Texas
• GES 3323/GRG 5003 Spatial Analysis
• GES 3633/GRG 5753 Geography of Development
• GRG 3543/GRG 6973 Behavioral Geography

Recent Publications

  •  “Spatial Dimensions of Vulnerability: Meatpacking, Socioeconomics, & the Outbreak of Covid-19 in the High Plains of Texas,” in Stanley Brunn & Donna Gilbreath, Covid 19 & an emerging world of ad-hoc geographies (Springer, forthcoming, 2022) (with Jamie Gillis).
  • “The spatial diffusion of Covid-19 in Texas,” The Social Science Journal, May 2021
  • “Has DACA promoted work over schooling and professional advancement for qualifying Mexican Dreamers?” Social Science Quarterly 102 (6), 2021, 3007-3019.  
  •  “A Time-Space Stream of DACA Benefits and Barriers Gleaned From the American Community Survey,” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 42 (2), 2021, 143–164.
  •  “The decline of migrant transnationalism with time abroad,” Ethnic & Racial Studies 43 (15), 2020, 2685–2704.
  •   “National Warming: An Exercise for World Geography,” The Geography Teacher 16 (2), 2019, 68-83 (with Nazgol Bagheri).
  • “Resilience of Immigrants in the United States Recession and Recovery,” The Southwestern Geographer, 21, 2018, 16-35.
  • “Policy Implications of DACA on the Educational and Occupational Fortunes of Young Mexican-born Adults,” Papers in Applied Geography 4(3), Abington, UK: Routledge, 2018, 229-242.
  • “The Central American Child Migration Surge: a Temporal and Spatial Explanation of its Causes,” The Latin Americanist 61 (3), 2017, 333-360.
  • “Harbingers of Migration Regression: Global Trends and a Mexican Case Study,” Social Science Quarterly 97 (2), 2016, 293-310.   
  • "The Truncated Educational Transition of Mexican-Born Adolescents: A Maslovian Interpretation,” Chapter 7 in Race, Ethnicity, and Place in a Changing America (edited by John Frazier, Eugene Tetty-Fio, and Norah Henry), Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016, 111-123.
  • “Migration Pessimism and the Subjective Well-being of Migrant Households in Mexico,” Bulletin of Latin American Research 34, 2015: 305-323.   
  • “The Decline of Migration as an Economic Force in Rural Areas: a Mexican Case Study,” International Migration Review 48, 2014: 728-761.


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