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Dr. Richard Jones is Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specialization are: Human Geography, Evolving Mexico-US Undocumented Migration, European Periphery-Core Migration (Ireland, Spain), Texas/Mexico Borderlands.

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 as well as Irish return migration have occupied his research agenda over the past decade. He has been granted two Senior Research Fulbright awards, one to Mexico in 1994 and the second to Bolivia in 2007. His books include Ambivalent Journey: U.S. Migration and Economic Mobility in North-Central Mexico (University of Arizona Press 1995) in addition to the edited volumes Immigrants outside Megalopolis: Ethnic Transformation in the Heartland (Lexington Books, 2008) and Patterns of Undocumented Migration (Rowman and Allanheld (1984).

Recent Courses

• GRG 1013 Fundamental Geography
• GRG 2623 Human Geography
• GRG 3143 The Geography of Mexico
• GRG 3153 The Geography of Texas
• GRG 3323 Spatial Analysis
• GRG 3633 Geography of Development
• GRG 5303Economic Geography

Recent Publications

  • “A Time-Space Stream of DACA Benefits and Barriers Gleaned From the American Community Survey,” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 42(2), 2020, 143–164.
  • “The decline of transnationalism with time abroad: a Bolivian case study,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, forthcoming, 2020
  • “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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