College of Liberal and Fine Arts


Dr. Mary Mathie teaches courses in the history of political theory, as well as at the intersection of political thought with modern American politics, including courses in the formation of democratic life.   She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Baylor University.


Dr. Mathie's research interests include the history of political thought and especially Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Hobbes, Aristotle, and the thinkers of the American founding; and she is currently working on work in philosophy of law and on theories of justice in democracy.  Her dissertation was named the Outstanding Dissertation in the Social Sciences and Humanities at Baylor University for 2013-2014.

Recent Courses Taught:

POL 4973 Senior Seminar (Philosophy of Law, Justice, and Punishment)

POL 3153 Political Philosophy: Contemporary

POL 2363 Law and Society

POL 3143 Political Philosophy: Modern

POL 2122 Political Philosophy: Ancient-Medieval


Selected publications, presentations, and works in progress:


“Dwelling in the Land of the Penumbra: St. Thomas and the Supreme Court on Family, Privacy, and the Law of Nature,” Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture 47.2 (2012): 110-130.


“Provide and Punish: Hobbes and Aquinas on the Essence of Sanction” – working article on punishment.


Aquinas on Judgment, Justice, and the Perpetuation of Politics – working book, preparing submission of proposal to Cambridge University Press.


“Inconvenient Justice: Finding Aquinas in the Modern Jus Ad Bellum” – working article on the modern categories of Just War Theory and their relationship to Aquinas’s original account.


“Aquinas on the Philosophical Needs of Political Animals” – working article for Perspectives on Political Science.


“Lovers Doomed To Leadership: Antony and Cleopatra,” Chartwell-Seward Shakespeare Lecture, University of Alaska Anchorage, Spring 2015.


“Contemplating our Very Small Selves: Tocqueville and Twain on the Possibility of a Democratic Literature,” invited lecture for the Harvard-Yale-Princeton Club of Anchorage, AK, September 2014.


"The Expense of Spirit and the Waste of Shame: Maintaining Agency in the Nicomachean Ethics," presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, May 2014.


Dr. Vaughan has taught a wide variety of classes here at UTSA, covering topics related to physical, environmental, and urban geography. He has also taught classes at other universities on cities and the cinema, urban sustainability, the “urban experience”, and land use planning. Dr. Vaughan has been teaching for over twenty years, and welcomes working with students one-on-one.  


He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Geography from Texas State University and his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University. Dr. Vaughan believes in ‘”applied geography” and has worked as a city planner, planning  commissioner, real estate broker, land use consultant, and managed a long-term contract  between Texas State and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality related to storm-water management and permitting. He currently lives in New Braunfels and has two grown daughters, Kelly and Jamie.    

Recent Courses

Classes taught at UTSA;

Grg. 2613 Physical Geography

Grg. 3523 Introduction to Urban Planning

Grg. 3623 Geography of Natural Hazards

Grg. 3733 Urban and Regional Analysis

Grg. 3723 Physiography

Grg. 5433 Environmental Landscape Management

And special studies Grg. 4953 and Grg. 6973

Additional Information

Earl, Richard, and James Vaughan. 2015. Asymmetrical Response to Flood Hazards in South-Central Texas. Papers in Applied Geography, 1:4, 404-412, DOI: 10.1080/23754931.2015.1095792.


Day, Frederick A., and James W. Vaughan. 2010. The Evolving Landscape of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor - Personal Reflections and Research Directions. Landscapes, Identities and Development in Europe and Beyond, Eds. Zoran Roca, Paul Claval, and John Agnew; Territory, Culture and Development Research Centre, Lisbon.


Vaughan, James W. 2008. Imperiled Sustainability: A Tale of Planning and Growth in Two Texas Cities.  The Southwestern Geographer.  Vol. 11:153-169.


Vaughan, James W. 2007. Modern Communities: Challenging Traditional Concept of Place. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences. Vol. 30: 226-235.

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Neil Debbage is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. His research focuses on urban climatology, natural hazards, and sustainability. Specifically, Dr. Debbage utilizes GIS, statistical modeling, and numerical weather modeling to better understand how cities and their residents can become more resilient to heat and flood threats. His past research projects have studied the urban heat island effect while his ongoing work analyzes both the physical and social factors that influence urban flooding vulnerability. Dr. Debbage’s research has been published in Water Resources Research, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, and the International Journal of Climatology and appeared in a number of news outlets including NPR.


Dr. Debbage regularly offers courses that focus on weather and climate, physical geography, and GIS. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the UTSA chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), which is an international geographical honor society. Please contact him if you have any questions about GTU at UTSA.


Dr. Debbage received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.A. in Geography from the University of Georgia.

Recent Courses

GES 3713 – Weather and Climate

GES 3314 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Recent Publications

In Revision – Debbage, N., and Shepherd, J. M. Urban influences on the spatiotemporal characteristics of runoff and precipitation during the 2009 Atlanta flood. Journal of Hydrometeorology.


2018 – Debbage, N., and Shepherd, J. M. The influence of urban development patterns on streamflow characteristics in the Charlanta Megaregion. Water Resources Research, 54(5): 3728–3747, doi: 10.1029/2017WR021594.


2017 – Debbage, N., Miller, P., Poore, S., Morano, K., Mote, T., and Shepherd, J. M. A climatology of atmospheric river interactions with the southeastern United States Coastline. International Journal of Climatology, 37(11): 4077–4091, doi: 10.1002/joc.5000.


2017 – Debbage, N., Bereitschaft, B., and Shepherd, J. M. Quantifying the spatiotemporal trends of urban sprawl among large U.S. metropolitan areas via spatial metrics. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 10(3): 317–345, doi: 10.1007/s12061-016-9190-6.


2015 – Debbage, N., and Shepherd, J. M. The urban heat island effect and city contiguity. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 54: 181–194, doi: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2015.08.002.


2015 – Debbage, N., McLeod, J., Rackley, J., Zhu, L., Mote, T., and Grundstein, A. The role of point source aerosol emissions on atmospheric convective activity in the vicinity of power plants in Georgia, USA. Papers in Applied Geography, 1(2): 134–142. doi: 10.1080/23754931.2015.1012430.

Curriculum Vitae


JAVIER F. OLIVA is a Senior Lecturer of Political Science and Legal Studies at UTSA.  His areas of concentration are American Law, Courts and Politics, Legal Studies including Legal Research and Writing and law school preparation and education.

At UTSA, Mr. Oliva teaches undergraduate courses on Law and Society, American Legal Process and Judicial Politics.  In the area of Legal Studies, Mr. Oliva, teaches Introduction to Legal Studies, Law School Studies and Legal & Philosophical Reasoning. Mr. Oliva is also a member of the faculty for UTSA’s Institute for Law and Public Affairs where he lectures in the Summer Law Preparation Academy preparing students for law school study.  

Mr. Oliva earned his J.D. from St, Mary’s University School of Law and has a Master of Science in Public Administration from St. Mary’s University Graduate School. He earned a B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame.

Javier is a licensed attorney and has practiced law since 1991.  He was elected to City Council for the City of Castle Hills where he served two terms and currently serves on the School Council for Antonian College Preparatory High School and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of San Antonio. Javier consults in the areas of Business Law, Criminal law, Family law, School Law and Wills and Probate

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Ritu Mathur has been nominated twice for the Bernard Brodie Prize (2012 and 2014) for outstanding research contributions in the field of International Relations and security studies.


2004 – 2012  Ph.D Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto, Canada
• International Relations (Major), Political Theory (Minor)
• Dissertation Title: The International Committee of the Red Cross and Humanitarian Practices of Arms Control and Disarmament
• Supervisory Committee: Dr. David Mutimer, Dr. Shannon Bell, Dr. Elizabeth Dauphinee
• External Examiner: Dr. Keith Krause

1999-2001 M.Phil. Disarmament Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
• Thesis Title: The Politics of Theater Missile Defence in East Asia
• Supervisor: Dr. Kanti P. Bajpai

1997-1999 M.A. Politics (specialization in International Relations), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India,

1994-1997 B.A. (Honours) Political Science, University of Kolkata, India

Recent Courses

POL    2603.001  International Politics
GLA    2603.001  Intro Global Affairs Studies
GLA    3233.001  Theories of Int'l Justice

Recent Publications





Ritu Mathur,  Red Cross Interventions in Weapons Control, (New York: Lexington Press, 2017) forthcoming


Ritu Mathur and Runa Das, (eds.), Special Issue: Global South and Agenda Setting in Arms Control from a Postcolonial Perspective, Asian Journal of Political Science, (forthcoming 2017)


Refereed Journal Articles


Research Article, ‘Sly Civility in the Nuclear Order: A Post Colonial Critique,’, Critical Studies on Security, Vol.2, No.1, 2016, pp. 57-72




Research Article, ‘ Excitable Speech and the Politics of the Womb: Wake Up Grrrl!’, The Postcolonialist, Vol.3, No.1, 2015.



Research Article, “ ‘West & the Rest’ a Civilizational Mantra  in Arms Control & Disarmament,” Contemporary Security Policy, Vol.35, No.3, 2014, pp.332-355 (Nominated for the Bernard Brodie Prize (2014) for outstanding article, by Contemporary Security Policy)



Research Article, “Spectacle of Indian Elections and the West”, The Postcolonialist, Academic Dispatch, Advance Release May 18, 2014  to be released in the forthcoming issue, Vol. 2, No.2.


Research Article, “ Practices of Legalization in Arms Control & Disarmament”, Contemporary Security Policy, Vo.33, No.3, 2012, pp. 1-24 (Nominated for the Bernard Brodie Prize (2012) for outstanding article, by Contemporary Security Policy)



Research Article, “Humanitarian Practices of Arms Control & Disarmament”, Contemporary Security Policy, Vol.32, No.1, 2011, pp.176-192



Research Article “Theatre Missile Defence (TMD) in the Asia-Pacific: A View from China”, Strategic Analysis, Vol. 24, No.8, November 2000, pp.1445-1455.




Book Chapters


‘Resistance to a Worldview,’ in  Madeline Carr, J. P. Singh and Rene- Marline Bennett (eds.), Science, Technology & Art in International Relations, ( New York & Routledge: 2017) forthcoming


“Humanitarian Witnesses & Testimonies in Arms Control & Disarmament- A Case Study of the ICRC,” in Erica Resende & Dovile Budryte (eds.), Memory & Trauma in International Relations: Theories, Cases & Debates, (New York & London: Routledge 2014), pp.198 -214


“Humanitarian Practices of Arms Control & Disarmament” in David Mutimer & Neil Cooper (eds.), Reconceptualizing Arms Control- Controlling the Means of Violence, (New York & London: Routledge, 2012), pp. 176-192


“Humanitarian Practices of Arms Control & Disarmament” in Derek Maisonville & Abhinava Kumar, (eds), Security Beyond the Discipline: Emerging Dialogues on Global Politics (Toronto: Centre for International and Security Studies, 2010), pp. 59-75


“The Multiple Voices of INGOs: Humanitarian Discourse in Global Politics”, in Ryerson Christie & Elizabeth Dauphinee, (eds), The Ethics of Building Peace in International Relations, (Toronto: Centre for International & Security Studies, 2005), pp.207-222


Working Papers


Refereed Working Paper, “The Ethical Witness: The International Committee of the Red Cross,” YCISS Working Paper, No.47, February, 2008, pp. 1-13


Book Reviews


Reviewed Liisa H. Malkki, The Need to Help: The Domestic Arts of International Humanitarianism, (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2015), 267 pages


Reviewed, Jean Grugel and Wil Hout, ed., “Regionalism Across the North-South Divide: State Strategies and Globalization”, (London: Routledge, 1999), International Studies, Vol. 38, No. 1, January-March 2001, pp. 91-93.


Reviewed, V K Sood and Pravin Sawhney, “Operation Parakram: The War Unfinished”, (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2003), South Asian Survey, Vol11. No.1, March 2004,pp.157-160


Newspaper & Magazine Articles


“Campus Carry and Speaking Truth to Power”,  La Voz de Esperanza, Vol.29, No.1, February 2016,


“ Guns & Education Do Not Mix’ San Antonio Express News, November 21, 2015


“US Fear of Multilaterlism” The Pioneer, February 7, 2003



“Dr. Kotnis ki Amar Kahani” IndiaAbroad, May 28, 2000





Academic Council on the United Nations, Current Issues No.39, Medicalization & Weapons Control, 27th March, 2014


Bitacora C7 Radio 96.3 FM in Guadalajara, Mexcio, bilingual interview on International Humanitarian Law, 7th August, 2015

Additional Information




Nominated for the Bernard Brodie Prize (2014) for outstanding article, by Contemporary Security Policy for publication of research Article, “ ‘West & the Rest’ a Civilizational Mantra  in Arms Control & Disarmament,” Contemporary Security Policy, Vol.35, No.3, 2014, pp.332-355


Awarded the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013) by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. (10th rank out of 99 eligible reviewed applications, Amount: 70,000 CDN each year for 2 years)


Nominated for the Bernard Brodie Prize (2012) for outstanding article, by Contemporary Security Policy for publication of research Article, “ Practices of Legalization in Arms Control & Disarmament”, Contemporary Security Policy, Vo.33, No.3, 2012, pp. 1-24


The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship at York University 2008-09 awarded by York University, Canada (3750 CDN)


Martin C.Cohnstaedt Graduate Research Award for Studies in Non-Violence, 2008-09  awarded by York Centre for International & Security Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada (3000 CDN))


Post-Graduate Research Assistance Award 2008-09 awarded by York Centre for International & Security Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada (1000 CDN)


The Simons Foundations Doctoral Award for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 2007-2008, awarded by The Simons Foundations (Vancouver) & International Security Research & Outreach Programme of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada (5000 CDN)


George G Bell Doctoral Scholarship, 2004-2005, awarded by the York Centre for International and Security Studies (YCISS), York University, Toronto, Canada.  (5000 CDN)


Visa Tuition Scholarship, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, awarded by York University, Toronto, Canada.


Jawaharlal Nehru Doctoral Fellowship, 2003-2004, awarded by Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, Teen Murti House, New Delhi, India.

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Bryan Gervais is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography and Coordinator of the Digital Politics Studio (DPS) at UTSA. His areas of specialization are political communication and political psychology.

He is the author of Reactionary Republicanism: How the Tea Party in the House Paved the Way for Trump’s Victory (Oxford University Press) with Irwin Morris. His journal publications have appeared in Political Psychology; Political Communication; PS: Political Science & Politics; Politics, Groups, and Identities; Social Science Quarterly; International Journal of Public Opinion Research; and Journal of Information Technology and Politics.

Dr. Gervais earned his Ph.D. in Government & Politics at the University of Maryland.

Additional Information

Research in Progress

Dr. Gervais' current research focuses on the effects of exposure to political incivility and the connection between uncivil discourse and anti-deliberative attitudes.

Recent Publications


  1. Reactionary Republicanism: How the Tea Party in the House Paved the Way for Trump’s Victory. (with Irwin Morris). 2018. Oxford University Press.

Journal articles:

  1. "Rousing the Partisan Combatant: Elite Incivility, Anger, and Anti-deliberative Attitudes." Political Psychology (In press).
  2. “New Media for the New Electorate? U.S. Representatives’ Use of Spanish in Tweets.”  (with Walter Wilson). Politics, Groups, and Identities (In press).
  3. “More than Mimicry? The Role of Anger in Uncivil Reactions to Elite Political Incivility.” 2017. International Journal of Public Opinion Research 29(3): 384-405.
  4. "Reading the Tea Leaves: Understanding Tea Party Caucus Membership in the House of Representatives." (with Irwin Morris). 2012. PS: Political Science and Politics 45(2): 245-250.

Book chapters:

  1. “What to Tweet when the Top is Toxic? Gauging References to the 2016 Presidential Candidates in House Members' Social Media Posts.” 2018. In The Roads to Congress 2016: American Elections in a Divided Landscape, eds. Sean Foreman and Marcia Godwin. Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. “Political Communication.” 2016. In Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, ed. Ali Farazmand. Springer.
  3. "Tweeting to Victory? Social Media Use and Election 2014." 2015. In The Roads to Congress 2014, eds. Sean Foreman and Robert Dewhirst. Lexington Boooks.

Book reviews and other publications:

  1. How the Tea Party Paved the Way for Donald Trump.” 2018. Washington Post: Monkey Cage blog (with Irwin Morris).
  2. In-Your-Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media, by Diana Mutz. 2015. Public Opinion Quarterly 79(4): 1017-1020.
  3. Political Incivility Online.” 2015. ISPP Junior Scholars Blog, The International Society of Political Psychologists.
  4. Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics, by Susan Herbst. 2012. Journal of Politics 74(2): 18-19

Works in progress:

  1. "Media Effects Experiments" Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics Project (Under review).
  2. “Does Political Incivility Reduce Productivity in State Legislatures?” (with Irwin Morris). (In progress).
  3. “The Attention-grabbing Power of Political Incivility.” (In progress).
  4. “Differential Reactions to Pro-Attitudinal Political Incivility,” (In progress).

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Matthew Brogdon is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at UTSA. His areas of specialization are Public Law and Courts, American Constitutional and Political Development, American Political Thought, and Politics and Literature.

At UTSA, Dr. Brogdon will be teaching undergraduate courses on Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties, Federal Courts, Judicial Politics, Jurisprudence, American Political Thought, and African American Political Thought as well as graduate seminars related to public law, jurisprudence, and American political thought. Prior to coming to UTSA, he also taught courses on Slavery in American Political Development, Public Policy and the Courts, Modern Political Philosophy, and the Presidency.

Dr. Brogdon earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Baylor University where he held the R.W. Morrison Fellowship for the Study of the Constitution and was named Richard D. Huff Distinguished Graduate Student. He grew up in the Florida panhandle, receiving M.A. and B.A. degrees in political science from the University of West Florida.

Link to my

Recent Courses


POL 5503              Law and Courts

POL 5203              Topics: American Political Thought

POL 4973              Senior Sem.: Constitutional Politics

PAL 4233              Federal Courts

POL 3583              Jurisprudence

POL 3333              Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties

POL 3323              Constitutional Law I: Institutions

POL 3202              African American Political Thought

POL 3133              Political Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval

POL 3113              American Political Thought

POL 1013              Intro to American Politics

Research in Progress

Dr. Brogdon’s research agenda focuses primarily on the institutional development of the federal judiciary and its relationship to the constitutional order, but also encompasses a variety of themes in constitutional law and development, American political thought, and the political dimensions of literature and film. His current projects include:


“The Institutional Determinants of Constitutional Law: Discretionary Jurisdiction and the Rights Revolution” (under review) examines the interplay between institutional changes in the judiciary—especially growth of the Supreme Court’s discretion over its docket—and the Court’s decision in the mid-twentieth century to embark on the process of enforcing the provisions of the Bill of Rights against the states.


Constitutional Foundations of the Modern Judiciary (in preparation) is a book project tracing the institutional structure of the modern judiciary, which undergirded the expansion of federal judicial power in the 20th century, to its foundations in the text and institutional rationale of the Constitution.


“Who Would Be Free, Themselves Must Strike the Blow: Revolt and Rhetoric in Douglass’s Heroic Slave and Melville’s Benito Cereno” (in preparation)


“The Seafaring Origins of the Federal Courts: The Federal Appellate Prize Court, Article III, and the Judiciary Act of 1789”

Recent Publications

2018. “The Formation of Judicial Federalism in the United States,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 48 (2): in press


2018. “Young Mr. Lincoln in Ford’s Theater,” Perspectives on Political Science (published online 2016; forthcoming in print)


2017. “Political Jurisprudence and the Role of the Supreme Court: Framing the Judicial Power in the Federal Convention of 1787,” American Political Thought 6 (2):  171-200


2016. “Constitutional Text and Institutional Development: Contesting the Madisonian Compromise in the First Congress,” American Political Thought 5 (2): 219-49


2014. Review of The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010, by J. David Alvis, Jeremy D. Bailey, and F. Flagg Taylor IV. Political Science Quarterly 129 (4): 738-39


2013. “Federalist Constitutionalism and Judicial Independence,” in Readings in American Government, 9th ed., ed. Mary P. Nichols and David K. Nichols (Dubuque: Kendall Hunt), 329-40.


2013. Review of Slavery in the American Republic: Developing the Federal Government, 1791-1861, by David F. Ericson. Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains 36 (3):


2011. “Defending the Union: Andrew Jackson’s Nullification Proclamation and American Federalism,” Review of Politics 73 (2): 245-73.




Nazgol Bagheri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science and Geography

Research area: Urban Geography, Feminist Geography, GIScience, Middle East

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Phone: 458-8256

Office: MS 4.03.30

Office hours: Thursday 3:45 to 5:45 pm and/or by appointment

Curriculum Vitae


Academic Center Affiliate: Department of Geography and the Environment, UT-Austin

Dr. Bagheri was born and grew up in Tehran.  She started to enjoy the complexity of urban landscapes in high school when she observed the city while riding the bus. She received a Bachelor of Architecture in September 2004, a Bachelor of Computer Science in September 2006, and a Master of Urban Design in November 2007 from the National University of Iran (Shahid Beheshti). She worked as an architect for urban projects at an international design firm between 2004 and 2007.  She earned her Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Geography and Sociology from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013.

Dr. Bagheri is interested in navigating disciplinary terrain in Geography, Urban Planning, and Social Anthropology to develop a working theoretical model to account for changes in the use and design of public space and the unique relationship between the aesthetics of modern planning, the gendering of spatial boundaries, and the contingent nature of public space in Middle Eastern contexts.

Dr. Bagheri is the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Geography and Environmental Sustainability Program. She is also the coordinator of the COLFA GIS Lab and the organizer of the international GIS day celebrations. Please contact her should you have any inquiries regarding the graduate program and/or the COLFA GIS Lab. Dr. Bagheri is a proud recipient of the 2017 President's Distinguished Teaching Excellence Achievement Award at UTSA.

Recent Courses

GRG 2013: World Regional Geography (Undergraduate; 2014, 2015, 2016)

GRG 3314: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (Undergraduate; 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

GRG 3334: Advanced GIS (2015, 2016)

GRG 3513: Urban Geography (Undergraduate; 2013, 2014, 2015,2016)

GRG 3653: Gender and Cities: An Introduction to Feminist Geography (Undergraduate; 2014, 2015, 2016)

GRG 4953: Urban Sustainability in Global Contexts (Undergrad 2016)

GRG 6973: Seminar in Urban Sustainability in Global Contexts (Graduate level: 2016)

GRG 5323: Seminar in Urban Geography (Graduate level; 2014, 2015)

GRG 5543: Special Topics in Feminist geography (Graduate level; 2016)

GRG 5913: Design and Management of GIS (Graduate level; 2014, 2015)

THINKING SPATIALLY: 24-hour GIS Workshop for UTSA Faculty (summer 2015 and 2016; funded by an institutional seed grant from the Office for the Vice President for Research, UTSA)

Research in Progress

Trained as an architect and urban planner, Dr. Bagheri is interested in working closely with residents, community activists, and artists to better understand the correlations between design, human behaviors, and cultural differences. Her current work connects three complimentary areas: feminist politics, urban design, and the social production of space. Dr. Bagheri applies empowering and innovative approaches such as Geo-Ethnography and Qualitative Geographic Information Systems (QGIS) that often makes the invisible visible. She is committed to challenge as well as enrich the Anglo-American hegemonic geographical theories through studying the people whose stories are often unheard including women and other minorities.

She enjoys international collaborative projects; currently she is working on a project about the status of feminist geographic research and teaching in Iranian universities with colleagues in Tehran as well as an interdisciplinary project about Japanese women’s spatial movement in Tokyo.

Recent Publications

Forthcoming 2016. Driever, S. and Bagheri, N. Chapter 4.21: Bilingualism in the United States. In Brunn, S. (Ed.) The Changing World Language Map. Springer.

2015. Bagheri, N. The Emancipated Flâneuse in Tehran’s Shopping Malls. In Shortell, T. and Brown, E. (Eds.) Walking in International Cities: Quotidian Mobility & Urban Ethnography.  Temple University Press. 83-100.

2015. Bagheri, N. Chapter 18: The Built Environment in the Critical Zone: From Pre- to Postindustrial Cities. In Giardino, J.R. and Houser, C. (Eds.) Principles and Dynamics of the Critical Zone. Elsevier. 563-579.

2015. Driever, S. and Bagheri, N. The Media of New Geography and the Franck-Conger World Letters, Inc. Expedition of 1933-1934. GeoJournal, 80 (6): 893–907.

2015. Bagheri, N. Review of Race and Gender in the Classroom: Teacher, Privilege, and Enduring Social Inequalities. Laurie Cooper Stoll. 2013. Gender, Place, & Culture 22 (4): 583-586.

2014. Bagheri, N. What QGIS Tell and Don’t Tell: Insights from Mapping Women in Tehran’s Public Spaces.  Journal of Cultural Geography, 31(2): 166-178.

2014. Bagheri, N. Mapping Women in Tehran’s Public Spaces: A Geo-visualization Perspective in Feminist Geography. Gender, Place, & Culture. 21(10): 1285-1301.

2014. Bagheri, N. Review of Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society. Peter N. Stearns. 2012.  Emotion, Space and Society (10): 117–118.

2014. Bagheri, N. Review of Transformative Policy for Poor Women: A New Feminist Framework.  Bina Fernandez. 2012. Journal of International Development (26): 153–154.

2013. Bagheri, N. Review of The World in Brooklyn: Gentrification, Immigration, and Ethnic Politics in a Global City. Judith N. Desena & Timothy Shortell (Eds.). 2012. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 104(2): 250–254.

2013. Bagheri, N. Review of Losing Site: Architecture, Memory and Place. Shelley Hornstein. 2011. Emotion, Space and Society (7): 62–63.

2010. Bagheri, N. Compact City: A Climatic Response in Desert Cities of Iran. Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (University of Missouri peer-reviewed journal), 4(1): 35-50.

2008. Bagheri, N. The Built Environment Impacts on Neighborhood’s Social Capital: A Comparative Study of Tehran’s Downtown and Aleppo’s Citadel (in Farsi, Abstract in English), Rahshahr’s Journal of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design, 19(1): 142-163.

Curriculum Vitae


Walter Wilson is an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he specializes in American politics, legislatures, and Latino politics and representation. He received his Ph.D. from the Carl Albert Congressional Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma and is a former American Political Science Association congressional fellow. He is author of From Inclusion to Influence: Latino Representation in Congress and Latino Political Incorporation in America, now available from University of Michigan press at

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Boyka Stefanova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.   Her areas of specialization are: European Politics, European Union Studies, Foreign Policy, Research Methods and Global Governance.

Dr. Stefanova earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate in Economics at the University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria.

She has published two books: The Europeanization of Conflict Resolution: Integration and Conflicts in Europe from the 1950s to the 21st Century (Manchester University Press 2011) and The War on Terror in Comparative Perspective: US National Security and Foreign Policy after 9/11 (with Mark J. Miller, Palgrave Macmillan 2007). Her recent publications include also articles on the European security institutions and electoral politics in Eastern Europe.


Some of her other publications include: “Voting A la Carte: Electoral Support for the Radical Right in the 2005 Bulgarian Parliamentary Elections”.

Dr. Stefanova is on the Graduate Program Committee in the Department of Political Science and Geography and the PhD Program Committee.

Recent Courses

  • POL 5333 European Politics

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Melvin Laracey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specialization are American Political Institutions, Public Law and Public Policy. 

Dr. Laracey earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Michigan.  He also earned his M.P.A. at Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government) and his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School. 

Among his publications are: “Presidents and the People: The Partisan Story of Going Public”, and “The Rhetorical Presidency Today: How Does it Stand Up?”

Dr. Laracey has been awarded the Faculty Development Fellowship and was a Guest Lecturer and Researcher at Princeton University.  He was also a Fulbright Scholar attending the University of Bucharest in Romania. 

He was also the Editor of the PRG Report, the newsletter of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association.  In 2006 he was the Chair of the African American Politics Search Committee at UTSA.

Recent Courses

  • POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics
  • POL 3283 American Presidency
  • POL 5153 American Government and Politics

Recent Publications

  • ."How  Presidents Persuade," Wilson Quarterly, Autumn vol. 35 issue 4 10-11  (Journal/ refereed). 2011.
  • "The Rhetorical Presidency Today: How Does It Stand Up?" Presidential Studies Quarterly, volume 39, issue 4 (Journal/refereed). 2009.
  • "The Theory and Practice of the Rhetorical Presidency," The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric Texas A&M University Press. (w/Abbot, Henry, Houck, Lucas, Parry-Giles, Aune, Medhurst {segment of book). 2008.
  • Talking without Speaking and Others Curiosities, chapter in Martin J. Medhurst ed., Before the Rhetorical Presidency" Texas A&M University Press (book chapter). 2008.

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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

• Jones, R.C. (2013) “The Decline of Migration as an Economic Force in Rural Areas: a Mexican Case Study,” International Migration Review, accepted for publication.
• Jones, R.C. (2013) “Migration Stage and Household Income Inequality: Evidence from the Valle Alto of Bolivia,” The Social Science Journal.
• Jones, R.C. (2013); “Migration and Family Happiness in Bolivia: Does Social Disintegration Negate Economic Well-being?” International Migration.
• Jones, R.C. (2012) “Migrant Agency and Community Structure: Competing Explanations for Economic Decline in Migrant Sending Communities of Rural Central Mexico,” Migration Letters.
• Jones, R. C., and L. de la Torre (2011), “Diminished Tradition of Return? Transnational Migration in Bolivia’s Valle Alto,” Global Networks.
• Jones, R.C. (2011) “The Local Economic Imprint of Return Migrants in Bolivia,” Population, Space, and Place.
• Jones, R. C., and L. De La Torre (2011), “Diminished Tradition of Return? Transnational Migration in Bolivia's Valle Alto," Global Networks.
• Jones, R.C. (2010) "Recent Trends in Mexican Migration to the United States," Geographische Rundschau.
• Jones, R.C. (2009) "Migration Permanence and Village Decline in Zacatecas: When You Can’t Go Home Again" The Professional Geographer.
• Jones, R.C., and L. DeLaTorre (2009).  "Endurance of Transnationlism in Boliva's Valle Alto, Migration Letters.


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Dr. Mansour El-Kikhia is a Full Professor for the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specializations are Comparative Politics, International Relations, U.S. Foreign Policy, Foreign Policies of Less Developed Countries and Middle Eastern Politics. 

Dr. El-Kikhia earned his PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Some of his publications include “Libya’s Qaddafi: The Politics of Contradiction”, and “Al-Qadhafi wa siyasat al-mutanaqidat”.

Recent Publications

  • "Al-Qadhafi wa siyasat al-matanaqidat", (Arabic) The Center For Libyan Studies, Oxford, England (Book). 2007.

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Dr. Miguel DeOliver is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  Dr. DeOliver’s research centers upon racial and gender disparities in the postmodern urban landscape. A particular interest has been consumerism and the manifestations of social inequality in the North American built environment. Dr. DeOliver earned his PhD at Pennsylvania State University.

Some of his publications include: “We are all Half-breeds now…in a not so ivory tower", Marketing Latinos as Development Policy: San Antonio and the Reproduction of Underprivilege”, and "Multicultural Consumerism and Racial Hierarchy: a Case Study of Market Culture and the Structural Harmonisation of Contradictory Doctrines”.

Recent Courses

• GRG 1023 World Regional Geography
• GRG 3113 Geography of the United States and Canada
• GRG 3643  Political Geography
• GRG 3433 Geography and Politics of the Asian Rim

Recent Publications

• de Oliver, M. (forthcoming) “We are all half-breeds now…in a not so ivory tower.” In Briscoe, F. & Khalifa M. (Eds). Oppression, Resistance, and emergence: Critical Autoethnographies     of  Educators from Different Social Spaces. New York: SUNY press.

• de Oliver, M. (2011) “Nativism and the obsolescence of grand narrative: Comprehending the quandary of anti-immigration groups in the neoliberal era.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 37:7 (August), pp. 977-997.

• de Oliver, M. and F. Briscoe (2011) “US Higher Education in a Budgetary Vortex – 1992 to 2007: Tracing the Positioning of Academe in the Context of Growing Inequality.” Higher Education 62:5 (November), pp. 607-618.

•  de Oliver, M. (2008) “Democratic Materialism: The Articulation of World Power in Democracy’s Era of Triumph.” Journal of Power 1:3 (December), pp. 355-383.


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Dr. Thomas Bellows is a Full Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specializations are; Comparative Politics, Asian Politics. International Security Policy. 
He is the Editor of the American Journal of Chinese Studies, and on the Board of Directors of American Association for Chinese Studies.

Dr. Bellows, Phi Beta Kappa, earned his PhD in Political Science at Yale University.

Some of Dr. Bellows publications include “The Republic of China’s Legislative Yuan: a Study of Institutional Evolution”, “Taiwan and Mainland China: Democratization, Political Participation, and Economic Development in the 1990’s”, and “No Change in Sight: Party Politics and the Legislative Yuan during the Global Economic Crisis,” Taiwan and the Global Economic Storm.” People and Politics: An Introduction to Political Sceince

Recent Courses

  • POL 2533 Introduction to Political Science
  • POL 3433 Government and Politics: South East Asia
  • POL 3443 Government and Politics of East Asia

Recent Publications

  • Editor " American Journal of Chinise Studies." 19 years.
  • "Meritocracy and Singapore Political System" Asian Journal of Political Science, Vol.17 No.1 pp 24-44. 2009.
  • "No Change in Sight: Party Politics and the Legislative Yuan During the Global Economic Crisis," in Bryce Wakefeild, Ed., Taiwan and the Global Economic Storm. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson  International Center for Scholoars, pp 20-27. 2009.
  • "Statecraft of Modern Texas: Perspectives on Politics and History". New York: W.W. Norton & Compnay, with Felix D. Almaraz (book monograph). 2007.
  • The Republic of China's Legislative Year: A study of Institutional Evolution East Asia Studies, University of Maryland 2007.
  • "The Anti-Sucession Law: Framingand Political Change in Taiwan," Asian Journal of Political, Science, 2015
  • "The Singapore Polity: Adaption and Success, East Asia Studies", under contract, 2018

Curriculum Vitae


Born and educated in Germany, I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Goethe University, Frankfurt. Coming to UTSA in January 2013, I received tenure at UTSA in 2018. My work relates to world politics and global governance. In particular, I am interested in non-state agency and the provision of order beyond nation states. I also share a broad interest in theories of action and in interpretive as well as reconstructive methodologies.

Research-wise, I recently published a book on 'Multinational Enterprises in World Politics' with Nomos and my journal articles appear in International Studies Review, Journal of International Relations and Development, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Business and Politics, Global Society, and Palgrave Communications.

In terms of teaching, I regularly offer courses on global governance, international organizations, and related themes which reflect my research interests. I approach teaching from an interactive and student-centered pedagogy since I believe this offers the best learning experience.

This year, I received the Richard S. Howe Excellence Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and I am proud to serve as faculty advisor for the Model United Nations Society at UTSA and for Sigma Iota Rho - please contact me if you have any questions on these activities!

I will not teach classes in the Spring of 2019 since I am on a Faculty Development Leave. I will lead the Study Abroad to Frankfurt & Geneva in the Summer, though, so please reach out to me if you are interested!



  • Ph.D., Goethe-University Frankfurt, 2012
  • M.A. in Political Science & Contemporary History, Goethe-University Frankfurt, 2007

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  • Multinational Enterprises & Corporate Practices in Global Governance
  • International Organizations, Interorganizational Relations & the United Nations
  • American Pragmatism, Relationalism & Social Theory
  • Interpretive & Reconstructive Research Method(ologie)sa

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Dr. Stephen Amberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His area of specialization is American Political Development, Comparative Political Economy, the Regulation of Work and Popular Participation in Politics.

He has held the position of Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies.  He was also awarded as a Fulbright Specialist Candidate for 2011 to 2016.  Dr. Amberg was appointed to the Fulbright Specialist Roster by the Council of International Exchange of Scholars, the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State.

Dr. Amberg earned his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987.

Some of his published works are “Liberal Market Economy or Composite Regime?  Institutional Legacies and Labor Market Policy in the United States”, and “Labor”: The Clash of Conservatism and Liberalism, 1976 to Present”.  One of his works in progress is “Reconfiguring Industry Structure: Obama and the Rescue of the Auto Companies”.

Recent Courses

  • POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics
  • POL 3293 Political Movements
  • POL 3553 Social Policy

Recent Publications

  •  “Constructing Industrial Order in the Center of the American Economy: How Electoral Competition and Social Collaboration Evolved in 20th Century New York”, Studies in  American Political Development 31/1 (2017)
  • “Social Learning in Active Labor Market Policy in Denmark:  The Possibility of Policy Experimentalism and Political Development“, Socio-Economic Review 13/4 (2015) pp. 703 – 721.

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Navarro received her master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a second master’s degree and PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


She specializes in Latino/a politics, women in politics, and race in American politics. Her most recent publications include Latinas in American Politics (Lexington Press, 2016) and Latino Urban Agency (UNT Press, 2013). She has co-authored Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas, authored Latina Legislator: Leticia Van De Putte and the Road to Leadership, and co-edited Latino Americans and Political Participation, as well as several articles on Latina judges in the Texas judiciary.  She is currently writing a book tentatively titled Leticia Van de Putte and the Race for Texas Lieutenant Governor.


Dr. Navarro is active in the local community and offers training seminars on minority women running for elected office. She is also an avid cyclist and runner.

Recent Courses

  • POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society
  • POL 3093 Mexican/American Politics
  • POL 5113 Latino/a Politics

Recent Publications

  • ."Latina Legislature: Leticia Van de Putte and the Road to Leadership". Texas: Texas A&M Press. (book). 2008.
  • "Politicias Latina Trailblazers in Texas Political Arena" co-authored w/ Coranado,Martinez-Ebers, Jaramillo, Garcia (book). 2008.
  • "Latinas in Latino Politics" Latino Politics: Identity, Mobalization, dn Representation". Co-authored w/Fraga. University of Virginia Press 177-194 (segment of book). 2007.

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Dr. Calder has been a faculty member at UTSA since 1979, teaching and publishing first as a member of the Department of Criminal Justice until 2006, then to present in the Department of Political Science and Geography.  He was named Interim Department Chairman in 2014 and from 2017-2019.  He received a B.A. degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland-College Park, an M.S in Criminology from California State University at Long Beach, and the Ph.D. in Government at the Claremont Graduate University.  Dr. Calder’s first academic position was at the University of Maryland’s Institute for Criminal Justice and Criminology in between positions in corporate security at two major aerospace companies in Southern California, leaving that field as manager of security operations at the Hughes Aircraft Company’s Missile Systems Group.  In recent years, his teaching in Political Science has included topics in global affairs, homeland security, the intelligence community and world affairs, federal justice policymaking, and politics in film.  His articles and books have focused mainly on security matters, political leaders, and crime control policies, including studies of American presidents and their roles in directing federal actions against organized crime.  He has served on many committees at UTSA and other administrative positions, including first Associate Dean in the College of Public Policy.  He is a long-serving member of the Underwriters Laboratories Security Council, the ASIS International Research Council, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, journal biographical studies editor, and  member other journal editorial boards.

Recent Courses

  • POL 2513 Politics and the Administrative Process
  • POL 3743 Politics in Film
  • POL 3813 Politics and Federal Justice Policy

Recent Publications

  • Corporate Security in the 21st Century: Theory and Practice in International Perspective. Security Journal 29/3 (May): 1-6. (Book review). 2016.
  • Watching over Hong Kong: Private Policing 1841-1941. American Journal of Chinese Studies 23/1 (April): 105-107. (Book review). 2016.
  • "Influences of Investigations and Scholarly Studies on the Evolution of American Private Policing: Healthy Distrust, Watchful Eyes." In M. Gill (ed.) Handbook of Security (2nd ed.), 458-486. (Chapter). 2014.
  • "J. Edgar Hoover" (In J.S. Albanese (ed.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. (Essay). 2014.
  • "Eliot Ness" (in J.S. Albanese (ed.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. (Essay). 2014.
  • "Between Brain and State: Herbert C. Hoover, George W. Wickersham, and the Commission that Grounded Social Scientific Investigations of American Crime and Justice, 1929-1931 and Beyond. Marquette Law Review 96/4, 1035-1108. (Journal article). 2013.
  • "Eliot Ness: Gangbuster to Security Executive--A Meandering Career of Great Highs and Tragic Lows" Journal of Applied Security Research 6/2 196-208. (Journal article). 2011.
  • "Leslie R. Groves: Driven Leader, Caustic Personality, Obsessive Security Director, and Commemorated Advisor to Presidents" Journal of Applied Security Research 7/A 107-121(Journal article). 2011.
  • "Law and Politics and Occupational Consciousness: Industrial Guard Unions in the United States, 1933-1945", Journal of Applied Security Research 1-43 (Journal article). 2010.
  • "Frank Wills: The Lone Security Guard and a Constitutional Crisis: Fifteen Minutes of Fame," Journal of Applied Security Research 5/2 (April-June): 228-233 (Journal article). 2010.
  • The Origin of Organized Crime in America: The New York City Mafia 1891-1931. Journal of American History 96/3: 887-888 (Book review). 2009.
  • Transnational Threats: Smuggling and Trafficking in Arms, Drugs and Human Life, by Thachuck (ed) International Criminal Justice Review 252-253 (Book review). 2009.
  • "Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and the Path to the War on Organized Crime: Politics and the Early Strike Force Concept," Critical Issues in Justice and Politics 2/1 (March):17-52 (Journal article). 2009.
  • "From Apalachin to the Buffalo Project: Obstacles on the Path to Effective Federal Responses to Organized Crime, 1957-1967," Trends in Organized Crime 11/3 (September): 207-269 w/W.S. Lynch(Journal article). 2008.
  • "Been There But Going Where?: Assessing Old and New Agendas in Security Research and Study," Security Journal 20/1 (September): 3-8 (Journal article). 2007.


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