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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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