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Melanie Stine, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: 458-8261
Office: MS 4.03.22
Office hours: Tuesdays 1:00-3:00pm

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Bryan Gervais, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5646
Office: MS 4.02.50
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 1:15-4:45pm

Research area: American Political Behavior, Political Communication, Political Psychology, American Legislative Behavior

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    Dr. Bryan Gervais is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specialization are: American Political Behavior, Political Communication, Political Psychology, and American Legislative Behavior.

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

    His publications include: Following the News? Reception of Uncivil Partisan Media and the Use of Incivility in Political Expression and Reading the Tea Leaves: Understanding Tea Party Caucus Membership in the House of Representatives.

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    My primary research interests include American political behavior, political communication, political psychology, and American legislative behavior.

    My dissertation research focused on the causes and consequences of the American public's use of incivility when expressing political opinions. I find that political incivility can induce negative emotions, which affect (1) how people express political views, and (2) how much consideration is given to alternative viewpoints. I am currently conducting additional research in this area.

  • Recent Publications

Matthew Brogdon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: 458-8262
Office: MS 4.02.42
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm

Research area: Research Area: Public Law and Courts, American Constitutional and Political Development, American Political Thought, Politics and Literature

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    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.


     

  • Recent Courses

    Courses:
    POL 3113 American Political Thought
    POL 3323 Constitutional Law
    POL 3203 African American Political Thought
    POL 3023 Civil Liberties in American Law and Practice
    POL 4153 Seminar in Jurisprudence
    LGS 4233 Federal Courts
    POL 5503 Constitutional Law and Judicial Decisionmaking

  • 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 recent publications include, “Federalist Constitutionalism and Judicial Independence” and “Defending the Union: Andrew Jackson’s Nullification Proclamation and American Federalism.” He is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled Constitutional Foundations of the Modern Judiciary, 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.

     

    RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION
    Manuscripts in Progress (est. completion date)

    2013 “Constitutional Text and Institutional Development: Madison and Ames’s Case for the Necessity of Inferior Courts in the First Congress” (journal article examining the legislative debate over the Judiciary Act of 1789 and arguing that, contrary to prevailing opinion, the text of Article III has significantly shaped Congress’s construction of the federal court system and thus helped secure the independence of the federal judiciary) “Those Who Would Be Free, Themselves Must Strike the Blow: Revolt and Rhetoric in Douglass’s Heroic Slave and Melville’s Benito Cereno” (invited contribution to an edited volume on politics and literature)

    2014 Constitutional Foundations of the Modern Judiciary (monograph tracing modern developments in the structure and function of the federal judiciary to their origins in the text and institutional design of the Constitution) “Federalists, Anti-Federalists, and the Making of the Modern Judiciary: The Origins of the Supreme Court’s Power to Review State Court Decisions” (journal article examining the dynamic by which Anti-Federalist opponents to the Constitution laid the groundwork for one of the key institutional features of the modern judiciary, the Court’s power to review state court decisions).

    2015 “Institutional Determinants of Constitutional Law: The Judiciary Act of 1925 and Incorporation of the Bill of Rights” (journal article exploring the interplay between Brogdon institutional changes in the judiciary—especially growth of the Supreme Court’s discretion over its docket—and the Court’s decision to embark on the process of incorporating the Bill of Rights against the states).

  • Recent Publications

    “Defending the Union: Andrew Jackson’s Nullification Proclamation and American Federalism,” Review of Politics 73, no. 2 (Spring 2011): 245-73.

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

Nazgol Bagheri, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: 458-8256
Office: MS 4.03.30
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm

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

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    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

  • Recent Courses

    • Urban Geography
    • Geographic Information System
    • Gender and City: An introduction to Feminist Geography
    • World & Regional Geography
  • 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.

Walter Wilson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-2905
Office: BV 4.03.88

Research area: American Politics, Latino Politics and Representation, Congress and Legislative Studies Comparative Politics, Democratization, Comparative Legislatures in Latin America

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    Dr. Walter Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specialization are: American Politics: Latino politics and representation, Congress and legislative studies Comparative politics: Democratization and comparative legislatures in Latin America.

    Dr. Wilson earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center.

    He has published “Descriptive Representation and Latino Interest Bill Sponsorship in Congress” and “Latino Representation on Congressional Websites”.

    Dr. Wilson was awarded the Jewel L. Prestage Best Paper on the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Political Behavior and the University of Oklahoma Provost’s PhD Dissertation Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in the area of Social Sciences, Education and the Professions.

Boyka Stefanova, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5614
Office: MS 4.02.40

Research area: European Politics, European Union Studies, Comparative Politics, Comparative Foreign Policy, Research Methods, and Global Governance

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    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

David Romero, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5647
Office: MS 4.02.52

Research area: Research Methods and American Electoral Behavior

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    Dr. David Romero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specialization are: Research Methods and American Electoral Behavior.

    Dr. Romero earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Houston.

  • Recent Courses

    • POL 2703 Scope and Methods
    • POL 3253 Participation in the National Election
    • POL 5013 Research Methods

John Morris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5603
Office: MS 4.03.51

Research area: Historical Geography of Greater Southwest, Exploration and Imaging of the High Plains of Texas, Revelation of 19th Century Culture

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    Dr. John Morris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specialization are: Historical Geography of Greater Southwest, Exploration and Imaging of the High Plains of Texas, Revelation of 19th Century Culture.

    Dr. Morris earned his PhD in Geography at the University of Texas at Austin. 

    A historical geographer, he is the author of three books, From Coronado to Escalante, El Llano Estacado, and A Private in the Texas Rangers.  He is currently working toward submission of a 2-volume, illustrated study of Texas Photographers at the turn of the century, “Lost Artists of the Texas Real Photo.”

  • Recent Courses

    • GRG 1023 Worl Regional Geography
    • GRG 3133 Geography of Europe

     

  • Recent Publications

    • "The Illustrated Pecos River in Frontier History", in Mark Busby and Dick Hearberlin eds., Southwestern American Literature, Volume 33, No. 2 pages 23-38 (Journal article). 2008.

Melvin Laracey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-2542
Office: BV 4.03.80

Research area: American Political Institutions, Public Law and Public Policy

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    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.

Richard Jones, Ph.D.

Full Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5612
Office: MS 4.02.48

Research area: Human Geography, Evolving Mexico-US Undocumented Migration, European Periphery-Core Migration (Ireland, Spain), Texas/Mexico Borderlands

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    Dr. Richard Jones is Full 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. 

    Some of his published works are “The Economic Imprint of Return Migrants in Rural Mexico” and “International Migration as a Household Income Equalizer: Evidence from the Valle Alto of Bolivia”.  He also has a book, “Immigrants outside Megalopolis: Ethnic Transformation in the Heartland”, and other two other books:  “Patterns of Undocumented Migration” and “Ambivalent Journey: U.S. Migration and Economic Mobility in North-Central Mexico”

    Dr. Jones has been awarded numerous grants and awards to include the Fulbright Research and Senior Research Scholar Awards.

  • Recent Courses

    • GRG 1013 Fundamental Geography
    • GRG 3323 Spatial Analysis
  • Recent Publications

    • "Ethnic Disidentification and the Difficult Intergration of Mexicans in the U.S. Southwest: A Case Study of San Antonio, Texas," Estudios Sobre Immigracion edited by the Fundacion de Ciudania y Valores pp 381-391 (Book chapter). 2011.
    • Dimisnished Tradition of Return? Transnational Migration in Bolivia's Valle Alto,"Global Networks Volume 11 (2), pp.180-202 (Co-authored w/d la Torre  Journal/refereed). 2011.
    • "Recent Trends in Mexican Migration to the United States," Geographische Rundschau. International Edition, Volume 6 (No. 3) pp.42-47. 2010.
    • "Migration Permanence and Village Decline in Zacatecas: When You Can’t Go Home Again" The Professional Geographer 61 (3) pp 382-99. 2009.
    • "Endurance of Transnationlism in Boliva's Valle Alto, Migration Letters 6 (1) pp. 63-74 (co-authored w/de la Torre Journal/refereed). 2009.
    • "Immigrants Outside Megalopolis: Ethnics Transformation in the Heartland" Lexington Books (Book). 2008.

Vaidya Gundlupet, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5851
Office: MS 4.03.52

Research area: Theories of International Relations, International Security, International Institutions, South Asia

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    Dr. Vaidya Gundlupet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specialization are: Theories of International Relations; International Security; International Institutions; South Asia. 

    Dr. Gundlupet earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Chicago. 

    He was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis, and was awarded the Kenneth N. Waltz Dissertation Award for best dissertation in the field of security studies from the American Political Science Association’s International Security and Arms Control section.

    Some of his publications include: “Big Sticks and Contested Carrots:  A Power-Centric Theory of International Security Institutions”, and “Conventional War in the Nuclear Age: Lessons from the Korean War (1950-1953) and Sino-Soviet Conflict (1969)."

  • Recent Courses

    • POL 3503 American Foreign Policy
    • POL 4973 Seminar: Security of South Asia
    • POL Master's Thesis

Daniel Engster, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5645
Office: MS 4.03.36

Research area: Political Theory, Contemporary Theories of Justice, Ethics, History of Political Thought

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    Dr. Daniel Engster is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specialization are: Political Theory, Contemporary Theories of Justice, Ethics and the History of Political Thought. 
    Dr. Engster earned his in PhD in Political Science at the University of Chicago.

    Some of his awards are the National Endowment for the Humanities Award for Faculty, U.S. Fulbright Peer Review/Selection Committee for Applications, and The 2003 Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper at the 2002 Western Political Science Association Conference: “Can Care Ethics be Institutionalized? Toward a Caring Theory of Natural Law.”

    His publications include: “Justice, the Family, and Politics” and “Divine Sovereignty: The Origins of Modern State Power”.

  • Recent Courses

    • POL 3143 Political Philosophy
    • POL 4973 Seminar: Justice and Family
  • Recent Publications

    • “Children and Justice: A Proposal for National Parent Training Classes,” Public Affairs Quarterly, 26, 2 (2012). Co-authored with Ramiro Gonzales.
    • "Care Ethics and Stakeholder Theory," in Maurice Hamington and Maureen Sander Staudt (eds.) Applying Care Ethics to Business, (New York: Springer, 2011).
    • "Do Family Policy Regimes Matter for Children's Well-Being?" Social Politics, 18,1 (2011):81-124 (Journal refereed).
    • "The Place of Parenting within a Liberal Theory of Justice: The Private Parenting Model, Parental Liscenses, or Public Parenting Support?" Social Theory and Practice, 36,2 (Jouranl/refereed). 2010.
    • Stratergies for Developing and Sustaning a Care Movement, "Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, 31,4,(Journal/refereed). 2010.
    • "The Heart of Justice: Care Ethics and Poltical Theory". Oxford: Oxford University Press (Book). 2007.

Mansour El-Kikhia, Ph.D.

Full Professor, Department Chair
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5883
Office: MS 4.03.02

Research area: Comparative Politics, International Relations, U.S. Foreign Policy, Foreign Policies of Less Developed Countries, Middle Eastern Politics

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    Dr. Mansour El-Kikhia is a Full Professor and Department Chair 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.

Miguel DeOliver, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5644
Office: MS 4.02.32

Research area: Political and Cultural Geography, Racial and Gender Disparities, Consumerization of Urban Landscape, Political Economy of US-Mexican Relations

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    Dr. Miguel DeOliver is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His areas of specialization are; Political and Cultural Geography, Racial and Gender Disparities, Consumerization of Urban Landscape, Political Economy of US-Mexican Relations.

    Dr. DeOliver earned his PhD at Pennsylvania State University. 

    Some of his publications include: "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

     

  • 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.

Thomas Bellows, Ph.D.

Full Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-4628
Office: MS 3.03.46

Research area: Comparative Politics, Asian Politics. International Relations, American Politics

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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 Relations and American Politics. 
    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 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 International 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.”

  • Recent Courses

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

     

  • Recent Publications

    • Editor " American Journal of Chinise Studies." 2010.
    • "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.

Matthias Hofferberth, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5431
Office: MS 4.03.55
Office hours: Thursday, 10:00 - 12:00 and by appointment. Please email in advance.

Research area: Private Actors in International Relations, Global Governance and Globalization, Theories of International Relations

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Stephen Amberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5618
Office: MS 4.02.56

Research area: American Political Development, Comparative Political Economy, Regulation of Work and Popular Participation in Politics

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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

    • "Labor", Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, volume 7: The Clash of Conoservatism and Liberalism, 1976- Present, editied by Richard Valelly. New York: Congressional Quarterly Press (segment of book), 2010.
    • Andrew Battista,"The Revival of Labor Liberalism", Journal of American History (Book review). 2009.
    • "Liberal Market Economy or Composite Regime? Institutional Legacies and Labor Market Policy in the United States", Polity 40,2 pp.164-196 (Journal article/referred). 2008.

Sharon Navarro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-2547
Office: BV 4.336

Research area: Women in Politics, Latinos(as) in Politics

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    Dr. Sharon A Navarro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA. Her research focuses on women in politics and Latinos (as) politics.

    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 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

    She co-edited Latino Americans and Political Participation, co-authored Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas, and authored Latina Legislator: Leticia Van De Putte and the Road to Leadership, as well as several articles on Latinas judges in the Texas judiciary.  Her current research explores the political incorporation of Latinas in the Texas judiciary.  Her latest book project is titled “Latinas in the Texas Judiciary: The Burdens of Both, the Privileges of Neither.”

    Dr. Navarro is also active in the local community serving as a trainer for the Community Leadership Institute (CLI) where she teaches a seminar on coalition building.

  • 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.

James D. Calder, Ph.D.

Full Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-7671
Office: MS 4.03.24

Research area: Crime Control Policy and Politics, National Security and Intelligence Policies, Security Studies in Domestic and International Contexts

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    Dr. James D. Calder is a Full Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA. He is the Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate Program in Security Studies and Coordinator of the POL Minor in Global Analysis.

    He serves as the Graduate Program Advisor of Record. His areas of specialization are crime control policy and politics, national security and intelligence policies, and security studies in both domestic and international contexts.

    His recent publications have addressed historical topics related to notable people who have contributed to the advancement of security studies, and the history of American public policy concerning government prosecutorial efforts to reduce the impact of traditional organized crime on individuals, businesses, and labor groups.

    As a certified protection professional with ASIS, International he has served for many years on the Academic Symposium Group and as an elected corporate member of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Security Council.

    In 2012 he will complete a chapter on the American evolution of popular and scholarly writings on security research for Palgrave-Macmillan, and he will deliver a celebratory lecture at the Marquette University School of Law on contributions and legacies of the Wickersham Commission (1930-32) on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.

  • Recent Courses

    • POL 2513 Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Recent Publications

    • "Elliot Ness: Gangbuster to Security Executive--A Meandering Career of Great Highs and Tragic Lows" Journal of Applied Security Research 6/2 196-208. 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/refereed). 2011.
    • "Law and Politics and Occupational Consciousness: Industrial Guard Unions in the United States," 1933-1945, Journal of Applied Security 1-43 (Journal article/refereed). 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/refereed). 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/refereed). 2009.
    • "From Appalachian 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/refereed). 2008.
    • "Been There But Going Where?: Assessing Old and New Agendas in Security Research and Study," Security Journal 20/1 (September):3-8 (Journal/refereed). 2007.
    • "Transnational Threats: Smuggling and Trafficking in Arms, Drugs, and Human Life for International Criminal Justice Review 19/2 (June): 252-253 (Book review). 2007.

Francisco Durand, Ph.D.

Full Professor
Department of Political Science and Geography

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Phone: (210) 458-5613
Office: MS 3.03.40

Research area: Latin American Politics and Public Policy, Public Administration in Latin America

About
Teaching
  • Biography

    Dr. Francisco Durand is a Full Professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA.  His area of specialization is Latin American Politics and Public Policy, and Public Administration in Latin America. 

    Dr. Durand earned his PhD in Latin American Studies with a concentration in Political Science and Political Economy at the University of California at Berkeley.

    Dr. Durand has served as a consultant to the government of Peru and an advisor to various agencies on topics ranging from informal coca markets in Latin America to human resources and institutional development with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Inter-American Center for Tax Administration (CIAT).   Dr. Durand has served as a consultant to Oxford University on Economic History of Latin America. 

    He is currently a Fellow for UTSA’s Mexico Center which focuses on transnational dialogue and research on public policy issues that affect Mexico and the United States.

  • Recent Courses

    • POL 3393 Latin American Politics
    • POL 3453 Politics of Mexico
    • POL 5363 Mexican Politics