Richard Jones, Ph.D.

Professor, Political Science and Geography

Richard Jones


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

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


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

Research Interests

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

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