Research Centers

GIS Lab MH 3.03.08
Lab Coordinator: Dr. Nazgol Bagheri

Fall 2018 Graduate Fellow:

The Geographic Information Systems Lab is located on the third level of the McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.03.08). The lab is currently supervised by Dr. Nazgol Bagheri, an assistant professor in Department of Political Science and Geography. The lab is available to the COLFA faculty and graduate students to work on their GIS and cartography assignments and projects. A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system that allows users to visualize, question, analyze and interpret geographic data to understand relationships, patterns and trends. A GIS can capture, store, manipulate, manage and present all types of data. GIS-based maps and visualizations can assist in presentations by providing information to get a better understanding of a situation to make informed decisions. The laboratory includes 21 computers (including the instructor computer) equipped with the latest GIS computer software (currently ArcMap 10.4) that students can use to manipulate, store and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data.

For reserving/accessing the lab for teaching and research, please contact Dr. Nazgol Bagheri at

For the current lab schedule contact Ms. Martha Luna

Digital Politics Studio MS 4.03.08
Lab Coordinator: Dr. Bryan Gervais

2018 Digital Politics Fellow: Sarah-Madeleine Torres

Fall 2018 Research Practicum Students: Amber Chin and Joel Martinez

The mission of the Digital Politics Studio (DPS) is to study American democracy in the digital era, improve political communication in online fora, and provide practical research experience for undergraduate and graduate students. Current DPS projects include studying the effects of political incivility in digital discourse and the archival and coding of political elites’ social media posts.

Students working with the DPS may have the opportunity to gain experience with the collection of big data, machine learning programs, and survey experiment design. Graduate students interested in working with the DPS can apply for the Digital Politics Fellowship. Undergraduate students interested in becoming involved with the DPS can enroll in the studio's research practicum course. All students interested in working with the DPS should contact Dr. Bryan Gervais ( or Andrea Aleman (

Faculty Research


Research interests in geography include human, urban, feminist, environmental, physical geography, GIS, Middle East, political and cultural, racial and gender disparities, consumerization of urban landscape, political economy of US-Mexican relations, evolving Mexico-US undocumented migration, European periphery-core migration (Ireland, Spain), Texas/Mexico borderlands, historical geography of the Greater Southwest, exploration and imaging of Texas High Plains, and the revelation of 19th century culture.

Political Science

American Politics

Research interests include American political development, comparative political economy, American political behavior, political communication, political psychology, American political institutions, public law and public policy, women in politics, latino/a politics, research methods, American electoral behavior, and Congress and legislative studies.

International Politics

Research interests include international relations, comparative politics, Asian politics, crime control policy and politics, national security and intelligence policies, security studies in domestic and international contexts, U.S. foreign policy, foreign policies of less developed countries, Middle Eastern Politics, theories of international relations, international institutions, South Asia, global governance and globalization, European politics, European Union studies, human rights, and comparative foreign policy.


Research interests include political theory, contemporary theories of justice, ethics, and history of political thought.

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