People

Meet our faculty and staff.


Sonia Alianak

Sonia Alianak
Professor / Edinburg, ELABN 219

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, The University of Texas at Austin, 1987

Specializations: World Politics (International Relations, International Organizations, Revolution and Reform, Globalization and Identity Politics, Middle East Politics)

Phone:
956-665-8059

Natasha Altema-McNeely

Natasha Altema-McNeely
Associate Professor / Edinburg, ELABN 215

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, University of lowa, 2013

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Race & Ethnicity, Political Institutions, Political Behavior, Voting, Campaigns & Elections)

Phone:
956-665-5045

Carla Angulo-Pasel

Carla Angulo-Pasel
Assistant Professor / Edinburg, ELABN 222

Education: Ph.D., Global Governance, Wilfrid Laurier University (Balsillie School of International Affairs), Canada, 2018

Specializations: World Politics (Latin American Politics, Border Studies & International Migration, U.S.-Mexico Border Relations); Political Theory (Gender & Feminist Theory)

Phone:
956-665-8097

Clyde Barrow

Clyde Barrow
Professor & Chair / Edinburg, ELABN 208A

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, University of California - Los Angeles, 1984

Specializations: Public Policy (Gambling Policy, Higher Education Policy, Policy Formation); Political Economy (Theories of Political Economy, Economic Impact Analysis, Industry Analysis); Political Theory (Theories of the State, American Political Thought)

Website: https://utrgv.academia.edu/ClydeWBarrow

Phone:
956-665-3679

Xi Chen

Xi Chen
Associate Professor / Edinburg, ELABN 220

Education: Ph.D., Planning, Governance, and Globalization, Virginia Tech, 2007

Specializations: World Politics (China, East Asia, US-China Relations, Global Security); Public Policy (Media Policy & Regulation)

Phone:
956-665-8766

Daniel Chomsky

Daniel Chomsky
Associate Professor / Edinburg, ELABN 200H

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, Northwestern University, 1999

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Mass Media & Public Opinion), Political Economy (Politics of Inequality & the Welfare State), Public Policy (Economic Policy)

Phone:
956-665-8993

Mònica Clua-Losada

Mònica Clua-Losada
Professor / Edinburg, ELABN 221

Education: Ph.D., Politics, University of York, UK, 2011

Specializations: Political Economy (Critical Political Economy, Debt & Over-Indebtedness); World Politics (Labor & Social Movements, Spanish & EU Politics); Public Policy (Economic & Social Policy, Children’s Policy)

Phone:
956-665-8060

Alexandre Couture Gagnon

Alexandre Couture Gagnon
Associate Professor / Brownsville, BMAIN 2.200D

Education: Ph.D., Public Policy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 2013

Specializations: World Politics (Minority Nations); Public Policy (Linguistic Policy, Comparative Public Policy)

Phone:
956-882-8259

Terence (Terry) Michael Garrett

Terence (Terry) Michael Garrett
Professor / Brownsville, BMAIN 2.200

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Oklahoma, 1997 

Specializations: World Politics (International Relations, Comparative Politics, Globalization, U.S.-Mexico Border Issues, Political Violence and Terrorism); Public Policy (Public Policy Analysis, Homeland Security Policy and Management, Immigration Policy, and U.S. National Security)

Phone:
956-882-8825

Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman

Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman
Assistant Professor / Edinburg, ELABN 214

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, Texas Tech University, 2014

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Latino/a Politics, State & Local Government); Public Policy (Immigration, Transborder Environmental Sustainability, Economic Development, Urban & Local Government Management)

Phone:
956-665-3239

Mark Kaswan

Mark Kaswan
Associate Professor / Brownsville, BPOB2 1.103E

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, University of California - Los Angeles, 2010

Specializations: Political Theory (Democratic Theory, History of Political Thought, History of Economic Thought, Critical Political Economy, Happiness/Utilitarianism, Cooperative Movement, Economic & Community Development)

Website: https://utrgv.academia.edu/MarkKaswan

Phone:
956-882-8877

Michelle Keck

Michelle Keck
Associate Professor & Associate Chair / Brownsville, BPOB2 1.103B

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, Texas Tech University, 2010

Specializations: World Politics (U.S. Foreign Policy, Non-Governmental Organizations, International Organizations, Civil Wars); Public Policy (US-Mexico Border Issues)

Phone:
956-882-6517

Dongkyu Kim

Dongkyu Kim
Assistant Professor / Edinburg, ELABN 211

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Iowa, 2015

Specializations: World Politics (International/Comparative Political Economy, Theories of Welfare States, Theories of Foreign Direct Investment & Trade, Quantitative Methods)

Website: http://www.dongkyukim.com

Phone:
956-665-3700

Mi-son Kim

Mi-son Kim
Assistant Professor / Edinburg, ELABN 213

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Iowa, 2015

Specializations: World Politics (East Asian Politics, Korean Politics, Political Party & Electoral Systems, Campaigns & Elections, Democracy & Political Development); U.S. Government & Politics (U.S. Party Politics, Congress/Legislative Politics, Campaigns & Elections, State Politics)

Phone:
956-665-3808

Richard T. Longoria

Richard T. Longoria
Associate Professor / Brownsville, BPOB2 1.103F

Education: Ph.D., Government and Politics, The University of Maryland, 2006

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Public Opinion, State Politics, Political Institutions); Public Policy (Normative Policy Analysis, U.S. Education Policy)

Phone:
956-882-6511

Charles Olney

Charles Olney
Assistant Professor & Pre-Law Advisor for Brownsville / Brownsville, BMSLC 3.220

Education: Ph.D., Politics, University of California - Santa Cruz, 2014

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Constitutional Law, Judicial Process); Political Theory (Modern and Contemporary); World Politics (International Law)

Website: https://utrgv.academia.edu/CharlesOlney

Phone:
956-882-7436

James (Jim) Wenzel

James (Jim) Wenzel
Associate Professor / Edinburg, ELABN 223

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Houston, 1993

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Public Law, Mass Politics, Minority Politics)

Phone:
956-665-3393

Charles W. Chapman

Charles W. Chapman
Lecturer II / Brownsville, BSETB-M0 1.126D

Education: Ph.D., Public Administration, The University of Texas at Austin, 1980

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Public Law, The Judiciary, The U.S. Constitution); Public Policy (Policy Analysis)

Phone:
956-882-7243

Michael DeLor

Michael DeLor
Lecturer II / Edinburg, ELABN 212

Education: Ph.D., Public Administration and Public Affairs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2014

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Public Administration); Public Policy

Phone:
956-665-3347

Michael Espinoza

Michael Espinoza
Lecturer / Brownsville, BSETB-M0 1.126C

Education: Ph.D., History, University College London, 2016

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Modern Political History, Political Parties); Political Theory (Conservatism, American Political Thought & Culture)

Phone:
956-882-7426

Kay Ford

Kay Ford
Lecturer II / Edinburg, ELABN 218

Education: M.A., Political Science, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2003

Specializations: World Politics (U.S. Foreign Policy, Middle East Politics); Public Policy (Geopolitics of Energy Policy, Alternative Energy Policy)

Phone:
956-665-8064

William A. Gordon

William A. Gordon
Lecturer II & Pre-Law Advisor for Edinburg / Edinburg, ELABN 226

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, The New School for Social Research, 2009

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (State & Local Institutions of Government, Public Law, Legal Analysis, U.S. Minor Political Parties); World Politics (Forms of Government, Electoral Systems, Comparative Methods, Research Design)

Phone:
956-665-3322

Sarah V. Perez

Sarah V. Perez
Lecturer I / Brownsville, BMSLC 3.221

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, Western Michigan University, 2017

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Racial & Ethnic Studies, Political Behavior, Campaigns & Elections, Statistics & Methodology); Political Theory (Ancient Theory, American Political Thought & Culture, Democratic Theory)

Phone:
956-882-7426

Ruth Ann Ragland

Ruth Ann Ragland
Senior Lecturer / Brownsville, BSETB-M0 1.126A

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, The University of North Texas, 1995

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Media & Politics, State & Local Government, Political Behavior)

Phone:
956-882-4323

Andrew H. Smith

Andrew H. Smith
Lecturer I / Edinburg, ELABN 230

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 2018

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Judicial Politics, Public Law, Political Behavior, Judicial Elections)

Phone:
956-665-3037

Michael Todd Smith

Michael Todd Smith
Lecturer I / Brownsville, BMSLC 3.217

Education: Ph.D., Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware, 2019

Specializations: World Politics (International Migration, Global Governance, International Organizations)

Phone:
956-882-8890

Robert W. Velez

Robert W. Velez
Lecturer I / Edinburg, ELABN 228

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, Southern Illinois University, 2017

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Religion & Politics, Media & Politics, Social / Political Movements)

Phone:
956-665-8016

Jerry Polinard

Jerry Polinard
Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., Government, University of Arizona, 1970

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (Public Law, Latino Political Behavior, Films & Politics)

Gary Joe Mounce

Gary Joe Mounce
Associate Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., Political Science, The University of Texas at Austin, 1977

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics; World Politics (Mexico & Latin America)

Glynn R. Morgan

Glynn R. Morgan
Associate Professor Emeritus

Education: M.A., Political Science, University of Mississippi, 1962

Specializations: U.S. Government & Politics (U.S. Party Politics, Congressional & Legislative Politics, Campaigns & Elections, State Politics)

Dora Sallie Maldonado

Dora Sallie Maldonado
Administrative Assistant II / Edinburg, ELABN 208

Phone:
956-665-3341
Fax: 956-665-2805

Marcela Escalante

Marcela Escalante
Administrative Assistant I / Brownsville, BMSLC 3.218

Phone:
956-882-8890