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Faculty and Staff in Public Affairs and Social Research

 

Criminal Justice Political Science Public Administration Sociology Staff

Criminal Justice

 

Professor

Dr. Frances P. Bernat 

Associate Dean
Professor

LBVSC 301C
(956) 326-2644 
frances.bernat@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • The Constitution and Criminal Procedure Law
  • Fundamentals of Criminal Law
  • Globalization
  • International Law and Organization
  • Law and Society
  • Research Methods in Social Sci
  • Special Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Special Studies in Political Science
  • Women and Criminal Justice
  • Women in the Criminal Justice System

Graduate

  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Law and Criminal Justice
  • Special Problems in Political Science
  • Thesis
Research Interests
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Domestic Violence
  • Elders and Crime
  • Human (sex) Trafficking
  • Law and Society
  • STEM & Robotics Education
  • Violent Crime and Victimization
  • Women and the Law
  • Youth Resilience and Deviance

 

Ms. Diana Carreon

Ms. Diana Carreon 

Visiting Instructor

CH 302C
(956) 326-2632
diana.carreon@tamiu.edu  

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Correctional Systems and Practices
  • Courts and Criminal Evidence
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Law and Society
  • Police Systems and Practices

 

Dr. Kelly Frailing

Dr. Kelly Frailing 

Assistant Professor

CH 302G
(956) 326-2662 
kelly.frailing@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Crime and Disaster
  • Criminology (face to face and online)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Offenders with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Pro Seminar (topic: Explaining Crime in Disaster)
  • Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions

Graduate

  • Crime and Criminal Justice in Disasters (online course, met QM standards, first attempt)
  • Offenders with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System (online course)
  • Seminar in Criminal Justice (online course)
  • Seminar in Criminological Theory (online course, met QM standards, first attempt)

Research Interests

  • Crime and Criminal Justice in Disaster
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Criminological Theory
  • Offenders with Mental Illness
  • Specialty Courts

 

Professor

Dr. Kate Houston

Assistant Professor

 

 

Professor

Dr. Karyn Miller 

Visiting Instructor

CH 302L
(956) 326-2476
karyne.miller@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • Statistics in Criminal Justice

Graduate

  • Advanced Methods of Social Research
  • Foundations of Educational Research

 

 

Professor

Dr. Clint Osowski 

Clinical Professor

CH 302H
(956) 326-2622 
clint.osowski@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Administration of Justice
  • Organized Crime
  • Criminal Justice Personnel Management
  • Police Systems and Practices
  • Senior Pro-Seminar
  • Special Issues in Criminal Justice
  • White Collar Crime

Graduate

  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

Research Interests

  • Cross-border violence
  • Fraud
  • Investigations
  • Mexican drug trafficking organizations

 

Dr. Claudia San Miguel

Dr. Claudia San Miguel

Chair
Associate Professor

CH 303
(956) 326-2529
csanmiguel@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Criminal Justice Internship
  • Death Penalty
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Issues in Psychology
  • Senior Pro-Seminar
  • Special Issues in Criminal Justice

Graduate

  • Advanced Seminar on the Criminal Justice System
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Contemporary Studies of Social Problems
  • Critical Issues in Criminal Justice Policy
  • Ethics of Criminal Justice
  • Seminar in Criminological Theory
  • Seminar on Police Practices
  • Special Studies in Sociology
  • Thesis
Research Interests
  • Administration of Justice Policing
  • Border and Homeland Security
  • Death Penalty
  • Human Trafficking
  • Immigration
  • Justice Policy
  • Juvenile Delinquency/Prevention/Violence
  • Law and Society
  • Victimology

 

Dr. Elizabeth Tomsich

Dr. Elizabeth Tomsich

Assistant Professor

CH 302J
(956) 326-2467
elizabeth.tomsich@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Criminology
  • Victimology

Graduate

  • Victimology

Research Interests

  • Violent victimization

 

Professor

Dr. Thomas Zawisza

Assistant Professor

 

 

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Political Science

Professor

Ms. Nastaran Barari 

Visiting Instructor

CH 302C
(956) 326-2632 
nastaran.barari@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • American National Government
  • American State Government
  • Globalization
  • International Law and Organization
  • Law and Society
  • Special Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Special Studies in Political Science

Multi-country faculty-led study abroad developer

 

 

Dr. Mark Menaldo

Dr. Mark Menaldo 

Assistant Professor

CH 313A
(956) 326-2651
mark.menaldo@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

  • Classical and Medieval Political Philosophy
  • Modern Political Philosophy
  • International Leadership Capstone

Graduate

  • Political and Historical Thought

Research Interests

  • History of Political Thought
  • International Relations
  • Leadership

 

Professor

Dr. James Norris 

Director of Political Science and Sociology
Associate Professor

CH 313E
(956) 326-2607 
jnorris@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • American Foreign Policy
  • American National Government
  • American State Government
  • Congress and the Presidency
  • Death Penalty
  • Government and Politics of Europe
  • International Law and Organization
  • International Politics
  • Issues in Psychology
  • Latin American Political Systems
  • Mexican Politics and Government
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • Special Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Special Studies in Sociology
  • Studies in Comparative Politics
  • The Political System of the United States of America

Graduate

  • Advanced Seminar in Latin-American Politics
  • Advanced Seminar on the Criminal Justice System
  • American Foreign Policy
  • American Political Behavior
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • Comparative Politics
  • Contemporary Studies of Social Problems
  • Human Resources Management in Public Administration
  • Seminar in International Politics
  • Special Problems in Political Science
  • Thesis
  • Topics in International Politics

 

Dr. Simon Zschirnt

Dr. Simon Zschirnt

Assistant Professor

CH 313B
(956) 326-2619
simon.zschirnt@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • American National Government
  • Congress and the Presidency
  • International Law and Organization
  • Law and Society
  • The Constitution and Civil Liberties
  • The Constitution and Government Powers
  • The Political System of the U.S.

Graduate

  • American Political Behavior
  • American Political Institution
  • Constitutional Law

Research Interests

  • American Politics
  • American Legal History
  • Judicial Politics

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Public Administration

 

Dr. Peter Haruna

Dr. Peter Haruna 

Director of Masters of Public Administration
Assistant Professor

CH 313J
(956) 326-2613
pharuna@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

  • Administrative Law
  • MPA Applied Project
  • MPA Internship
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Research Interests

  • Analysis of Governance Structures
  • International and Comparative Administration
  • Public Budgeting Development and Analysis

 

Dr. Lynne Manganaro

Dr. Lynne Manganaro 

Assistant Professor

CH 313H
(956) 326-2617 
lynne.manganaro@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Human Resources Management in Public Administration
  • Organization Theory
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Policy Development and Implementation
  • Survey of Public Administration and Public Affairs

Research Interests

  • General Public Administration
  • Gender and Racial/Ethnic Issues in Public Policy
  • Public Policy and Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods and Statistics

 

Dr. Mehnaaz Momen

Dr. Mehnaaz Momen 

Associate Professor

CH 313F
(956) 326-2631
mmomen@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

  • Administrative Ethics
  • Communication for Public Administration
  • Organization Theory
  • Survey of Public Administration and Public Affairs

Research Interests

  • Citizenship
  • Gender Politics
  • Immigration Policy
  • Marginality
  • Public Space
  • Urban Governance

 

Dr. Maria Reyes

Dr. Maria Reyes 

Visiting Instructor

CH 313M
(956) 326-2540 
maria.reyes@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

  • Organizational Theory
  • Survey of Public Administration

Research Interests

  • Local Government
  • Political Theory
  • Public Administration Theory

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Criminal Justice Political Science Public Administration Sociology Staff

Sociology

 

Dr. John Kilburn

Dr. John Kilburn 

Associate Dean
Professor

KL 326C
(956) 326-3221
jckilburn@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Contemporary Social Problems and Social Policy
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Marriages and Families
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Welfare and Human Services
  • Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Education
  • Special Studies in Sociology
  • Urban Sociology

Graduate

  • Applications in Social Planning
  • Contemporary Studies of Social Problems
  • Seminar in Corrections
  • Seminar in Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Education
  • Thesis (Criminal Justice, Sociology)

Research Interests

  • Border issues
  • Community & Urban Sociology
  • Health
  • Sociology of Education
  • Violence

 

Professor

Dr. Judith A. Warner

Professor

CH 302E
(956) 326-2623
jwarner@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Domestic Violence
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Issues in Psychology
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Sociology of Gender Roles
  • Special Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Special Studies in Sociology
  • Women and Criminal Justice / Women in the Criminal Justice System

Graduate

  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Contemporary Studies of Social Problems
  • Critical Issues in Criminal Justice Policy
  • Immigration and Biculturalism
  • Law and Criminal Justice
  • Racial, Ethnic, Social Class and Gender Inequalities
  • Seminar in Sociological Theory
  • Thesis

Research Interests

  • Animals and Society
  • Border Security
  • Domestic Violence
  • Environment and Eco-Tourism
  • Immigration
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Race, Class, and Gender in the Criminal Justice System
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Women in the Criminal Justice System

 

Professor

Dr. Marcus Antonius Ynalvez

Associate Professor

CH 302D
(956) 326-2621
mynalvez@tamiu.edu

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Contemporary Social Problems and Social Policy
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • Senior Proseminar
  • Senior Seminar in Political Science
  • Sociological Theory
  • Special Studies in Sociology

Graduate

  • Advanced Methods of Social Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Contemporary Studies of Social Problems
  • Social Inquiry
  • Thesis

Research Interests

  • Quantitative methodology (generalized linear models)
  • Social change and globalization
  • Social inequality and stratification
  • Social networks (egocentric and sociometric techniques)
  • Social research methods (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Sociology of science and technology
  • Statistics and probability sampling survey designs

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Criminal Justice Political Science Public Administration Sociology Staff

Staff

 

Professor

Ms. Ruth Duarte

Special Program Aid (Instructional Support)
Part-time Advisor

CH 301B
(956) 326-3115 
ruth.duarte@tamiu.edu

 

Professor

Ms. Jennifer Gomez

State College Workstudy

CH 301
jennifer.gomez@tamiu.edu

 

Professor

Mr. Saul J Lopez

Student Research Assistant

CH 302
saulj.lopez@tamiu.edu

 

Professor

Ms. Aileen Terrazas

Student Employee

CH 301
aileen.terrazas@tamiu.edu

 

Professor

Ms. Ana M Vargas

Special Program Aid (CATI Lab Technical Aid)

CH 302
(956) 326-3118 
ana.vargas@tamiu.edu

 

Professor

Ms. Gloria Villagran

Staff Assistant

CH 301
(956) 326-2475
gvillagran@tamiu.edu

 

 

 

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PASR Adjunct Faculty

Fall 2014 - (956) 326-2475

Jonevic Angco

Belinda Latsky-Campbell

Roel Canales

Francisco Castillo

Juan P. Guerra

James Scott Hacker

Emily Ham

Jesus Hernandez

Flor Mayela Hernandez

Judith Kilburn

Hector Macias

David A. Makim

Melissa Mojica

Francisco J. Montemayor

Erin Nieto-Salinas

Richard Palomo

Roger Rodriguez

Maria Leticia Valle

Carol Waters

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Contact

Department of Public Affairs and Social Research
5201 University Boulevard, 301 Canseco Hall, Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Phone: 956-326-2475 Email: gvillagran@tamiu.edu

 

5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78041-1900 Work956.326.2100