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Department of Social Sciences Institute

The Department of Social Sciences offers a variety of research opportunities and research expertise. For example:

  • The CATI Lab (Computer Assisted Telephoning Interviewing) provides research support to the university and community partners who are engaged in electronic data collection and outreach efforts. The CATI Lab system of computers and software:

    • Assists in the creation of the survey questionnaire.
    • Places the questionnaire into computer memory.
    • Allows up to six interviewers working on a survey at the same time.
    • Can manage multiple survey projects simultaneously.
    • Automatically selects the proper route in conditional branching questions.
    • Randomly selects telephone numbers and facilitates the use of random digit dialing sampling.
    • Collects raw data from interviews ready for statistical analysis.
  • Faculty Expertise: Our faculty are well versed in a variety of research topics/issues. Please feel free to contact them if you need more information.
Dr. Frances P. Bernat
Professor

  • Border and Undocumented Immigrants
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law
  • Cybercrime
  • Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
  • ISIS and Recruitment of Female Juveniles
  • STEM and Bilingual Education
  • Truancy
  • Women and the Criminal Justice System
  • Youth Resilience

Ms. Flor Mayela Hernandez
Instructor

  • Juvenile Delinquency

Dr. Kate Houston
Assistant Professor

  • Collection of Human Intelligence
  • Effects of Emotion on Memory in Forensic Contexts 
  • Eyewitness Memory
  • Role of Language / Interpreters in Intelligence Interviewing 
  • Social Influence Principles as Applied in an Interrogative Context
  • Suspect Recognition / Identification

Dr. Clint Osowski
Clinical Professor

  • Financial Crime
  • Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations
  • Organized Crime
  • Terrorism/Narco-terrorism

Dr. Claudia San Miguel
Interim Dean
Associate Professor

  • Administration of Justice Policing
  • Border and Homeland Security
  • Death Penalty
  • Human Trafficking
  • Immigration
  • Justice Policy
  • Juvenile
  • Delinquency / Prevention / Violence
  • Law and Society
  • Victimology

Dr. Thomas Zawisza
Assistant Professor

  • Crime and Plea
  • Criminology
  • Offending Patterns
  • Quantitative Methodology

Dr. Andrew Hilburn
Assistant Professor

  • GIS and cartography
  • Human and Cultural Geography
  • Land use and land tenure
  • Mexico and Central America
  • Participatory methods
  • Political - Cultural Ecology
  • Q-methodology
  • Waste Management

Dr. Jack Byham
Visiting Instructor

  • American Political Thought
  • Ancient and Modern Political Philosophy
  • Religion and Politics

Dr. Mark Menaldo
Director of Political Science 
Director of History and Political Thought 
Assistant Professor

  • History of Political Thought
  • International Relations
  • Leadership

Dr. James Norris
Associate Professor

  • Chile Politics, Political Behavior
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Latino/Hispanic Voting Behavior
  • Mexico Politics, Political Behavior
  • Texas Politics
  • Texas Voting Behavior

Dr. Simon Zschirnt
Assistant Professor

  • American Politics
  • American Legal History
  • Judicial Politics

Dr. Peter Haruna
Assistant Professor

  • Governance Structures
  • International and Comparative Public Administration
  • Public Administrative Education and Training
  • Public Budgeting Development and Analysis

Dr. Lynne Manganaro
Associate Professor

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

Dr. Mehnaaz Momen
Associate Professor

  • Citizenship
  • Immigration
  • Public Space
  • Urban Theory

Dr. Maria Reyes
Visiting Instructor

  • Local Government
  • Political Theory
  • Public Administration Theory

Dr. Heriberto Urby Jr. 
Visiting Faculty

  • Bureaucracy and Public Policy
  • Disaster Professionalism in Mexico
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • International Business Law
  • Leadership and Strategic Management
  • Non-Profit Law and Process
  • Public Administration in Emergency Management
  • Public Management

Dr. John Kilburn
Interim Chair
Professor

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

Dr. Judith A. Warner
Professor

  • 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

Dr. Marcus Antonius Ynalvez
Director of Sociology
Associate Professor

  • Doctoral Science Mentoring
  • Globalization and International Development
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Advanced Statistics
  • Science Policy/Science Education
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Social Networks
  • Sociology of Science

Contact

Department of Social Sciences
5201 University Boulevard, 304-A Canseco Hall, Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Phone: 956-326-2475 E-mail: laura.guerrero@tamiu.edu