Social Sciences News

The Department of Social Sciences has some news!

  • Photos of Chile study abroad trip, led by Dr. Jim Norris.

Valparaiso Harbor BoatChile Congress

  • TAMIU students James Deliganis, Miguel San Miguel, Rogelio Padilla, Lisa Trejo, and Claritza Vasquez presented their research at the American Society of Criminology's 2014 Annual Meeting and were featured in the ASC's newsletter "The Criminologist". The group based their presentation on the question: "Why should drug trafficking organizations be considered a terrorist group?" Claritza Vasquez stated "It was interesting to view this topic from a criminology standpoint. Having to define and theorize drug trafficking organizations and terrorist groups from a macro and micro level really helped us have a better understanding as to why certain people get involved in that lifestyle and why it has been difficult to prevent it from happening. Having the opportunity to attend the ASC conference was amazing. It helped us expand our knowledge and it demonstrated the importance of research. Being included in The Criminologist is a huge honor and I am very proud of my group, myself and our work.
  • Congratulations to our Fall 2014 graduates!

Faculty members with graduating studentFaculty members with graduating student

  • Dr. Marcus Antonius Ynalvez, Associate Professor of Sociology, attended the 8-week intensive training in advanced quantitative methods at the prestigious summer program of the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research (ICPSR) held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from June 23 - August 15, 2014. The core courses he attended -- with evaluation -- were: Advanced Regression (Regression III), Applied Longitudinal Analysis, Applied Multilevel Analysis, and Maximum Likelihood Estimation (the flagship course). His attendance to the ICPSR training was made possible by a University Research Grant and additional funding from the College of Arts and Sciences. The training that Dr. Ynalvez received will help enhance the research capability at the Department Social Sciences.

Dr. Marcus Ynalvez

  • Dr. Claudia San Miguel together with two students (Maria del Rosario Benavides- Sociology Graduate Student and Andrea Almendarez- Sociology Undergraduate Student) were awarded a DHS Summer Research Fellowship to study Human Trafficking.

Andrea, Dr. San Miguel, and Rosario

  • The Sociology Honor Society (Alpha Kappa Delta) inducted 13 undergraduate students Spring 2014.
  • Our Criminal Justice Program has a new chapter (Nu Psi Chapter) of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma!
    • Faculty Advisors are Drs. Frances Bernat and Kelly Frailing

Sharing information about our alumni, students and friends is an important part of the DSS's mission. We hope that you will help share your honors, awards, and travels with us. Please let us know what employment opportunities your agency or department might have available for our current students and if you are interested in having our students work as interns in your public or non-profit agency.

Spring 2013 Graduates with a Master's degree:
  • Master of Public Administration: Monzerrat Calderon, Francisco Castillo, Juan Federico Espinoza and Maiva Issa Garcia
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice: Thomas F. Brown and Flor Mayela Hernandez

Fall 2012 Graduates with a Master's degree:

  • Master of Arts in Political Science: Andrea Beattie, Henry Miller and Francisco Reyes Nava
  • Master of Arts in Sociology: Ana Acosta and Lisa Trujillo
  • Master of Public Administration: Gabriel Gallardo, Isis Granados, Jacqueline Ramos, Sandra Rodriguez, Nora Resendez, and Christina Trevino-Nazarin
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice: Diana Carreon, Melissa Valadez-Garza and Ronnica Gutierrez

Spring 2012 Graduates with a Master's degree:

  • Master of Arts in Political Science: Nastaran Barari
  • Master of Arts in Sociology: Mary Aguilar, Susan Aguilar, Maria Leticia Cruz-Valle, Sylvia Leija, Gabriela Leon, Kimberly Martin del Campo, Guillermo Vasquez, Jr.

Alumni and Friends News:

  • Stephanie Hernández is one a few students selected to be part of Teaching for America.
  • Amanda Gomez has graduated from the police academy and works for Customs and Border Patrol.


More information about TAMIU's alumni and friends can be found at:

Alumni and Friends page, the COAS news page and, the latest annual report from TAMIU President Keck.

Please provide us with your news and updates. We look forward to hearing from you! 


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