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    The Texas Educational Excellence Project, a program at Texas A&M University, is dedicated to original research on the quality and equity of education in Texas. The Project focuses on aggregate level analysis rather than assessments of specific educational technologies. The Project seeks to disseminate quality academic research by translating it into a form that is useful to policy makers and administrators. It issues four quarterly reports a year that are available on this web site or by writing the following address:

    Texas Educational Excellence Project
    ATTN: Kenneth J. Meier
    Dept. of Political Science
    Texas A&M University
    College Station, TX 77843



  • Kenneth J. Meier, Kenneth J. Meier, Coordinator, is the Charles H. Gregory Chair of Liberal Arts in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University and Professor of Public Management at the Cardiff School of Business at Cardiff University in Wales.

    E-mail: kmeier@polisci.tamu.edu

  • Holly T. Goerdel, Comparative Public Policy Specialist, is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Kansas. Her interests include Comparative Public Policy, Public Policy in the New Europe, Comparative Political Economy and Eurogovernance. Specifically her research for TEEP has focused on the influence of organizations/structures on public school dropout rates. Other areas of research include Public Health Policy and Tobacco.

    E-mail:
    hollygoerdel@politics.tamu.edu

  • Daniel Hawes, Research Associate, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University. Daniel received a B.A. from the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. His areas of interest include public administration, public management, public policy, education policy, and diversity issues in higher education.

    E-mail:
    dhawes@politics.tamu.edu

  • Alisa Hicklin is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Hicklin received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2006. Her research interests include Higher Education Policy, Higher Education Management, and General Policy Implementation. Her research emphasizes policy specific questions related to race, class, and ethnicity.

    E-mail:
    ahicklin@ou.edu

    J.L. "Bubba" Polinard is Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas-Pan American. An expert in the areas of public law and statistical methodology, he has published in the Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Publius, and Political Research Quarterly among others.

    E-mail: polinard@panam.edu

  • Rene Rocha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Iowa. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas - Pan American in 2002 and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2006. His interests include Latino Politics, Education Policy, and Political Behavior. Rene was the recipient of the SWPSA's 2005 Ted Robinson Memorial Award for best research proposal by a graduate student in the field on Minority Politics.

    E-mail: rene-rocha@uiowa.edu

  • Stephen Sargent, Research Associate, is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University. He graduated from Sam Houston State University with BA in Criminal Justice. Stephen is interested in issues relating to representation, and is currently Working on a Criminal Justice dataset examining disparities between whites and minorities and a grant proposal looking at minority expectations of representation.

    E-mail: sargent13@politics.tamu.edu

  • Jose Villalobos , Research Associate, is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University. His areas of interest include the presidency, congress, rhetoric/mass media, and public policy.

    E-mail:
    jvillalobos@politics.tamu.edu

  • Robert D. Wrinkle is Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas-Pan American and teaches in the Master of Public Administration program there. A nationally known scholar of Hispanic politics and immigration related issues, he is the author of Electoral Structure and Urban Policy (M.E. Sharpe, 1994) as well as numerous articles in professional journals.

    E-mail: wrinkle@panam1.panam.edu



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