Texas Tech University

eLearning Faculty/Staff



Daniel J. Epstein, Ph.D.

Interim Director – Online & Regional Site Education

Dan Epstein is a Visiting Instructor at Texas Tech University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2008. His research focuses on political parties, electoral competition, and political culture in developing countries in Eastern Europe and Latin America, with particular focus on Russia and Brazil. His work has appeared in Party Politics and Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, of which latter he also serves on the editorial board. He has worked with International IDEA: The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, and for the OSCE's Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, as an election observer in Russia. Before coming to Texas Tech University, Dr. Epstein was an Assistant Professor at Colgate University. He also served for a term as a visiting professor at Bryansk State University in Russia as part of the Fulbright Scholars Program, worked on the staff of a major candidate in the 2016 presidential primaries, and taught economics at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Dr Daniel Epstein

Rebecca Larsen, MPA, MSW 

Regional Site Manager

Rebecca Larsen is the Regional Site Manager for the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University in Waco. She received her B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso, her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs. She has a background in criminal justice social work, research, and policy advocacy. Her other previous work includes political campaign consulting, nonprofit management, support for the City of Austin's budget department, teaching undergraduate government courses, and crisis intervention for sexual assault survivors.

Rebecca Larson

She teaches undergraduate courses in public policy and administration, and she has been published by the Institute of Urban Policy Research and Analysis and the National Association of Social Workers. She also coordinates the political science department at Texas Tech's Waco campus.

Ms. Jovita Lektzian 

Administrative Assistant- Online Education

Jovita Lektzian is an Online Education Administrative Assistant of Political Science at Texas Tech University. She received her BS from the Texas Tech University (2012). Ms. Lektzian has been with Political Science Department since Spring semester of 2015. Her job responsibilities primarily include direct communication with current and prospective online students for POLS 1301 & 2302 courses, regarding any technical or other course related questions. She is also involved with overseeing and managing the POLS online courses, as well as graphic design for course development.

Jovita Lektzian

Ms. Teresa Kennard 

Administrative Assistant- Online Education

Teresa Kennard Teresa Kennard is an Online Education Administrative Assistant of Political Science at Texas Tech University. She received her BS in Political Science from Texas Tech University (2014). Ms. Kennard has been with the Political Science Department since Spring semester of 2016. Her job responsibilities primarily include direct communication with current and prospective online students for POLS 1301 & 2306 courses, regarding any technical or other course related questions. She is also involved with overseeing and managing the POLS online courses, as well as graphic design for course development.

Teresa Kennard

Kristina M.W. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Part-Time Instructor

Kristina Mitchell is a part-time Instructor of Political Science at Texas Tech University. She received her B.A. from the University of North Texas (2006), her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas (2010; 2012). Her research interests include international trade disputes and the interaction of international organizations with the private sector and online educational delivery practices. Her research has appeared in the Journal of World Trade. She teaches undergraduate courses in public policy, research methods, and international political economy.

Dr. Daniel J. Epstein

 

Pols Worldwide eLearning Faculty/Staff

Department of Political Science

  • Address

    Dept. of Political Science, Texas Tech University, 113 Holden Hall, Boston & Akron Streets, Lubbock, TX 79409-1015 Fax: 806.742.0850
  • Phone

    806.742.3121
  • Email

    pols.webmaster@ttu.edu