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.
Assistant Director – Online Instruction
Sara Norman is the Assistant Director for Online Instruction for the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas (2007) and her Ph.D. in Political Science at Texas Tech University (2013). She is the Instructor of Record for online POLS 1301 and 2306 courses. Dr. Norman also teaches undergraduate courses in Criminal Process and Moot Court.
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.
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.
Course Administrator- Online Education
Teresa Kennard is the Online Education Course Administrator for the 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 overseeing and managing the POLS online courses, as well as graphic design for course development. She is also in direct communication with current and prospective online students for POLS 1301, 2306, 3368, and all other courses being developed for online, regarding any technical or other course related questions.