Director – Online & Regional Site Education
Kristina Mitchell is an 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. Her research has appeared in the Journal of World Trade. She teaches undergraduate courses in public policy, research methods, and international political economy.
Dr. Mitchell also coordinates the online education program for the Department of Political Science and conducts research on online educational delivery practices.
Assistant Director – Online Education
Tyson Meredith is an Instructor of Political Science at Texas Tech University. He received is B.A. in Political Science and German from the University of Idaho and his M.A. from Texas Tech University. He assists in the development and facilitation of the online education program for the Department of Political Science.
His primary research interests include domestic and international terrorism, conflict processes, and party system effectiveness. His primary fields of study are in comparative politics and international relations. He has taught undergraduate courses in domestic terrorism, US foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, introductory comparative politics, introductory international relations, American government, and US public policy.
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.
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.
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.
Jack Harper, Assistant City Manager with the City of Waco, is a native Texan. Jack has 24 years of municipal experience, and has worked previously in Lubbock,
San Antonio, and Abilene. He has been teaching for the Texas Tech Public Administration
program since Fall 2016.
Jack is very active in professional and civic activities. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a Master of Public Administration- both from Texas Tech University. He is a member of both the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and Texas City Management Association (TCMA), where he has served as a Regional President three times, and currently serves on the TCMA Board of Directors.