Dr. José D. Villalobos is Associate Professor of Political Science. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. He is a recipient of the University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award and UTEP's Most Distinguished Faculty Member Award for commitment to teaching excellence.
His research examines policy making and public opinion dynamics in the areas of the U.S. presidency, race/ethnicity, and immigration. His publications include articles in: Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, Public Administration, Political Research Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Administration & Society, and numerous other venues. He is also co-author of the book Czars in the White House: The Rise of Policy Czars as Presidential Management Tools (University of Michigan Press, 2015).
At UTEP, Dr. Villalobos currently serves as Fellow for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Fellow and core member for UTEP's Community of Engaged Scholars, faculty liaison for nonpartisan voter registration for the Center for Civic Engagement, and Director of Student Enhancement and External Relations for Political Science. Dr. Villalobos is also a member of the Presidents & Executive Politics section of the American Political Science Association and recently served as Provost's Faculty Fellow-in-Residence in the Center for Civic Engagement at UTEP.