Dr. José D. Villalobos is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University.
His core areas of research are presidential management/policy making and the public presidency. In particular, he focuses on questions that explore how and why presidential managerial and rhetorical strategies influence policy making performance and, in turn, how the public influences and appraises such efforts. He is also interested in studies on immigration and race/ethnicity. His publications include articles in Political Research Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Administration & Society, Review of Policy Research, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, International Journal of Public Administration, International Journal of Conflict Management, and Race, Gender & Class.
Dr. Villalobos' dissertation, “Presidential-Bureaucratic Management and Policy Making Success in Congress,” examined eleven presidential administrations from 1949-2007 to explore how presidents may employ agency input to balance their managerial and information needs and costs and thereby maximize their likelihood of legislative policy success. His work was chosen for the 2009 Dissertation Award granted by the American Political Science Association (APSA) for best dissertation on the U.S. Presidency.
Dr. Villalobos currently serves as board member and website manager for the Presidents & Executive Politics (PEP) section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). He recently served as the Executive Politics section chair for the 2013 Western Political Science Association (WPSA) conference and has been selected to serve as the Presidential/Executive Politics section chair for the 2015 Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) conference. Prior to that, he served as President of the Midwest Latino/a Caucus (MLC) section of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) from 2008-2011. At UTEP, he currently serves the Political Science Department as a Faculty Senator, member of the undergraduate committee, and as the department's website manager.