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Department Chair:

Barbara Bonnekessen

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Contact Person:
Nancy Grantham

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Phone: 620-235-4325
Fax: 620-235-4338

Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
412 Russ Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762


Dr. Botello-Samson joined the faculty in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences in 2007.  He earned his doctorate in political science at Rutgers University, where he researched the impact of property rights litigation on environmental regulatory agencies.  Prior to joining the faculty at Pittsburg State University, he was a visiting professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.  When he is not teaching or writing, Dr. Botello-Samson enjoys hiking and cooking vegetarian cuisine.

Dr. Botello-Samson was honored with the 2014 Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Award by the Student Government Association from student nominees of faculty that demonstrate excellence in instruction and service to students on campus.

Education and Certifications

Ph.D., Political Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
          Graduate Certification in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change
M.A., Political Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

Courses Taught

POLS 101:  U.S. Politics
POLS 412:  Law in Film and Literature
POLS 512:  Environmental Politics
POLS 562:  Law and Politics
POLS 571:  Ecotourism and Globalization – Study Abroad (Bolivia)
POLS 609:  Administrative Law
POLS 661:  Constitutional Law I – Separation of Powers
POLS 662:  Constitutional Law II – Civil Liberties


Faculty Advisor for Pre-Law Club
Faculty Advisor for Vegetarian Club

Interests, Publications and Presentations

Regulatory Takings and the Environment:  The Impact of Property Rights Litigation.  El Paso:  LFB Scholarly Publishing.  2010.

"The Regulatory Response to the Legal Mobilization of Property Rights:  An Institutional Analysis of Regulatory Decision-Making."  Property Rights and Neoliberalism:  Cultural Demands and Legal Actions, Wayne V. McIntosh and Laura J. Hatcher, eds.  Surrey (UK):  Ashgate Publishers.  2010.

"Jurisprudence and Environmental Injustices:  The Property Rights and Environmental Justice Movements."  Perspectives on Evil, Law and the State, Kiran Sarma and Ben Livings, eds.  Amsterdam:  Rodopi Publishers.  2011.  (Forthcoming)

"The Benchmark of Expectations:  Regulatory Takings and Surface Coal Mining."  Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law.  Vol. 22, No. 1.  2007-2008.

Darren Botello-Samson

Darren Botello-Samson

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Pre-Law Advisor
Coordinator, Political Science
Director, International Studies
Director, International Knowledge and Experience (IKE) program

Areas of Specialization
   Judicial Politics
   Constitutional Law
   Environmental Politics

Areas of Competency
   Political and Legal Theory

Dept. of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
327D Russ Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

620-235-4334 office phone
620-235-4338 fax