Coordinator, University Pre-LawCoordinator, Political Science ProgramDirector, International Studies Program
Areas of SpecializationConstitutional LawJudicial PoliticsEnvironmental Politics
Areas of CompetencyPolitical and Legal Theory
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. Read about the 2014 Recipients and the Faculty Award.
Ph.D., Political Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.A.Graduate Certification in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change
M.A., Political Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.
B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas, U.S.A.
POLS 101: U.S. PoliticsPOLS 412: Law in Film and LiteraturePOLS 512: Environmental PoliticsPOLS 562: Law and PoliticsPOLS 571: Ecotourism and Globalization – Study Abroad (Bolivia)POLS 609: Administrative LawPOLS 661: Constitutional Law I – Separation of PowersPOLS 662: Constitutional Law II – Civil Liberties
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