William   A.  Gordon

Lecturer I  

Office: ELABN 226
Phone: (956) 665-3322
Email: william.gordon@utrgv.edu

Dr. William A. Gordon

Title of Dr. Gordon’s Ph.D. dissertation: “Why Minor Political Parties Fail in the United States: The Electoral and Governmental Barriers to Minor Party Persistence.” Teaching Experience: 1. Lecturer (2015-Present), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas; 2. Assistant Professor (2009-2015), Instructor (2008-2009), Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee; 3. Instructor (2007-2008), Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • American National Government; Texas Government; Forms of National, State, and Local Government; Electoral Systems; Minor Political Parties; Policymaking; Legal Writing; United States Constitutional Law including Civil Rights and Liberties; Comparative Methods; and Research Design
  • Education

    • PhD, Political Science, New School for Social Research, 2009
    • JD, City University of New York, 1995
    • Master in International Administration, School for International Training, 1993
    • BA, Political Science, Secondary Education, Spanish, Boston College, 1988
  • Currently Teaching

    POLS 2306 04 - TX Gov & Pol:
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    POLS 4310 01 - U.S. Judicial Process:
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    POLS 2306 03 - TX Gov & Pol:
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    POLS 2306 05 - TX Gov & Pol:
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Selected Presentations


  • William Gordon and Mike Gruszczynski. "Minor Parties, Nonpartisan Ballots, and District Magnitude," Annual Meeting of the New England Political Science Association, New England Political Science Association, Newport, Rhode Island (April 2016)

  • William Gordon. "Why Minor Parties Persist Longer in Canada than in the United States at the Sub-National Level," Annual Meeting of the New England Political Science Association, New England Political Science Association, Portland, Maine (May 2013)

  • William Gordon. "Why Minor Parties Fail in the United States: The Type of Sub-National Governing Institutions and the Number of Persistent Minor Parties," Annual Meeting of the New England Political Science Association, New England Political Science Association, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (April 2012)

Current Courses

POLS 2306 04 - TX Gov & Pol:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
POLS 4310 01 - U.S. Judicial Process:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
POLS 2306 03 - TX Gov & Pol:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
POLS 2306 05 - TX Gov & Pol:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses