Political Science


Dr. Tina Bertrand
Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department
Phone: 325-793-4616
Office: Old Main 307B

Ph.D., Emory University
B.A., University of Houston, University Park

Tina Bertrand is the international specialist in the McMurry political science department. Her research interests range from environmental issues in world politics to the functions of the United Nations. She sponsors the Model United Nations program at McMurry, both organizing an on campus meeting of high school delegations in the fall and then supervising a McMurry student delegation to the national Model UN convocation in New York in the spring. Voted Outstanding Faculty Member, 2009.

Dr. Paul Fabrizio
Professor of Political Science
Pre-Law Advisor
Phone: 325-793-3806
Office: Maedgen 107
Fax: 325-793-4628 — attn: Dr. Paul Fabrizio

M.A., Ph.D., Emory University
B.A., University of Southern California

Paul Fabrizio brings a wealth of experience to McMurry. He was born and raised in Southern California and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California. Subsequently, he spent several years at St. John's Major Seminary in Camarillo, California, as well as working for an automotive market researching company. He also served as an assistant manager with the U.S. Census Bureau in Baltimore, Maryland, for the 1990 census, before returning to academe to get his doctorate from Emory University in Atlanta. In addition to his administrative duties, Fabrizio also hosts an off campus radio talk show, “The Professors.”

Dr. Joel Olufowote      [webpage]
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone: 325-793-3864
Office: Old Main 306C

M.A., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale
B.S., University of Indianapolis

Dr. Olufowote joined the McMurry faculty in 2013 and is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department. He arrives at McMurry after spending the last year on a Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University at Albany, SUNY. 

Dr. Olufowote teaches courses in African politics, comparative political institutions and processes, comparative public policy, and democratization. His interest in global affairs and specific expertise in African politics is a product of his upbringing. He was born in Ghana to Nigerian parents and attended school in Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, and the United States while growing up; much of his teaching and research interests in global politics is drawn from first-hand experience in the environments he studies. His most current research examines the ways in which Africans support democracy and its consequences on democratic consolidation.

Dr. Olufowote relocated back to the United States, full-time, in 2001 to pursue post-secondary education. He received his B.S. in economics/finance from the University of Indianapolis in 2005, his M.A. in political science from Southern Illinois University in 2008, and his Ph.D. in political science in 2013, also from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Olufowote enjoys being involved on the student affairs side of higher education and seeks to be an active participant in student-led campus organizations here at McMurry.