Brent Burgess joined the CTX community in July of 2011 and was tasked with developing the Political Science Degree program. Brent, who was mostly raised in West Texas, attended West Texas A&M University for both his Bachelors and Masters degrees. After working in politics for three years, he decided to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas. Before coming to CTX, Brent was a professor of Political Science at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He is a current member of the Pre-Law Advisers National Conference (PLANC), the Southwestern Political Science Association (SWPSA) and the American Political Science Association (APSA). Brent’s research agenda includes multiple publications in the area of Higher Education Policy and he is currently working on research on pedagogy improvements in Government courses.
Brent teaches the following courses at CTX: American Government & Citizenship, Introduction to Law, American Constitutional Law, Texas State & Local Government, and the Political Science Leadership Capstone.
Brent enjoys almost everything that can be done outdoors including: traveling, reading, fishing, backpacking, kayaking, cycling, & sailing. He has a 4 year old daughter and has been married to his wife Prairie (who also teaches at CTX) for almost 10 years. He is a member of ACTS Church-Lakeway, a member church of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Asked what he thinks about CTX, he said:
“I’ve taught at or attended about seven different colleges and universities in my life, and none of them compare to the educational expectations and capabilities here at Concordia. I feel very blessed and humbled to be teaching at such a great university with such great people.”
Richard Potts has been teaching part-time at Concordia University Texas since 2008, and joined the Political Science department faculty in 2012. In addition to teaching duties, Richard is also responsible for Concordia’s study abroad and experiential education efforts. From 2008-2011, Richard was associate director of The Media Project, a global network of journalists working on issues of religion, journalism, and public life. Prior to that, Richard spent nearly a decade in Washington, D.C., designing and teaching in experiential-education programs.
Richard holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Comparative Government from George Mason University, and he is currently a PhD candidate in the same field. His research interests include Latin American politics and religion, democratic transitions, media and the public square, political culture, and civil society. He is writing his dissertation on Mexico’s religious communities and their responses to narco-violence.
Richard is a news addict. He enjoys media of all kinds, chatting in Spanish, a good cup of coffee, playing piano, and disc golf. When Richard is not at Concordia, he can probably be found with his two children at the park or pool, or running or biking one of the many beautiful trails in the hills of Austin. Richard attends Point of Grace church in Pflugerville, TX.