Brent A. Burgess, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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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

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Richard Potts and his Kids

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 masters 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 Teaches the following courses at CTX: International Relations Comparative Politics, American Political Institutions Processes, Principles of Political Science, Public Policy, and American Government Citizenship. He also serves as CTX's Coordinator for Study Abroad.

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.

Carl C. Trovall, Ph.D .

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Associate Professor of Philosophy History


Carl is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Philosophy and History at Concordia University Texas. He has also served as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Laredo, TX, and campus pastor at Concordia University Texas and at the University of Texas.

Carl teaches a variety of courses at CTX including: Political Theory Ideologies, The History of Mexico, and Introductory Honors courses.

His professional interests include public theology and ethics, contemporary Christian ethics, Latino/a Studies, History of Mexico, Liberation Theology, Immigration, Relations of Church and Civil Society, Bioethics, and the Ethics of War and Peace. Having worked on the U.S.Mexico border, he has been particularly interested in exploring what U. S. Latino/a theology might contribute to our broader public discourse in the United States on identity, ethnicity, and civic community. His dissertation, An Analysis of the Political and Moral Implications of Mestizaje for Michael Walzers Conception of Community in the United States, focused on the work of Fr. Virgilio Elizondo. In 2011, Liturgical Press published his essay, Juan Diego: A Psychohistory of a Regenerative Man in a collection entitled American Magnificat: Protestants on Mary of Guadalupe, edited by Maxwell E. Johnson. He was the recipient of the Martin J. Neeb Teaching Excellence Award in 2000 and 2009. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Pflugerville, TX. They have two children.

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