Dr. Richard Hartwig
Professor, Political Science


Dr. Richard Hartwig

Being an academic is an adventure.  After getting over the first hurdles, you can study, write and often teach whatever you want.  You get paid to read and write books and articles and get rewarded for foreign travel.  What a great gig!  I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend nine years of my life living, studying and teaching abroad—in Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Australia—plus shorter periods in the Portuguese Azores, Spain and Turkey. 

I studied German and Government as an undergraduate and concentrated on Latin American Politics as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I worked on a Master’s thesis in Argentina, did my dissertation research in Colombia and taught in Monterrey, Mexico for three years before coming to TAMUK.  While writing my doctoral thesis, I became a fan of a political philosopher named Paul Diesing.  I organize my Spring semester Technology & Society class around Diesing’s six types of rationality.   During my years as an academic gypsy, I taught American Government, Latin American Politics, Public Administration, Public Policy and International Relations.  My newest class at TAMUK is “Drugs, Violence and Politics in Mexico and Colombia".                                                                                      

All American academics want to save the world.  My modest contribution is a plan to reform the United Nations Security Council called the Regional/Economic Proposal (REP).  Come and see me in my office (Rhode Hall 340) and I will tell you about it.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville
700 University Blvd. MSC 165
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
Rhode Hall 340
voice: 361-593-3507
fax: 361-593-3502
email: kfreh00@tamuk.edu

This page was last updated on: January 20, 2017