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Richard Jones

  • University of Texas

Dr. Richard Jones (Ph.D., Ohio State University), has been at the University of Texas at San Antonio since 1977. He is Discipline Coordinator and Professor of Geography in the Department of Political Science and Geography at UTSA. His teaching expertise is in human geography, geography of development, behavioral geography, spatial analysis, Mexico, and Texas. He co-leads a semi-annual summer Study Abroad Course to the Mexican Mesa Central. He was awarded the Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Teaching Award (2011). His research has focused on international migration for all of his professional career, encompassing shifting geographic patterns of migration and return migration, impacts of migration and remittances on villages of origin, and immigrant adjustment in areas of destination. Mexican immigration, immigrant and refugee experiences and adjustment to the US, Bolivian emigration, and Irish return migration have defined his research agenda over the past two decades. He has been granted two Senior Research Fulbright awards, one to Mexico in 1994 and the second to Bolivia in 2007. 

His books include Ambivalent Journey: U.S. Migration and Economic Mobility in North-Central Mexico (University of Arizona Press 1995) in addition to the edited volumes Immigrants outside Megalopolis: Ethnic Transformation in the Heartland (Lexington Books, 2008) and Patterns of Undocumented Migration (Rowman and Allanheld (1984).

Recent articles include:

“The decline of transnationalism with time abroad: a Bolivian case study,” Ethnic and Racial Studies,, 2020

“A Time-Space Stream of DACA Benefits and Barriers Gleaned From the American Community Survey,” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 42(2), 2020, 143–164

“National Warming: An Exercise for World Geography,” The Geography Teacher 16 (2), 2019, 68-83 (with Nazgol Bagheri)

“The Central American Child Migration Surge: a Temporal and Spatial Explanation of its Causes,” The Latin Americanist 61 (3), 2017, 333-360

“Harbingers of Migration Regression: Global Trends and a Mexican Case Study,” Social Science Quarterly 97 (2), 2016: 293-310

“Migration Pessimism and the Subjective Well-being of Migrant Households in Mexico,” Bulletin of Latin American Research 34, 2015: 305-323

“The Decline of Migration as an Economic Force in Rural Areas: a Mexican Case Study,” International Migration Review 48, 2014: 728-761