Brandon Seitzler

Program Director of Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Director of the Criswell Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and Assistant Professor of Politics & Economics
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Education

  • 2015 Ph.D. (Public Policy & Political Economy), University of Texas at Dallas. Dissertation: “Religious Change in Brazil: a cross-country comparison of how Protestantism impacts political and economic development.”
  • 2011 M.S. (International Political Economy), University of Texas at Dallas. Emphasis: International Development; Latin America
  • 2007 B.A. (Interdisciplinary Studies), University of Texas at Dallas. Emphasis: Latin American Studies

Employment History

  • 2015-Present Assistant Professor of Politics & Economics and Director of PPE, Criswell College
  • 2012-2014 Teaching Associate, University of Texas at Dallas
  • 2011-2014 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Dallas
  • 2006 English Teacher, CEDEI Language School, Cuenca, Ecuador

Awards

  • Hillman Research Fellowship, Baylor University; 2012
  • Ph.D. Research Small Grant, University of Texas at Dallas; 2012, 2014
  • Graduate Student Full Scholarship, University of Texas at Dallas; 2011-Present
  • Jazz Performance Excellence (Drum Set) Full Scholarship, Collin College; 2003-2005

Presentations

  • “Brazil the Exception? The democratizing impact of Protestant missionaries and why Latin America falls short;” Midwest Political Science Association, 2014
  • “A Public Choice Analysis of the United States’ Faith-Based Foreign Policy Agenda;” Institute for Humane Studies, 2013
  • “Baptist Missionaries and Civil Society Creation in South America;” Midwest Association for Latin American Studies, 2012

Professional Organizations

  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Midwest Association for Latin American Studies
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Christians in Political Science

Research Interests

  • Church-State Relations
  • Political Economy of Religion
  • Land Rights
  • Applied Game Theory
  • International Political Economy
  • Comparative Politics
  • Latin American Studies

Miscellaneous

  • Foreign Languages: Spanish
  • Academic Service: Undergraduate Research Match Volunteer, UTD 2013; Student Committee Member for The Higher Education Coordinating Board Review, UTD 2012; Founding President – Sociology Club at UTD 2011-12; Volunteer Drummer for Undergraduate Jazz Guitar Ensemble, UTD 2010
  • Community Service: Moderator for monthly comparative politics and comparative religion and politics dialogue – FDIC group (Food Drink and Intelligent Conversation) – Plano, Texas
  • Overseas Study: Intensive Spanish program – CEDEI, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Certification: International TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)