Thomas Longoria is professor of Political Science at Texas State University and the Director of the Center for Policy, Research, and Training at Texas State University. Longoria teaches courses on nonprofit management, public policy, minority and urban politics, and public administration. Longoria has conducted nearly $3,000,000 in research and sponsored projects in the area of community development. He has received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for National Service as well as other federal, state, and local government funders. He is author or co-author articles that appear in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Urban Affairs Review, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, State and Local Government Review, Journal of Minority and Immigrant Health, Death Studies, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, and the Western Political Quarterly. He received his B.A. degree from Pan American University and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.
From Tom, “As a site visitor over the last few years, I have learned so much about the value of NASPAA accreditation and the great program improvements that come from the self-study and accreditation process. I look forward to serving on COPRA and helping expand the roster of programs nationally and internationally.”