LSC-CyFair Government Department
The Government Department at LCS-CyFair seeks to create an environment that transforms students into informed citizens who value community service and excel in professional life.
Our teaching inspires students to examine global issues and act upon their convictions through civic involvement.
Faculty and Staff
John A. Duerk, Ph.D.
Office: ART 113-T
After teaching high school social studies for six years, I returned to graduate school to pursue a doctorate in political science at Northern Illinois University. My primary and secondary fields of specialization are American government and public policy, respectively. For more than two decades, I’ve been fascinated with social movements (e.g. abolitionism, woman’s rights, and animal liberation), in part, because they’re composed of everyday people who have a powerful vision of how the world can be different as they struggle to change existing conditions. In 2015, the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society published my article "Elijah P. Lovejoy: Anti-Catholic Abolitionist." I’m also interested in Robert Putnam’s research on social capital. To me, schools are important places where we can build relationships in an effort to improve the overall quality of life in our community. In my free time, I enjoy exploring local parks in the area, playing four chord punk rock, visiting the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and listening to National Public Radio. I’ve also been known to eat my pad see-ew with tofu and no egg or fish sauce.
Hoyt Devries, M.A.
Office: CASA 320-J
My name is Hoyt De Vries and I hail from Amarillo, Texas. I graduated high school from Chamberlain-Hunt Military Academy in Port Gibson, Mississippi in 1988. The school was originally founded in 1870. From that point I entered into the United States Army Reserves as an Artillery Crewman and trained as a Reserve Drill Sergeant. In July of 1990, I entered active duty and was stationed in Nuremberg, Germany with the 2nd Armored Division. When outbreak of hostilities between U.N. coalition forces and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, I got attached to the 82nd Airborne Division where I conducted mop-up operations and captured Enemy Prisoners of War (EPW’s). I received the Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) for my service in Desert Storm. I left the Army in April of 1995 and matriculated to West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas where I received a B.A. in History and Political Science. I completed my Masters in Political Science in 2003.
In 2000, I moved to Cypress, Texas to begin a teaching career in secondary education. I have taught 6th grade World Cultures, 9th Grade World Geography, 10th grade World History and senior AP Government and dual credit until May of 2013. Following the attacks on September 11, 2001, I enlisted for 3 years into the United Stated Naval Reserves as an Intelligence Analyst. Here I was trained and specialized in imagery and target identification. I was assigned to Central Command.
I began to adjunct for the Lone Star College System in 2003 and became a full time professor in August 2014. I am currently Lead Faculty; which I have held that position for two years, chaired the textbook and hiring committees in 2016. My passion is foreign policy and international relations. I truly look forward to seeing my students every day and offering them and myself a new opportunity to learn about politics in the United States.
Jinu Abraham, Ph.D
Office: CASA 325T
I started at Lone Star College-Cyfair in the Spring of 2018. I am a recent transplant to Texas, as I hail from New York originally. I received my Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Binghamton University and my Master's and Ph.D. in Political Science from The Graduate Center at The City University of New York. My specialties are comparative politics and international relations. My research focuses on agricultural recovery in post civil war settings.
I have taught undergraduates for seven years at a variety of community, public, and private colleges in the Greater New York City area. I have taught courses on American Government, American Foreign Policy, Civil Wars in the Developing World, Comparative Political Analysis, Politics of the Middle East, Globalization, and Introduction to International Relations. Both my Texas Government and Federal Government classes aim to create an interactive environment where students engage with the course material through class discussions, oral presentations, and an emphasis on writing to persuade an audience.
My name is Maria Gabryszewska and I just joined LSC-CyFair as a political science professor. Prior to moving to Texas, I have taught Political Science as well as Writing and Rhetoric courses at Florida International University where I am working on completing my doctorate. I am originally from New Jersey, which is where I received my two and four-year degrees - Union County College and Kean University. My primary research interest is American politics with a focus on women and politics, Congress, Political Communication, Political Behavior, and interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches.
In an age of content at your fingertips, I believe my role as an instructor is to inspire. My goal is to inspire my students to think about how they can contribute not only as a student in my class, but locally and globally as citizens.
Heidi Green, Ph.D.
Office: CASA 325-L
My name is Heidi Jo Green and I am a Professor of Political Science with a specialty on the United States Supreme Court and judicial politics. I have been teaching at Lone Star College-CyFair since the fall of 2006. Previously, I taught criminal justice at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Kearney (1995), a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Government from Harvard University (Division of Continuing Education) (1998), and a secondary Graduate Certificate in Women in Politics and Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts-Boston (2000), and a Ph.D. in human services from Walden University (2015).
Prior to teaching at the college level, I worked as a caseworker for the State of Iowa in child welfare. From 2000 – 2001, I worked for the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts-Boston serving as a survey analyst in the Presidential Election of 2000 between George W. Bush and Al Gore. During this time, I also worked with the Commission on Presidential Debates helping orchestrate the first Presidential debate of 2000 between Bush and Gore at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. I have published an article titled, "Was the Roe v. Wade Decision the Correct One?" in History in Dispute (1999), and Illinois v. Gates (2005). I am married and have two sons. Personally, I love to read, watch Downton Abbey and Victoria on PBS, as well as travel.
Milosz Kucharski, Ph.D.
Office: HSC 117-R
I am professor of political science, and I joined the LSC-CyFair faculty in 2012. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Davis. I also hold both graduate and Doctoral degrees from the same institution, specializing in International Relations and American foreign policy.
I have taught a variety of political science courses including American and Texas Government, Introduction to Political Science, The Politics of Interdependence, and Introduction to International Relations. I am committed to quality teaching and participating in the academic development of my students.
I have presented at numerous conferences. My research interests center around international security, American foreign policy, and great power interactions. My recent publications include:
- “China in the Age of American Primacy.” International Relations 26 (4), 2012.
- “Balancing Unipolarity: Russian Responses to American Preeminence.” Stosunki Miedzynarodowe – International Relations 43 (1), 2011.
I embrace teaching as a service to the campus community as well as an opportunity to empower students and to help them develop confidence in their own abilities. In my classroom, I employ a variety of instructional methods, including student-centered, active and experiential learning strategies. I never tell students what to think; instead, I provide them with critical thinking tools that they may take beyond the classroom. I place strong emphasis on developing students’ research and writing skills, and I prioritize understanding over the simple accumulation of facts. Most importantly, I truly enjoy teaching and I look forward to each and every class.
William Schulz, Jr., Ph.D
Office: CASE 224-F
I have been involved in education for over a decade. After living abroad for several years, I returned stateside to earn a Master of Arts degree in History. I pursued further graduate studies in Philosophy and Political Science, earning a Master’s degree in the former and a Doctorate in the latter. Somewhere along the way, I taught high school social studies, earned a law degree, and practiced law as a Special Assistant District Attorney and in private practice. I have been particularly interested in the evolution of political ideas, especially the works of G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy Day, and Miguel de Unamuno. My fields of specialty include comparative law, modern European and Middle Eastern history, and the politics of developing nations (especially West Africa and South Asia). I have been a competition-level ballroom dancer, I am occasionally seen with a guitar, and I enjoy cuisines from around the world.
Mayia Shulga, Ph.D
Office: HSC 117-G
I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside, and in my graduate research I focused on democratic theory, political economy, and political cultures in Ukraine and Russia in the 1990s. I have taught courses on Political Ideologies, Introduction to Political Theory, Political Theory of Globalization, Introduction to Political Science, American Government, and Texas Government. Currently, my curriculum is centered on giving meaning to social transformations in the early 21st century United States through application of historical and cross-cultural comparisons. My pedagogy is mainly grounded in the Socratic method because my primary goal is to teach students to think.
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Division 6: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Office: TECH 123
Front Desk: 281.290.5273
Dean: Kelly Gernhart, Ph.D.