Faculty & Staff
Dean of Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH)
Dr. Marie Sesay
Dr. Marie Sesay is the Dean of Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH) for Lone Star College-Kingwood. For more than a decade, Sesay has been committed to educating adults within the mission and vision of community colleges. Sesay's passion for education has grown through the various positions she has held. Prior to her present position, Sesay taught sociology for various campuses within Lone Star College, Houston Community College System, Park University in Austin, Texas and online. In previous careers, Sesay served as compliance officer for workforce programs, Psychotherapist, nursing home administrator, and in management at a rehabilitation facility.
Sesay earned a Bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin and a Master's degree in counseling from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). She also completed post-graduate work in sociology at PVAMU and earned a doctorate degree from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin where she received the Jessie H. Jones Endowed Fellowship Scholarship, the Great American Scholarship and the George and Irene Baker Scholarship.
Sesay is the first child of parents from Sierra Leone, West Africa. She is fluent in African dialect of Krio and is committed to her community locally and internationally.
Office: ADM 209-D
Thilo M. Schimmel, Ph.D.
Thilo M. Schimmel, Ph.D., history professor, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Universität Regensburg in Germany and a Master of Arts degree in American Studies from Purdue University. He earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois.
"History is the most fascinating field of inquiry I have encountered in my life and I hope to pass my enthusiasm about it to my students."
John J. Theis, Ph.D.
John J. Theis, Ph.D., a political science professor, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2007. Theis received a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Tulsa. He also earned a Master of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.
In 1997, Theis published an article entitled, "The Institutionalization of the American Presidency: 1924-1992", which he co-authored with Lyn Ragsdale.
Theis has presented numerous papers which include: "Split Ticket and Divided Government" to the American Political Science Association in 1994; "The Institutionalization of the American Presidency" to the Midwest Political Science Association; and "Split Ticket Voting in American Elections: A Pooled-Time Series Analysis" to the Southwestern Social Science Association, which he co-authored.
Theis has also delivered a variety of presentations. In August 2012, he was the keynote speaker at the Community College of Allegheny County in-service. Theis also served as moderator during a discussion of "Engaging the Community: Student Perspectives" before the American Democracy Annual meeting. He also presented, "Rabble Rousers: Engaging Students from the Classroom to the Campus" with LSC-Kingwood history professor Steve Davis and Dr. Rebecca Riley, vice-president of academic instruction.
Theis' professional awards include: LSC-Kingwood Innovator of the Year, Man of the Year by the United Methodist Men, Missouri West Conference, and the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Paul Blakelock, Ph.D.
Paul Blakelock, Ph.D., professor of political science, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2003. Blakelock earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Lamar University and a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Houston. He is also earned a doctorate degree from the University of Houston. Blakelock is the advisor of the LSC-Kingwood veterans club.
Vida Davoudi, Ph.D.
Vida Davoudi, Ph.D., is a government and politics professor. She joined LSC-Kingwood in 1989. Davoudi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from American University of Beirut. She also holds graduate and doctoral degrees in Political Science from Southern Illinois University.
Davoudi has presented a variety papers including "Arab Spring and its impact on American Foreign Policy", "Religion as a uniter rather than divider", and "Islam and its political impact."
"LSC-Kingwood is very cordial and scholastically rewarding."
David Putz, Ph.D.
David Putz, Ph.D., professor of political science, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2000. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from the University of Texas and a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Houston. In addition to his teaching duties, Putz is also director of the college's Honors Program.
Putz published, "Partisan Conversion in the 1990s: Ideological Realignment Meets Measurement Theory" in the Journal of Politics in 2002.
He has presented at numerous conferences. In 2010, Putz presented at the annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council in Kansas City, MO on the subject, "Overcoming Recruiting Hurdles in Honors". He also presented, "What makes it An Honors Course, Anyway?" at the National Collegiate Honors Council in St. Louis, MO in 2005.
Putz also "Differential Success Rates in Congressional Primaries: An Historical Analysis of the Effect of Candidate Sex," at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston, MA.
In 2007, Putz was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award at LSC-Kingwood.
Putz' decision to go into teaching was purely by accident. "I returned to graduate school after a short career in the telecommunications industry and wanted to pursue a degree in history, but I did not have enough undergraduate hours to begin graduate work. I had minored in Middle Eastern studies and those hours were credited toward work in political science."
Alicja Jac-Kucharski, Ph.D.
Alicja Jac-Kucharski, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in political science. She joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley. She also holds both graduate and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of California at Davis.
Prior to her position at LSC-Kingwood, Dr. Jac-Kucharski was an adjunct professor at LSC-Cy Fair, where she taught courses in government. She is a member of the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association and the Midwest Political Science Association.
In 2012, Dr. Jac-Kucharski published an article entitled “The Determinants of Human Trafficking: A U.S. Case Study” in International Migration. She is currently working on publishing her dissertation.
Dr. Jac-Kucharski has presented at numerous conferences. In 2011 and 2012 she presented “Screening for Health: International Migration and Security Threats” at the Annual Conferences of the Midwest Political Science Association and the International Studies Association, respectively. In 2009 and 2012, she presented her work on human trafficking and European integration at several ISA conferences.
"I relish the idea of teaching a full range of students and am especially appreciative of the opportunity to help people better their own lives. I act on this in my professional life, as I am frequently approached by students, especially female students, who seek advice on how to do better in their classes to be able to transfer to other institutions, apply to law school, graduate school or who want to take the foreign service exam. However, as I have served as a mentor for several institutions, I also take this conviction outside of the classroom. Being able to help people achieve their dreams is the best part of my job."
Office: CLA 200-G
John D. Carnes
Daniel A. Cooper
James O. Ellis
Judith K. Gooch
Carly M. Jones
Amanda R. Krzyzanowski-Cream
Crystina A. Lewis
Eric T. Lundin
Richard K. Maxey
Charlotte A. Meador
James G. Monroe
Angela L. Phillips
James E. Robinson
Charles E. Smith
Larry L. Threadgill
Office: LIB 206