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Heather Katz, Ph.D.

Heather Katz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor – Political Science

Department:  Social Sciences

Office:   SCI-101 G
Phone:   580.774.3754
E-mail:   heather.katz@swosu.edu


I joined the Department of Social Sciences in 2018 after having taught at Queens College for nearly 10 years and receiving my Ph.D. from City University of New York.  If you are ever planning a trip to the tristate, I am happy to volunteer as a tour guide.

I encourage you to reach out to me before, during, or after our semester(s) together conclude to ask questions about the course material, lingering metaphysical concerns, or if you need to talk to me about your course obligations.

Goals for Students

First, you should know that the study of political science, namely of power, goes beyond the formal institutions of governance like Congress or the mayor’s office.  It is relevant to our everyday lives: in our interactions with people in our workplace, communities, and even our family.  Political science is important for everyone, from majors and minors to those lucky ones taking the required (but exciting) course on American Government. 

Second, I want you to be better researchers and consumers of news.  In the era of misinformation, fake news, and something called “narrowcasting,” it is crucial that can get reliable information and practice critical thinking and analysis.  It will enable you to be better informed and even better participants in our democracy.

Courses Taught or Plan to Teach

  • American Government and Politics
  • Principles of International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • International Organizations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Women and Politics
  • Theories of War and Conflict
  • Political Parties
  • The Internet and Politics

Research

Broadly speaking, I am trained as an international relations scholar and political theorist.  My research centers on human rights as they apply to the internet, particularly about a right to internet access in the face of persistent digital divides.

I am currently conducting a study on fixed wireless broadband both in rural Oklahoma, the policy environment, and how it compares to similar contexts worldwide.  My other interests include how authoritarian states violate principles and norms of access and how they compete with Western states to spread those ideas to others.

My recent conference presentations include the American Political Science Association conferences in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and the Midwest Political Science Association in 2017 and 2019.

Please see my personal web page for more details.

Educational Background

Ph. D., Department of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center  Dissertation title: Internet Access and Freedom: Constructing and Reacting to Transnational Norms about Internet Diffusion and Use

M.A., Department of Political Science, William Paterson University of New Jersey

B.A., Department of Political Science, William Paterson University of New Jersey

Publications

UNDER REVIEW

“Evaluating Internet Service Provider Marketplaces’ Impact on Digital Divides.” Journal of Information Technology & Politics 

CONFERENCE PAPERS

“Comparative Analysis of Broadband Alternatives and Persistent Digital Divides.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.  August 29 – September 1 (paper accepted).

“Fixed Wireless Broadband: A Policy Alternative?”  Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago.  April 4 – 7.

“Authoritarian Internationalism, Cybernorms, and the SCO.”  American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston. August 30 – September 2.

“Evaluating Internet Service Provider Marketplaces’ Impact on Digital Divides.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco.  August 31 – September 3.

“Cyber Sovereignty: Alternative or Reaction to Demands for Internet Freedom?” Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago. April 6 – 9.

“The Freedom to Connect: Responses to an Emerging Norm about Internet Access.”  Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago. April 7 – 10.

“Disaggregating the ‘Islamic Threat:’ Political Identity in Liberal Democracies and Islamic Terrorism.” Northeast Political Science Association Conference, Philadelphia. November 14 – 17.

“Building a Future: An Examination and Comparison of Nation-Building in the Middle East.” Southwestern Social Science Association Conference, New Orleans. March 23 – 26.

BOOK REVIEW NOTE

Review of For the love of humanity: the World Tribunal on Iraqin Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Vol. 56.9

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

“Navigating the Complicated World of Assessment.”  Writerly Matters.  The College of Staten Island, CUNY, WAC/WID e-publication.  Vol 2.3.

“Students on the Brink of Failure: Using WAC/WID tools to prevent disengagement.”  Writerly Matters.  The College of Staten Island, CUNY, WAC/WID e-publication.  Vol 2.1.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association

Curriculum Vitae