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Heather Katz, Ph.D.

Heather Katz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor – Political Science

Department:   Social Sciences

Office:   SCI-101 C
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

  • American Government and Politics
  • Principles of International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • International Organizations
  • Comparative Politics
  • The Road to Equality
  • Theories of War and Conflict
  • Political Parties
  • The Internet and Politics
  • Area Studies in Comparative Politics
  • Model UN

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 working on several projects that include a study of internet service providers in Oklahoma, how the transition to virtual learning affected students in the context of the digital divide, and the effects of internet shutdowns.

I am active in the American Political Science Association and take part in their conferences across the country and the Midwest Political Science Association at the famous Palmer House in Chicago.

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

Professional Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association

Curriculum Vitae