Director, Center for Urban Studies and Assistant Professor of Geography
Office: Scharbauer Hall 2004D
Phone: 817 257 5241
Kyle Walker is the director of the Center for Urban Studies and an assistant professor of Geography at TCU. Dr. Walker specializes in the study of demographic trends in U.S. metropolitan areas. His recent research projects have addressed generational trends in U.S. internal migration, shifts in neighborhood racial diversity in cities and suburbs, and demographic data visualization. At TCU, Dr. Walker teaches courses in world regional geography, Geographic Information Systems, and computational data analysis.
Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: 817 257 7660
Erin Atwood joined the TCU College of Education in 2016 as an Assistant Professor and works primarily with the Educational Leadership program. Her teaching emphasizes transformative social justice and interdisciplinary approaches to preparing educational leaders. Her research is unified under the broad goal of understanding and promoting equity in education. The focus of this work includes critical policy analysis with specific attention to school finance policy and legal history, examining the social and cultural contexts of schooling, and the development of educational leaders for social justice. She earned a B.S. in Education from Texas Christian University, a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction–Science Education and Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Office: Scharbauer Hall 4208
Phone: 817 257 5943
Michael Bachmann is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. His research spans all facets of the intersection of high technology and the law, ranging from computer hacker subcultures and ethics to the facilitation of crime investigations through geospatial mapping applications. He is the author of several book chapters and articles on cybercrimes such as Internet piracy, fraud, espionage, malicious code releases, and the use of Internet technology by human trafficking and terrorist organizations. Dr. Bachmann’s current projects include two Department of Justice-funded grants with a total volume of $800,000. He is developing a comprehensive database on the involvement of organized crime syndicates in human trafficking operations and is employing crime mapping technologies to combat gun and gang violence. Outside of TCU, Dr. Bachmann serves as a USAID consultant to help combat the rampant crime of extortion in developing countries by advising on issues pertaining to cybercrimes and cyber-investigations, cyber-forensics, and electronic search and seizure procedures as well as cellphone interception, surveillance, and tracking techniques. He supports efforts by the Cook Children’s Health Foundation’s Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment as a consultant for geospatial and statistical analyses.
Assistant Professor of Geography
Office: Scharbauer Hall 2004C
Phone: 817 257 7308
Sean Crotty is an expert in urban economic geography. His research identifies the locational characteristics of informal labor markets as well as spatial inefficiencies in government interventions into those markets. As affiliated faculty with the TCU Center for Urban Studies, he leads and supports projects examining a variety of issues in the greater Fort Worth community including community/economic development, infrastructure development, and neighborhood labor markets. He teaches World Regional Geography, Economic Geography, and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. He earned a B.S. in International Economics from Texas Christian University in 2003, a M.A. in geography in 2007 from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in Geography in 2012 from San Diego State University and the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office: Scharbauer Hall 2007E
Phone: 817 257 5004
Emily Farris (M.A., Ph.D. Brown University; B.A. Furman University) is an assistant professor in Political Science at TCU. Dr. Farris specializes in American politics on issues of urban politics and racial and ethnic politics. She teaches courses at TCU in American politics, survey research, urban politics, civil rights, and racial and ethnic politics. Her current research includes projects relating to Latino political behavior, county sheriffs, and urban public policy.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Office: Scharbauer Hall 4108
Phone: 817 257 6722
Dr. Zackary Hawley is an assistant professor of Economics at Texas Christian University. Dr. Hawley’s scholarship focuses on urban and regional economic issues, public finance, and experimental economics. He is currently researching the presence of discrimination in the lending market, housing valuation, the value of community, and social interaction in urban settings. His past publications appeared in Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, and Journal of Labor Research. Dr. Hawley teaches courses in Urban and Regional Economics and Microeconomic Theory.
Assistant Professor of History
Office: Reed 104
Phone: 817 257 7315
Dr. Max Krochmal is an assistant professor in the Department of History & Geography, where he researches and teaches at the intersection of African American, Chicano/a-Latino/a, and labor and working-class histories–as well as their present-day ramifications. A native of Reno, Nevada, he attended UC-Santa Cruz and received his M.A. and Ph.D. at Duke University. His forthcoming book, Blue Texas, follows a diverse group of local activists as they built multiracial political, civil rights, and labor coalitions in the cities of mid-twentieth century Texas (UNC Press, 2016). He is the project director of Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggle in Texas, a collaborative statewide research and digital humanities project, and the faculty leader of the TCU Civil Rights Bus Tour, an experiential learning partnership with the Center for Community Involvement and Service-Learning.
Dean, AddRan College of Liberal Arts; Professor of Geography; Director Emeritus, Center for Urban Studies
Office: Scharbauer 2001H
Phone: 817 257 6163
Dr. Schoolmaster, Dean of the AddRan College of Liberal Arts, is a Professor of Geography and founder of the TCU Center for Urban Studies. He served previously as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Prior to joining EKU in 2004, he spent 24 years at the University of North Texas serving as a department chair, executive assistant to the chancellor and president, and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dean Schoolmaster is a geographer with teaching and research interests in applied geography, locational conflict analysis, water resources, and environmental policy.