Ph.D., Political Science, Texas Tech University, 1998.
Dissertation Title: Social Theology and Religiously Affiliated Nonprofits in Migration Policy
Dissertation Topic: the politics of faith based organizations working in migration
Major Finding: the social theology of a denomination is more determinative of the politics of service provision than is theology
Courses specifically relevant to nonprofits: management, administrative ethics, managerial fund accounting, personnel, communications, policy implementation, executive leadership, social scientific styles, religion and politics theory, organization and behavior
Major: political science sub-field of religion and politics theory, public policy and public administration with emphasis in nonprofit organizations, and American politics
Texas Christian University Nonprofit Organization Administration Program
Managerial Fund Accounting for Nonprofits
Statistical Research methodologies
University of Arizona Law School (audited)
Refugee Law and Policy
Master of Divinity, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, 1979.
BA Texas Christian University, 1974.
Languages and Research Tools
Spanish Skill level: moderate
German Skill level: basic translation
Statistics 12 hours plus theory
Taught a mini-term in Tucson for seminary students working on diversity and border issues for Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana
Directed research for Peace Corps Fellows at the University of Arizona
Worked with numerous graduate students working on theses, dissertations, and projects, several of which were later developed into published works.
Proctored MPH student, University of Arizona, who was immersed in a migrant center in Altar, Sonora, Mexico
Conferences Organized and Hosted
Report From the Border—organized more than 40 participants from nearly as many organizations to give a public position presentation on the status of the US-Mexico borderlands from various perspectives including law enforcement, government, human rights, border activist groups, media, land managers and others.
International Conference on the Plight of the Migrant—organized participants for a multi-day conference with presenters (academic, elected, and professional) from four countries, and participants from some 30 different states to learn about conditions along the US-Mexico border.
Book manuscript nearing completion:
A Social Ethic for Migration: How Religious Communities and Civil Society can Help the US Adapt. The manuscript focuses on border analysis, contributions of nonprofits, examples of successful nonprofit contributions, what activists and others have to say about media, elected officials and public administrators, and proposals for migration policy reform.
Book Manuscript in progress:
Hansen, Kenneth N. and Robin Hoover. US-Mexico Border Security: Politics and Policy Discourse. Book proposal under review at publishers.
Book chapter. “The Story of Humane Borders”, in D. Groody and G. Campese, Eds., A Promised Land, A Perilous Journey: Theological Perspectives on Migration. 2008. Notre Dame Press.
Hansen, Kenneth N. and Robin L. Hoover, “Constructivism, Human Rights and the Mexican War on Drugs,” under peer review at Journal of Borderland Studies.
2010 “Constructivism, Derechos Humanos y la Guerra de Mexico Contra la Droga: Constructivism, Human Rights and the Mexican War on Drugs”.
2010 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting.
2006 “Mapping Migrant Deaths in Southern Arizona: The Humane Borders GIS”. J. Chamblee, D. Deborde, M. Townley, G. Christopherson, R. Hoover. ESRI Users Group Conference.
“Fix the fatal flaws in U.S. border policy”. Arizona Republic. July 23, 2001.
“Water: moral response to immoral policies”. Arizona Daily Star. June 2, 2005.
“Don’t fence U.S. in”. USA Today. May 25, 2006.
“Our Lethal Policies”. Arizona Republic. June 2, 2008.
Editor/writer for 9 years for Humane Borders newsletter, Desert Fountain.
Grants and Contracts
Grants and Contracts applied for, awarded, and administered exceed $1,000,000.
Brazoria County, Texas—Federal Energy Impact Grant >$175,000
Funds awarded were used to build a park, to restore
150 year-old homes, and build structures using volunteer labor
Westaid, Fort Worth, Texas —FEMA grants awarded annually >$40,000
to feed persons screened for eligibility during my tenure as president
Tarrant County Senior Citizens Center, Fort Worth, Texas
funds to establish a publicly funded senior center in my congregation >$10,000
Pima County, Arizona—Department of Health, annual contract
funds used to establish and maintain water stations in the deserts
averaging $25,000 annually during my tenure >$250,000
Church World Service—Grants to provide emergency shelter
Blankets and personal hygiene products for migrants staying
in shelters in Sonora, Mexico. Some off-the shelf
consummables, some in-kind gifts >$30,000
United Methodist Committee on Relief—Direct delivery of
Blanket, hygiene products, and other resources for migrants
in shelters in Sonora, Mexico. >$40,000
United Methodist Church Worldwide—Grant to purchase new
vehicles for Humane Borders >$58,000
Week of Compassion of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Funds contributed annually for water station operations >$50,000
Lutheran Social Services—contract to provide capital Improvements
for the Asylum Program of Southern Arizona >$35,000
Dozens of small grants of less than $5,000 each to purchase food stuffs, resources,
and operations funds
Fundraising for Westaid was principally done at the Congregational level. Annual budgets, in-kind contributions, FEMA, and denominational grants for Westaid eventually rose to the >$250,000 level annually
Fundraising in Humane Borders was a constant task. At the peak, the dollar budget was greater than $250,000 annually with significant non-dollar-denominated contributions
Non-budgeted fundraising in congregations and beyond for specific projects such as capital improvements, the establishment of new nonprofits, specialized ministries above and beyond the local budgets and above and beyond the grants and contracts listed above exceed $500,000.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Tucson, Arizona. Pastor, 01/00 to 01/11
Led a major renovation of facilities that included securing the services of architects, city permits, fund raising, construction, direction of volunteers, financing, and promotion. Renovations are valued at more than $1.5 million, and include major interior work, air conditioning, parking, landscape, construction of a columbarium, and addition of improvements for the mobility impaired. Mobilization and supervision of volunteer labor was valued at more than $250,000.
Community Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Lubbock, Texas. Pastor, 3/94 to 12/99
Led a new church start, construction of new education and fellowship facilities utilizing volunteer labor, retirement of $125,000 debt, refinance of remaining debt, and significant expansion of involvement in the larger community. Led mission trips to the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas where I directed work camps to construct facilities to house and host persons seeking to achieve political asylum in the US.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Floydada, Texas. Pastor, 11/90 to 3/94.
Arlington Heights Christian Church, Ft. Worth, Texas. Sr. Minister, 11/83 to 11/90
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Freeport, Texas. Pastor, 8/80 to 11/83.
Organizational Leadership and Human Rights Work
Emigrant Safety and Service, Stephenville, Texas
Founder, Fall 2014. ESS provides resources and services to migrating persons in an attempt to provide migrant safety. These currently include: locator beacons, flashlights, blankets, personal hygiene products, and other shelter resources.
Humane Borders, Tucson, Arizona
Founding President, June 2000 to November 2009.
Humane Borders provides humanitarian assistance to migrants crossing Arizona deserts with deployment of life-saving water stations and advocacy which included extensive interviews for over 700 news media organizations that engendered public discourse. Humane Borders is a blueprint for other social justice organizations. Accomplishments that assembled local, national, and international political and ethical relationships included: building support of over 100 churches and organizations; enabling social action opportunities for an estimated 15,000 volunteers; negotiating contracts, permits and right of entry agreements with city, county, state and federal agencies and private land owners to work legally; attracting over $1.5 million in donations and in-kind support; conducting an annual memorial service for deceased migrants; collaborating with Mexico’s National Commission for Human Rights on migrant safety initiatives; Operations expanded to a peak of 105 water stations in 10 years. In 2006, Mexico’s Human Rights Commission recognized the work and I was included iin the National Human Rights Award ceremonies. The documentary video Humane Borders First 10Years is available on DVD upon request or online at http://vimeo.com/11481412.
West Texas Organizing Strategy (WTOS), Lubbock, Texas. Institutional Member/Steering Committee and Clergy Caucus, 1988-2000
Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries, Los Fresnos, Texas. Founding moderator, 1995-1997.
High Plains Area-Christian Churches in the Southwest (CCSW), Amarillo, Texas 1990-1997
Coordination of ministry to Hispanics living in colonias and political refugees in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas including annual fund raising to send 40,000-pound shipments of pinto beans to food distribution centers/refugee shelters.
Fort Worth Clergy-Police Advisory Council, Fort Worth Texas.
Founder/President, 1990 and Vice-President, 1988-1990. Provided leadership to group dedicated to promoting communication between police and communities.
Awards and Recognitions
Reconocimiento Cum Laude / Premio Nacional Derechos Humanos, Comision Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, Mexico, December 13, 2006 (The only time Mexico’s National Human Rights Award has been awarded to a non-Mexican).
Latin American Humanitarian Award, the State of Sonora, presented in Altar, Sonora, Mexico, June 2008
Leo B. Hart Humanitarian Award, University of Arizona Alumni Association, November 9, 2001
Peace Hero Award 2002, Ghandi-King Season for Non-Violence, April 7, 2002
Community Service Award, League of United Latin American Citizens, September 6, 2002
Caesar Chavez Humanitarian Award, National Association of Social Workers, Arizona, 2003
Community Service Award, League of United Latin American Citizens, September 19, 2003
Premio Fundacion Mexico 2003, November 15, 2003
The 2005 Eugene Mackaben Community Service Award, Tucson Metropolitan Ministries Family Services, Inc. Tucson, Arizona, March 13, 2005
Community Advocacy Award, Rosa Parks Living History Makers, February 8, 2006
Distinguished Minister Award, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University
100s of hours of national radio coverage from syndicated shows with Sean Hannity to very late night call-in shows.
NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, ABC World News, PBS NewsHour, British Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting System, Telemundo, Univision, New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal, Charlotte Observer…numerous local paper and media outlets such as the Associated Press..
The Fence, an HBO special documentary by Rory Kennedy. Much of this film was shot in my presence, from my vehicle, and with volunteers of Humane Borders. It premiered on the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, September 16, 2010.
Crossing Arizona by Joseph Matthew and Daniel DeVivo. I was an advisor for this movie and gave the crew many days of orientation to borderlands in Arizona.
Humane Borders: the First 10 Years. I provided editorial direction and raised funds for this documentary that was edited in my home.
The 800 Mile Wall by John Carlos Frey. I spent many days with Frey to orient him to border issues covered in this documentary.
The University of Arizona Special Collections Library has more than 3,000 print articles in the collected archives of Humane Borders.
More than 150 DVDs in University of Arizona Special Collections Library featuring news clips, lectures, presentations, and forums
My work with Humane Borders has been featured in many media sources (including front page coverage in Pravda). Interviews by film crews from at least 25 nations, including coverage by Al Jazeera and Chinese Central TV.
Academic and Public Lectures
New York University, New York
The New School, New York
John Jay College of Law, New York
National Human Rights Commission, Mexico
Consular officials and government commissions of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala
National Commission of Human Rights, Mexico City, Mexico. International forum on the trafficking of children, Mexico City, Mexico.
World Council of Churches United Nations Advocacy Week. New York, NY. 2008
University of Arizona, Business Ethics, Tucson, AZ
University of Arizona, Western Hemisphere Institute, Tucson, AZ
University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zukerman School of Public Health, Tucson, AZ
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Texas, Austin
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Universidad Guadalajara, Center for Dialogue & Analysis on North America, Lagos de Moreno, Zacatecas, Mexico
Sonora State Commission for Attention to Migrants, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
US State Department sponsored tour for 30 Mexican academics and professionals, hosted by Latin American Studies, University of Arizona.
US State Department sponsored visits by delegation of elected Canadian officials.
Atlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund with former Congressman Jim Kolbe
Testimony before House Sub-committee on Border Security
Testimony in United States’ first participation in the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights. El Paso, Texas, with representatives from Dept of State, DHS, HHS, DOJ, and others
Congressional hearing on border policies covered by CSPAN
As President of Humane Borders, and Director of Migration Ministry, I had the opportunity to brief Members of Congress and their staffs on many occasions. Congressional offices I have worked with include: the late Ted Kennedy, Richard Durbin, John Cornyn, Jeff Bingamon, Robert Menendez, Charles Schumer, John McCain, Jim Kolbe, John Shaddegg, Raul Grijalva, Gabrielle Giffords, Robert Finer, Peter Stark, Barbara Lee. Type your paragraph here.
Studies in nonprofit organization administration
August 70 - May 74
Social Ethics, Theology, Ethics, Practical Ministry, Biblical Studies, and more
August 73 - May 79
Advocacy Week November 2008
Journalism and Religion
Studied Religion and Politics, Public Administration and Policy, and the American Political System. Specialization in religious nonprofits.
January 91 - August 98