Francine Sanders Romero, Ph.D.

Title Associate Professor & Associate Dean

Phone Number 210-458-2530


Room DB 4.110

Department Public Administration; Copp Dean’s Office;


Dr. Francine S. Romero is the Associate Dean for the College of Public Policy at UTSA, where she is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration. Dr. Romero focuses her research on the institutional determinants of public policy, and has authored two books. Her work focuses in particular on land use policy, civil rights, and reforms of the Progressive Era. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. In the area of community service, Dr. Romero has served on the City of San Antonio Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. She currently serves as the District 8 representative on the Zoning Commission and as the Chair of the City of San Antonio’s Conservation Advisory Board, which oversees expenditures from the City’s 1/8 cent sales tax to fund purchases of fee-simple properties and conservation easements over the Edwards Aquifer Contributing Zone. So far, well over 100,000 acres in Bexar, Medina, and Uvalde counties have been protected in perpetuity through this mechanism.

Research Interests

Local land use policies (zoning, annexation, open space protection); San Antonio City Charter; U.S. civil rights policies; Progressive Era policies; general public policy formulation/implementation.


Ph.D. 1995 Political Science, UC Riverside

M.A. 1993 Political Science, UC Riverside

B.A. 1989 Political Science, California State University