Heywood Sanders, Ph.D.

Title Professor

Phone Number 210-458-2538

Email heywood.sanders@utsa.edu

Room DB 4.232

Department Public Administration;


Heywood Sanders' research work focuses on publicly-funding convention centers and the politics of urban development.  His newest publication, Convention Center Follies, levels city leaders' claims that convention centers contribute to economic development.  His Brookings Institution white paper, "Space Available:  The Realities of Convention Centers as Economic Development Strategy", published in January 2005 continues to cause debate among hotel and tourist industries and government entities.  Dr. Sanders testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Domestic Policy Subcommittee about convention centers and economic development last April.  He also served as a co-chair of the Urban Affairs Association annual meeting, held in San Antonio in April 2014, and presented a paper on consultant studies and development politics.

Research Interests

Convention center development; downtown development; urban politics.


Ph.D. Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

B.A.   Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland