Welcome to the Division of Politics & Economics

In the Division of Politics & Economics (DPE), we are passionate about quality graduate education, faculty-student collaboration, innovative research in the economic and political sciences, and strong commitment to transdisciplinary scholarship. We offer a graduate-only academic environment in which students work intimately with internationally renowned scholars on a range of research projects and receive personalized mentorship.

DPE curriculum combines a strong foundation in theory and methodology with experiential, holistic training that is essential to any practicing social scientist. Our core offerings in Politics, Economic Sciences, International Studies, and Public Policy are highly customizable, resulting in unique programming in American Politics, Political Philosophy, Global Commerce & Finance, International Trade & Development, and more. DPE also provides valuable training in the cutting-edge realm of Neuroeconomics, an exciting new field that bridges the economic sciences, psychology, and public policy and is available only at Claremont Graduate University. We even offer dual-degree programs that let you further expand your scholarship, such as the MA in Politics, Economics, & Business, designed in partnership with the renowned Drucker School of Management.

Our concentrated fields of study are many. DPE trains talented graduates in the areas of World Politics, Comparative Politics, Public Policy & Methods, and more. Economic Sciences students develop a sought-after expertise in international finance, global commerce and finance, international trade and development, public choice, and industrial organization. The division’s focus on political economy is especially strong in our International Studies and Comparative Politics tracks; both involve collaborations with the Economic Sciences faculty committed to applications-oriented research and teaching. Our high-level transdisciplinary training has propelled graduates into careers at top universities, government agencies, ministries of finance, and more.

Chairs: Tom Kniesner, Economic Sciences; Heather Campbell, Politics & Government; Yi Feng, International Studies

170 E. 10th Street • Claremont, CA  91711 • 909-607-3371 • Fax 909-607-7285

 

Economic Sciences Department

Politics & Government Department

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Tom Kniesner

University Professor
Chair, Department of Economic Sciences

Yi Feng profile image

Yi Feng

Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair in Government

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Heather E. Campbell

Professor & Chair, Department of Politics & Government
Field Chair, Public Policy

 

Faculty
Department of Economic Sciences – Core Faculty
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Jorge Barraza

Research Assistant Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

Experimental economics, Behavioral economics, Affect and prosocial decision making

Graham Bird profile image

Graham Bird

Clinical Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

International finance, international macroeconomics, economic development

C. Monica Capra profile image

C. Monica Capra

Professor of Economics

Research Interests

Experimental economics, Behavioral economics, Neuroeconomics

Deborah Freund profile image

Deborah Freund

University Professor

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Robert Klitgaard

University Professor

Research Interests

Public policy, Economic strategy, Institutional reform, Corruption

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Tom Kniesner

University Professor
Chair, Department of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

Labor economics, Health economics, Econometrics

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Joshua Tasoff

Associate Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

Behavioral economics, experimental economics, microbial economics

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Thomas Willett

Horton Professor of Economics
Director, Claremont Institute for Economic Studies

Research Interests

International money and finance
Political economy of economic policy

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Paul J. Zak

Professor of Economic Sciences, Psychology & Management
Director, Center for Neuroeconomics Studies

Research Interests

Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience of narratives, Neuromanagement

 

Department of Politics & Government – Core Faculty
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Mark Blitz

Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy
Field Chair, Political Philosophy
Director, Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom

Research Interests

Political science, Philosophy, Plato, Heidegger, American politics

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Heather E. Campbell

Professor & Chair, Department of Politics & Government
Field Chair, Public Policy

Research Interests

Environmental policy, Public policy, Water policy, Racial profiling, Housing, K–12 education, Student evaluations of teaching, Public utility regulation

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Robert Klitgaard

University Professor

Research Interests

Public policy, Economic strategy, Institutional reform, Corruption

Javier Rodríguez profile image

Javier Rodríguez

Mary Toepelt Nicolai and George S. Blair Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Public and health policy, social inequality; Causal identification in policy analysis and program evaluation; Quantitative methods for social science research

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Jean Reith Schroedel

Professor of Political Science
Field Chair, American Politics

Research Interests

Native American voting rights, American political development, women and politics, religion and politics, and congressional policy-making

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Michael Uhlmann

Professor of Government
Director, Tribal Administration Certificate Program

Research Interests

American presidency, Executive–congressional relations, Federal judiciary,
Federal administrative process, National security decision making

 

Department of International Studies – Core Faculty
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Mark Abdollahian

Full Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Strategic decision making, International political economy, Sustainable development, Growth, Human social cultural behavioral modeling, Econometrics, Predictive analytics, Computational modeling and simulation, Data analytics, Visualization

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Yi Feng

Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair in Government

Research Interests

International political economy, Public policy analysis, Quantitative methodology, Global power shifts, Globalization

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Jacek Kugler

Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

Research Interests

Causes and consequences of war, Political performance, Nuclear deterrence, Power transition, Political demography, Development, Decision-making

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Melissa Rogers

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Research Interests

Comparative politics, political economy, economic inequality, Latin American politics, state institutional and economic development, research design, econometrics

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Sallama Shaker

Full Clinical Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies

Research Interests

Power politics, religion, and culture in the Middle East; Feminization of poverty and global challenges; Islam state politics; Islamic feminism; Cultural diversity; Globalization

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Zining Yang

Assistant Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Formal modeling, data analysis

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Admissions Representatives
  • Nicholas Lopez

    Assistant Director of Admissions

    T: 909-607-7151

    E: nick.lopez@cgu.edu

    Programs

    Psychology & Evaluation

  • Paige Piontkowsky

    Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment

    T: 909-607-3240 (Direct)

    T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)

    E: paige.p@cgu.edu

    Programs

    Economics, Educational Evaluation, Human Resource Management, International Studies, Politics, Public Health, Public Policy & Evaluation