Welcome to the Division of Politics & Economics (DPE)

DPE is where students and faculty collaborate on research to improve the lives of people in our community, our nation, and our world. DPE houses three integrated departments—Economic Sciences, International Studies, and Politics & Government.

DPE builds upon the strongest traditions in social science: We ask challenging research questions and apply rigorous methodology to address them. A distinctive feature of our division is our interdisciplinary approach—combining economic reasoning, understanding of politics, and public policy analysis across all three departments. Our research approach is applied—we advance research that matters in the real world.

In the Economic Sciences we have world renowned scholars in four prominent areas of research—behavior economics, the economics of crime, neuroeconomics, and macroeconomics. Our behavior economics faculty ask how psychology affects economic behavior. Scholars in our Computational Justice Lab examine criminal justice through the lens of causal inference, economic reasoning, and advanced computational analytics. Our Center for Neuroeconomics Studies looks at features of the brain to explain human economic behavior. The Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies offers cutting edge research on international money and finance.

In our International Studies program, our esteemed faculty examine questions of war and peace, international trade and investment, comparative politics, and data analytics. Students from all over the world come to our program to advance their careers in academia, government, and the private sector. We train them in data analytics to bring evidence to the most important global policy issues of our day. Our faculty have first-hand experience working in Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The Maldonado Institute for International Security and Global Leadership examines questions at the forefront of global cooperation and conflict.

Our Politics & Government program combines American politics and public policy. Our faculty in American politics focus on political institutions and their effect on policy outcomes. In public policy, our scholars specialize in environmental policy and public health, both with emphasis on issues of inequality and unequal access in American public policy. At the Inequality and Policy Research Center, shared with international studies, our faculty and student scholars analyze the sources of inequality and find solutions to improve outcomes for all people. Our students earn positions at the top of academia; federal, state, and local government; and the non-profit and private sectors.

We wish you the best in choosing your graduate school. If you are interested in learning more about DPE’s innovative, interdisciplinary programming, I encourage you to contact us.

Sincerely,

Melissa Rogers
Associate Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
Associate Professor of International Studies

170 E. 10th Street • Claremont, CA  91711 • 909-621-8171 • Fax 909-607-7285

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Melissa Rogers

Associate Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
Associate Professor, International Studies
Co-Director, Inequality and Policy Research Center
Field Chair, Comparative Politics

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Faculty
Department of Economic Sciences – Core Faculty
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Graham Bird

Clinical Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

International Finance, International Macroeconomics, Economic Development

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C. Mónica Capra

Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics, Neuroeconomics

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Gregory DeAngelo

Associate Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

Public Safety, Political Economy, Public Choice

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Deborah Freund

University Professor

Research Interests

Value-Based Reimbursement, Medicaid Managed Care, Health Disparities

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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

Research Interests

Labor Economics, Health Economics, Econometrics

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Matthew B. Ross

Assistant Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

Urban Economics, Labor Economics, Public Policy Evaluation

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CarlyWill Sloan

Assistant Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

Labor Economics, Economics of Crime, Economics of Discrimination

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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
Professor Emeritus
Director, Claremont Institute for Economic Studies

Research Interests

International Money & 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, American politics

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Heather E. Campbell

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

Research Interests

Public Policy, Urban Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice

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Stephen Omar El-Khatib

Visiting Assistant Professor of American Politics

Research Interests

American Politics, Identity and Immigration, Mixed Method Research, Psychology and Morality, State and Local Policy

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Robert Klitgaard

University Professor

Research Interests

Public Policy, Economic Strategy, Institutional Reform, Corruption

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Javier Rodríguez

Mary Toepelt Nicolai and George S. Blair Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Public & Health Policy, Social Inequality, Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research

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Jean Reith Schroedel

Professor Emerita of Political Science

Research Interests

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

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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

Jacek Kugler profile image

Jacek Kugler

Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

Research Interests

Causes and Consequences of War, Political Performance, Power Transition

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Melissa Rogers

Associate Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
Associate Professor, International Studies
Co-Director, Inequality and Policy Research Center
Field Chair, Comparative Politics

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Economic Inequality

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Sallama Shaker

Full Clinical Professor of Middle East & International Studies

Research Interests

Power Politics, Religion, and Culture in the Middle East; Feminization of Poverty and Global Challenges; Globalization

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Zining Yang

Assistant Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Formal Modeling, Data Analysis

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Admissions Representatives
  • Matthew Gold

    Assistant Director of Admissions

    T: 909-607-7498 (Direct)

    T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)

    E: matthew.gold@cgu.edu

    Programs

    Psychology & Evaluation, Human Resources Management

  • Brian Ballesteros

    Assistant Director of Admissions

    T: 909-607-3925 (Direct)

    T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)

    E: brian.ballesteros@cgu.edu

    Programs

    Politics, Economics, International Studies