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

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Economic Sciences Department

Politics & Government Department

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Tom Kniesner

University Professor
Chair, Department of Economic Sciences

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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


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Admissions Representatives
  • Nicholas Lopez

    Assistant Director of Admissions

    T: 909-607-7151

    E: nick.lopez@cgu.edu


    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


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