Welcome to the Department of Politics & Policy

The Department of Politics & Policy is committed to providing high-quality graduate education that weaves broad theoretical concerns about both domestic and international politics with questions of applied policy analysis. Students are able to pursue Master’s- and PhD-level study in the traditional fields of American politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Public Policy, and Research Methods, as well as innovative joint programs of study with Economics, Evaluation, Psychology, Religion, and more. A distinctive feature of our program is the close relationships that we develop with our students, many of whom have opportunities to be involved in collaborative research and publication with nationally and internationally renowned faculty mentors. Students also benefit from having the opportunity to work with affiliated faculty from the Claremont Colleges. We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting community of scholars.


Masters Programs


Doctoral Programs


Dual Degree Programs



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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Carlos Algara

Mary Toepelt Nicolai and George S. Blair Assistant Professor

Research Interests

American politics, the United States Congress, ideological representation, electoral politics, elite institutions

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Graham Bird

Clinical Professor of Economic Sciences
Program Director: International Money and Finance; International Economics and Development Policy
Co-Director: Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies

Research Interests

International Finance, International Macroeconomics, Economic Development

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Heather E. Campbell

Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy
Director, Division of Politics & Economics

Research Interests

Public Policy, Urban Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice

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Yi Feng

Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair Professor

Research Interests

International Political Economy, International Relations, Political Economy of China and Latin America, Quantitative Methodology

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Robert Klitgaard

University Professor

Research Interests

Public Policy, Economic Strategy, Institutional Reform, Corruption

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Jacek Kugler

Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

Research Interests

Causes and Consequences of War, Political Performance, Power Transition

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Tanu Kumar

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Development, political behavior, urban politics, digital technology

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Tyler Reny

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

American Politics, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Political Behavior, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Data Visualization

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Javier Rodríguez

Associate Professor
Field Chair for Policy

Research Interests

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

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Melissa Rogers

Associate Professor, Politics & Policy
Co-Director, Inequality and Policy Research Center
Field Chair, Comparative Politics
Field Chair, American Politics

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Economic Inequality

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Jean Reith Schroedel

Professor Emerita of Political Science
Former Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy

Research Interests

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

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Sallama Shaker

Senior Fellow of Middle East & International Studies

Research Interests

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

Extended Faculty

Joseph M. Bessette

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

American constitutionalism, American politics, crime and criminal justice, ethics and American democracy, presidency

Mark Blitz

Claremont Graduate University

Research Interests

Political science, Philosophy, American politics

Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes

Pomona College

Research Interests

Environmental health, global health equity, social and spatial determinants of health, environmental justice

Charles R. Kesler

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

American constitutionalism, American political thought, American politics, conservative movement in America, constitutional law, Greek and Roman political thought, idealism and nihilism, political philosophy, term limitations

Jennifer L. Merolla

University of California, Riverside

Research Interests

Candidate evaluations during elections, immigration policy attitudes, foreign policy attitudes, and support for democratic values and institutions

Christopher Nadon

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests


Hal T. Nelson

Portland State University

Research Interests

Environmental, social, and economic sustainability, primarily in the energy sector

James H. Nichols

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Political philosophy

John J. Pitney, Jr.

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

American politics, California politics, Congress, electoral politics, internet & politics, media politics, national elections, Obama administration, political advertising, political parties, presidency, public policy

Ralph Rossum

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

American constitutionalism, American founding, constitutional law, crime and criminal justice, Indian gaming issues, redistricting, supreme court, voting rights

George Thomas

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

American constitutionalism, American political thought, constitutional law, Supreme Court

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