Welcome to the Department of Politics & Government

The Department of Politics & Government is committed to providing high quality graduate education that weaves broad theoretical concerns about politics and political values with more focused questions of applied policy analysis. Students are able to pursue Master’s and PhD level study in the traditional fields of political philosophy, American politics, and public policy, as well as innovative joint programs of study with economics, psychology, and religion. Students also benefit from having the opportunity to work with affiliated faculty from the Claremont Colleges. 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 with faculty mentors. We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting community of scholars.

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Heather E. Campbell

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

 

Masters Programs
Doctoral Programs
Dual Degree Programs

 

Faculty

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

Chair, Department of Politics & Government
Professor, 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

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Christopher N. Krewson

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics & Government

Research Interests

American political institutions, Judicial behavior, Public opinion, Research methodology

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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

Extended Faculty – CGU
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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 & International 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

Extended Faculty

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


Hal T. Nelson

Portland State University

Research Interests

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


Joseph M. Bessette

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

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


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


Christopher Nadon

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Government


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


George Thomas

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

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


James H. Nichols

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Political philosophy

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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

  • Jeremy McWells

    Assistant Director of Admissions

    T: 909-607-1714 (Direct)

    T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)

    E: jeremy.mcwells@cgu.edu

    Programs

    Economics, Global Commerce & Finance, International Studies, Politics & Government