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 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.


Masters Programs
Doctoral Programs
Dual Degree Programs



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
Thornton F. Bradshaw Chair

Research Interests

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


Extended Faculty – CGU
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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 Professor

Research Interests

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

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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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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

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

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Zining Yang

Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Formal Modeling, Data Analysis

Extended Faculty

Joseph M. Bessette

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

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

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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Admissions Representatives
  • Sean Buchanan

    Assistant Director of Admissions

    T: 909-607-7495 (Direct)

    T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)

    E: sean.buchanan2@cgu.edu


    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


    Politics, Economics, International Studies