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Political Science Faculty

Faculty

Jared Abbott, Ph.D.

Jared Abbott

Jared Abbott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
323-343-___
[email protected]
Ph.D. - Harvard University, 2020
M.A. - New School for Social Research, 2010

Interests:

  • Latin American Politics
  • Political Participation
  • Social Movements

Dr. Abbott will start teaching at Cal State LA in Fall 2023.

Emily Acevedo, Ph.D.

Emily Acevedo

Emily Acevedo, Ph.D.
Professor
323-343-2243
[email protected]
Ph.D. - Claremont Graduate University, 2008

Interests:

  • Latin American Politics
  • Comparative and World Politics
  • Terrorism and U.S. Counterterrorism
  • Social Movements and Revolutionary Movements

Note: Dr. Acevedo is currently on leave from the department, working as Director of Academic and Facilities Planning.

Dr. Acevedo's Web Page

Martin Adamian, Ph.D.

Martin Adamian

Martin Adamian, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
323-343-2236
[email protected]
Ph.D. - Colorado State University, 2006
J.D. - Wayne State University Law School, 1996

Interests:

  • Public Law
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • InternationalLlaw and Jurisprudence

Dr. Adamian's Web Page

 

Gabrielle Clark, Ph.D.

Gabrielle Clark

Gabrielle Clark, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
323-343-2233
[email protected]
Ph.D. - New York University, Law & Society, 2014

Interests:

  • Immigration Law
  • Law and Employment Rights
  • Administrative Law
  • International Law
  • Law and Globalization
  • Public Law
  • American Political Development
  • Labor Migration

Dr. Clark's Web Page


 

Gar Culbert, Ph.D.

Gar Culbert

Gar Culbert, Ph.D.
Professor
323-343-2246
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of Virginia, 2010

Interests:

  • Political Behavior
  • Presidential Nominations and Elections
  • American Political Institutions and Development
  • Research Methods
  • Political Theory

Dr. Culbert's Web Page

Taylor Dark III, PhD., Department Chair

Taylor Dark III

Taylor Dark III, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
323-343-2247
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley, 1993
M.Sc. - London School of Economics, 1984

Interests:

  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Congress and the Presidency
  • European Politics
  • Labor Policy

Dr. Dark's University Web Page
Dr. Dark's Personal Web Page

Jessica DeShazo, Ph.D.

Jessica DeShazo

Jessica DeShazo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
323-343-2245
[email protected]
Ph.D. - Northern Arizona University, 2014

Interests:

  • Public Administration
  • Public Budgeting
  • Environmental Policy and Politics/Natural Resource Management
  • Cultural Policy and Administration

Dr. DeShazo's Web Page

Xian Gao, Ph.D.

Xian Gao

Xian Gao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
323-343-2238
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2020

Interests:

  • Public Administration
  • E-Government
  • Performance Management
  • Collaborative Government

Chongmyoung Lee, Ph.D., MPA Director and Graduate Advisor

Chongmyoung Lee

Chongmyoung Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
323-343-2245
[email protected]
Ph.D. - North Carolina State University, 2014

Interests:

  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Performance Measurement and Management
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Intersectoral Collaboration

Timothy C. Lim, Ph.D.

Timothy Lim

Timothy C. Lim, Ph.D. Professor
323-343-2242
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of Hawaii, Manoa, 1996
M.A. - Columbia University, 1987

Interests:

  • Transnational Migration
  • Human Trafficking and Smuggling
  • Comparative Politics and Development
  • Comparative and International Political Economy
  • International Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy
  • East Asian Politics/Korean Politics

Dr. Lim's Web Page

 

Michael McLendon, Ph.D., MA Program Graduate Advisor

Michael McLendon

Michael McLendon, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Advisor, MA Program
323-343-2284
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of Texas, Austin, 2001
MA - Columbia University, 1993

Interests:

  • Ancient Political Thought
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Rousseau
  • Critical Theory
  • Postmodernism 

Marla Parker, Ph.D.

Marla Parker

Marla Parker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
323-343-2248
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of Illinois, Chicago, 2014

Interests:

  • Public Administration and Management; Public Sector Leadership
  • Diversity, Social Equity and Social Justice
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Policy
  • Social Networks and Capital

 

Ellen Shiau, Ph.D.

Ellen Shiau

Ellen Shiau, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor, Masters in Public Administration
323-343-5826
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of Southern California, 2012

Interests:

  • Urban Politics and Policy, Civic Engagement
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • GIS Methods and Analysis

Dr. Shiau's Web Page

Raphael Sonenshein, Ph.D.

Raphael Sonenshein

Raphael Sonenshein, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs and Professor
323-343-3770
[email protected]
Ph.D. - Yale University, 1984

Interests:

  • Urban Politics
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Public Administration

Note: Dr. Sonenshein is currently serving full-time as Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs on the Cal State LA campus.

Pat Brown Institute Web Page

Lecturers

Debito Beamer, Ph.D.

Debito Beamer

Debito Beamer, Ph.D.
323-343-2683
[email protected]
Ph.D. - Meiji Gakuin University, 2014

Interests:

  • Politics and Internationalization in Japan
  • Racial Discrimination and Immigration
  • Comparative Politics
  • American Politics
  • Critical Thinking and Research Methods

Jeremy Busacca, Ph.D.

Jeremy Busacca

Jeremy Busacca, Ph.D.
323-343-2243
[email protected]
Ph.D. - Claremont Graduate University

Richard Groper, Ph.D.

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Richard Groper
323-343-2233
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of Southern California

Interests:

  • American Politics
  • Political Communication
  • Campaigns and Elections 

Dr. Groper's Web Page

Cynthia McMeekin, Ph.D.

Cynthia McMeekin

Cynthia McMeekin
323-343-2233
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of Georgia, 2013

Interests:

  • International Organizations
  • Civil War
  • Human Rights

Dr. McMeekin's Web Page

Greg Santori, Ph.D.

Greg Santori

Greg Santori
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013

Interests:

  • Political Theory
  • American Politics

Atsuko Sato, Ph.D.

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Atsuko Sato
323-343-2242
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of Hawaii

Interests:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Quantitative Methods

Dr. Sato's Web Page

Recipient of the Cal State LA 2011 Outstanding Lecturer Award.

Joey Torres, MA

Joey Torres

Joey Torres
323-343-2683
[email protected]
Ph.D. - Claremont Graduate University, ABD
M.A. - Claremont Graduate University, 2016

Interests:

  • Religion and politics 
  • Christian right social movements 
  • American political thought and development
  • Voting rights in Indian Country
  • Political philosophy (Plato, Locke, and Heidegger) 

John Treantafelles, Ph.D.

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John Treantafelles
323-343-2683
[email protected]
Ph.D. - University of Chicago

Interests:

  • Political Philosophy (Classical and Modern)
  • American Politics (Public Opinion and Public Policy)

Dr. Treantafelles's Page

Kim Williams, Ed.D.

Kim Williams

Kim Williams, Ed.D.
323-343-2683
[email protected]
Ed.D., Education Leadership - University of California, Davis, 2002

Interests:

  • Public Administration
  • Organization Theory and Human Behavior 
  • Ethics in Public Administration
  • Nonprofit Governance and Strategy
  • Organizational Leadership 

Dr. Williams' Web Page