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Political Science Faculty

Our faculty members have in-depth expertise covering diverse aspects of our discipline. Not only do our faculty excel in their own academic scholarship, but they also excel in imparting that knowledge to students. After all, teaching undergraduate students is our utmost priority.

Jeffrey Becker

 Email Link for Jeffrey Becker Jeffrey Becker, 2006, Associate Professor and Chair; B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1991; M.A., Rutgers University, 1996; Ph.D., 2004. Member, Phi Beta Kappa.
Webpage - Phone: 209.946.3986 - Office: Wendell Phillips Center, Rm. 124
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:
Ambition in American Politics, Legal Philosophy

Courses Offered:
American Political Thought
Introduction to Political Theory
Legal Philosophy/Jurisprudence
Ancient to Medieval Political Theory
Modern to Contemporary Political Theory

Brian Klunk

Email Link for Brian E. Klunk Brian E. Klunk, 1987, Associate Professor; B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1977; M.A., University of Virginia, 1980; Ph.D., 1985.
Webpage - Phone: 209.946.2927 - Office: Wendell Phillips Center, Rm. 100
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:
Catholic Social Thought & International Relations

Courses Offered:

International Relations
U.S. Foreign Policy
Theories of International Politics
Ethics and International Relations

Cindy Ostberg

Email Link for Cynthia Ostberg Cynthia Ostberg, 1994, Professor; B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1985; M.A., Northern Illinois University, 1991; Ph.D., 1995.
Webpage - Phone: 209.946.2194 - Office: Wendell Phillips Center, Rm. 138
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:
Judicial Behavior, Canadian Supreme Court

Courses Offered:
Constitutional Law I and II
Criminal Law
Judicial Process
Legal Scholars Seminars

 

Susan Sample

Email Link for Susan Sample Susan Sample, 1999, Associate Professor; B.A., University of Missouri, 1991; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1996. Member, Phi Beta Kappa.
Phone: 209.946.2492 - Office: Wilson Hall
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:
Arms Races

Courses Offered:
International Relations
Comparative Foreign Policy
International Conflict and Conflict Management

Keith Smith

Email Link for Keith W. Smith Keith W. Smith, 2008, Assistant Professor; B.A., Pepperdine University, 1997, M.P.M. University of Maryland, 1999, M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2000, Ph.D., 2005.
Webpage - Phone: 209.946.7712 - Office: Wendell Phillips Center, Rm. 120
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:
Congressional Oversight, Public Policy

Courses Offered:
U.S. Government and Politics
Campaigns and Elections
Interest Groups
Political Science Research
Congressional Politics
Administrative State

Dari Sylvester

Email Link for Dari Sylvester Dari Sylvester, 2005, Associate Professor; B.A., Trinity College, 1998; M.A., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2002; Ph.D., 2006. Member, Phi Beta Kappa.
Webpage - Phone: 209.946.2007 - Office: Wendell Phillips Center, Rm. 126
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:
Volunteerism, Effectiveness of Voting

Courses Offered:
U.S. Government and Politics
Political Science Research
Government in Action
Urban Politics


Emeriti

Robert Benedetti, 2013, Professor Emeritus, Short ResumeEmail Link for Robert Benedetti Email
Wallace F. Caldwell
, 1970, Professor Emeritus – 1994
Michael Hatch, 1985, Professor Emeritus - 2014
Lee C. Fennell, 1968, Professor Emeritus; Associate Provost/University Registrar – 1999, Email Link for Lee Fennell Email
Larry L. Pippin, 1965, Professor Emeritus – 1994, Email Link for Larry L. Pippin Email



Other Political Scientists at Pacific

Yong Kyun Kim, 2009, Assistant Professor of Political Science; B.S., Seoul National University, 1998; M.A., 2001; Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2009.

Research Interests:
Sovereign Debt

Courses Offered:
Introduction to Political Science
International Relations
International Organizations
International Political Economy
Latin American Politics


Email Link for George Condon Daniel O'Neil, School of International Studies; B.A. University of Texas–Austin, 1987; M.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2005; Ph.D., 2010.

Research Interests:
Chinese International Economic Policy

Courses Offered:
Introduction to Political Science
Politics of Asia
International Political Economy
International Organization