Position: Assistant Professor
Office: A&S 241
Education: Ph.D. Texas A&M University, 2004; B.A. University of Louisville, 1991
Fall Quarter Office Hours: MWF 10:30 - 11:30
Curriculum Vita: (updated 6/2013)
Jim Cottrill teaches undergraduate courses in American government with an emphasis on the institutions of Congress and the presidency. His current research examines electoral competition in congressional races with special emphasis on the effects of the political environment on electoral outcomes. His previous research has examined a wide range of topics in American politics including representation, school violence, public opinion formation, and agenda studies. Before joining the political science department at Santa Clara, Dr. Cottrill taught for four years at Texas A&M University, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Political Science in 2001.
- Introduction to U.S. Politics
- The Congress
- The Presidency
- Political Participation
- Media & Politics
- Public Administration
- Cottrill, James B., and Terri J. Peretti. 2013. "Gerrymandering from the Bench? The Electoral Consequences of Judicial Redistricting." Election Law Journal 12(3): 1-16.
- Cottrill, James B., and Terri J. Peretti. 2013. "The Partisan Dynamics of Supreme Court Confirmation Voting." Justice System Journal 34(1): 15-37.
- Cottrill, James B. 2012. "The Effects of Non-Legislative Redistricting Approaches on Competition in Congressional Elections." Polity 44(1): 32-50.
- Cottrill, Jim. 2013. "Will Hillary Clinton's Legacy Be Tarnished by Benghazi? No." McClatchy-Tribune News Service, 31 January. (Syndicated in more than 40 newspapers across the world, including The Arizona Daily Star, The Denver Post, The Deseret News,The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, The Gulf Today (United Arab Emirates), and The India Times).
NBC Bay Area Presidential Debate Analyses:
San Jose Mercury News article on the Bay area congressional delegation:
Op-ed piece on Hillary Clinton and Benghazi syndicated by the McClatchy-Tribune news service: