Santa Clara University

Department of Political Science

Elsa Chen

Phone: 408-551-7055
Location: Victor B. and Julia Botto Vari Hall
Room number: 239
Courses taught:
Introduction to American Politics

Seminar in U.S. Politics

Making Public Policy

Special Topics in Public Policy

Public Sector Internship

Elsa Chen

Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2000; M.P.P., Harvard University, 1993; A.B. Princeton University, 1991
Curriculum Vita: Elsa Chen (updated 01/2015)

Research Guides for Dr. Chen's Classes:

Elsa Chen teaches American Politics and Public Policy and is the Director of the Program in Public Sector Studies. Her current research focuses on criminal justice sentencing policy, including racial and ethnic disparities in sentencing outcomes and the effects of mandatory minimum sentencing policies such as California's "Three Strikes and You're Out" law. She has also published work on the impacts of the internet and e-mail on communication among public officials and members of the public. Before coming to SCU, Prof. Chen worked as a policy analyst in the criminal justice program at RAND.

Prof. Chen oversees the Washington Semester Program and is the faculty advisor for the Campus Democrats and the Campus Republicans.