Faculty & Staff
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Greg Corning teaches international relations and comparative politics. His current research explores the politics of trade and investment agreements in East Asia.
Dr. Baker teaches courses in U.S. politics with an emphasis on political institutions. Dr. Baker's research focuses upon money in politics, particularly its impact on congressional elections and representation as well as the operations and strategies of political parties and interest groups
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor
Elsa Chen teaches American politics, public policy, and research methods and is the Director of the Program in Public Sector Studies. Her research focuses on criminal justice sentencing policy, including racial and ethnic disparities in sentencing outcomes and the effects of mandatory minimum sentencing policies, the implementation of sentencing reform, criminal record expungement, and prisoner reentry. She received the College's David E. Logothetti award for teaching excellence in 2015.
Jane Curry has been teaching comparative politics with a special emphasis on democratization, media and ethnic politics, and former communist countries. She has published 9 books in her field. Currently, she is working on the role of religion in the democratic transitions in 1989 and on the Electoral Revolution in Ukraine and Georgia. She was awarded the Faculty Senate Professor award in 2012 and has been Faculty Senate president and the head of the University Coordinating Committee.
Dr. Ken Dombroski teaches courses in international relations and national security studies. He is the author of a book on peacekeeping in the Middle East, as well as several articles and book chapters on civil-military relations. Dr. Dombroski's teaching posts include the Catholic University of America, the Department of National Security Affairs and the Center for Civil-Military Relations at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College.
Kenneth Montojo primarily teaches international relations and comparative politics, with an emphasis on Southeast Asia, and dabbles with U.S. Politics. His current research explores International Monetary Fund and Philippine negotiations, Philippine energy deregulation, and monetary policy in the Southeast Asian region.
Janet A. Flammang's research explores the relationship between meals, conversation, community and democracy.
Dennis R. Gordon teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics (Caribbean and Latin America) and environmental politics. His past scholarship includes articles on conflict resolution, sustainable development, International Relations Theory, and international education. He is Director of the Center for the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara.
James teaches courses in the history of political philosophy and American political thought. His interests span ancient, medieval, and modern political philosophy and focus on questions of justice and the common good, human reason and divine revelation, the philosophic foundations of ancient and modern natural science, and politics in film and literature.
Matt Harrigan teaches courses in U.S. Politics, including Congress and the Presidency. His research focuses primarily on the U.S. Congress, namely the legislative behavior of its leadership and rank-and-file members and its intersections with other aspects of American politics.
Colton Heffington teaches courses on international relations and international law. His current research interests center on civil war, terrorism, sanctions, human rights, and international conflict.
Taewoo Kang teaches Media & Politics, Voting & Elections, Research Methods, State & Local Government, and U.S. Politics. His current research focuses on political campaigns and political communication.
Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow
Matt Lesenyie teaches courses in California Politics, Political Communication, and Racial Politics. He specializes in political advertising, with a focus on campaign finance reform. Lesenyie is currently conducting experiments that measure voters’ reactions to political advertisements.
Naomi Levy teaches courses in Applied Quantitative Methods, Comparative Politics, and Political Psychology. She specializes in identity politics, with a focus on post-conflict societies. Professor Levy is currently engaged in a research project funded by the Minerva Initiative that examines public service provision as peacebuilding in Cambodia, Laos and Uganda. In prior work, she investigated public education and peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Timothy J. Lukes teaches political philosophy, American political behavior, and research methods. His research interests include the Italian Renaissance, American political culture, and contemporary political thought.
Peter Minowitz teaches political philosophy and helps run the Political Science Honors Program.
Diana Morlang teaches comparative politics with an emphasis on Europe and women in politics. She also is a university advisor in the Drahmann Center for Academic Advising and Learning Resources.
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer
Terri Peretti teaches constitutional law, judicial politics, and U.S. Politics. Her current research focuses on judicial decision making in the election law and voting rights field. She received the College's David E. Logothetti award for teaching excellence in 2005.
Farid Senzai teaches Politics of the Middle East. He also teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, international relations and comparative politics, with an emphasis on the Middle East. His current research explores U.S. democracy promotion in the Middle East, U.S. relations with the Muslim world and a national study of Muslims in America.
William Stover's research interests include international relations and international law. He has earned an international reputation for global on line conflict resolution simulations involving the Middle East and other regions.