College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Neil Chaturvedi

Dr. Neil Chaturvedi

Assistant Professor of Political Science

PHONE: 909-869-3884


OFFICE: 94-318

OFFICE HOURS: TuTh 1:00-3:00pm

Full CV

Academic Area

American Politics

Areas of Expertise

Congress, presidency, elections and voting behavior, race and ethnicity

Research Statement

Dr. Chaturvedi is a professor of political science with a focus on American politics. His research and teaching interests include Congress, the Presidency, elections and voting behavior, and race and ethnicity. His research has been published or is forthcoming in Religion and Politics, Politics Groups and Identities, and The Journal of Asian American Studies. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript focusing on the power dynamics in the United States Senate, arguing that despite conventional wisdom and political science logic, centrists in the Senate are more vulnerable than powerful.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2013
  • MA, University of California, Irvine, 2010
  • BA, UC Riverside, 2008

Courses Taught

The ethnic factor in politics; theoretical literature relating ethnicity to politics; ethnicity, class, and politics; political organization and mobilization. Emphasis on the California experience.
Selection and completion of a thesis under faculty supervision. Thesis is to be of substantial academic quality on a significant problem in the student’s major area of interest within political science. Work to be completed over two quarters in PLS 461 and PLS 462. Required minimum of 120 hours.
Comparative analysis of the structures and functions of state and local governments, in California. Examination of the relationships among the several levels of government in American federalism. Course fulfills GE Synthesis D4.


Miller, P. and N.S. Chaturvedi. 2018. "Get out the early vote: co-ethnic mobilization and convenience voting." Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties. (Link)
Chaturvedi, N.S. and C. Holloway. 2017. "Postdiluvian? The Effects of Outside Group Spending on Senate Elections After Citizens United and v. FEC." The Forum, 15(2): 251-268. (Link)
Chaturvedi, N.S. 2017. "Kings of the Hill? An Examination of Centrist Behavior in the U.S. Senate." Forthcoming at Social Science Quarterly. (Link)
Beckmann, M.N., Chaturvedi, N.S., Garcia, J.R. 2017. "Targeting the Treatment: The Strategy Behind Lyndon Johnson's Lobbying." Legislative Studies Quarterly, 42(2): 211-234. (Link)
Chaturvedi, N.S. 2015. "Evaluating Asian American Representation through Bill Sponsors and Cosponsors from 1999 to 2009." Journal of Asian-American Studies, 18(3): 313-346. (Link)
Chaturvedi, N.S. 2014. "The Next Generation? A reexamination of religious influence on Mexican-American attitudes toward same-sex marriage." Politics, Groups and Identities, 2(4): 589-606. (Link)
Chaturvedi, N.S. and O. Montoya. 2013. "Democracy, Oil, or Religion? Expanding Women's Rights in the Muslim World." Politics and Religion, 6(3): 596-617. (Link)