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Robert Nyenhuis

Dr. Robert Nyenhuis

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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PHONE: 909-867-2713


OFFICE: 94-376

OFFICE HOURS: TuTh 1:00-2:45pm

Full CV

Academic Area

Comparative Politics, International Relations

Areas of Expertise

Populism, campaigns, elections and voting behavior in Latin America

Research Statement

Dr. Nyenhuis is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Nyenhuis teaches courses on Comparative Politics and International Relations including Latin American Politics and US Foreign Policy. His research is forthcoming in the Bolivian Research Review and a volume on Electoral Courts in Latin America. He is currently working on a book manuscript on why Latin American voters vote for populist presidential candidates.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2016
  • MA, University of California, Irvine, 2013
  • BA, University of Missouri, 2006

Courses Taught

Analysis of models of Latin American political systems, their development and culture, key actors, and formal and informal processes; focus on socio-economic change and trends in Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina.
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.


Nyenhuis, R. 2016. "The Electoral Advantages of Presidential Incumbency: Evo Morales’ 2014 Triumph." Bolivian Research Review. (Forthcoming)
Nyenhuis, R., Kapiszewski, D, and J.S. Alexander. 2016. "Judging Elections: Electoral Courts and Democracy in Latin America’s Federal Systems" eds. D. Kapiszewski and M.C. Ingram, Beyond High Courts: The Justice Complex in Contemporary Latin America. Norte Dame, IN: University of Norte Dame Press, Kellogg Institute Series. (Under advance contract)
Nyenhuis, R. 2014. Book review of "Latin American Populism in the 21st Century" by C. De La Torre and C.J. Arnson. Revista Latinoamericana de Política Comparada, 8: 195-197. (Link)