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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: MW 1:15-2:25pm

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

Examination of the socio-economic and political problems of the developing and new nations in their quest for modernization and development. Relevance of Western and Soviet-Marxist models to the political experience of the new nations.
Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance.


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)