College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Neil Chaturvedi

Dr. Neil Chaturvedi

Associate Professor of Political Science

Office Phone: 909-869-3884
Office Location: 94-318
Office Hours: Please email
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

FALL 2020
Focus on practical skills for conducting empirical research. The basics for searching scholarly material, utilizing research designs, hypothesis formation, hypothesis testing, and qualitative research methods.
The examination of the inner workings of the United States Congress; compare and contrast the House of Representatives and the Senate; understanding the policymaking process; compare and contrast the institution with other legislative bodies.
Selection and completion of a thesis under faculty supervision. Thesis is to be of substantial quality on a significant problem in the student’s major area of interest within political science. Work to be completed over two semesters in PLS 4610 and PLS 4620. Lecture and discussion. Required minimum of 120 hours. May be taken up to two times for a total credit of 6 units.


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)