Faculty & Staff

Dr. Mario Guerrero, Chair

Associate Professor
Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara
Subfields: American Politics and Methodology
Email: mag@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-3885
Office Location: 94-303
Office Hours: M/Tu/W/Thu: 10:00-11:30am
Mario Guerrero teaches courses on American politics including the presidency, Congress, and elections. His research includes work on campaign finance, emerging communication technologies, and other facets of political behavior. In 2018, he is the chair of the Undergraduate Faculty Advisory Committee, faculty fellow for the Office of the Undergraduate Research, and a member of the Western Political Science Association's (WPSA) Executive Council. Dr. Guerrero was named Outstanding Faculty Advisor for Cal Poly Pomona in 2016. He has served as the past president for the American Political Science Association's Latino Caucus, a Ford Foundation Fellow, and RAND Faculty Leader.

Dr. Neil Chaturvedi

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Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
B.A., University of California, Riverside
Subfields: American Politics and Methodology
Email: nschaturvedi@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-3884
Office Location: 94-318
Office Hours:
Neil 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.

Dr. Brady Collins, MPA Director

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Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Subfields: Public Administration
Email: bjcollins@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-3573
Office Location: 94-374
Office Hours: Tu/Thu: 12:00-2:00pm
Brady Collins received his Ph.D in Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MA in Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Having spent several years as a policy advocate in the housing and labor movement in Los Angeles, much of his teaching and research is focused on Los Angeles, though he has also studied neighborhoods in Barcelona, Tokyo, and Shanghai. His areas of expertise are in community and economic development, civic engagement, ethnic enclaves, urban governance, and social capital. More generally, Brady’s research lies at the intersection of the spatial, sociocultural, and political aspects of urbanism, and seeks to forge new relationships between the built environment and local politics. He teaches courses on public administration, public policy, qualitative methods, and urban governance in Los Angeles.

Dr. Sandra M. Emerson

Ph.D. and M.P.A., USC
B.A. and M.A., Temple University
Subfields: Public Administration and Methodology
Email: smemerson@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-3879
Office Location: 94-309
Office Hours: M/W: 10:30-11:30am and Sa: 1:30-3:30pm
Sandra M. Emerson is director of Masters in Public Administration program for the political science department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. In addition to having taught courses in public policy and public administration at CPP, the University of La Verne, and the University of Southern California, she has worked in this arena in both private and public sectors. She has been a program administrator for Medicare Part B, a consultant with Southern California Edison, and a budget and program analyst with the City of Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Jill E. Hargis

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Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Harvard University
Subfields: Political Theory and Public Law
Email: jehargis@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-3882
Office Location: 94-316
Office Hours: M: 4:00-5:00pm, Tu: 8:30-9:30am, W: 1:30-2:30pm, and Thu: 2:30-3:30pm
Jill E. Hargis has studied the concept of the masses in relationship to democratic theory and practice in 20th century continental political thought, particularly in the work of Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Michel Foucault. More recently she is focusing her work on American political thought, including Thomas Jefferson, as well as contemporary environmental political theory.

Dr. Laureen Hom

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
M.P.H., Columbia University
Subfields: Public Administration
Email: ldhom@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-3881
Office Location: 94-312
Office Hours: Tu/Thu: 1:00-3:00pm
Laureen Hom received her PhD in Planning, Policy, and Design with an emphasis in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine and an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences, Urbanism and the Built Environment concentration at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests are at the intersection of public policy, urban studies, and ethnic studies. She has professional experience in program management, evaluation, and community-engaged collaborative research in health services and non-profits serving immigrant communities. Her current research projects focus on the spatial politics of ethnic community formation and political representation in Southern California. The first examines the community politics of redevelopment and gentrification in Los Angeles Chinatown. The second is a co-authored book project about Asian American community leaders changing the cultural, political, and economic landscape of Orange County that builds upon a policy report done in collaboration with UC Irvine and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Mary Anne Mendoza

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
B.A., University of La Verne
Subfields: Comparative Politics and International Relations
Email: maryannem@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-3878
Office Location: 94-307
Office Hours: M-F: 1:00-5:00pm Or by appointment
Mary Anne S. Mendoza's research focuses on how the content and process of education shapes the development of national identity in colonial subjects. In particular, she studies the post-colonial legacy of educational policies and separatist rebellion in the Philippines and Burma (Myanmar). This involves the use of archival work in comparing the onset of rebellion between ethnic groups. Her broader research agenda bridges Comparative Politics and International Relations to better understand patterns of political violence, nationalism, and colonial legacies in Southeast Asia. Her ongoing projects concern government responses to rebels and pedagogical topics concerning course design and alignment in student assessments. Her future projects incorporate both of these themes by focusing on the development of national ideologies in post-colonial states and refugee camps.

Dr. Elli Menounou

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Southern California
B.A., Pantieon University
Subfields: Public Law
Email: emenounou@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-3776
Office Location: 94-315
Office Hours: M-F: 1:00-5:00pm Or by appointment
Elli Menounou received her Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations with a focus on Public Law at the University of Southern California, and an MA in Political Science with a concentration in Political Theory at California State University, Los Angeles. Her research interests lie at the intersection of judicial politics, judicial globalization, and public opinion as it relates to courts. Specifically, her research examines judges as distinct actors in the international system, assesses the effect of judicial decision-making on public opinion, and explores factors that affect judicial behavior and the judiciary as a whole. Some of the courses Elli has taught include constitutional law, judicial behavior, American politics, and interest groups.

Dr. Robert Nyenhuis

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
B.A., University of Missouri
Subfields: Comparative Politics
Email: renyenhuis@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-867-2713
Office Location: 94-376
Office Hours: M/W: 2:00-4:00pm
Robert 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.

Dr. Renford Reese

Ph.D., USC
B.A. and M.P.P., Vanderbilt University
Subfields: Public Administration
Email: rrreese@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-4665
Office Location: 94-311
Office Hours: Tu: 1:00-3:00pm and W: 1:00-2:00pm
Renford Reese's current teaching focus is on "NGOs and Social Service Outreach" and "Crime Politics". He is the faculty coordinator of two Study Abroad programs at Cal Poly Pomona. He is a regular guest columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News. He is the author of nine books including: The Failed Experiment (2016), The Prison-to-School Pipeline (2016), Prison Race (2006), and American Paradox: Young Black Men (2004). He is the founder/director of the Prison Education Project, the Reintegration Academy for Parolees, and the Colorful Flags program. He was the recipient of the 2011 George P. Hart "Faculty of the Year" Award at Cal Poly Pomona. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, a Haynes Foundation Fellow, and a Pitzer College IGLAS Fellow.

Dr. Marc Scarcelli

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
B.A., Purdue University
Subfields: International Relations
Email: scarcelli@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-4364
Office Location: 94-310
Office Hours: Tu/Thu: 10:00am-12:00pm
Marc Scarcelli joined the department in the fall of 2014, having previously served in faculty positions at Ohio University and Bowdoin College. He teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics, offering a broad range of security topics, from war and terrorism to ethnic conflict and other non-state security threats. His research focuses on ethnic conflict and modern civil wars. He also maintains a strong personal interest in matters of extreme poverty, stemming from his background on involvement with humanitarian development work in Haiti.

Dr. David M. Speak

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Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
Subfields: Public Law, Political Theory, Public Administration
Email: dmspeak@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-3886
Office Location: 94-314
Office Hours: W: 12:00-1:00pm
David M. Speak is the author of Living Law: The Transformation of American Jurisprudence in the Early Twentieth Century, and co-author (with Lewis Lipsitz) of two editions of a widely-adopted Intro American Government text, American Democracy. He was an early recipient of the George Hart Award for Faculty Leadership and has served as Chair of the Academic Senate.

Kim Alm, Administrative Coordinator

Email: kmalm@cpp.edu
Office Phone: 909-869-3887
Office Location: 94-303
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed for lunch)
Kim Alm serves the political science department in the capacity of the main administrator and liasion for the faculty, students, and administration. It's difficult to imagine a day in the political science department without Kim as she is the person everyone calls when something needs to get done.

Adjunct Faculty

Name Email Office Phone Office Hours
Artour Aslanian aaslanian@cpp.edu N/A N/A W: 4:30-5:30pm
Luis Bohon lcbohon@cpp.edu 94-308 x3880 Tu/Thu: 8:00-10:00am
Nathan Chan nkchan@cpp.edu 94-308 x3880 Tu/Thu: 6:45-7:45pm
Or by appointment
Carlin Crisanti ccrisanti@cpp.edu 94-307 x3878 Tu/Thu: 7:00-8:30am
Or by appointment
Joshua Dean jgdean@cpp.edu 94-317 x5414
Joseph Dietrich jjdietrich@cpp.edu 94-308 x3880 T/W: 2:30-4:00
Thu: 2:00-3:00pm
Charles Gossett cwgossett@cpp.edu N/A N/A F: 3:00-4:00pm
Mehdi Haghighi mhhaghighi@cpp.edu 94-317 x5414 M: 11:00am-12:30pm
Thu: 5:30-6:30pm
Mzilikazi Kone makone@cpp.edu N/A N/A W: 2:00-3:00pm
Whitney Mannies wmannies@cpp.edu 94-307 x3878 W/Thu: 9:00-11:30am
Bianca Rubalcalva bsrubalcava@cpp.edu N/A N/A Tu: 9:30-10:30am
Or by appointment
Pooya Safarzadeh safarzadeh@cpp.edu 94-307 x3878 M/W: 4:15-5:15pm
Beverly Speak bbspeak@cpp.edu N/A N/A Tu/Thu: 10:00-11:30am
Christopher Stoughton csstoughton@cpp.edu 94-308 x3880 M/W: 2:00-4:00pm
Or by appointment
Pinar Tremblay pktremblay@cpp.edu 94-317 x5414 M/W: 9:00-11:00am and
Cody Trojan ctrojan@cpp.edu 94-317 x5414
Demetrius Trokkos datrokkos@cpp.edu 94-308 x3880 M/W/F: 1:30-3:00pm

Additional adjunct faculty and oversight members for the MPA program can be found at the MiPAAC page.