Political Science

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Mario Guerrero


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 9:00-11:00am; Tu 10:00am-12:00pm; W 1:00-3:00pm; Th 3:00- 5:00pm
Office Hours Link: https://bit.ly/GuerreroOH 

Mario Guerrero teaches courses on American politics including the presidency, Congress, and elections. His research includes work on emerging communication technologies and pedagogy. He has served as 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 'Faculty of the Year' by the CSU Student Association in 2020 and was named 'Outstanding Faculty Advisor' and the commencement mace-bearer for Cal Poly Pomona in 2016. He has served as the past president for the American Political Science Association's Latina/o Caucus, a Ford Foundation Fellow, and RAND Faculty Leader.

Dr. Neil Chaturvedi


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: TuTh 10:00am-12:00pm

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


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: WF 2:00-4:00pm

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. Laureen Hom


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 Location94-312

Office Hours: TuW 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.

Dr. Elli Menounou


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 Location94-315

Office Hours: M 11:30am-12:30pm and 2:30-4:00pm; W 10:00-11:30am, 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. Mary Anne Mendoza


Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
B.A., University of La Verne

Subfields: Comparative Politics, International Relations

Email:   maryannem@cpp.edu 
Office Phone: TBA
Office Location94-309

Office Hours: TuTh 11:00am-1:00pm
Office Hours Linkshttp://calendly.com/maryannem & https://cpp.campus.eab.com/pal/aTjNKQgJce 

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. Robert Nyenhuis

Dr. Robert Nyenhuis


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: PLS 4610 MW 2:00-4:00pm; PLS 4450 M 12:00-2:00pm; & W 1:00-3:00pm
Office Hours Link: https://calendly.com/renyenhuis/virtual-office-hours

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; W 1:00-2:00pm or by appointment

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: TuTh 2:30-3:30 (in person); W 10:00-12:00pm (virtually by appointment)

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


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: TuTh 1:00-2:15pm

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.

Jessica Castillo
Administrative Coordinator



Email:  jmcastillo2@cpp.edu 
Office Phone: 909-869-3887
Office Location: 94-303

Office Hours: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays 8:00am-5:00pm (closed for lunch)

Jessica obtained her B.A. and Master’s degrees in our English and Modern Languages department here at Cal Poly Pomona, where she also worked as a Teaching Associate, teaching two sections of Contemporary Literature. She has also worked for two years as a freelance copy editor and she worked for about 10 years in the field of medical administration..

Name Email Office Phone Office Hours
Artour Aslanian aaslanian@cpp.edu N/A N/A Tu 5:00-7:00pm
Aaron Berg ahberg@cpp.edu  N/A N/A TuTh 11:00am-12:00pm
Luis Bohon lcbohon@cpp.edu 94-308 x3880 TuTh 7:00-9:00am
Antonia Castro-Graham castrograham@cpp.edu N/A N/A M 5:00-6:00pm
Nathan Chan nkchan@cpp.edu 94-308 x3880 M 4:30-5:30pm
Carlin Crisanti ccrisanti@cpp.edu 94-307 x3878 TuTh 7:00-9:00am
Joshua Dean jgdean@cpp.edu 94-317 x5414 M 10:30am-11:30am;
MW 1:30-2:30pm:
TuTh 11:30am-12:30pm
Joseph Dietrich jjdietrich@cpp.edu 94-308 x3880 Tu 2:00-4:00pm; 
W 2:00-3:00pm; 
W 3:00-4:00pm
Sandra Emerson semerson@cpp.edu  N/A N/A T 11:30am-2:30pm; 
Th 2:30-3:30pm
Thora Giallouri tgiallouri@cpp.edu  N/A N/A MW 1:00-2:00pm; 
TuTh 11:30-12:30pm
Mehdi Haghighi mhhaghighi@cpp.edu 94-317 x5414 M 2:30-4:00pm; 
W 2:30-3:30pm
Victor Haynes vhaynes@cpp.edu  N/A N/A W 12:00-1:00pm
Whitney Hua whua@cpp.edu  N/A N/A
Mzilikazi Kone makone@cpp.edu N/A N/A
Whitney Mannies wmannies@cpp.edu 94-307 x3878 M 1:15-2:15pm; 
Tu 11:45am-12:45pm
Tu 2:30-3:30pm; 
W 1:15-2:15pm; 
Th 11:45am-12:45pm
Graham Odell godell@cpp.edu  94-308 x3880 Tu 11:00am-12:00pm
Bianca Rubalcalva bsrubalcava@cpp.edu N/A N/A Tu 8:30-9:30am
Pooya Safarzadeh safarzadeh@cpp.edu 94-307 x3878 MW 4:15-5:15pm
Christopher Stoughton csstoughton@cpp.edu 94-308 x3880 TuTh 2:00-4:30pm
Thomas Tan ttan@cpp.edu  N/A N/A
Simon Tang shtang@cpp.edu  N/A N/A W 2:30-3:30pm
Austin Trantham atrantham@cpp.edu  N/A N/A Tu 10:00-11:00am
Pinar Tremblay pktremblay@cpp.edu 94-317 x5414 M 4:00-6:00pm;
W 4:00-7:00pm
Cody Trojan ctrojan@cpp.edu 94-317 x5414 F 10:00am-12:00pm
Demetrius Trokkos datrokkos@cpp.edu 94-308 x3880 MWF 1:30-3:00pm

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