Political Science

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Elli Menounou

Dr. Elli Menounou
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Office Phone: 909-869-3776
Email: emenounou@cpp.edu
Office Location: 94-315
Office Hours: Please email
Full CV

Academic Area

Public Law, Judicial Politics

Areas of Expertise

Judicial behavior, Inter-branch relations, Constitutional law, Judicial globalization, International law and human rights, public opinion and court legitimacy

Research Statement

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.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Southern California, 2017
  • MA, California State University, Los Angeles, 2009
  • BA, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences; Athens, Greece, 2007

Current Courses

Provides a basic understanding of public law’s theoretical and historical foundation, and its functioning within legislative, judicial and administrative institutions of government.
Constitutional questions concerning the distribution of powers and responsibilities among the institu­tions of the federal government and between the federal and state governments. Special attentions to interbranch conflicts, constitutional crises such as the Civil War and Water­gate. The course is designed for junior or senior level student majoring in political science with a concentration in public law, although it is appropriate for other students in political science, social science, or pre-law who would find the subject matter to be of interest to them. Students who are particularly inquisitive and motivated, and who are interested in developing their skills in critical analysis and writing, would derive maximum benefit from the course.


Menounou, Elli, Adam Feldman, Thora Giallouri, and Jordan Carr Peterson. 2019. “Packing the Courts: Ideological Proximity and Expansions to the Federal Judiciary from 1937 to 2012,” Journal of Law and Courts 7(1):81-106. (Link