Political Science

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Dr. Robert Nyenhuis

Dr. Robert Nyenhuis
Associate Professor of Political Science

Office Phone: 909-867-2713
Email: renyenhuis@cpp.edu
Office Location: 94-376
Office Hours: Please email
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Academic Area

Comparative Politics, International Relations

Areas of Expertise

Elections and voting behavior in the developing world

Research Statement

Dr. Nyenhuis is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Nyenhuis teaches courses in Comparative Politics and International Relations including Latin American Politics, African Politics, and International Human Rights. His research has appeared in African Studies Review, the Journal of Modern African Studies, and the Journal of Political Science Education.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2016
  • MA, University of California, Irvine, 2013
  • BA, University of Missouri, 2006

Courses Taught

Examines the political, economic, and social-cultural institutions and processes of sub-Saharan African states and regional organizations. A comparative study of major states in the region is provided, alongside analysis of regional and contemporary challenges.


Seabo, B. and R. Nyenhuis. 2021. "Botswana's 2019 General Elections: A Referendum on General Ian Khama." African Studies Review 64(4): 854-883. (Link)

Fölscher, M., de Jager, N. and R. Nyenhuis. 2021. "Populist parties shifting the political discourse? A case study of the Economic Freedom Fighters in South Africa." Journal of Modern African Studies 59(4): 535-558. (Link)

Nyenhuis, R. and R. Mattes. 2021. "Political Culture in Africa." in Oxford Research Encyclopedia Series, Oxford University Press. (Link)

Nyenhuis, R. 2020. "The Political Struggle for 'the people': Populist Discourse in South African Elections." Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 58(4): 409-432. (Link)

Collins, B. and R. Nyenhuis. 2020. "The Effectiveness of Concept Maps for Students' Learning and Retention." Journal of Political Science Education 17: 897-909. (Link)

Nyenhuis, R. and M. Kroenke. 2019. "The 2019 South African Elections: Incumbency and Uncertainty." Journal of African Elections 18(12): 112-133. (Link)

Nyenhuis, R. 2019. "Populism in South America: Democratic Panacea or Pitfall." American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 78(3): 717-739. (Link)

Nyenhuis, R. 2016. "The Electoral Advantages of Presidential Incumbency: Evo Morales’ 2014 Triumph." Bolivian Research Review, 11(1): 1-19. 

Nyenhuis, R., Kapiszewski, D, and J.S. Alexander. 2019. "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. (Link)

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)