College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

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Sandra Emerson

Dr. Sandra M. Emerson

Professor of Political Science

Office Phone: 909-869-3879
Office Location: 94-309
Office Hours: MW 10:00-11:00am, Sat 1:30-3:30pm, by appointment
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Academic Area

Public Administration, MPA

Areas of Expertise

Human services, utility deregulation, public finance, and public/private cooperation

Research Statement

Sandra M. Emerson (Ph.D. & MPA, USC) is a professor in 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.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD and MPA, University of Southern California
  • BA and MPA, Temple University

Courses Taught

FALL 2019
Quantitative methodologies to define, execute, monitor and manage policy, programs and projects. Emphasis is on problem-solving, applications to organizational issues and ethical use of information and analysis to serve diverse community interests.
Socio-economic, political contexts of public administration; role of public administration in the political process; social values, ethics and public interest; characteristics of public bureaucracy, theories and practices; role and responsibility and accountability in governance.
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.
Provide hands-on methods and analytical tools for addressing research questions regarding public policy and political phenomena. Explore diverse approaches to challenges of research in political behavior and government decision making, applying descriptive and inferential statistical analysis using datasets and statistical software.


Dong, W., Emerson, S. and Sawyerr, O (2016) "Evaluating the Impact of an Engineering Innovation, Manufacturing, and Commercialization Program." Frontiers in Education Conference (paper), April 25, 2016.
Emerson, S. and Wang, J. 2016. "Re-examination of the ethical responsibility of public administrators in a Republic." American Society of Public Administration Conference, March 2016, Seattle, WA.
Emerson, S. 2016. “Ethical Responsibility and Health Care Policy.” Western Social Science Association Conference, April 15, 2016.