College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

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Charles Gossett

Dr. Charles Gossett

Visiting Professor of Political Science

PHONE: 909-869-3776


OFFICE: 94-315

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Full CV

Academic Area

American Politics, African Politics, Public Administration

Areas of Expertise

Public human resource management, HIV/AIDS in Africa, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender politics

Research Statement

Dr. Gossett is currently a visiting faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona. He is a tenured faculty member at Sacramento State where he holds the rank of full Professor in the Department of Government and the Department of Public Policy & Administration. From 2002 until 2009 he served as chair of the Political Science Department at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Gossett teaches courses on American politics, African politics, and public administration. His research includes work gay politics at the state and local levels, public service motivation, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on politics and public administration in Africa.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Stanford University, 1985
  • MA, Stanford University, 1975
  • BA, Hope College, 1973

Courses Taught

Structures, functions, principles, and processes of American governmental administration. Attention to importance and growth of government administration and to the principles and processes of establishing, directing, and evaluating governmental programs.
Explores the practice of American political campaign management, from nomination through election and in the post-campaign period. Focuses on campaign strategies and techniques and requires participation in an actual political campaign.


Gossett, C. 2017. “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees in the Public Sector Workforce,” in N.M. Riccucci, ed., Public Personnel Management: Current Concerns -- Future Challenges, 6th ed., New York, NY: Routledge Press. (also in 2nd, 3rd , 4th, & 5th editions) (Link)
Gossett, C., E.S.W. Ng, and R. Winter. 2016. “Millennials and Public Service Renewal: Introduction on Millennials and Public Service Motivation” Public Administration Quarterly, 40(3): 412-428. (Link)
Gossett, C., E.S.W. Ng, S. Chinyoka, and I. Obasi. 2016. “Public vs. Private Sector Employment: An Exploratory Study of Career Choice among Graduate Management Students in Botswana.” Personnel Review, 45(6): 1367 - 1385. (Link)
Gossett, C. and E.S.W. Ng. 2013. “Career Choice in Canadian Public Service: An Exploration of Fit with the Millennial Generation.” Public Personnel Management, 42(3): 337-358. (Link)
Gossett, C. and G.B. Lewis. 2011. “Why Did Californians Pass Proposition 8? Stability and Change in Support for Same-Sex Marriage.” California Journal of Public Policy, 3(1). (Link)
Gossett, C. and C. Ban. 2010. “The Changing Roles of the Human Resource Office,” in S.E. Condrey, ed., Handbook of Human Resource Management in Government, 3rd ed., San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 5-26. (Link)
Gossett, C. 2010. “The Impact of AIDS on the Botswana Civil Service.” International Journal of Public Administration, 33(5): 240-250. (Link)
Gossett, C. and K. Lotshwao. 2019. “Report on the General Election 1965 and the Local Government Election 1966.” Botswana Notes & Records, 41: 47-63. (Link)
Gossett, C. 2010. “Pushing the Envelope: Dillon’s Rule and Local Domestic Partnership Ordinances” in S. Barclay, M. Bernstein, and A.M. Marshall, eds., Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law, New York, NY: New York University Press, 158-186. (Link)
Gossett, C. and E.S.W. Ng. 2008. “Domestic Partnership Benefits” in C.G. Reddick and J.D. Coggburn, eds., Handbook of Employee Benefits and Administration, Boca Raton, FL: Auerbach Publications, 379-397. (Link)