College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Jill E. Hargis, Chair

Dr. Jill Hargis
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Harvard University
Subfields: Political Theory and Public Law
Office Phone: 909-869-3882
Office Location: 94-303
Office Hours: Please email
Dr. Jill E. Hargis has studied the concept of the masses in relationship to democratic theory and practice in 20th century continental political thought, particularly in the work of Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Michel Foucault. More recently she is focusing her work on American political thought, including Thomas Jefferson, as well as contemporary environmental political theory.

Dr. Neil Chaturvedi

Neil Chaturvedi
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
B.A., University of California, Riverside
Subfields: American Politics and Methodology
Office Phone: 909-869-3884
Office Location: 94-318
Office Hours: N/A
Dr. 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

Brady Collins
Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Subfields: Public Administration
Office Phone: 909-869-3573
Office Location: 94-374
Office Hours: N/A
Dr. 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. Sandra M. Emerson

Sandra Emerson
Ph.D. and M.P.A., USC
B.A. and M.A., Temple University
Subfields: Public Administration and Methodology
Office Phone: 909-869-3879
Office Location: 94-309
Office Hours: N/A
Dr. Sandra M. Emerson is director of Masters in Public Administration program for 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.

Dr. Mario Guerrero

Mario Guerrero
Associate Professor
Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara
Subfields: American Politics and Methodology
Office Phone: 909-869-3885
Office Location: 94-316
Office Hours: TuTh 8:00-10:00am (online only)
Dr. Mario Guerrero teaches courses on American politics including the presidency, Congress, and elections. His research includes work on campaign finance, emerging communication technologies, and other facets of political behavior. In 2018, he is 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 Outstanding Faculty Advisor for Cal Poly Pomona in 2016. He has served as the past president for the American Political Science Association's Latino Caucus, a Ford Foundation Fellow, and RAND Faculty Leader.

Dr. Robert Nyenhuis

Robert Nyenhuis
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
B.A., University of Missouri
Subfields: Comparative Politics
Office Phone: 909-867-2713
Office Location: 94-376
Office Hours: N/A
Dr. 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

Renford Reese
Ph.D., USC
B.A. and M.P.P., Vanderbilt University
Subfields: Public Administration
Office Phone: 909-869-4665
Office Location: 94-311
Office Hours: N/A
Dr. 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

Marc Scarcelli
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
B.A., Purdue University
Subfields: International Relations
Office Phone: 909-869-4364
Office Location: 94-310
Office Hours: N/A
Dr. 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

David Speak
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
Subfields: Public Law, Political Theory, Public Administration
Office Phone: 909-869-3886
Office Location: 94-314
Office Hours: N/A
Dr. 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.

Kim Alm, Administrative Coordinator

Kim Alm
Office Phone: 909-869-3887
Office Location: 94-303
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed for lunch)
Kim Alm serves the political science department in the capacity of the main administrator and liasion for the faculty, students, and administration. It's difficult to imagine a day in the political science department without Kim as she is the person everyone calls when something needs to get done.

Adjunct Faculty

Name Email Office Phone Office Hours
Artour Aslanian N/A N/A N/A
Del Bharath 94-307 x3878 N/A
Luis Bohon 94-312 x3881 N/A
Laura Brantley 94-308 x3880 N/A
Chaz Briscoe 94-317 x5414 N/A
Shauna Clark 94-307 x3878 N/A
Allen Coson N/A N/A N/A
Carlin Crisanti 94-308 x3880 N/A
Joshua Dean 94-317 x5414 N/A
Archie Delshad 94-317 x5414 N/A
Brian Denny 94-317 x5414 N/A
Joseph Dietrich 94-308 x3880 N/A
Charles Gossett N/A N/A N/A
Mehdi Haghighi 94-315 x3776 N/A
Whitney Hua 94-315 x3776 N/A
Mzilikazi Kone N/A N/A N/A
Whitney Mannies 94-307 x3878 N/A
Mary Anne Mendoza 94-307 x3878 N/A
Raul Sabado 94-308 x3880 N/A
Donna Schuele 94-315 x3776 N/A
Beverly Speak 94-314 x3886 N/A
Christopher Stoughton 94-308 x3880 N/A
Georgianna Streeter 94-312 x3881 N/A
Pinar Tremblay 94-315 x3776 N/A
Demetrius Trokkos 94-312 x3881 N/A

Emeritus Faculty

Name Email
Korey, John L.
Peterson, Ronald
Silliman, G. Sidney
Vadi, Jose M.

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