from the Political Science Department

lineFebruary 2013: Professor Emeritus Jaime Regalado honored. Professor Emeritus and former Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute, Dr. Jaime Regalado, received the Hank Lacayo Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute.line

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From left, Mark Granado (MSPA), Jeniffer Aleman-Someta (Environmental Science), Angelina Romero (MSPA) and Dr. Atsuko Sato.

October 2012: Public Administration graduate students participate in conference. Graduate students from Spring 2012's POLS 595: Governing Sustainable Cities course presented their research at the International Studies Association West Conference, held in Pasadena. Pictured at left are Mark Granado (MSPA), Jeniffer Aleman-Someta (Environmental Science), Angelina Romero (MSPA) and Dr. Atsuko Sato. Mark presented a case study of Santa Rosa, Jenny, Los Angeles, and Angelina, Huntington Park. They were also awarded a graduate student travel grant from the office of Graduate Studies and Research. We congratulate them on their outstanding work!








August 2012: Political Science Professsor Ellen Shiau receives PBI mini-grant. The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs (PBI) at Cal State L.A. recently awarded mini-grants for unique research in Boyle Heights to three CSULA faculty members, including the Political Science Department's Ellen Shiau. Prof. Shiau will will explore the possible connections between the built environment, crime and fear, while also providing knowledge to the Boyle Heights community about spatial and temporal patterns of crime. “My research project plans to map reported incidences of crime in Boyle Heights from 2005 to 2010 using GIS (geographic information system) methods in order to identify spatial and temporal patterns of crime in the community,” explained Shiau. “The project builds on a collaboration with two USC researchers who are researching the experiences of male youth in East Los Angeles neighborhoods. As one piece of their research, male youth living in East Los Angeles were surveyed regarding places in their neighborhood where they felt afraid. The crime maps I will create hopefully will serve as a useful policy tool for Boyle Heights residents and advocates with an interest in public safety issues.” More information here.


Top Row from left to right: John Lopez (UNESCO), Fernando Trejo (ATT), Alejandro Hurtado (HRC), Karla Garzon (CND), Keith Gallarzo (Graduate Assistant), and Prof. Acevedo. Bottom Row from left to right: Jamie McField (CSW), Jeronimo Garcia (ECOSOC), Andrew Morales (GA 1), Vanessa Reed (ICJ), Alexander Speak (GA 2), and Jazmine Jones (CSustD) (larger version of photo)

April 2012: Cal State L.A. Model United Nations delegation is recognized. Cal State LA’s Model United Nations represented the Kingdom of Belgium in New York, April 1-6, 2012. The Model United Nations team was awarded Honorable Mention. Only 28 universities were awarded in this category, out of 201 delegations ranging from 5 to 32 participants per country. Cal State LA students managed to engage and collaborate with incredibly large delegations of 192 states while only having two students per committee. Five out of the eleven committees CSULA represented were awarded Outstanding Position Paper. This is a high honor as less than .02% of delegates for each committee were honored with this award. The respective committees (and students) were recognized for their outstanding position papers: General Assembly, First – Andrew Morales; General Assembly, Third – collective effort of three students: Karla Garzon, Alejandro Hurtado and Vanessa Reed; Human Rights Council – Alejandro Hurtado; Economic and Social Council Plenary – Jeronimo Garcia; Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty – Fernando Trejo. More photos here.

Click here for more information on the CSULA Model United Nations Program.




imageMarch 2012: Cal State L.A. Political Science Association visits Washington, DC. Nine members of CSULA's Political Science Association, a club for political science majors, visited Washington D.C. over spring break 2012. They were accompanied by Prof. Taylor Dark and his son. The group of 11 met with Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CSULA class of ’65) for about 30 minutes, and had photo ops with Rep. Judy Chu and Senator Feinstein. They also were able to spend about five minutes inside the Supreme Court chambers during the health care arguments. They toured the National Archives and saw the original parchment versions of the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution, visited the various monuments (Jefferson, Lincoln, WWII, Vietnam, FDR, MLK, etc.), and watched the House and Senate chambers in action as they voted on various pieces of legislation. They also watched a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, and had a tour of the Library of Congress. A video of the trip is here.image

September 2011: CSULA’s Outstanding Lecturer Award has been presented to Atsuko Sato, Political Science Lecturer. This year’s Outstanding Lecturer is Atsuko Sato (Monrovia resident), an internationally-recognized political analyst who has conducted field research in Japan every summer since 2007, with an emphasis on the tri-level (international, national, and local) policy analysis of global environmental problems. She is also conducting research on women’s political representation comparing Japan and South Korea. She began teaching at Cal State L.A. since 2000 in the Department of Political Science. She has taught a variety of courses based on her expertise in comparative politics/public policy, and her extensive training and experiences in research design and methods. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2002. More here.imageApril 2011: Cal State L.A.Model United Nations delegation garners awards for third year in a row. Researching current issues and formulating resolutions to global concerns, a group of Cal State L.A. students in the Political Science 420 course spent two quarters in 11 committees preparing to become “diplomats” representing the Kingdom of Spain at the 2011 National Model United Nations (MUN) in New York.

The National MUN—sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association—is an annual conference that challenges students to engage in a simulation with other colleges and universities as a delegate of a nation.

As a result of the critical-thinking and diplomatic skills of CSULA’s 17-member delegation, they garnered two top awards at this year’s conference: “Outstanding Position Papers” and “Distinguished Delegation.” This is the third year in a row that CSULA has earned national accolades.

See here for more information on getting involved in the Model UN.

CSULA Model United Nations delegation with
CSULA President James Rosser.









For more information, see the CSULA press release here. image

CSULA Model United Nations members in New York City, April 2010.

May 2010:
The CSULA Political Science Department is featured in the CSULA University Reports publication for our successful Model United Nations trip to New York City and Politlcal Science Association trip to Sacramento and San Francisco. Details and photos here!

April 2010: Cal State L.A.Model United Nations wins again! At the 2010 Model United Nations conference in New York City in early April, CSULA was awarded Outstanding Position Papers and Distinguished Delegation. Over 300 universities attended the 2010 NMUN, including several international delegations from Germany, Italy, Spain, China, and Canada.  Only 32 schools were awarded Outstanding Position Papers, and 24 schools awarded Distinguished Delegation. For more information, see the CSULA press release.imageAugust 2009: Cal State L.A. is now listed among top-ranking institutions noted in Diverse ‘Top 100’, a national list of colleges and universities that conferred the most bachelor’s degrees to minority students in 2007-2008. Cal State L.A. ranked #1 nationally in awarding bachelor’s degrees in public administration and social service to Hispanic students. The University was also a top-ranking institution in awarding bachelor’s degrees in public administration and social service to Asian American and minority students.
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Congratulations to recent students accepted to graduate programs!
For Fall 2010
Jennifer Chemel
(BA) accepted to both University of Chicago and New York University law schools.
Henry Castillo (BA) accepted to accepted to Hastings School of Law.
Jose Mendoza (BA) accepted to University of Santa Clara law school.
Monica Jeong (MA) accepted to the Ph.D. program in Political Science at Korea University, one of top two private universities in South Korea. Monica joins In-Kyu Noh, who entered the same program in 2006, also having earned his MA from our department

For Fall 2009

Cliff Koehler (MA) accepted to Arizona State University Political Science Ph.D. program with a teaching assistantship, full tuition remission, health care, and living stipend.
Kevin Sanchez (MA) has been accepted to the University of La Verne MBA program for Fall 2009.

For Fall 2008
Michelle Jurkovich (MA) to George Washington University Political Science Ph.D. program.
E.G. Garay (MA) to U.C. Santa Barbara Political Science Ph.D. program.
Paul Hernandez (MA) to U.C. Riverside Political Science Ph.D. program.
Ozge Tekin (MA) to University of Hawaii Political Science Ph.D. program.image
Department majors featured on Voice of America and KNBC
Print, radio, and video coverage of CSULA Political Science majors viewing the inauguration of Barack Obama on Jan, 20, 2009 for Prof. Dark's course on party politics.

Below is KNBC coverage of Prof. Dark's class on the 2008 presidential primaries.

Senator Hillary Clinton visited CSULA during the 2008 primary season:


Political Science major Matthew Tiffany, featured in an LA Times article
May 6, 2008 article on alternative fuels: PDF here. LA Times link.imageCongratulations to Marisela Cervantes (B.A., 2000), who recently received the Winston Crouch Award for Innovation in Government from the Los Angeles chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Marisela was honored for her work as the Executive Director of the Southeast Cities Schools Coalition.


Pi Sigma Alpha Awards Banquet, 2007
The Pi Sigma Alpha Awards Banquet was held on May 11 in the Golden Eagle building.

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Former State Assemblywoman Carol Liu Speaks to the CSULA Pi Sigma Alpha Chapter
Carol LiuFormer Assemblywoman Carol Liu (44th District) spoke to the Pi Sigma Alpha chapter on April 3, 2007. Liu was formerly chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, and will be running for the California State Senate in 2008. In 2003, the California State Student Association and the University of California Alumni Associations recognized Liu’s commitment to higher education, each naming her “Legislator of the Year.”

A fifth generation Californian and the child of an immigrant, Liu was born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland. She attended public schools and graduated from San Jose State College in 1963. She earned a lifetime teaching credential and an administrative credential from the University of California, Berkeley School of Education. Liu taught public school for seven years before becoming a school administrator. She also served as Executive Director of the Richmond Federation of Teachers.


Michael Dukakis Visits the Department
Former Massachusetts Governor and 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis visited the department in March 2006. Dukakis was a three-term governor of Massachusetts (1975-79; 1983-91) and in 1986 his colleagues in the National Governors' Association voted him the most effective governor in the nation. Since June 1991, Dukakis has been a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and a visiting professor at the School of Public Policy at UCLA. His research has focused on national health care policy reform and the lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts. Recently, he and former U.S. Senator Paul Simon authored a new book entitled How to Get Into Politics -- and Why, which is designed to encourage young people to think seriously about politics and public service as a career.

A brief excerpt from his talk can be viewed below or here.