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California State University, Bakersfield
religion and politics, the presidency, the courts/judicial politics, political and religious rhetoric, gender and politics
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About Me

Currently, my main focus of research is religion and politics. I examine how religious elites influence public opinion.  Specifically, my work looks at how this influence may be gendered and how male and female religious leaders differ in terms of style, approach, and mobilization efforts on policy issues.  I also look at how female and male religious elites navigate Church institutions differently, due to their hierarchical and gendered structure.

I also examine both religious and political rhetoric within the context of Church and political leadership. I am interested in how these actors strategically employ language to consolidate support and influence public opinion.

With regards to government institutions, I focus on the courts and the presidency.  With specific attention to the courts, I analyze issues pertaining to freedom of speech and religious liberty.

I am the editor of a manuscript for Lexington and Rowan, Unconventional, Partisan and Polarizing Rhetoric:  How the 2016 Election Shaped the Way Candidates Strategize, Engage and Communicate, where I also contributed several chapters.

Currently, I am working on a book manuscript for Temple University Press which analyzes the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and female and male religious leaders within the American Catholic Church.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles:

“Evaluating Policy Differences Between Male and Female Religious Groups:  A Study of Social Policy Statements by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.” Fall 2016.
Journal of Communication and Religion 39 (3): 76-99

“Non-Ordained: Examining the Level of Female Religious Political Engagement and Social Policy Influence within the American Catholic Church.” Fall 2016. Fieldwork in Religion 11(2): 137-156.

Selected Works in Progress:

Unconventional, Partisan and Polarizing Rhetoric:  How the 2016 Election Shaped the Way Candidates Strategize, Engage and Communicate, edited volume submitted to Lexington and Rowan

Institutional Dilemma:  An Examination of Catholic Male and Female Religious Leaders and Their Effects on Lay Public Opinion. Book Manuscript for Temple University Press



Media Coverage

The Richard Beene Show, KERN NEWS TALK/96.1 FM, Regular/Weekly Political Analyst, January 19, 2017 through the present.

“Does the Bible Give Trump Moral Authority to Kill Kim Jong Un, As Trump’s Pastor Says?”, August 11, 2017.

“Trump Claims He Got Rid of the Johnson Amendment.  Is that True?”, July 19, 2017.

“High-Risk Pools Have Been Tried Before In California.  Did They Work?” NPR for the Central Valley, Radio Interview, May 9, 2017.

“Trump and the Central Valley.”  German National Public Radio, On-Campus Interview, March 8, 2017

“Los Trump, la familia que ilega a la Casa Blanca rodeada de engmas.”  La Nacion. December 20, 2017.

“CSUB Professor Previews Election Day.” KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Wednesday, November 8, 2016.

“California Proposition 58: English Proficiency. Multilingual Education. Initiative Statute.” Schmolitics Podcast, Monday, October 26, 2016.

“What Republicans Will Do if Trump Looses.”  Christian Science Monitor, Friday, October 21, 2016.

“CSUB Political Science Professor Analyzes the Vice Presidential Debate.”  KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

“Election Discussion.”  Schmolitics Podcast, Thursday, August 18, 2016

“CSUB Political Science Professor Analyzes Democratic National Convention.” KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Friday, July 29, 2016.

“Political Science Professor Talks Trump, RNC.” KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Friday, July 22, 2016. Available at

“Trump and Anger in America.”  BBC, Phone Interview, June 1, 2016.

“McCarthy Primary Race 23rd Congressional District.” Associated Press Interview, Friday, May 27, 2016.

“Bakersfield Politics Get Heated as Candidate Bernie Sanders Plans to Visit.” Bakersfield 23, Thursday, May 26, 2016.  Available at

“Interview with Larry Marino on Oildale, the Central Valley and the Republican Primary.” KRLA AM 870/Sunday Morning News Makers, April 10, 2016.

“Analyst: California Could Play Pivotal Role in Republican Primary.”  Wednesday, April 6, 2016.  KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Available at

“Conservative Oildale Could Be a Bellwether of how Trump’s Message Translate in California.”  Los Angeles Times. Monday, April 4, 2016.  Available at

“Primary Town Hall Analysis.” First Look with Scott Cox, KERN NEWS TALK/96.1 FM.  Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

“Bakersfield Mayor’s Race Yields 25 Candidates, Shattering City Record.” Wednesday, March 16, 2016.  The Californian, Available at

“Candidates and Mental Health.”  KGET, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Available at

“Political Science Professor Talks Election.” KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Available at

“Super Tuesday Analysis.”  First Look with Scott Cox, KERN NEWS TALK/96.1 FM.  Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

“GOP Loses Ground Among Kern County Registered Voters.”  KBAK & KBFK Eyewitness News, Monday, February 29, 2016. Available at

“New Hampshire Primary Analysis.”  First Look with Scott Cox, KERN NEWS TALK/96.1 FM.  Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

“Iowa Caucus Analysis.”  First Look with Scott Cox, KERN NEWS TALK/96.1 FM.  Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

“Iowa Caucus.”  KGET TV Interview.  Friday, February 5, 2016.  Aired, Monday, February 8, 2016.
“Pope’s Comments to Congress Touch Issues of Local Importance.” Bakersfield 23 News. Media Interview, Thursday, September 24, 2015, California State University, Bakersfield.


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United States of America

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