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University of La Verne
Local elections, California politics, congressional elections, mayoral elections, local government, public administration, public policy, budgeting, public participation, civic engagement
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About Me

Currently Professor of Public Administration and Master of Public Administration (MPA) Director at the University of La Verne.

PhD, Political Science, Claremont Graduate University, with major fields in American Politics and Public Policy

My research focuses on changes within the American political system, including policy innovation and American elections. I have a particular interest in civic engagement and transparency in decision making, which relates to public ethics and public involvement in budgeting. I worked in local government administration in Southern California before becoming a faculty member and retain a “pracademic” perspective, keeping engaged in practice.

Recent Publications

Coeditor, The Roads to Congress 2016: American Elections in a Divided Landscape (Palgrave MacMillian, 2017).  Author of analysis of Kamala Harris (D-CA) election to U.S. Senate and coauthor of Darrell Issa (R-SD) reelection campaign.

Coeditor, Local Politics and Mayoral Elections in 21st Century America: The Keys to City Hall (Routledge, 2015).

Author, “Civic Engagement and Fiscal Stress in American Cities: Insights from the Great Recession,” State and Local Government Review 46 (4): 249-259. 2014

Currently part of a research team for a 2017 survey of American mayors about psychological violence (threats, bullying, harassment).

Have published in Policy Studies Journal, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Teaching Public Administration, and other journals.

Media Coverage

I regularly provide local politics, elections, and policy commentary for the Southern California News Group.  Articles are most often published in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and Riverside Press-Enterprise, but have been printed in the Los Angeles Daily NewsOrange County Registrar, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Redlands Daily Facts, and other publications.

Other online contributions include:

American cities increased their use of civic engagement tools during the Great Recession, but did not fully embrace citizen involvement in decision-making

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