Year of Decisions: Presidential Election 2016

Claremont McKenna College faculty members are available for expert comment across a wide range of issues related to the presidential election. For additional assistance, contact the Office of Public Affairs & Communications at (909) 621-8099 or (909) 607-9246.


Mark Blitz  

Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy
Former associate director, U.S. Information Agency
Ph.D., Harvard University
Area of Expertise:  American Foreign Policy, International Relations, Political Philosophy, Public Policy
Contact: (909) 607-3232;


Andrew Busch

Crown Professor of Government, George R. Roberts Fellow, and Chair of the Government Department and Director of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Area of expertise:  American presidency, national elections, national public policy
Contact:  (909) 607-3382; 


Zachary Courser

Visiting Assistant Professor of Government; Research Director of the Dreier Roundtable
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Area of expertise:  Tea Party movement, campaigns & elections, political parties, Congress, democratic theory, political polarization.
Contact:  (909) 607-6724 (o) (617) 901-8787 (c);


Lily Geismer 

Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Michigan, BA, Brown University  
Area of expertise:  Modern American Liberalism, the Democratic Party, Suburban/Urban Politics, Massachusetts, the High-Tech industry, Race and Social Movements
Contact:  (617) 784-6227; 
Author:  "Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party" 


Douglas M. Johnson

Fellow with the Rose Institute of State and Local Government
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
Area of expertise:  Demographics, Latino, African-American and Asian-American voting patterns, redistricting, federal voting rights act, California voting rights act, local governance (especially cities, counties and school districts in California and Arizona), state and local elections in California, state and local government finance, elected official pay in California, and government pensions
Contact:  (909) 621-8159;  


Fred Lynch 

Associate Professor of Government 
Ph.D., UC Riverside
Areas of expertise: Political Correctness, Affirmative Action/Diversity, Aging, Baby Boom Generation, Health Care Policies, Inequality and Public Policy, Medicare, Workplace Issues and Trends
Contact: (909) 607-3799; 
Twitter:  @FrederickRLynch


Minxin Pei

Tom and Margot Pritzker '72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow and Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies
Ph.D., Harvard University
Areas of expertise:  China, Comparative Politics, Pacific Rim, U.S./Asia Relations, U.S./China Relations
Contact:  (909) 607-4225;


Jack Pitney 

Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics
Ph.D., Yale University
Area of Expertise:  American Politics, California Politics, Congress, Electoral Politics, Internet & Politics, Media Politics, National Elections, Obama Administration, Political Advertising, Political Parties, Presidency, Public Policy
Contact: Office (909) 607-4224; Mobile (951) 323-0239; Email
Twitter:  @jpitney


Ronald Riggio 

Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Areas of expertise: Human Resources Management, Innovation, Leadership, Non-Verbal Communication, Organizational Psychology
Contact: (909) 607-2997;
Twitter:  @RonRiggio