Institutional Member Spotlight: Claremont Graduate University
In the 2017 edition of “Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs”, U.S. News and World Report, ranked CGU’s program in the top ten degree programs in the West. CGU holds the distinction of having one of the oldest public policy programs in the country. As the nation and world recovered from world war, the university established its public policy program in 1951—well ahead of many peer programs nationwide.
As a member of The Claremont Colleges
, CGU places an emphasis on close scholarly collaboration with professors and an intimate learning environment. The university’s transdisciplinary approach also taps into The Claremont Colleges’ member schools to enable students to personalize their courses of study. Public policy students also enjoy the tranquility of studying in the small-town atmosphere of a city recently ranked by Sunset magazine as one of the West’s “five best” towns—Claremont is known as “the City of Trees and PhDs.”
Not only are students trained thoroughly in quantitative and policy-analytic methods, they understand the policy process to a level and degree not found in other programs. Students here have the option of creating their own policy areas of emphasis or using one of the established specialty areas, for instance, Health Policy (through CGU’s School of Community and Global Health) or Education Policy (through CGU’s graduate-only School of Education Studies).
While the faculty in public policy programs are often primarily economists, CGU’s policy faculty are dedicated policy scholars. The university’s Division of Politics and Economics also complements its cohort of public policy scholars and experts with a Political Science faculty deeply devoted to policy issues and finding ways that government can improve social and economic conditions.
Public policy students work closely with their professors; this collaborative environment has resulted in CGU’s graduate Political Science program being ranked Number 2 in the nation among graduate Political Science programs for “faculty responsiveness and support outside of the classroom.” Our students also benefit from working with the university’s worldwide experts in the closely-related field of program evaluation as well.
CGU’s key public policy faculty are:
Heather E. Campbell
, Chair of Politics and Policy, specializes in urban environmental policy, especially environmental justice. Publishes with students. Campbell is interested in Policy Analysis broadly defined, framed by theoretical underpinnings drawn from Public Choice and the methods of Econometrics and Benefit-Cost Analysis. She has an overarching interest in regulation and has published, including works co-authored with her students, in venues including Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Review of Policy Research, Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Regional Science, and Journal of Public Affairs Education. Her recent books include Urban Environmental Policy Analysis and Rethinking Environmental Justice in Sustainable Cities: Insights from Agent-Based Modeling
, a Research Associate Professor, specializes in environmental and sustainability policy, especially energy policy and issues of placement of large infrastructure projects for green energy. As a former member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he developed and executed arbitrage and risk management strategies for institutional investors. Nelson serves as a senior advisor to the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) for Residential, Commercial, and Industrial power supply and helps U.S. states develop climate action plans to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases. He is also currently at work on an interactive online map for the SoCal Energy Infrastructure Project that will enable more Southern California residents to be involved in how energy infrastructure projects are built in their communities. He also publishes his findings in varied publication, including work co-authored with his students.
In assessing policy issues, both Drs. Campbell and Nelson apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Agent-Based Modeling (ABM). CGU has a special relationship with the top GIS provider in the world, ESRI, which is located in the nearby town of Redlands. As a result of this relationship, CGU students are eligible for free GIS software from ESRI.
, University Professor, specializes in international policy issues, especially anti-corruption policy. While serving as the Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Klitgaard also held the post of Ford Distinguished Professor of International Development and Security. He has twice been the Li Ka-shing Distinguished Chair Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His former academic posts also include: Professor of Economics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban; Lester Crown Professor of Economics at Yale’s School of Management; and Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he also served half-time as Special Assistant to Harvard President Derek Bok. Klitgaard advises governments on economic strategy and institutional reform, and his consulting work and research have taken him to more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He has been called “the world’s leading expert on corruption” (The Christian Science Monitor). He has served on the faculty of the World Economic Forum, the editorial boards of Theoria and the Journal of Economic Literature, and the Board of the International Development Evaluation Association.
, Professor in the Department of Politics and Policy, specializes in policy making at the national level, religion and politics, women and politics, American political development, and public policies affecting women and children. In 2001 Schroedel’s book, Is the Fetus a Person? A Comparison of Policies Across the Fifty States
, was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Prize. In 2009 the Russell Sage Foundation published a two-volume collection, Evangelicals and Democracy, co-edited by Schroedel. She is currently completing a multi-year project analyzing voting rights litigation involving Native Americans and is working on local project studying the impact of community gardening on at-risk youth. Schroedel also is collaborating with colleagues and students from psychology and political science on a major research project studying the use of charismatic rhetoric in presidential campaigns.
Many of our graduates move on to careers as faculty members at institutions around the world, from Harvard to the University of Sharjah in the UAE, and as the members of research institutes such as Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project. Other MAPP graduates have gone on to public and private sector careers with Google, as lobbyists and campaign advisors and, in the case of international students, in positions with their home governments.