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CLIMB Presents: Carl Luna, Ph.D.

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Carl Luna is a professor of political science at San Diego Mesa College and lectures on politics at the University of San Diego.

In 1999-2000 he was a senior Fulbright Scholar lecturing on American Politics and international political economy at Nizhni Novgorod State University in the Russian Federation.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Luna is a frequent commentator on politics for local, national and international media, including KPBS radio and television, KGTV News10, KFMB, KNBC, the CBS Morning Show and Evening News, NBC’s Today Show, the BBC, the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Dr. Luna has been a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed pages of the San Diego Union Tribune and wrote the UT’s first political weblog from 2003-2007. He has also been a columnist for San Diego City Beat Magazine which hosted his blog, “Political Lunacy.”

He is a contributing author to the anthology of presidential biographies, Public Pillars, Private Lives and a revised volume on the presidency: Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama. He also wrote Motherland, a novel of Russian political intrigue.

As a minor footnote to history, a brief written by Dr. Luna formed the closing argument presented to the United States Senate by Presidential Counsel Greg Craig in the impeachment trial of President William Jefferson Clinton.