Political Science Faculty

Dr. Cynthia Chavez Metoyer Professor Chavez Metoyer is Professor of Political Science and Internship Coordinator. She holds a Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University (1994). Her research interests include Third World development, Women and State relations, and Comparative Politics.
 Dr. Staci Beavers Professor Beavers is Professor of Political Science. She joined the department after receiving her Ph.D. (1996) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (doing her studies there while the Huskers won back-to-back National football championships in 1995 & 1996). Her areas of interest and research include civil liberties and civil rights, federalism, and American national institutions. Professor Beavers serves as the department's pre-law advisor and as faculty advisor to the Pre-Law Society and Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society.
Dr. Kent Bolton Professor Bolton is Professor of Political Science. His interests include U.S. Foreign Policy (sources and process) generally and, specifically, the domestic sources of America's Foreign Policy. Other interests are Comparative Foreign Policy and Vietnam's Foreign Policy. He holds a Ph.D. (1992) from Ohio State University. Go Bucks!!! His B.A. and M.A. are from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Vicki Golich Professor Golich is Dean Emerita of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science. She holds a B.A. in Diplomacy & World Affairs, Occidental College (1972); M.A. in Political Science, California State University Fullerton (1974); Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Southern California (1984). Professor Golich was the founder and former director of The Faculty Center at CSUSM.
Dr. Scott Greenwood Professor Greenwood is Associate Professor of Political Science and currently serving as Associate Dean for the college (CHABBS).  He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego (1989); M.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan (1994); Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan (1998). Prof. Greenwood's teaching and research interests include Middle Eastern politics, African politics, political economy, and business and politics.
Dr. Cyrus Masroori Professor Masroori is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science. He received his M.A and Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside (1999). Professor Masroori's research and teaching interests include comparative political theory, critical conceptual history, the history of toleration, and modern Persian political thought.
Dr. Elizabeth Matthews Professor Matthews is Associate Professor of Political Science. She also serves as Director of the Global Studies Program. She comes to CSUSM from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a post-doc at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California, San Diego. Her interests include the Middle East peace process, American foreign policy, human rights, conflict resolution, and social psychology. She earned her Ph.D. M.A. and B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prof. Matthews serves as faculty advisor to the Political Science Club.
Dr. Stephen Nichols Professor Nichols is Associate Professor of Political Science. He holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1995). Professor Nichols studies American political behavior and institutions. His research and teaching interests include political participation, public opinion, political parties, political psychology, and research methodology.
  Dr. Benjamin Nienass Professor Nienass is Assistant Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research in 2012 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris, France. Professor Nienass holds graduate degrees from Central European University in Budapest and from Leiden University in the Netherlands, as well as a B.A. from the University of Amsterdam. His research and teaching interests include German and European politics, the politics of memory, and the politics of transitional justice. Prof. Nienass will join the department in Fall 2014.
Dr. Pamela Stricker  Professor Stricker is Associate Professor of Political Science. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside (1996). Professor Stricker studies environmental policy and politics in the Caribbean and the U.S. Her teaching and research interests include environmental policy and politics, social policy, gender and public policy, and media politics. She serves on the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Committee on Organized Sections as well as its Council of the Science Technology and Environmental Politics (STEP) subsection.
Dr. Peter Zwick He was formerly Director of the Office of Global Education at CSUSM. Professor Zwick was a founding faculty member and formerly served as chair of the Political Science Department.