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Scholarly Achievements

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is proud to introduce you to some of the recent scholarly activities of its faculty, including publications, awards and grants. The College strives to innovate and refuses to vegetate. Our faculty is among the top scholars in their respective fields of expertise and their efforts have received recognition in their separate disciplines.



Criminal Justice Department

             2017/2018 Rankings

             Ranked #21 in the nation by College Choice, 'Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Degrees'

             Ranked #39 in the nation by Master's Program Guide, 'Top 50 Institutions for Online Master of Criminal Justice Degree Programs'

Meredith Conroy, Associate Professor, Political Science - 2017 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics

Cherstin Lyon, Associate Professor, History - 2017 Francis M. Wheat Award, Historical Society of Southern California

Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science - National Best Chapter Award  (2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

History Club/Alpha Delta Nu - National Best Chapter Award (2017)

Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science - National Best Chapter Advisor Award  (2002)



Jim Fenelon, Professor of Sociology. 2017 - 'Immigration as Racial Dominance since 1492 –  Migration and the Modern World-System of the Americas.' PEWS

Cherstin Lyon, Associate Professor of History. 2016 - 'Portals and Praxis in Japanese American Public History.' Southern California Quarterly

Kate Liszka, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, and Bryan Kraemer. 2016 -“Evidence for administration of the Nubian fortresses in the late Middle Kingdom: P. Ramesseum 18.”  Journal of Egyptian History 9: 151-208. Peer Reviewed.

Dale Lund, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology. 1987 - 'Caregivers to Dementia Patients.' Google Scholar named most frequently cited publication

Zeng-yin Chen, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology. 2001 - 'Intergenerational Transmission of Constructive Parenting.' Google Scholar named most frequently cited publication

Fabián Borges, Assistant Professor of Political Science. - “Costa Rica: Third Time’s a Charm? Not for Luis Guillermo Solís’s Tax Reforms.” Revista de Ciencia Política 37(2): 389-412.; “Neoliberalism with a Human Face?: Conditional Cash Transfer Programs and Latin America’s Left Turn.” Comparative Politics (Forthcoming).; “Debating Trade: The Legislative Politics of Free-Trade Agreements in Latin America.” Government and Opposition (Forthcoming).

Meredith Conroy, Assistant Professor of Political Science. 'Tough Enough for the Job? How Masculinity Predicts Recruitment of City Council Members.' American Politics Research. doi 10.1177/1532673X17729719 (with Sarah Oliver); “Gerald Ford,” in Hatred of America’s Presidents, Lori Cox Han (ed). ABC-CLIO. Forthcoming.; (2017 nonacademic publication). Guest Contributor. “Trump Hasn’t Rolled Back Obama’s Executive Orders (So Far).” February 7, 2017.

Christina Villegas, Assistant Professor of Political Science. “Electing the People’s President: The Popular Origins of the Electoral College.” Perspectives on Political Science.  January 31, 2017.; “The HHS Contraception Mandate and Religious Freedom Issues,” in Religious Freedom in America: A Reference Handbook, ed. M.C. LeMay. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2017.; “Structural Barriers or Impediments to Third Party Candidates,” in The American Political Party System: A Reference Handbook, ed. M.C. LeMay. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2017.; “Congressional Oversight of DHS Undermines Responsibility and Security,” in National Security: A Reference Handbook, ed. M.C. LeMay. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2018. (Forthcoming)    

Sanders A. McDougall, PhD. Professor of Psychology. (2017) Effects of ketamine on the unconditioned and conditioned locomotor activity of preadolescent and adolescent rats: impact of age, sex and drug dose in Psychopharmacology 


Grants Awarded


Kate Liszka, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

J.M. Kaplan Fund Responsive Preservation Initiative for Cultural Heritage Resources presented by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers

Annika Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Director, Project Rebound

The Intellectual Life Fund

The University Diversity Committee grant

Annika Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Director, Project Rebound and Arianna Huhn, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Director, Anthropology Museum - 

California Humanities Grant

The Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute Research Grant

Mark Clark, Professor of Political Science

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency Grant