The Department of Political Science is politics and a great deal more. As Political Scientists we combine theory and practice in the active study of politics in the United State and other countries, international relations, and the different theories that explain the meaning of political life. It is the study of power, conflict, war, race, gender, environmental policy, diplomacy, culture, leadership, justice, law, reform, and revolution. The Department's students, faculty, and staff take pride in studying and engaging in the local and global community in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and educated solidarity.

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Submissions from 2016

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Erasing the Mark of a Criminal Past: Ex-Offenders’ Expectations and Experiences with Record Clearance, Ericka Adams, Elsa Y. Chen, and Rosella Chapman

Submissions from 2015

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George Will's visit to Santa Clara University was a powerful lesson, Elsa Y. Chen

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And Justice for All? Racial and Ethnic Sentencing Disparities in California’s Federal Drug Sentencing, Elsa Y. Chen and Kevin Nomura

Submissions from 2014

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In the Furtherance of Justice, Injustice, or Both? A Multilevel Analysis of Courtroom Context and the Implementation of Three Strikes, Elsa Y. Chen

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Three Strikes Legislation, Elsa Y. Chen

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Poland: The Politics of “God's Playground”, Jane Leftwich Curry

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Twenty-Five Years After 1989: A Balance Sheet, Sharon L. Wolchik and Jane Leftwich Curry

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Twenty-Five Years After 1989: Issues in Postcommunist Europe, Sharon L. Wolchik and Jane Leftwich Curry

Submissions from 2013

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All Punishment is Local: The Effects of Jurisdictional Context on Sentence Length, Elsa Y. Chen

Three Strikes: Passage, Implementation, Evaluation, and Reform, Elsa Y. Chen

Submissions from 2012

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Prop 36 will save money and increase fairness, Elsa Y. Chen

Submissions from 2009

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Victim and Witness Intimidation, Elsa Y. Chen

Submissions from 2008

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Cumulative Disadvantage and Racial and Ethnic Disparities in California Felony Sentencing, Elsa Y. Chen

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Impacts of ‘Three Strikes and You’re Out’ on Crime Trends in California and throughout the United States, Elsa Y. Chen

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The Liberation Hypothesis and Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Application of California’s Three Strikes Law, Elsa Y. Chen

Submissions from 2007

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E-mail Concerns and Obstacles for Local Elected Officials, Elsa Y. Chen

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Review of Unjust Sentencing and the California Three Strikes Law (2005) by Douglas W. Kieso, Elsa Y. Chen

Submissions from 2005

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Virtual Representatives: Local Elected Officials Online, Elsa Y. Chen

Submissions from 2004

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You’ve Got Politics!, Elsa Y. Chen

Submissions from 2001

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National Evaluation of the Violent Offender Incarceration / Truth-in-Sentencing Incentive Grant Program, Susan Turner, Terry Fain, Peter W. Greenwood, and Elsa Y. Chen

Submissions from 2000

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Three Strikes Revisited: An Early Assessment of Implementation and Effects, Peter W. Greenwood, Susan S. Everingham, Elsa Y. Chen, Allan F. Abrahamse, Nancy Merritt, and James Chiesa

Submissions from 1999

The Impact of ‘Truth-in-Sentencing’ and Three-Strikes Legislation on Prison Populations, State Budgets, and Crime Rates, Susan Turner, Terry Fain, Peter W. Greenwood, and Elsa Y. Chen

Submissions from 1997

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Which Way is Right?, Jane Leftwich Curry

Submissions from 1992

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The Puzzle of Poland, Jane Leftwich Curry