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Mahalley D. Allen is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and is both the Department Chair and Coordinator of the Department’s Legal Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Dr. Allen’s teaching and research interests include constitutional law, judicial politics, and public policy. Dr. Allen was a visiting professor at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic in summer 2010 and will teach at the Universidad del País Vasco in San Sebastián, Spain in summer 2018.

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Maitreya Badami joined the Political Science and Criminal Justice Department in fall 2017 after a 23-year career in the practice of criminal law at the trial, appellate, and post-conviction levels. From 2010-2017, she taught and practiced full time with the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), a clinical educational program at Santa Clara University School of Law. NCIP represents California state prisoners with claims of actual innocence in habeas corpus and other post-conviction proceedings. Prior to joining the Santa Clara Law faculty, she practiced in the Bay Area, serving as a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County, and then as a member of the Indigent Defense Panels for San Francisco Superior Court, the First District Appellate Project, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has done research and extensive policy advocacy in relation to the role of eyewitness misidentification in wrongful convictions.

Maitreya obtained her BA in Political Science from the University of Georgia, where she acquired a taste for SEC football and indie rock music. From there, she returned to her home state to attend law school at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, from which she obtained her J.D. in 1994.

At Chico State, she serves as a Supervising Attorney at the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC), and in spring 2019, she will become director of the Moot Court program, upon the retirement of its founding professor.

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Michael joined the department in 2007, with a scholarly background in the Humanities and Justice Studies (Harvard University & Arizona State University) and an activist background in human rights for people in prison. In his work, Michael examines language, everyday life, and public policy to expose the social construction of the excluded and discarded persons of our community (people of color, the underclass, the homeless, the imprisoned, and a variety of groups identified for their difference from promoted norms – who are characterized as “unlike us,” “dangerous,” or “punishment-worthy”). His teaching and research topics center on penal abolition, transformative/restorative justice, ethics, and theoretical, as well as methodological, inquiry. Activism on campus, in Chico, as well as in national and international community contexts, has centered on leading or participating in groups engaging White supremacy, racial capitalism, and violence in everyday life, labor abuses, and a continuously shifting array of justice topics as they emerge (“criminal justice” system abuses, community justice projects, indigenous persons’ rights, governing abuses, and more). Michael maintains an active publishing schedule. Recent books include, Talking Criminal Justice: Language and the Just Society (Routledge 2013) and Seeing Crime: Penal Abolition as the End of Utopian Criminal Justice (forthcoming 2018). Recent articles include, “Penal Abolition and the State: Colonial, Racial and Gender Violences” (Contemporary Justice Review 2017) and “Transgression and Standard Theory: Contributions toward Penal Abolition” (Critical Criminology 2018).

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Dr. Angela Gapa is an assistant professor of International Relations. She received her PhD in International Relations from Florida International University. Her research straddles both fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics. Her scholarly work focuses broadly on the nexus between resources and politics, and more specifically, on the sources of political and economic variation among resource rich developing countries. Her current research delves into the geopolitics of Botswana diamonds and the rise of resource nationalism in southern Africa. Prior to joining Chico State, Dr. Gapa has taught government courses at St Lawrence University and Providence College. She currently teaches the Politics of Developing Nations, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Politics of Africa, Comparative Political Institutions, War and Conflict and a Graduate seminar in International Security.

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Alan Gibson began teaching at California State University, Chico in 2000. His research interests are focused in American political thought, especially the political thought of the American founding. He has published articles in, among other journals, American Political Thought, Polity, History of Political Thought, and The Review of Politics. Gibson is the author of two books on the historiography of the American founding, both published by University Press of Kansas. The first book, Interpreting the Founding: Guide to the Enduring Debates over the Origins and Foundations of the American Republic, provides a broad overview of the post-Beardian study of the American founding; the second book, Understanding the Founding: The Crucial Questions, examines four central debates generated by the modern study of the American founding. Gibson has held fellowships from the International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame (1993). Gibson is currently writing a study of the political thought of James Madison, tentatively titled James Madison and the Creation of an Impartial Republic.

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Darin Haerle received Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduation, she worked in Aurora, CO as a Group Living Counselor at Excelsior Youth Center, a non-profit residential treatment facility for female juvenile offenders. Working in direct care with those youth was the catalyst for her to start graduate school in criminal justice. After receiving her Master’s degree at the University of North Texas, she completed her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine.
Darin’s dissertation uses a mixed methodological approach to explore the carceral experiences of youth committed to California state juvenile correctional facilities.  This project focuses on the institutional misconduct and experiences of juvenile offenders waived to adult court compared to that of their juvenile court counterparts. Darin is also a member of the Eurogang Program of Research, which facilitates her other areas of study that include delinquency and crime among gang youth, comparative criminal justice, and juvenile sentencing reform.
Outside of work, Darin can be found checking out local live music, hiking, swimming, or playing with her two pups, Lenny and Miles. 

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Andy Potter joined the Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice in 2016, and teaches courses on organizational theory, public administration, and health policy. As a health services researcher, his research focuses on the family caregivers of older adults, and their access to potentially beneficial supports and services. He is also working on projects related to Medicaid managed care, homelessness, and rural access to health care. Prior to his appointment at Chico State, he studied at the University of Iowa, UCLA, and Pomona College. He has also worked in the labor movement and affordable housing advocacy. Through his teaching, research, and service, his goal is to help students and others look beneath the media frenzy surrounding politics to better understand how public policy affects real people.

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Gwen has been an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice since fall 2017. She is a native of France where she earned her Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Université Paris-IV Sorbonne. Her research interests include: (1) relatives of prisoners, (2) gender identities and sexuality in prison, and (3) representations (especially in movies and museums) of the penal system.  She previously taught in higher education for more than a decade in France and also in the Philippines where she conducted research on intermarriages, marriage migrations, and gender and race stereotypes. As a feminist and a penal abolitionist, Gwen tries to make her teaching and research resonate with her activism and personal experience as a relative of prisoners.

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Dr. Doris Schartmueller has been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice since 2015. She received her doctoral degree in Political Science at Northern Arizona University. She also holds a master’s degree in Applied Criminology from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in Political Science with minors in Finnish and Swedish languages from the University of Vienna (Austria). Dr. Schartmueller’s research interests include long-term imprisonment and comparative criminal justice policy. She regularly teaches classes such as corrections, criminal justice ethics, and theories and practices of justice. She has also taught classes on comparative criminal justice policy as well as transnational and international crime. 

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Dr. Schmidt has been teaching for over 35 years in public policy and government.  She has been teaching in the Public Administration program at California State University, Chico since 1998.  Dr. Schmidt earned her doctorate in Political Science at Washington University, St. Louis and her master’s in Economics at University of Missouri, St. Louis.  She also earned a Certificate in European Studies at Tilburg University, The Netherlands.  Dr. Schmidt is a professional policy analyst and has worked as a community consultant in policy analysis and, most recently, in collaborative community management.  She specializes in evaluating community outreach programs.  In addition, Dr. Schmidt consults with communities as a facilitator for collaborative projects and teaches courses in collaborative management, public personnel policy, planning, and program evaluation.  In the past, she has worked on a variety of federal, state, local, and nonprofit grants and contracts as the Associate Director of the CSUC Survey Research Center.  Dr. Schmidt has published and/or presented her research on collaborative management, field administration, personnel, and labor policy in a variety of forums including the subfields of community development and public administration.  She is also the author of a widely recognized writing text entitled, Writing in Political Science.

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Professor Robert Stanley is a graduate of Texas Christian University (B.A. Philosophy, 1975), the University of Texas School of Law (J.D.,1978), and the University of Virginia (Ph.D. History, 1986). He has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1978.

He teaches in the Legal Studies Program: Introduction to Legal Studies (Pols. 351), Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Pols. 451B), and the Capstone Seminar in Legal Studies (Pols. 459).

Professor Stanley has written a book: Dimensions of Law in the Service of Order: Origins of the Federal Income Tax, 1861-1913 (Oxford University Press, 1993), which has been widely reviewed and cited.

He has also written several essays focused on the problems of economic inequality, including "When Monopoly Mattered," in Historic U.S. Court Cases (Routledge, 2001), "The Income Tax Cases," in The Public Debate over Controversial Supreme Court Decisions (CQ Press, 2006), and two entries on 19th centure lawyers for the Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Yale University Press, 2009).

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Professor Charles C. Turner has  been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice since 2000. Dr. Turner earned his doctorate in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. His research and teaching interests include American political institutions (namely the Presidency, Congress, and the Courts) as well as state & local government. In addition to a book on American Indian policy (The Politics of Minor Concerns) and articles on American politics and on the scholarship of teaching and learning, he is also co-author of Introduction to American Government by BVT Publishing. He enjoys spending time with his family, running, and nachos.

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Lori M. Weber has been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice since 1999. Dr. Weber earned her doctorate in Political Science from University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research and teaching interests include political methodology, civic engagement, food politics, and public opinion and deliberative democratic theory. She has studied abroad in Turkey, England, Germany and most recently has taught in a study abroad program in Italy. In addition to her academic work, she also serves on several nonprofit boards in the North State. She is a board member of Slow Food Shasta Cascade, a North State chapter of Slow Food USA, which co-sponsors a year-round farmers market in Red Bluff, California. In addition, she is board member of Slow Theatre, a local theatre organization which produces a yearly free theatre festival and whose programming includes providing theatre instruction for at-risk youth, community discussion forums, and play readings at local bookstores.


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Noelle Ferdon, JD, has a background in law and policy and has worked primarily on food and agriculture topics, disability rights and prisoner's rights. Ferdon has led numerous projects including coordination of the Buy Fresh Buy Local, North Valley agricultural marketing program with over 100 farmer, rancher and food business members, edited/published three editions of the North Valley’s Eater’s Guide to Local Food, chaired a USDA funded Technical Advisory Committee and workshop development for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program, and co-founded and directed the development of the North Valley Food Hub. She worked nationally for a DC-based organization lobbying to promote agricultural policies benefiting small- and medium-sized farmers and ranchers. Additionally, Ferdon worked for a statewide non-profit representing clients with developmental disabilities, conducted research on prisoner rights and worked for Prisoner Legal Services in the San Francisco County Jail. Ferdon has received and managed numerous state and federal grants to development programs and conduct research. Ferdon has a B.A. in Political Science from CSU, Chico and a J.D. from Golden Gate University’s School of Law with certificates in Public Interest and Environmental Law.

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Brittany Kasik has been an adjunct professor in the Political Science and Criminal Justice Department since fall 2016. In 2015, Ms. Kasik graduated from UC Irvine with a Master's degree in Criminology, Law and Society. Ms. Kasik completed her undergraduate studies in criminal justice at Chico State in 2011. When she is not teaching, Ms. Kasik works as a paralegal in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California. In that capacity, Ms. Kasik assists in the representation of death row inmates with their habeas corpus proceedings.


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Randy Lockwood serves as a Lecturer in the Legal Studies Program at CSU Chico, teaching Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Professor Lockwood is a native of Utah and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah College of Law. He has worked as a civil litigation attorney for over 30 years. In 2015, he retired from a full-time insurance defense practice in Stockton, California and relocated to Chico, where he continues to perform legal research, law and motion, and appellate work as a consultant to other civil litigation attorneys and law firms. Professor Lockwood also teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution at Cal Northern School of Law. 


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Meagan Meloy earned a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Chico in 2009 and a BA in English and Women's Studies from from Western Michigan University in 1999.  She has coordinated the Butte County Office of Education's School Ties program for 13 years, providing educational support services to families experiencing homelessness and to foster youth in Butte County.  She served as the Butte County Homeless Continuum of Care Coordinator from 2010-2013 and currently serves on the board of directors of the North Valley Housing Trust and Butte 211.

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Anne V. Moore is an active CA Bar member with a master’s degree in Political Science from CSU Chico.  Her career has been primarily dedicated to law in the public interest, ranging from poverty law and welfare rights to Social Security disability, housing, juvenile dependency, and criminal law.  She has worked as a public defender in both urban San Diego county and rural Nevada county and as an appellate attorney representing indigent defendants by appointment of the CA Courts of Appeal.  Ms. Moore has also worked in the field of entertainment law and as a documentary film producer.  Her work there has focused on negotiating distribution deals, talent and trade union contracts, employment law, First Amendment issues, including defamation/privacy, intellectual property, copyright law, music rights/clearances, and litigation.  Ms. Moore produced two documentary films, Sicko, which received an Oscar nomination in 2007 for Best Feature Documentary, and Capitalism: A Love Story (2009).  Other film production credits include Bowling for Columbine (2003) Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), Slacker Uprising (2008).  She is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  A native of Michigan, Ms. Moore graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a J.D. from New College of CA, School of Law.  She teaches "Senior Seminar in Legal Studies" and "Law & Disadvantaged Persons" at CSU Chico utilizing a social justice oriented and student centered teaching style.

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An alumna of CSU, Chico, Eileen holds a BA degree in Political Science, option in legal studies with a minor in Religious Studies, and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science. She is a caring, passionate and experienced teacher of political science courses and a faculty member and longtime event volunteer for Town Hall Meeting, the biannual, signature CSU Chico public sphere pedagogy event. She has also been a team teacher for the interdisciplinary First-Year Experience U-Course program since its pilot year. Eileen helped to start a local non-profit, Chico World Dancers, and is a parent volunteer at Sherwood Montessori School. When she is not teaching classes in political science and public administration, you can find her with her family, dancing or teaching dance classes for Chico Area Parks and Recreation, hiking, or bird watching around Butte County and always trying very hard to get to the beach. 


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Katy Sylvia is an alumna of CSU, Chico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies and a Master’s degree in Political Science. She wrote her Master’s thesis on the generational differences in political party affiliation among evangelical Christians. Katy’s research and teaching interests include the intersection of religion and politics, public policy formation, voting behavior, and campaigns and elections. Katy has been an active member of the Town Hall Meeting program (both as a faculty member and a volunteer) which provides students with a public arena for discussing current policy issues with other students, faculty, administrators, and community members.



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