Political Science and Criminal Justice

Diana Dwyre, PhD

Program Coordinator - Social Science Program

Diana Dwyre is Professor of Political Science specializing in American Politics who has taught at CSU, Chico since 1997. She teaches courses on U.S. government and politics, campaigns and elections, and the U.S. Congress. Dwyre received her B.A. in Political Science from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1986 and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1994. Dwyre was the 1998 American Political Science Association William A. Steiger Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C., where she worked for Congressman Sander Levin. Dwyre was selected as the Fulbright Australian National University Distinguished Chair in American Politics and spent eight months conducting research and making presentations throughout Australia in 2010.

Dwyre has co-authored two books with Victoria Farrar-Myers: Limits and Loopholes: The Quest for Money, Free Speech and Fair Elections (CQ Press 2008) and Legislative Labyrinth: Congress and Campaign Finance Reform (CQ Press 2001). She is currently working on a book with Robin Kolodny of Temple University tentatively titled The Fundamentals of U.S. Campaign Finance: Why Do We Have the System We Have (University of Michigan Press). Additionally, Dwyre has published many book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on U.S. campaign finance, political parties, campaigns and elections, the U.S. Congress, and public policy.

Recent publications include: “Convergence or Divergence? Do Parties and Outside Groups Spend on the Same Candidates, and Does it Matter?” 2017. American Politics Research 46 (3): 375-401, with Robin Kolodny; “Super PAC Spending Strategies and Goals.” 2015. The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics 13 (2): 245–267, with Evelyn Braz; and “Campaign Finance Deregulation in the U.S.: What Has Changed and Why Does It Matter?” in Robert G. Boatright, Ed. The Deregulatory Moment? A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws. 2015. University of Michigan Press.

Portrait of Diana Dwyre, PhD