Political Science and Criminal Justice

Alumnae News

MA Alum (2018), Ginger Alonso, is completing her first trimester in UC Davis’s PhD program in Political Science. Last May, Ginger was accepted into the CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program(opens in new window).

This program provides loans, grants and mentorship to PhD students. If the inpidual returns to teach in a CSU, loans are forgiven. Ginger–CSU, Chico can’t wait for you to come back as a professor (wink, wink)!


Alexis Begin (2018, POLS) is going abroad to do her graduate work. Alexis began an MA in Sociology at Oxford University this fall. Congratulations, Alexis! 


he Latino Question: Politics, Labouring Classes and the Next Left, with Alfredo Carlos and Rodolfo TorresMPA Alum, Armando Ibarra (2002), recently published The Latino Question: Politics, Labouring Classes and the Next Left, with Alfredo Carlos and Rodolfo Torres. Armando is an Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the School for Workers, Department of Labor Education.  


Loren Collingwood, a former Political Science Student and CSU Chico Psychology Alum, is the lead author on an article published in Political Behavior, a highly regarded and peer reviewed Political Science journal. The article finds that rather than increasing Islamophopia, Trump’s proposed ban on immigration from several Muslim majority countries in January of 2017, actually increased opposition of the ban. The article, “A Change of Heart? How Individual-level Public Opinion Shifted Against Trump’s “Muslim Ban”” can be accessed through the Meriam Library. The article was also covered by Vox and Al Jazeera


In early January of 2018, Legal Studies program alum, Judge Linda Loftus, was named the San Joaquin County Superior Court’s Presiding Judge(opens in new window). Judge Loftus in currently in the middle of her two year term as presiding judge. In this role, Judge Loftus assists her colleagues on the court, works closely with the court’s executive officer, and keeps up with new laws and propositions that are passed.


Taylor Johnson (’15) and Scott Greenberg (’15)In addition to all of these professional alumnae accomplishments, there is also news on the personal front. Congratulations are in order for two alumnae engagements. Taylor Johnson (’15) and Scott Greenberg (’15) were engaged this summer.


Katelyn Phillips (’13) and Sam Wilford (’13) Additionally, International Relations (and Model UN) alums, Katelyn Phillips (’13) and Sam Wilford (’13) also got engaged in 2018. Katelyn is working with the National Democratic Institute and Sam is on rotation with the State Department as part of his Presidential Management Fellowship. 

Political Statements is the official newsletter of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at California State University, Chico.

With over 1,000 total majors, the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice is one of the largest departments at Chico State. Students choose courses from a rich curriculum, providing close student-faculty contact in each of the following majors of study: U.S. politics, legal studies, criminal justice, international relations, and public administration. The department also offers a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Political Science.

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