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Political Science and Criminal Justice

New Faculty Member: Devin Fernandes

Assistant Professor, Political Science

 Devin Fernandes

Professor Fernandes joined the department this past fall, after completing his Ph.D. at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Professor Fernandes will primarily teach classes within Political Science, including Town Hall sections of the American Government course (POLS 155), as well as Interest Groups and Lobbying (POLS 404) and Latino Politics.

 Latino Politics Course

Professor Fernandes is especially excited for the opportunities to teach about interest groups and Latino politics, given the overlap with his research. For his dissertation research, Professor Fernandes conducted an in-depth case study of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) to develop new theories of interest group survival that take into account their growing dependence on major benefactors like foundations. This research is currently being expanded into a book manuscript, with an additional case study of the Women’s Law Fund. These projects have largely relied on archival research, which Professor Fernandes had the opportunity to discuss with students in the Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, in the fall.

Pi Sigma Alpha (1)

 Pi Sigma Alpha (2)

When he’s not working, Professor Fernandes enjoys discovering new music, going on hikes with his dog, and has lately become somewhat of a podcast addict. He is especially excited to have returned to California, given that he grew up in the Napa Valley area, did his undergraduate degree at Pomona College in Claremont, and is able to be closer to his family.

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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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