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Michelle Rodriguez

Political Science


B.A., University of South Florida

M.A., George Washington University

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University


Dr. Rodriguez earned her doctorate in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, where she specialized in political theory and public administration. Her dissertation—“Administration in Public: Arendt and Habermas on Government Initiative” (2004)—addresses issues of political legitimacy. Earlier, she earned an M.A. in International Affairs and Public Administration from George Washington University. Her B.A. degree, from the University of South Florida, was in Political Science and French.

Her recent teaching has been at Santa Ana College and Chapman University, where she has taught lower- and upper-division courses, including Introduction to Politics, Introduction to American Government, Gender and U.S. Politics, Women and Politics, Democratic Theory, and American Political Thought. Previously, she has taught at the University of California-Irvine, Longwood College in Virginia, the University of Virginia, and Johns Hopkins University.

While a Part-time Faculty at Chapman University, Rodriguez participated in curriculum development. In that endeavor, she contributed to the redesigning of the Women’s Studies minor and she created a new course, Women in Politics.

Dr. Rodriguez also has extensive experience in public administration outside the classroom. From 1989 to 1994, Rodriguez was a Housing Policy Specialist and Presidential Management Intern for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, working both in Washington, D.C. and in San Diego.

Department(s): Political Science, Social Sciences

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