Mesa Specialists

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San Diego Mesa College's faculty and staff have a wide variety of skills and expertise ranging from local politics, ethnomusicology, and American literature to genetics, physics, and behavioral analysis.  Specialists are associated with one or more categories that are either in their field of study or general interest.


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About the database

The specialists list is maintained by the Office of Communications.  For questions, comments or to submit your information to be added as a specialist please contact Jennifer Nichols Kearns, Director of Communications.  Those individuals whose information is listed have agreed to be contacted by and responsive to media requests.

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Name Expertise/Interests Department

Political Science

Carl Luna


Area of Expertise

San Diego, California, US and international politics

Carl Luna is one of San Diego's most-quoted political analysts. He has provided over one thousand interviews on local, statewide, and national politics for news agencies including KUSI, San Diego Union Tribune, Fox 5, The Today Show, The CBS Morning News, BBC Radio, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and more.

Luna serves as director of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, a partnership between the University of San Diego, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego City College aimed at improving the quality of dialogue and civic engagement in our communities. Luna is the co-chair of Restoring Respect, a community initiative that promotes greater civility in San Diego civic dialogue, and is also a Visiting Professor at the University of San Diego.

Role at Mesa

Professor of Political Science


  • Ph.D. in Political Science with doctoral fields of Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and Quantitative Statistical Methodologies, The American University, Washington D.C.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, History, and Philosophy, University of San Diego

Social Sciences


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