Matthew Cahn is Special Assistant to the Dean in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He has been a faculty member at California State University, Northridge since 1991. His research interests include environmental policy and resource management, public policy, and American Government. Dr. Cahn has been involved in several applied policy areas, ranging from transportation issues in metropolitan Los Angeles to the question of marine protected areas in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. His publications include Public Policy: The Essential Readings (with Stella Theodoulou, 2nd ed, Pearson 2012), Rethinking California: Politics and Policy in the Golden State (with Eric Schockman and David Shafie, 2nd ed, Pearson 2009), Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation: A Policy Approach that Works (with Sheldon Kamieniecki and Steve Cohen, MIT 2005), and Environmental Deceptions: The Tension between Liberalism and Environmental Policymaking in the United States (SUNY 1996).