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Political Science
210 Sierra Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8254

Hours: M-F (8 a.m. to 5 p.m)
Phone: (818) 677-3488
Fax: (818) 677-4502


Tom Hogen-Esch, Ph.D.


Tom Hogen-Esch

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  • Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California in 2002.

Courses Taught

  • 155 American Political Institutions
  • 197 Ethnic Politics
  • 355 American National, State, and Local Governments
  • 403 State and Local Governments
  • 404 Urban Politics
  • 405 The Process of Public Policy
  • 406 Fundamentals of Policy Analysis
  • 467 Urban Administration

Selected Publications and Presentations

Along with Terry Christensen, Professor Hogen-Esch is the author of Local Politics: A Practical Guide to Governing at the Grassroots (M.E. Sharpe 2006). He has also published articles in California Journal of Politics and Policy (2011), A Companion History to Los Angeles (2010), Urban Affairs Review (2006; 2001), California Politics and Policy (June 2004), and California Policy Issues Annual (March 2003). He is currently working on an article examining political corruption in the city of Bell, California. His Ph.D.dissertation, "Recapturing Suburbia: Urban Secession and the Politics of Growth in Los Angeles, Boston, and Seattle" explored issues of governance, social movements, and urban fragmentation.

Research and Interests

His teaching interests include U.S. and California Government, Public Policy, Race and Ethnic Politics, and Urban Politics. From 1997-1999, he held a staff position for the Los Angeles Elected Charter Reform Commission. He is regularly quoted in the local media on Los Angeles and California government, and has made numerous presentations to community groups in Los Angeles. In his free time Professor Hogen-Esch enjoys travel, the outdoors, and music.