Political Science

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Boris Ricks

Boris Ricks
Assistant Professor
(818) 677-5113
Office location:
ST 235



  • Ph.D. University of Southern California 2008

Courses Taught

  • POLS 155: American Politics and Government
  • POLS 471E: Pro-seminar in Public Administration 

Research and Interests

Dr. Boris E. Ricks is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State University, Northridge. Ricks’ also served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) from the 2006-2008 academic years.  Dr. Ricks specializes in Urban Politics; State and Local Politics; Racial and Ethnic Politics; Environmental Justice; Public Policy; Political Leadership; and Public Administration.  Professor Ricks is the former Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Politics Department at Pomona College (2004-2006).  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (MA in Political Science), Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Mississippi and Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Mississippi Valley State University. 

Professor Ricks has held positions at the following institutions: Pomona College; University of Southern California; Indiana University; University of Missouri, Columbia; Whittier College; Washington State University; and Santa Monica College. Additional affiliations include: Warren Bennis Leadership Institute at the Marshall School of Business (University of Southern California); Greenlining Institute (A Multi-Ethnic Public Policy Research and Advocacy Institute); and The Emerging Scholar Interdisciplinary Network (ESIN). 

Dr. Ricks research has appeared in the following publications: National Political Science Review; Journal of American Ethnic Studies; Rhetoric and Public Affairs; and the Encyclopedia of African American Religion and Politics.