Political Science

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Matthew Cahn

Matthew Cahn
Associate Dean
(818) 677-3317
Office location:
SH 401



  • Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1991

Courses Taught

  • 155 American Political Institutions
  • 361 Introduction to Public Policy
  • 372 Principles and Methods of Political Science and Lab
  • 404 Urban Politics
  • 406 Fundamentals of Policy Analysis
  • 407 Policy Implementation and Program Evaluation
  • 461 Environmental Policy
  • 465 Administrative Behavior
  • 571 Seminar in Methodology
  • 471E Proseminar:Public Administration and Public Policy
  • 496E Experimental Topics Courses in Political Science
  • 496G Experimental Topics Courses in Political Science
  • 540B Seminar in American Government and Politics¬†

Selected Publications and Presentations

He is the author or co-author of several books, including Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation: A Policy Approach that Works, Environmental Deceptions, Thinking about the Environment, and Rethinking California: Politics and Policy in the Golden State.

Research and Interests

Dr. Cahn's research interests include: environmental policy, resource management, public policy, and California policy and politics. 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. Over the years, Dr. Cahn has taught at San Francisco State, San Jose State, the University of Southern California, and UC Santa Barbara.