De Anza students at protest rally

Political Science Department

Faculty & Staff

photo of Nicky Gonzalez Yuen DEPARTMENT CHAIR and INSTRUCTOR

Nicky González Yuen :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1), Political Thought (Poli 5), Grassroots Dem: Race, Politics and the American Promise (Poli 15), Grassroots Dem: Social Movements Since the 1960s (Poli 16), Grassroots Democ: Leadership and Power (POLI 17)
Office: F-21-L Hours: TBA
YuenNicky@fhda.edu
(408) 864-8535 
Faculty Website

BA, Political Science, Carleton College
JD, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley
Ph.D, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley

I love being a teacher! My first job in this role is helping students succeed at De Anza and to reach their own goals in life. I do this in part by introducing them to an engaged and populist politics centered on issues that matter to them personally. I am also an active participant in local and state politics, serving as an elected official in the East Bay since 2004. My main areas of scholarship are social movements and grassroots organizing, civil rights, and environmental politics.

FACULTY


Crystalee Crain :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1), Grassroots Democracy: Race, Politics and the American Promise (Poli 15), Grassroots Dem: Social Movements Since the 1960s (Poli 16)photo of Crystallee Crain

Office: TBA Hours: Wednesdays, noon to 3 pm
crystallee.crain@gmail.com
989-225-0118 (mobile)

BA, Political Science, Northern Michigan University
MA, Social Sciences (Sociology Concentration), Eastern Michigan University
Ph.D, Transformative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies

Crystalee Crain is an activist, educator and academic with long experience in issue-based organizing and electoral politics. She also works at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, CA where she is the Project Coordinator for Heal the Streets, a ten-month fellowship program that will train Oakland's young leaders (ages 15 - 18) to develop and advocate for policies that bring peace and hope to our streets. She recently published a book review in Theory into Action (April 2009) titled: A Philosophical Invitation for Racial Social Change.


Photo of Elena DorabjiElena Dorabji :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1), Comparative Politics (Poli 2)
Office:
Check Website Hours: check website
elenadorabji@juno.com
(408) 924-1356
Faculty Web Site

Ph.D, Comparative Politics, UC Berkeley

Elena Dorabji received her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley when it was a hotbed of radicalism. Her major area of specialization was comparative politics with emphasis on Africa, especially South Africa. Her present areas of research and focus are the study of comparative political cultures, America's social values, especially as they affect women and children


Photo of Greg Druehl

Greg Druehl :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1) Comparative Politics (Poli 2)  Office: TBA Hours: Call for appointment
DruehlGreg@deanza.edu

Faculty Web Site

BA, Political Science, Stanford Univ.
MA, International Relations, SFSU.
Ed.D, Education, Univ. of San Francisco

After many years serving De Anza in a range of administrative posts, in 1999 Greg chose to become a full-time faculty member in political science. One of Greg's goals as a teacher is to impart to his students a love for learning and a desire to participate in the democratic process. "I look forward to coming to teach every day. There is a sense of community among many faculty members here that is empowering and rewarding...."


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Scott Heffner :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1)

Office: On-line only Hours: check website
heffnerscott@fhda.edu
Faculty Web Site

BA, Radio and TV News, SJSU
MA, Counseling and Psychology, Santa Clara Univ.
MA, Political Science, SJSU

Since 1993, I have been teaching in the Political Science Department at De Anza College and served as the Chair for three years. My first seventeen years (prior to the above) were spent teaching specialized classes and performing counseling services for senior citizens also within the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.


Susan Gordon :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1), Grassroots Democracy: Race, Politics and the American Promise (Poli 15)

Office: L-13 Hours: TBA
GordanSusan@fhda.edu

B.A. Political Science, Barnard College, New York, NY
M.A. Political Science, University of Chicago
PhD Political Science, University of Chicago

My academic background focuses on the intersection of immigration, citizenship and race in American political development. I am also interested in political philosophy and democracy. My goal as a teacher is to inspire students to see and think about their own lives and the world around them.


 

photo of Evan LowEvan Low :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1)

Office: L-13 Hours: TBA
LowEvan@fhda.edu

A.A. Liberal Arts, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
B.A. Political Science, San Jose State University

Evan Low was elected to the Campbell City Council in November 2006 and was re-elected in November 2010. In 2010, Evan became the youngest Asian American mayor in the United States. Evan graduated from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  His work experience includes serving as a legislative aide to California State Senator Elaine Alquist and as the District Director for California State Assemblymember Paul Fong.  Silicon Valley Metro Newspaper highlighted Evan as one of the "Top 25 People who will change Silicon Valley" and the Silicon Valley Business Journal has recognized him as one of their "Top 40 under 40."


Photo of Jim NguyenJim Nguyen:: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1), International Relations (Poli 3)
Office: F-21R Hours: TBA
nguyenjames@fhda.edu
408-864-5551

AA, Social Sciences, College of San Mateo
BA, Political Science, U.C. Berkeley
JD, Santa Clara University

Prior to teaching Political Science at De Anza, I have worked in legal aid organizations as an advocate and as a policy analyst for a local member of Congress. My areas of focus include American Politics, California Politics, and law and politics. I support internships and experiential learning as a way for students to work in the community, to gain experience and to enhance classroom learning. As a community college graduate myself, I am committed to student success and will do everything I can to help you reach your goals at De Anza and beyond. 


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Robert Ovetz :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1) 

Office: L-13 Hours: TBA
rfovetz@riseup.net

BA, Political Science, University of Texas-Austin 
MA , Sociology, University of Texas-Austin
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas-Austin
 
Robert Ovetz has a BA in Government, and a MA and Ph.D. in sociology (political) from the University of Texas-Austin. He also teaches at several community colleges and San Francisco State University and has taught in the graduate program at New College of California. Prior to teaching Robert worked in the Texas legislature, for non-government organization on debt, development, human rights and ocean conservation issues. As an ocean conservation advocate Robert successfully lobbied the United Nations to protect endangered marine species from industrial fishing. Robert’s writings have been published widely in the academic, mainstream and alternative media as well as by the United Nations. 
 


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Blake Respini :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1)
Office: L-13 Hours: TBA
brespini@comcast.net

Phone- tba

BA, Politics, UC Santa Cruz
MA, Education, Stanford University
MA, Political Science, SFSU

Ever since my youth I have been fascinated by the drama of politics. Whether it is trying to make sense of election outcomes or trying to come to terms with the major social upheavals of our day, political science has helped me better understand my place in the world and in our society. When not digesting my daily dose of the news, I can be found running, biking, skiing, making music or on a plane to some remote corner of the planet


Photo of Al SchendanAl Schendan, MA :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1), Political Thought and Theory (Poli 5)
Office: L-13 Office Hours: TBA.
alschendan@yahoo.com
(408) 382-9117

BA, Political Science, SFSU
MA, Political Science, SFSU

Albert Schendan recieved his MA in Political Science from SFSU, 2004. His major area of specialization is American government and political theory. He also has a strong interest in political ideology and comparative politics.


photo of Bob StockwellBob Stockwell, MA, Ph.D :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1), Comparative Politics (Poli 2), International Relations (Poli 3), Political Thought (Poli 5)

Office: F-21-P Hours: Sabbatical Fall 2013, Winter 2014, and Fall 2014
StockwellRobert@fhda.edu
(408) 864-8382
Faculty Web Site

BA, Political Science, UC San Diego
MA , Political Science, New School For Social Research
Ph.D., Political Science, UC Irvine

I've been teaching at De Anza since 2004, and absolutely love it. De Anza students are fantastic -- intelligent, engaged, and committed! I feel very fortunate to work with such an amazing group of students. I teach courses in American Politics (Poli 1) every quarter, Comparative Politics (Poli 2) in fall and spring, and International Relations (Poli 3) in fall. I'm on sabbatical Fall 2013, Winter 2014, and Fall 2014, and am working on an internship program for the department.


Photo of Ishmael TarikhIshmael Tarikh :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1), Comparative Politics (Poli 2) and Political Thought and Theory (Poli 5)
Office: L-13 Hours: TBA
TarikhIshmael@fhda.edu
(408) 408-8999 x3668
Faculty Web Site

BA, Political Science, UCLA
MA, Afro-American Studies, UCLA
JD, Univ. of CA, Hastings College of the Law

Ishmael Tarikh’s academic focus is on fundamental change and social justice. He is the sole proprietor of Tarikh Consulting Services. He has taught on the postsecondary level at Chico State University, Berkeley City College, Merritt College, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and San Jose State University.


Photo of Dave TullyDave Tully :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1)
Office: L-13 Hours: TBA
TullyDavid@fhda.edu
(408) 864-8770

BA, Political Science, Westmont College
MA, American Govt., CSU Sacramento

I have taught at De Anza College since 1996. In addition, I worked briefly for both the District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Senate in the late 1980s and have also participated in American University's Foreign Policy Consortium program, an especial area of interest. Other areas of focus include the U.S. Constitution and the American Presidency. I am a third generation teacher and I drink my coffee black.


Photo of Nicky González Yuen

Nicky González Yuen :: American Govt. and Politics (Poli 1), Political Thought (Poli 5), Grassroots Dem: Race, Politics and the American Promise (Poli 15), Grassroots Dem: Social Movements Since the 1960s (Poli 16), Grassroots Democ: Leadership and Power (POLI 17)
Office: F-21-L Hours: TBA
YuenNicky@fhda.edu
(408) 864-8535 
Faculty Website

BA, Political Science, Carleton College
JD, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley
Ph.D, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley

I love being a teacher! My first job in this role is helping students succeed at De Anza and to reach their own goals in life. I do this in part by introducing them to an engaged and populist politics centered on issues that matter to them personally. I am also an active participant in local and state politics, serving as an elected official in the East Bay since 2004. My main areas of scholarship are social movements and grassroots organizing, civil rights, and environmental politics.


STAFF

Leslie Nguyen, Division Assistant 
Office: L-13 Hours: M-F, 9-5 (except lunch hours and breaks)
NgyuenLeslie@deanza.edu
(408) 864-8770



Political Science Building: L13 (Social Sciences/Humanities Division Office)
Department Chair: Nicky González Yuen
Phone: 408.864.8535
Dept. Chair's Office: F-21-L

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Last Updated: 12/28/13