Toby Ross, the City Manager from West Sacramento, spent four days on campus recently, visiting classes and talking about career opportunities in local government. The program, organized by the International City Management Association, hopes to facilitate conversations of all sorts between local government and universities. Among his class visits was a stop at Professor Jeff Becker’s Internship and Career Preparation course, where Dr. Ross participated in mock job interviews for political science students
Toby Ross has served as West Sacramento’s City Manager since November 2002. Ross brings three decades of experience in local government in California and Utah to the challenges of West Sacramento. His professional interests include planning, community development, budget and public finance. He earned a PhD and Masters degree from UC Berkeley; and a BA degree in from UC Santa Barbara. Ross has also held part-time faculty positions at the University of Utah, Cal Poly, the University of Hawaii and CSU San Francisco.
Morris Fiorina one of the most prominent political scientists in the U.S. will visit the Pacific Political Science department on Thursday, February 28. Here’s his bio from the Hoover Institution site:
Morris P. Fiorina is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Formerly he was the Frank Thompson Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he taught from 1982–1998. From 1972–1982 he taught at the California Institute of Technology.
Professor Fiorina’s research focuses on legislative and electoral processes with particular emphasis on the ways in which political institutions and procedures facilitate or distort the representation of citizen preferences.
He has just published Culture War: The Myth of a Polarized America with Samuel J. Abrams and Jeremy C. Pope (Pearson Longman, 2004).
Earlier he published numerous articles and books including The New American Democracy (Allyn & Bacon, 1998), Divided Government (2nd edition, Allyn & Bacon, 1996), and Home Style and Washington Work, coedited with David Rohde (University of Michigan Press, 1989). The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence, coauthored with Bruce Cain and John Ferejohn (Harvard University Press, 1987), won the 1988 Richard F. Fenno Prize. He is also co-editor of Continuity and Change in House Elections (Stanford University Press and Hoover Press, 2000).
A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Fiorina currently serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including American Political Research, British Journal of Political Science, Congress and the Presidency, Journal of Law, and Economics and Organization. From 1986 to 1990 he was chairman of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies.
Professor Fiorina received his B.A. degree from Allegheny College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He lives in Portola Valley with his wife and younger son.
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Pacific News — University of the Pacific: Roots of Peace founder Heidi Kühn (shown here with Pacific alumna Sakeena Yakoobi) will speak at University of the Pacific at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in George Wilson Hall. Her organization removes landmines from war-torn countries and turns former minefields into productive orchards. The event is sponsored by University of the Pacific’s School of International Studies.
“Based in San Rafael, Roots of Peace has de-mining and replanting projects in Angola, Cambodia, Croatia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Those countries have turned mine fields into productive vineyards, orchards and rice paddy fields.”
Pacific News — University of the Pacific: “(Jan. 11 – Stockton, Calif.) – The president and founder of the Global Americana Institute, Juan Cole, will discuss the current situation in the Middle East at University of the Pacific. He will speak at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in George Wilson Hall on the Stockton campus. The event is sponsored by University of the Pacific’s School of International Studies.”
Cole, a professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is a frequent guest on Jim Lehrer’s News Hour and a regular contributor to Salon.com. He writes the blog “Informed Comment,” www.juancole.com. It was awarded the 2003 Koufax Award for “Best Expert Blog” for its news analysis about the Middle East.
Pacific News — University of the Pacific
Jane Harman (D-Venice) the ranking minority member on the House Intelligence Committee will be speaking on campus on October 9. Political Scientist Gene Bigler was instrumental in arranging the visit.