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Meet the Faculty

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Joel S. Fetzer

Professor of Political Science

Division: Social Science Division
Office: Appleby Center (APC) 223
Phone: (310) 506-6250
Fax: (310) 506-7271
E-mail: joel.fetzer@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University, 1996
  • M.Phil., Political Science, Yale University, 1993
  • M.A., Political Science, Yale University, 1991
  • A.B., Government and English, Cornell University, 1988, Summa Cum Laude


Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Program Organizer, Religion and Politics Section of American Political Science Association, 2008
  • Research Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History/Columbia University Library, 2006
  • Executive Board, Religion and Politics Section of American Political Science Association, 1999-2001
  • Research Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2001
  • Small Research Grant, American Political Science Association, 2001
  • Research Fellowship, German Marshall Fund of the United States, 2001
  • Provost's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Endeavors, Central Michigan University, 2000
  • Peace Scholar Fellowship, United States Institute of Peace, 1995-1996
  • Ebert Dissertation Fellowship, Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Bonn, Germany), 1994

Academic Interests:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics (Western Europe, East Asia)
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Immigration Politics
  • Political Behavior
  • Political Methodology
  • Religion and Politics
  • Urban Politics

Selected Works:


  • 2015. "Presidents, Premiers, ministres et politique d'immigration aux Etats-Unis et au Canada," Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur la citoyennete et les minorites (CIRCEM), Universite d'Ottawa, Canada.
  • 2012. "Luxembourg as an Immigration Success Story," Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington/Migration Policy Institute.
  • 2010. "Immigration, Ethnicity, and Religion in Europe," Yale University's European Studies Council/MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
  • 2010. "Human Rights and the Place of Aborigines/Yuanzhumin in Taiwanese Society," University of California at Berkeley's Institute of East Asian Studies.
  • 2009. "How Do National Institutions Promote or Hinder Muslims' Integration in Europe?" Princeton University's Institute for International and Regional Studies.
  • 2009. "An Annotated Translation of Chinese Letters from the Howard Louis Collection of San Luis Obispo, California," San Luis Obispo County Historical Society.
  • 2006. "Muslims and the State in Britain, France and Germany" (with J. Christopher Soper), Harvard University's Center for European Studies.

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