Renee Van Vechten

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science

In the news:

Senator Wages 15-hour Filibuster in Gun Control Push KPBS Radio

AirTalk election 2016: Analysis of candidate reaction to, rhetoric towards Orlando shooting AirTalk with Larry Mantle, KPCC Radio

Election 2016: Rally effect on voter turnout? Redlands Daily Facts, June 11, 2016  

Current Research

  • The scholarship of teaching

  • California Politics and the politics of reform, with special emphasis on term limits

  • Legislative processes, including "gatekeeping" measures that party leaders take to control the flow of legislation

Education

Ph.D. Political Science, University of California, Irvine, 2002

M.A. Political Science, University of California, Irvine, 1996

Graduate Work, San Diego State University (1991-93)

B.A., Political Science, cum laude, Honors University of San Diego, 1991

Expert for the Media

Subject and research experts are available for news media interviews and to provide expert commentary on a broad range of topics. Contact Media Relations at 909.748.8857 or by email at media@redlands.edu

Contact

Hall of Letters
316
P: 909.748.8601
E: renee_vanvechten@redlands.edu

 

Degrees held

  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of California, Irvine, 2002

  • M.A. Political Science, University of California, Irvine, 1996

  • Graduate Work, San Diego State University (1991-93)

  • B.A., Political Science, cum laude, Honors University of San Diego, 1991

 

 

Experience

Previous Teaching Experience:

Lecturer, University of California, Irvine (2005)

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of San Diego, Department of Political Science (Sept. 2003-May 2004)

Lecturer, University of San Diego, Department of Political Science (2000, 2004, 2005)

Director/Instructor, Public Affairs Internship Program, University of California, Irvine, Department of Political Science (1996-2000)

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Irvine, School of Social Sciences (1993-1999)

Instructor, Freshman Studies Program, San Diego State University (1992)

Professional Experience:

Research Assistant / Consultant: Consultant to State Attorney General Daniel Lungren in the matter of California Democratic Party v. California. Project Director: Professor Mark P. Petracca (1995)

Interviewer, Telephone Survey Research Project: Project Director: Professor Richard Hofstetter, San Diego State University (1992)

Courses Offered

Introduction to American Politics

California Politics (regular and travel course)

Research Methods (Study of Politics)

U.S. Congress

Environmental Politics

Parties and Elections

American Presidency

Politics and Art (First Year Seminar and May Term travel course)

Publications

California Politics: A Primer (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press 2010)

The Logic of California Politics. Co-author: Mark Petracca (CQ Press: Projected publication date: 2010)

"Core Curriculum and General Education: 2009 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Track Summary." Co-authors: Miguel Centellas, Jonathan Eastvold, Tyson King-Meadows. PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 42, No. 3 (July 2009): pp. 575-587

"From MySpace to Our Space: Collaborative Websites for Teaching Political Science." Co-presented with Wendy Johnston. APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Baltimore, MD (February 2009).

"What do you expect? How experience matters (or doesn't) in the making of an American President." Election Series Featured Lecture, University of Redlands, October 27, 2008.

"Collaborative Learning in a Course Simulation: Congress and American Politics." APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose, CA (February 2008).

"Primed for the Primaries." Workshop on the Presidential Primary Elections, University of Redlands (January 2008).

"Term Limits." In Social Issues: An Encyclopedia of Controversies, History, and Debates, Ed. James Ciment (M.E. Sharpe, Publisher), March 2006.

"What's So Special About the Special Election?" University of Redlands ,Workshop for Alumni and Parents, Homecoming Weekend (Nov. 2005).

"Campaign Finance in Municipal Elections: Evidence from Three Cities." Co-authored with Brian Adams, PhD. Annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL (September 2004).

"The Problem of Last-Term Shirking." Life With Term Limits Conference, in conjunction with State Politics and Policy Conference, Akron, Ohio (April 2004).

"Keeping Lame Duck Legislators in Line: Shirking, Accountability, and Reputation." Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Denver, CO (March 2003).

"When Push Comes to Shove: Competition Between Partisans in Term-Limited State Legislatures." Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA (August 2001).

"The Psychological Foundations of Identity Politics: A Review of the Literature. "Co-authors: Kristin Monroe, James Hankin. Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 3, June 2000.

"Amateurs or Professionals? California Legislators in a Term-Limited Era." Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Jose, CA (March 2000).

Professional Affiliations

  • Pi Sigma Alpha 

    Renée Bukovchik Van Vechten is the Faculty Advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha (a Political Science honors society).
  • American Political Science Association

  • Western Political Science Association

Awards, Honors, Grants

Rowman and Littlefield Innovative Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science, awarded through the American Political Science Association, 2008

Most Innovative Teaching Award, May 2008, University of Redlands

Nominee, Mortar Board Professor of the Year 2009 (U of R)

Internal Research Grant, University of Redlands (2006-07, 2007-08)

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of San Diego, 2003-2004

Kevin Starr Fellow in California Studies, 2002-2003, Postdoctoral Fellow in Residence, Humanities Research Institute, University of California.

Excellence in Teaching Award, UCI School of Social Sciences, May 2000