Stephen J. Stambough, Ph.D.,

Psephologist  |  Professor of Political Science   |  Political Science Student Association Faculty Advisor

Titan Baseball, Faculty Mentor 


Dr. Stephen J. Stambough



Political Science is a great field for study and for future career possibilities.  What can you do with a Political Science degree?  You can do anything you want.  You'll be able to analyze, write, and advance based upon your own drive.  I highly encourage students to intern as part of this preparation.  Ask me about possibilities.

Phone: (657) 278 - 2262


Office: GH 506

Office Hours: 
M/W 3:00-4:00PM




  • 1997, Ph.D, University of California, Riverside
  • 1991, M.A., Iowa State University
  • 1989, B.A, Benedictine College


Research Areas

  • Political Behavior
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Gender Politics


Courses Regularly Taught

  • POSC 100 - American Government
  • POSC 300 - Contemporary Issues in California Government and Politics
  • POSC 310 - Political Behavior and Motivation
  • POSC 405 - Campaigns and Elections
  • POSC 410 - Political Parties
  • POSC 417 - Film and Politics
  • POSC 513 - American Political Behavior




Refereed Journal Articles

  • “Term Limits and Women’s Representation: A Democratic Opportunity and a Republican Dead-end” co-authored with Valerie O’Regan. Politics, Groups, and Identities. Forthcoming in print. Available at
  • “Political Experience and the Success of Female Gubernatorial Candidates” co-authored with Valerie R. O’Regan. Social Sciences. 2016. 5, no. 2: 16.
  • “The Novelty Impact: The Politics of Trailblazing Women in Gubernatorial
    Elections” co-authored with Valerie R. O’Regan. Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy. April 2011. 32(2): 96-113.
  • “Republican Lambs and the Democratic Pipeline: Partisan Differences in the Nomination of Female Gubernatorial Candidates” co-authored with Valerie R. O’Regan. Politics and Gender. 2007. 3(3):349-368.
  • "Cue Voting: Do Women Vote for Women Senate Candidates?" co-authored with Valerie R. O'Regan. Politics and Policy. June 2003. 31(2):216-231.
  • "The Politics of Budget Deficits" co-authored with Don Matthewson. Policy Studies Review. Co- editor of the symposium and co-author of first article. Winter, 2002. 19(4): 5-10.
  • "Female Candidates for Executive Office: The Road to the Governor's Mansion" co-authored with Valerie R. O'Regan, White House Studies, vol. 2, n. 3, 2002.
  • "Political Cable Advertising and the Future of Political Campaigns" co-authored with David McCuan. Comparative State Politics. December, 1999.Pages 13-25.