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Arthur Auerbach

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Political Science

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-6998
Office: VKC 327

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Political Science, University of Southern California, 5/2007
J.D. Law, Pepperdine Univ, 5/1990
B.A. Political Science and Environmental Studies, UC - Santa Barbara, 6/1987

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Assistant Professor (Teaching), University of Southern California , 09/01/2010-  

Other Employment

Internship Coordinator, Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics, 2010-2011   

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My main interest of study and research is in public law. My dissertation examines circuit court decision making on the issue of capital punishment. Through a variety of methodologies, I will analyze which decision making model (legal, hierarchical, attitudinal and new institutional) appears to have the greatest influence in this area of the law.

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Teaching Diversity: Utilizing a Multifaceted Approach to Engage Students", 2011 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Albuquerque, New Mexico, APSA , Invited, Spring 2011   
"The Coding Coding Continuum: Re-thinking the Coding of Capital Punishment Cases", Western Political Science Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2006-2007   
"A Comparative Analysis of the Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Process and the Influence of the United States Supreme Court", Western Political Science Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Denver, Colorado, 2003-2004   

Other Presentations

"Role of Politics in the United States Supreme Court", Lecture Series, Pasadena Senior Center, Pasadena, California, Fall 2011   
"Capital Punishment and the Constitution", Lecture Series, Pasadena Senior Center, Pasadena, California, 2003-2004   

New Courses Developed

Politics of Capital Punishment, Political Science, This course was taught as part of the Sophomore Seminar program at U.S.C., Spring 2005   

Honors and Awards

USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, Outstanding Professor Award for Classroom Teaching and Dedication to Students Award 2009-2010, 2009-2010   
General Education Graduate Assistance Award, 2003-2004   
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2002-2003   

Service to the University


Member, Consultive Committee to Select Interim Chair for the Department of Political Science, Spring 2011   

Other Service to the University

Gave 30 minute lecture for "Admitted Students Day" for the College, Spring 2011   
Interviewed Presidential and Trustee Scholars (2 days), Spring 2011   
Participated in "Choosing a Major Workshop Panel" for the College, Spring 2011   
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