Arthur Auerbach

Professor (Teaching) of Political Science and International Relations
Pronouns He / Him / His Email Office VKC 327 Office Phone (213) 740-4033


  • 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
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

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

  • Conference Presentations

    • “Teaching Diversity: Utilizing a Multifaceted Approach to Engage Students” , 2011 APSA Teaching and Learning ConferenceTalk/Oral Presentation, APSA , Invited, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Spring 2011
    • “The Coding Coding Continuum: Re-thinking the Coding of Capital Punishment Cases” , Western Political Science AssociationTalk/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 AssociationTalk/Oral Presentation, Denver, Colorado, 2003-2004

    Other Presentations

    • “Role of Politics in the United States Supreme Court”, Lecture Series, Pasadena, California, 2011-2012
    • “Capital Punishment and the Constitution”, Lecture Series, Pasadena, California, 2003-2004
    • 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
  • Committees

    • Consultive Committee to Select Interim Chair for the Department of Political Science, Spring Spri

    Other Service to the University

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

    • “Consultive Committee to Select Interim Chair for the Department of Political Science”, 2010-2011