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Visiting Scholar Program

As part of its work in promoting California policy research and productive dialogue, each year the Center selects a Visiting Scholar who is involved in scholarship on a relevant California topic. The Visiting Scholar is involved in the intellectual life at Sacramento State, and produces a research paper on a specified policy question. The Visiting Scholar presents his or her research to faculty and students on campus, and later at a half-day public symposium for the Capital community. Costs of the symposium are funded from a generous endowment by Don and Beverly Gerth.

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2015-16 Visiting Scholar

Dr. Josh Dyck, University of Massachusetts, LowellDr. Josh Dyck

Dr. Dyck is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Center for Public Opinion at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (2012-present). He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Government in Politics from the University of Maryland and holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Western Washington University.  Professor Dyck studies American politics, with a focus on public opinion, voting behavior, and state politics.

As Visiting Scholar, Dr. Dyck will be continuing his research on the impact of ballot initiatives on democratic citizenship via a 2-state (California and Massachusetts) study on the impact of ballot initiative reform.

2013- 14 and 14-15 Visiting Scholar

Dr. Bob Benedetti, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Political Science at the University of the Pacific. 

2012 Visiting Scholar

Dr. Stacey Gordon Fisher, University Nevada, Reno

If you are interested in participating in the Visiting Scholar Program or for more information contact Steve Boilard, Executive Director, Center for California Studies at