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2014-15 Visiting Scholarphoto

Dr. Bob Benedetti is the Center for California Studies 2014-15 Visiting Scholar.  Dr. Benedetti is currently Professor Emeritus at the Department of Political Science at the University of the Pacific.  As a professor of political science at UOP for over 24 years, Dr. Benedetti served as the Dean of the College from 1989-2002 and as the Executive Director for the Harold S. Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership from 2002-2013.  Prior appointments include Professor of Political Science at New College (Sarasota, FL) and Florida State University, and leadership roles with WASC, the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and the California Council for the Humanities.  He is a graduate of Amherst College (1964, BA), Union Theological Seminary (1965), and the University of Pennsylvania (1967, MA, 1975, Ph.D.).

Dr. Benedetti is currently engaged in research pertaining to local government finances and bankruptcies in the state of California.

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2012 Visiting Scholar

During her time at the Center for California Studies, Professor Stacey Gordon Fisher (University Nevada, Reno) researched how term limits have influenced the role of staff as a target of interest group lobbying. At a presentation sponsored by the Center for California Studies in April 2013 she discussed her findings with the capitol community in Sacramento. For more information on her presentation, please click the link below.

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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

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