Kevin Lyle Murray, Lecturer
M.A., San Jose State University
I am honored to teach at beautiful Humboldt State University. Moreover, as a Political Scientist, I am grateful and energized to work with our politically astute, active, and social justice-oriented student population. I joined the faculty of Humboldt State University in 2015. I hold a Master’s in Political Science from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. My areas of specialization include American Politics, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory.
As a lifelong learner, I am currently on my last course for a second Master’s in Congressional and Presidential Studies from the Catholic University of America. I am also working on a PhD in Public Administration (with an emphasis on Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities) at Walden University.
2015 marks my twenty-fifth year as a politics professor. Prior to Humboldt State University, I taught at several colleges, including: American University, Santa Clara University, Golden Gate University, and Stanford University. Embracing hands-on political work with academic scholarship, I also interned with Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA) and State Senator Becky Morgan (R-CA) constituent offices in San Francisco and Menlo Park, California.
I taught courses on California Politics, American Politics, Congressional Politics, the Federal Courts, the Presidency, Interest Group Politics, and US Ethnic Politics. I also taught US Foreign Policy and Comparative Politics.
Beginning with the Reagan Administration’s first term in office, my research embodies the politics of alternative energy systems, incorporating solar, wind, biomass, sea thermal, hydro, and wave energy. As both a national security and environmental issue, my interests incorporate ways to politically advance alternative energy. My second Master’s research focus encircles the interplay between congress and the executive branch. My research seeks to remove legislative gridlock in congress. Concurrently, I am interested in the executive branch’s increased use of discretionary authority via signing statements and executive orders. In all areas, I am hopeful that my teaching and research inspires my students to acquire both critical thinking skills and also a social consciousness. This social consciousness is person-centered, geared towards a better-prepared society, one that will awaken the stewards of mother earth and the defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Our HSU Graduation Pledge captures my own life work ambition. It states, “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organization for which I work.”
- PSCI 110 American Government
- PSCI 359 California Politics
Previously Taught Courses:
- Interest Group Politics (American University)
- US and CA Politics, Congressional and Ethnic Politics (Santa Clara University)
- Accelerated Schools Project (Stanford University)
- US Foreign Policy (Golden Gate University)
- Courts and Presidency (Columbia College)