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Abbylin H. Sellers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Political Science
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3278
Abbylin H. Sellers, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of political science. Her areas of teaching emphasis are American politics and public policy, specifically American government, U.S. political institutions (the constitutional presidency and war powers; Congress and the legislative process), and state and local politics. Her primary research interests include 20th social welfare policy, such as the institutionalization of welfare in the 1930s, the 1996 welfare reform legislation, and the 2005 welfare reform reauthorization legislation, as well as federalism and political behavior. Sellers’ research on welfare reform examines the effects of the caseload reduction credit on federal and state level welfare work requirements and policy implementation and evaluation. Her research on political behavior focuses on descriptive representation and how it affects political participation, efficacy, and trust.


  • Ph.D. Political Science – Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A. Public Policy – Regent University
  • B.A. Political Science – Westmont College


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • History and Political Science


  • Federalism
  • Political Behavior
  • Welfare Reform

Courses Taught

  • POLI 150 – American Government
  • POLI 220 – State and Local Government
  • POLI 300 – Research and Writing
  • POLI 400 – Seminar on American Politics
  • POLI 405 – The American Presidency
  • POLI 410 – Congress