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Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3500
Jennifer E. Walsh (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University), is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a professor of political science at Azusa Pacific University. An expert in crime policy, her academic publications include Three Strikes Laws (Greenwood Press, 2007), "To Do Justice and Love Mercy: Using Scripture to Guide Criminal Justice Policy" in Is the Good Book Good Enough? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), and "Three Strikes" in The Routledge History of Crime in America (Taylor & Francis/Routledge, forthcoming). Walsh has also published book chapters on affirmative action and the U.S. Supreme Court, the significance of John Locke on the American Founding, and religious freedom in the U.S. and China. She serves as a Fulbright Peer Review expert in political science and is frequently consulted by print and broadcast media on a range of issues related to local, state, and national politics.


  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Claremont Graduate University
  • B.A., University of California, Riverside


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • History and Political Science


  • California Politics
  • California Three Strikes Law
  • First Amendment “Establishment Clause” Jurisprudence
  • Prosecutorial Decision Making
  • Sentencing Policy

Courses Taught

  • POLI 150 – American Government
  • POLI 250 – Introduction to Criminal Law
  • POLI 420 - Women in Politics