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Dr. Jim Cottrill

Jim Cottrill is associate professor of political science teaching courses and conducting research on American political institutions and processes. Cottrill earned his Ph.D. in political science from Texas A&M University.

His research agenda is focused primarily on electoral competition in congressional races, with particular emphasis on the impact of redistricting reform on competition and representation.

Cottrill’s research has been published in “Polity,” “Justice System Journal” and “Election Law Journal,” and his expertise on American politics has been cited by numerous news outlets, including the Associated Press, the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, NBC Bay Area, CBS Radio, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News. 

Before joining the political science department, Cottrill taught courses at Santa Clara University, Foothill College and Texas A&M University.

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