The Public Policy Analysis major consists of a five-course policy sequence, a statistics/mathematics requirement, a three-class internship and thesis sequence, and a concentration chosen by the student.

Courses chosen in consultation with student's academic adviser for relevance to internship and direction of study.

Concentrations can be taken in Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Analysis, Geology, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Science Technology and Society, and Sociology. Learn more by visiting the Major, Courses link in the navigation.

Faculty Liaisons

Each Pomona College department with a PPA concentration (Anthropology, Biology, etc.) has a faculty member who serves as a PPA faculty liaison. Each of these faculty liaisons meets with and advises students interested in their department's PPA concentration, talking with them about elective courses, internship ideas, and senior theses. Together with the PPA program's coordinator and associate director, the liaisons also form a group which meets regularly to evaluate overall program effectiveness, examine program requirements and discuss issues related to current students.

Thesis Readers

Students choose thesis readers based on both faculty expertise and working relationships formed over the course of the students' academic career at Pomona College. The choice of readers reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the Public Policy Analysis Program and the cooperative relationships among The Claremont Colleges. Because students can take classes at other colleges, and students from other colleges can choose PPA as their major, it is not unusual to have faculty from other colleges read PPA senior theses.

Faculty Liaisons by Department 2016-17


Pardis Mahdavi
Office: Hahn 209
Phone: (909) 607-7854
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Fran Hanzawa​
Office: Seaver Biology 113
Phone: (909) 607-8601
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Fred Grieman
Office: Seaver North 112
Phone: (909) 621-8450
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John Clithero
Office: Carnegie 203
Phone: (909) 607-2810
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Environmental Analysis

Bo Cutter
Office: Carnegie 212
Phone: (909) 607-8187
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Linda Reinen
Office: Edmunds 242
Phone: (909) 621-8672
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David Tanenbaum
Office: Millikan 1117
Phone: (909) 621-8722
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David Menefee-Libey
Office: Carnegie 4
Phone: (909) 607-9323
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Eric Hurley
Office: Lincoln 2102
Phone: (909) 607-1023
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Science Technology and Society

Laura Perini
Office: Pearsons 209
Phone: (909) 607-5095
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Jill Grigsby
Office: Hahn 217
Phone: (909) 607-3026
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