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David J. Menefee-Libey Faculty Picture
Professor of Politics,
Pomona College
B.A., St. Olaf College 
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
With Pomona Since: 1989
Pomona email Address: DMenefee@Pomona.edu
Office: (909) 607-9323
Campus Address: Carnegie 4
Office Hours:
Courses Taught (and most recent syllabus websites)
Politics 3 Introduction to American Politics (Fall)
Politics 30 The United States Congress (Spring)
Politics 130 Campaigns and Elections (Fall, even-numbered years)
Politics 135 Public Policy Implementation & Evaluation (Fall)
Politics 147 Education Politics and Policy (Spring, even-numbered years)
Politics 148 Education Policy Data Workshop (Fall, occasionally)
PPA 190 Public Policy Internship and Thesis Seminar (alternating with Prof. Worthington)
Research Interests: 
The politics of reform in urban public school districts.
Campaigns and elections in the United States.
Selected Publications:

“Neoliberal School Reform in Chicago? Renaissance 2010, Portfolios of Schools, and Diverse Providers,” in Katrina E. Bulkley, Jeffrey R. Henig, and Henry M. Levin, eds., Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, forthcoming).

Paul Hill, Christine Campbell, David Menefee-Libey, Brianna Dusseault, Michael DeArmond, Betheny Gross,  Portfolio School Districts for Big Cities: An Interim Report (Seattle, WA: Center on Reinventing Public Education, October 2009).

Charles T. Kerchner, David Menefee-Libey and Laura Mulfinger, Learning from LA: Institutional Change in American Public Education.  (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2008).

  • Named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, the publication of the Association of College and Research Librarians, July 2009.
  • Sole winner of the “2010 Outstanding Publication Award” from the American Educational Research Association’s “Districts in Research and Reform” Special Interest Group, April 2010.

Charles T. Kerchner, David Menefee-Libey and Laura Mulfinger, “Institutional Change in Urban School Districts,” Chapter 1 of William L. Boyd, Charles T. Kerchner and Mark Blyth, eds., The Transformation of Great American School Districts: How Big Cities are Reshaping the Institution of Public Education.  (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2008).

David Menefee-Libey, Charles T. Kerchner and Laura Mulfinger, “The Persistence of Ideas in Los Angeles Public School Reform,” Chapter 6 of ibid.

"Big Deal: The 2006 Midterm Elections, the Progressive Project, and the Reagan-Bush Revolution," The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics, vol. 4, Issue 3 (December 2006). Online at: http://www.bepress.com/forum/vol4/iss3/art7

David Menefee-Libey, Deborah Gantz and Mazohra Thami, “Conditions of Education in the Los Angeles Region 2006,” under the auspices of SCCORE, the Southern California Consortium On Research in Education (published online at http://SCCORE.org, October 2006).

"Systemic reform in a federated system: Los Angeles at the turn of the millennium," Education Policy Analysis Archives, 12(60), October 2004) (Online at http://epaa.asu.edu/epaa/v12n60/)

The Triumph of Campaign-Centered Politics (Chatham House, 2000)

Selected Awards and Honors:

Pomona College, Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997, 1992, 2002 and 2007

Visiting Fulbright Professor, University of Limerick, Ireland, 1999-2000
For more information, see the official Faculty Profile.

Last modified: January 13, 2011