David J. Menefee-Libey
Professor of Politics
Coordinator, Program in Public Policy Analysis [on sabbatical leave 2021-22]
Pomona College

Pomona Email Address: DMenefee@Pomona.edu
Office phone: (909) 607-9323
Campus Address: Carnegie 4
Office Hours: see current semester course syllabi

Courses Taught (and website for current or most recent syllabi):
Politics 3 Introduction to American Politics (Almost every Spring)
Politics 30 The United States Congress (unscheduled)
Politics 130 Campaigns and Elections (Fall, even-numbered years)
Politics 135 Public Policy Implementation & Evaluation (Every Fall)
Politics 142 Anti-Democracy in America (Spring, even-numbered years)
Politics 147 Education Politics and Policy (Spring, odd-numbered years)
PPA 190 Public Policy Internship and Thesis Seminar (Every Fall)
ID 1 Critical Inquiry Seminar (occasional, most recently Fall 2015)

Resource links for these courses are online at https://DML.sites.pomona.edu/DMLresources.html.

Research Interests:
- The politics of public education reform, especially in urban school districts.
- Civic education and youth citizenship.

Selected Publications:

"Teaching Politics in the United States in the Age of COVID-19," Pomona Magazine, Spring/Summer 2020, pp. 64-65. Online at http://magazine.pomona.edu/2020/spring-summer/teaching-politics-in-the-united-states-in-the-age-of-covid-19/.

"High School Civics Textbooks: What We Know Versus What We Teach about American Politics and Public Policy" Journal of Political Science Education, Vol. 11, No. 4 (November 2015), pp. 422-441. Online at https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15512169.2015.1072051.

David J. Menefee-Libey and Charles T. Kerchner, "California's First Year with Local Control Finance and Accountability," Education Policy Analysis Archives, Vol. 23, No. 22 (March 2015). Online at https://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v23.2022.

David Menefee-Libey, Charles Herman, Chad Powell, and Jeffrey Zalesin, "The Real World of Interdependence of Governments and Corporations: What We Know vs. What We Teach," University of Utah Law Review, Vol. 2014, no. 4 (2014), symposium volume "Governing the United States in 2020," 927-949. Online at https://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/ulr/article/view/1292/954.

“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, 2010).

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).

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 The Transformation of Great American School Districts.

"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: https://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 https://SCCORE.org, October 2006. Site hacked and taken down in 2010.).

"Systemic reform in a federated system: Los Angeles at the turn of the millennium," Education Policy Analysis Archives, 12(60), October 2004) (Online at https://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, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2018

Visiting Fulbright Professor, University of Limerick, Ireland, 1999-2000

Current vita is linked here.

For more information, see the official Faculty Profile.

Last modified: March 15, 2022