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Office Phone: (858) 534-3083


Professor of Political Science
Adjunct Professor of History Director,
Urban Studies Program


  • B.A., M.A., Ph.D, University of California at Los Angeles

Expertise/Areas Of Interest:

Steve Erie is an authority on urban politics, public policy, race in politics, and American political development. His research also concerns California water issues, social and economic factors in political incorporation of minority groups, and regional governance, finance, transportation, trade infrastructure, and development. Currently, Erie is interested in Southern California infrastructure and development.

Topics Of Publications:

Erie has authored numerous articles and books on minority and ethnic political integration, urban trade infrastructure, and Southern California water policy.


Erie earned his B.A, M.A, and Ph.D. from UCLA, and has been teaching at UCSD since 1981. Erie is the Director of the Urban Studies and Planning program at UCSD, and is involved in a number of organizations in Southern California, including the Governors Commission on Building for the 21st Century, the Pacific Council on International Policy, San Diego Dialogue, and the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Water and Power Associates, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Orange County Business Council and RAND, a public policy think tank. He teaches classes on the history, politics, and planning of urban areas.



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