Brian P. Janiskee is an Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Janiskee holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University with fields in American Politics, Public Administration and Policy, and Statistics.
Dr. Janiskee's research interests include state and local government, public policy, presidential elections, and public administration. Along with co-author Ken Masugi, Director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Local Government, Dr. Janiskee has authored an innovative California government text called Democracy in California: Politics and Government in the Golden State (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). This text uses many ideas raised by Tocqueville to analyze the current workings of California politics.
In addition, Janiskee and Masugi have coedited a collection of timely essays on California politics titled The California Republic: Institutions, Statesmanship, and Policies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).
Dr. Janiskee's articles on California's three strikes law, co-authored with Claremont Institute Senior Fellow and colleague at Cal. State, Edward J. Erler, has received national attention. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor relied on Janiskee and Erler's research in her recent majority opinion in Ewing v. California, which upheld California's three strikes law.
Other articles on topics ranging from local government to presidential elections have appeared in such journals as: Perspectives on Political Science; The Journal of Public Service and Outreach; Nexus: A Journal of Opinion; Talking Politics: The Journal of the Politics Association.
Dr. Janiskee's analysis of contemporary trends in local, state, and national politics has appeared in such outlets as the Washington Post, Orange County Register, San Diego-Union-Tribune, Investor's Business Daily, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, and USA Today.
As of September 2002, Dr. Janiskee began a four-year term on the National Executive Council of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, which has over 600 chapters nationwide. The 19-member Executive Council is the governing body of Pi Sigma Alpha. Dr. Janiskee's service on the Executive Council was preceded by his award-winning work as a Chapter Advisor at the local level. In recognition for the excellence of its programs, the Theta Iota Chapter at Cal. State, San Bernardino received the National Best Chapter Award for two consecutive academic years, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001. In addition, Dr. Janiskee received the National Best Chapter Advisor Award in 2002.