Department Faculty and Staff
Nicky González Yuen Department Chair
I love being a teacher! My first job in this role is helping students succeed at De Anza and to reach their own goals in life. I do this in part by introducing them to an engaged and populist politics centered on issues that matter to them personally. I am also an active participant in local and state politics, serving as an elected official in the East Bay since 2004. My main areas of scholarship are social movements and grassroots organizing, civil rights, and environmental politics.
- BA, Political Science, Carleton College
- JD, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley
- Ph.D, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley
Leighton Armitage Part-Time Faculty Instructor
Laura Chin Part-Time Faculty Instructor
I hail from the Central Valley of California and currently live in the Bay Area. I absolutely love being a teacher. As a former community college student I relate to our students at De Anza College. My area of focus is on American Politics and California Politics. Currently, I serve on the Executive Committee for the Academic Senate as a representative for the Social Sciences and Humanities division. I hope to encourage my students to strive toward their dreams and goals. I enjoy avocado toast, driving my Honda, and long walks on the beach.
- AA, Liberal Arts and Sciences, San Joaquin Delta College
- BA, Political Science, California State University, Stanislaus
- MPA, Public Administration, California State University, Stanislaus
BiographyAfter many years serving De Anza in a range of administrative posts, in 1999 Greg chose to become a full-time faculty member in political science. One of Greg's goals as a teacher is to impart to his students a love for learning and a desire to participate in the democratic process. "I look forward to coming to teach every day. There is a sense of community among many faculty members here that is empowering and rewarding...."
- BA, Political Science, Stanford Univ.
- MA, International Relations, SFSU.
- Ed.D, Education, Univ. of San Francisco
Scott Heffner Part-Time Faculty Instructor
Since 1993, I have been teaching in the Political Science Department at De Anza College and served as the Chair for three years. My first seventeen years (prior to the above) were spent teaching specialized classes and performing counseling services for senior citizens also within the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.
- BA, Radio and TV News, SJSU
- MA, Counseling and Psychology, Santa Clara Univ.
- MA, Political Science, SJSU
Thomas Meredith Part-Time Faculty Instructor
James Nguyen Instructor
Prior to teaching Political Science at De Anza, I have worked in legal aid organizations as an advocate and as a policy analyst for a local member of Congress. My areas of focus include American Politics, California Politics, and law and politics. I support internships and experiential learning as a way for students to work in the community, to gain experience and to enhance classroom learning. As a community college graduate myself, I am committed to student success and will do everything I can to help you reach your goals at De Anza and beyond.
- AA, Social Sciences, College of San Mateo
- BA, Political Science, U.C. Berkeley
- JD, Santa Clara University
Robert Ovetz Part-Time Faculty Instructor
Robert Ovetz has a BA in Government, and a MA and Ph.D. in sociology (political) from the University of Texas-Austin. He also teaches at several community colleges and San Francisco State University and has taught in the graduate program at New College of California. Prior to teaching Robert worked in the Texas legislature, for non-government organization on debt, development, human rights and ocean conservation issues. As an ocean conservation advocate Robert successfully lobbied the United Nations to protect endangered marine species from industrial fishing. Robert's writings have been published widely in the academic, mainstream and alternative media as well as by the United Nations.
- BA, Political Science, University of Texas-Austin
- MA , Sociology, University of Texas-Austin
- Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas-Austin
Francisco Preciado Part-Time Faculty Instructor
As a first generation college graduate, Francisco understands the complexities and challenges in higher education attainment. He is a Bay Area native who has been involved in local and state politics as a community organizer, nonprofit executive, and public policy professional. His research interests include voting rights, minority disenfranchisement, and campaign finance.
- BA, Political Science & Chicana/o Studies, Stanford University
- MA, Mexican American Studies, San Jose State University
- JD, UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Albert Schendan Part-Time Faculty Instructor
Albert Schendan recieved his MA in Political Science from SFSU, 2004. His major area of specialization is American government and political theory. He also has a strong interest in political ideology and comparative politics.
- BA, Political Science, SFSU
- MA, Political Science, SFSU
Robert Stockwell Instructor
I've been teaching at De Anza since 2004, and absolutely love it. De Anza students are fantastic -- intelligent, engaged, and committed! I feel very fortunate to work with and learn from such a dynamic student community. I especially appreciate its activism and commitment to positive social change. I teach courses in American Politics (Poli 1) every quarter; Political Theory (Poli 5) most fall quarters; Comparative Politics (Poli 2) most winter quarters; and International Relations (Poli 3) in spring. I also oversee the department's internship class (Poli 64), which is available every fall, winter, and spring quarter.
- BA, Political Science, UC San Diego
- MA , Political Science, New School For Social Research
- Ph.D., Political Science, UC Irvine
Ishmael Tarikh Part-Time Faculty - Political Science
Ishmael Tarikh's academic focus is on fundamental change and social justice. He is the sole proprietor of Tarikh Consulting Services. He has taught on the postsecondary level at Chico State University, Berkeley City College, Merritt College, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and San Jose State University.
- BA, Political Science, UCLA
- MA, Afro-American Studies, UCLA
- JD, Univ. of CA, Hastings College of the Law
Leslie Nguyen Senior Administrative Assistant