Distinguished Visiting Faculty | Pepperdine University | School of Public Policy

Distinguished Visiting Faculty

While the faculty of the School of Public Policy is drawn from leading academics and practitioners in the various fields of public policy, a distinctive feature of the school is the use of distinguished public policy scholars, practitioners, and thinkers from around the country to teach and lecture on short-term appointments, bringing their expertise within their discipline to our classrooms. Their contributions add significantly to the richness of the student experience as mentors and advisors, as well as to its comprehensive curriculum, grounded in both policy analysis and an exceptional understanding of the many factors that affect the implementation of public policy.

Lanhee Chen - Pepperdine University

Lanhee Chen
William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2017

  • David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program, Stanford University
  • Affiliate, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
  • Presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed member, Social Security Advisory Board

Victor Davis Hanson - Pepperdine University

Victor Davis Hanson
William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor, Spring 2009, 2011, 2014

  • Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Professor Emeritus of Classics, California State University, Fresno
  • Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College

Steven Hayward - Pepperdine University

Steven Hayward
Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, 2014-2016
William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor, Spring 2013

  • Thomas Smith Distinguished Fellow, John M. Ashbrook Center, Ashland University
  • Former F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Law and Economics, American Enterprise Institute
  • Former Senior Fellow, Pacific Research Institute

Bruce Herschensohn - Pepperdine University

Bruce Herschensohn
John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2000-2001

  • Television and Radio Political Commentator
  • Distinguished Fellow, Claremont Institute

Karen Elliott House - Pepperdine University

Karen Elliott House
William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor, Spring 2014, 2015, 2017

  • Former Publisher, Wall Street Journal
  • 1984 Pulitzer Prize, International Reporting
Jack Kemp - Pepperdine University

Jack F. Kemp (In Memoriam)
Salvatori Distinguished Visiting Fellow 

  • Former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary
  • 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate

Joseph Loconte - Pepperdine University

Joseph Loconte
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2006

  • Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Wilfred McClay - Pepperdine University

Wilfred McClay
William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2009-2010

  • G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma
  • Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Michael Novak - Pepperdine University

Michael Novak (In Memoriam) 
John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2002

  • Former U.S. Ambassador
  • George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Daniel Pipes - Pepperdine University

Daniel Pipes
William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2007

  • Founder and Director, Middle East Forum

Kevin Starr - Pepperdine University

Dr. Kevin Starr (In Memoriam) 
Distinguished Visiting Professor, 1997-1998

  • 7th State Librarian of California
  • Professor, School of Planning and Development, University of Southern California

Robert Tamura - Pepperdine University

Robert Tamura
William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor, Spring 2011

  • Professor, John E. Walker Department of Economics , Clemson University

Gregory Treverton - Pepperdine University

Gregory Treverton
John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2002-2003

  • Acting President and Director of Studies, Pacific Council on International Policy
  • Senior Consultant, RAND

James Q. Wilson - Pepperdine University

James Q. Wilson
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor (in memoriam)

  • Former professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Former professor, UCLA Graduate School of Management
  • Former president, American Political Science Association