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Daniel Wakelee

Professor, Political Science

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Ph.D. Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995
MPA Public Administration, California State University, Northridge, 1990
A.B. Political Science, Occidental College, 1982


Daniel Wakelee is Professor of Political Science at California State University Channel Islands. A native of California, Dan earned his undergraduate degree at Occidental College, his masters at California State University Northridge, and his doctorate at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Prior to joining CI, Dan helped to lead the CSU Northridge off-campus center in Ventura and later on the Channel Islands campus. Before working in higher education he served as director of FOOD Share, the regional food bank serving Ventura County. His experience also includes working in legislative offices and in electoral politics.

He serves as Associate Provost and regularly teaches courses including The National Park, and Education Politics and Policy. He has recently published articles on policy issues in national parks, administrative practices in higher education, and pedagogical approaches in public policy courses. Among his recent administrative projects, Dan was involved in establishing CI's research station on Santa Rosa Island in Channel Islands National Park.

Representative Courses Taught

  • POLS 150 American Polical Institutions
  • POLS 341 The National Park
  • POLS 431 Education Politics and Policy
  • POLS 140 Calfornia Government and Politics



public policy, public lands, national parks