Carl Luna, PhD

Carl Luna
Phone: (619) 260-4653
Office: Kroc Institute for Peace & Jus 286A

Lecturer II, Political Science and International Relations

  • PhD, The American University, Washington, DC., Political Science
  • BA, University of San Diego, Political Science, History, and Philosophy

Carl Luna is a full professor of political science in San Diego Mesa College’s Accelerated College Program, a unique program providing college courses to advanced high school students on the campuses of the San Diego Unified School district. Joining the department in 1989, he has also served as department chair, chair of Mesa College’s Chairs’ committee and president of the academic senate. Dr. Luna has served as a visiting professor at USD since 1999. In 1999-2000 he was a senior Fulbright Scholar lecturing on international relations and economics at Nizhny Novgorod State University in the Russian Federation. In 2014 Association of Community College Trustees recognized him as one of the 5 top community college professors in the country.

Dr. Luna is also a frequent commentator on politics, giving hundreds of interviews to local, national and international media including public radio and TV, CBS, NBC, the Associated Press and the BBC and is San Diego Fox5’s resident political analyst. He has written and blogged extensively for the San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego City Beat Magazine and is a contributing author to the anthology of presidential biographies, Public Pillars, Private Lives and a revised volume on the presidency: Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama. He also wrote Motherland, a novel of Russian political intrigue.

Dr. Luna is co-chair of Restoring Respect, a community initiative promoting greater civility in San Diego dialogue supported by a consortium of academic institutions and community groups. In 2014 he became the first director of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, formed between USD, Mesa College, Miramar College and San Diego City College. As a minor footnote to history, a brief written by Dr. Luna formed the closing argument presented to the United States Senate by Presidential Counsel Greg Craig in the impeachment trial of President William Jefferson Clinton.

Dr. Luna’s USD course preparations include:
PS100 Power and Justice (Formerly Intro Poli Sci)

PS120 American Politics

PS150 Introduction to Comparative Politics

PS170 Introduction to International Relations

PS365 Politics in Russia

PS371 American Foreign Policy

P380 Theories of International Political Economy