Lindsey Lupo, Ph.D.

Professor, Political Science
Director, Institute of Politics and Public Service

Dr. Lindsey Lupo teaches classes on urban politics, comparative politics, research methods, U.S. public policy, democratization, and protest and social movements. Her fields of research are urban politics, social movements, and political violence and she is the author of Flak-Catchers: One Hundred Years of Riot Commission Politics. Her most recent research focuses on protest outcomes and democratic deliberation. Lupo is also the director of the Institute of Politics and Public Service and she sits on the public policy board committee for the San Diego Foundation.


  • Ph.D., UC Irvine 
  • M.A., UC Irvine
  • B.A., UC Santa Barbara

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Scope and Methods in Political Science
  • Protest and Social Movements in World Politics
  • Issues in Public Policy
  • Urban Politics
  • Comparative Politics

Experience in Field

  • Co-leader of the PLNU in South Africa trip (with Dr. Jamie Gates)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • San Diego Deliberation Network (SDDN), 2013 – present
  • LEAD San Diego: Impact, 2016 – 2017
  • Referenced scholar in a number of news articles (NPR, CNN, The Guardian) reporting on the release of the Ferguson Commission report, September 2015
  • Political commentator on St. Louis’s KSDK News to discuss the Ferguson Commission, September 14, 2015
  • Quoted scholar in a HuffPost article on the Ferguson Commission, September 9, 2015
  • Political commentator on KUSI’s San Diego Evening News to discuss the politics of removing the Confederate flag in South Carolina, July 5, 2015
  • Political commentator on Central Coast Voices on KCBX San Luis Obispo to discuss the 2016 election cycle and national issues, August 10, 2015
  • Panelist for a 2012 San Diego election debate between the mayoral candidates. Co-hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Asian Business Association, October 25, 2012
  • UT San Diego Opinion Editorial, “The Misguided Notion of a Post-Racial America,” April 19, 2012

Awards and Honors

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Alumni Grant, 2016 – 2017
  • Kettering Foundation, Research Agreement, 2015 – 2016
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Wesleyan Grant, 2014 – 2015
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, RASP Grant, 2010 – 2011
  • University of California, Irvine, Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Dissertation Fellowship, 2005 – 2006

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  •  Lupo, Lindsey. 2017. “Flak-Catching in Ferguson? An Analysis of the Ferguson Riot Commission.” Paper presented at the annual meeting for the Midwest Political Science Association, April 6-9, in Chicago, IL.
  • Lupo, Lindsey and Rebecca Brandy Griffin, 2017. “Political Participation Exercises as a Means of Teaching Civic and Networking Skills.” In Beyond Politics as Usual: Paths to Engaging College Students in Politics, edited by Ileana Martin and Ray Minor. Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation.
  • Lupo, Lindsey. 2014. “Democratic Uprisings and Protest Politics: A Study of the Occupy San Diego Social Movement.” Interface: A Journal For and About Social Movements 6(2): 357-70.
  • Lupo, Lindsey. 2014. “What Happened to the 9/11 Commission? What a Century of Riot Commissions Teaches us about America’s Dependence on Independent Commissions.” Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs 3(1): 21-38.
  • Lupo, Lindsey. 2013. “Twists in the Path.” In Results May Vary: Christian Women Reflect on Post-College Life, edited by Linda Beail and Sylvia Cortez Masyuk. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock
  • Lupo, Lindsey. 2010. The Flak Catchers: One Hundred Years of Riot Commission Politics in America. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (a division of Rowman and Littlefield).
  • Meyer, David S. and Lindsey Lupo. 2007. “Assessing the Politics of Protest: Political Science and the Study of Social Movements.” In Handbook of Social Movements, edited by Conny Roggeband and Bert Klandermans. New York: Springer Press.
  • Cave, Lisa A., Allison M. Johnson, S.J. Lange, and Lindsey Lupo. 2006. “Assessment/Learning Outcomes III Track Summary.” PS: Political Science and Politics 39(3): 539-540
  • Lupo, Lindsey. 2004. “The 1965 and 1992 Los Angeles Riots: The Changing Role of Commission Politics.” California Politics and Policy: A Journal of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs 8(1): 69-85.
  • In addition to her publications, Dr. Lupo has presented original research at over 20 research conferences, including the American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Western Political Science Association, and APSA Teaching and Learning Conference. Topics include riot commissions, democratic transitions, political violence, South African politics, deliberative democracy, and pedagogical techniques.