Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Interim Director, Master of Public Policy Program
  • Professor, Political Science Department



  • BS, History, Oregon State University
  • BS, Political Science, Oregon State University
  • MA, Political Science, Washington State University
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Washington State University

Honors & Awards

  • Commendation for Faculty Achievement "The Energy Security Dilemma: US Policy and Practice". J. Willard Marriott Library and Vice President for Research, University of Utah, 04/05/2017
  • Fellow. Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, 08/30/2010
  • Technology Educator of the Year. Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, 10/21/2008
  • Mentor to Senior Scholar (summa cum laude) . College of Liberal Arts, University of Nevada, Reno, 12/2005
  • Waldo-Cummings Outstanding Student Award, Senior-Class Recipient. For scholarship and leadership achievements. Oregon State University, 05/22/1991


Christopher A. Simon (Ph.D., 1997, Washington State University) is Professor of Political Science and a former Director of the MPA Program at The University of Utah.  He conducts research in alternative energy policy; civic community and volunteerism; education policy; criminal justice policy; Homeland Security policy; land use policy; public administration; and military sociology.  He is co-author (with David Bernell) of The Energy Security Dilemma:  US Policy and Practice (Routledge, 2016) and co-author (with Brent Steel and Nicholas Lovrich) of State and Local Government: Sustainability in the 21st Century (Oxford, 2011); and, sole author of Alternative Energy: Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); Public Policy: Preferences and Outcomes (Longman, 2007, 2010; Routledge 2017); and To Run a School: Administrative Organization and Learning (Praeger, 2001; Mandarin edition, 2005).  He has published articles in Administration & Society, American Politics Research, American Review of Public Administration, Armed Forces & Society, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, Canadian Journal of Political Science, ​Cities, Comparative Technology Transfer & Society, Educational Research Quarterly, Land Use Policy Journal, Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Political & Military Sociology: An Annual Review, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Review of Public Personnel Administration; Social Science Quarterly, and Sustainability.


  • Modern Greek (1453-), basic.
  • Spanish, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Eastern Asia
  • Greece
  • Western Asia