• Professor, Division Of Public Affairs
  • Affiliate Faculty, Global Change and Sustainability Center


  • BS, History, Oregon State University
  • BS, Political Science, Oregon State University
  • MA, Political Science, Washington State University
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Washington State University
  • Certificate, Diversity and Inclusion, Cornell University
  • Certificate, Paralegal Studies, University of California, Davis
  • CP, Certified Paralegal®, National Association of Legal Assistants (ABA recognized)
  • Certificate, Intellectual Property Law, Paralegal Studies, Duke University


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; immigration policy/sanctuary cities; international development aid policy; military sociology; and morality politics.  He is co-author (with Nicholas P. Lovrich and John C. Pierce) of Sanctuary Ordinances: The Contemporary Politics of Immigrant Assimiliation in America (Lexington Books, 2021); (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; OpenOSU, Oregon State University Press, 2018); and, sole author of Alternative Energy: Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007, 2020, 2024 (in press)); 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, Development, Educational Research Quarterly, Energies, Energy Research & Social Science, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Land Use Policy Journal, Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Political & Military Sociology: An Annual Review, Politics & Policy, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Public Integrity, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Social Science Journal, Social Science Quarterly, and Sustainability.