Tom Knecht, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
(805) 565-6227

Office Location

Deane Hall 206

Office Available

Dr. Knecht is on sabbatical for Fall 2021. 


The role of public opinion in foreign policy, the politics of sport.



Dr. Knecht received his BA from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara. He teaches courses in American government, international politics, and research methods. He has published research on the role of public opinion and American foreign policy, how volunteering changes perceptions of the homeless, and has examined the impact of gender differences in higher education. His current research examines the politics of sports.