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Gregory K. Freeland, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Email: freeland@callutheran.edu
Phone: (805) 493-3477
Office: Swenson 227


Dr. Freeland’s expertise includes American politics (Civil Rights Movement, minority politics) and comparative politics (Latin America/Caribbean region). He has traveled and studied primarily in the Caribbean and has written scholarly articles on the region.

Dr. Freeland has also written scholarly articles on the civil rights era, music and social movements, and environmental justice. He has been the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including a John and Flora Haynes Faculty Fellowship to study citizen engagement in redistricting (2009) and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to the Southern Civil Rights Institute at Harvard University (1998).

Dr. Freeland is a member of the American Political Science Association, Western Political Science Association and the Caribbean Studies Association. He is Chair of the Department of Political Science, Faculty Advisor for Model United Nations and Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society).

Dr. Freeland is active in community affairs and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) and served as a delegate to the National Summit on Africa (2000). He enjoys traveling to study and explore other cultures and societies.


B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara


  • American Politics: African-American Politics and American Politics.
  • Comparative Politics: Latin American/Caribbean Region.


Freeland, Gregory, and Fred Gordon, eds. International Environmental Justice:Competing Claims and Perspectives. St. Albans Hertfordshire, UK, ILM Publications. (forthcoming August 2012).

 “Negotiating Place, Space, and Borders: The New Sanctuary Movement” in  Latino Studies, v. V8, #4. (Winter 2010). Pp. 485-508.

  “We’re a Winner: Popular Music and the Black Power Movement” in Social Movement Studies. Summer, v. 8, #3. 2009. Pp. 261-288.

 “Preparedness for Rain During Sunny Weather: Caribbean Environmental Sustainability in a Nuclear Age” in Caribbean Development Review. December 2007, v. 1, #1. Pp. 164-179.

 “Lutherans and the Southern Civil Rights Movement” in Journal of Lutheran Ethics. v. 6, #11. November, 2006. http://archive.elca.org/jle/article.asp?k=664

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