Robbie Totten, Ph.D.

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Robbie Totten, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Phone: 310 476-9777

Ext: 421


Duke University, BA, Political Science
UCLA, MA, Ph.D., Political Science


Dr. Totten is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Politics and Global Studies Department in the College of Arts & Sciences at American Jewish University. He has previously held positions as a Visiting Assistant International Relations Professor at UCSB, a Political Science Lecturer at UCLA, and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UCSD. His research has appeared in public policy edited volumes and academic journals and it has centered on transnational issues, international relations, U.S. immigration policy, and the American Founding. He enjoys teaching classes related to American Political Development, international relations, film and politics, globalization, immigration, terrorism, and U.S. foreign policy. Dr. Totten feels privileged to coach AJU's long-standing and successful undergraduate Model UN team at a national competition in San Francisco every spring.


  • "Immigration and Naturalization Service," in America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History, eds., Edward J. Blum, Cara Burnidge, Emily Conroy-Krutz, and David Kinkela, 1st edition (Charles Scribners's Sons, 2016).
  • "International Relations, Material and Military Power, and United States Immigration Policy: American Strategies to Utilize Foreigners for Geopolitical Strength, 1607 to 2012," Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 29 (Winter 2015): 205-256.
  • "Epidemics, National Security, and US Immigration Policy," Defense & Security Analysis 31 (July 2015): 199-212.
  • "Security and Immigration Policy: An Analytical Framework for Reform" in Undecided Nation: Political Gridlock and the Immigration Crisis, eds. Erika de la Garza and Tony Payan (Springer International Publishing, 2014).
  • "Security, Two Diplomacies, and the Formation of the U.S. Constitution: Review, Interpretation, and New Directions for the Study of the Early American Period," Diplomatic History 36 (January 2012): 77-117.
  • "National Security and U.S. Immigration Policy, 1776-1790," Journal of Interdisciplinary History 39 (Summer 2008): 37-64.