Mary Currin-Percival


Elections and Political Participation, Public Opinion, Teaching and Learning in Political Science



San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0119

Wednesday 12:00pm - 2:00pm in person (and via Zoom and in person by appointment)

Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, 2006

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Mary Currin-Percival earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Riverside in 2006. Her main areas of research are California politics, public opinion, political participation, and teaching and learning in political science. She and co-authors Larry Gerston, Terry Christensen, and Garrick Percival updated the 15th edition of California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach, in January 2021. She, Percival, and Gerston also authored California's Recall Election of Gavin Newsom: COVID-19 and the Test of Leadership (2023). Her work has also appeared in journals including Journal of Political Science Education, PS: Political Science and Politics, State and Local Government Review, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, International Migration, and Newspaper Research Quarterly. Her teaching interests include research methods, campaigns and elections, the presidency, American and California government and politics, and campaign advertising. She also serves as the Director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (IPACE) and for SJSU Votes, an on-campus voter registration, mobilization, education, and civic engagement initiative. She also serves as the faculty advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha, Epsilon Iota chapter and as the Political Science Department Internship Coordinator. In her spare time, Professor Currin-Percival loves playing board games with her family, cycling, hiking, running, camping, and traveling.