Carl Luna

Carl Luna has been a professor of political science at San Diego Mesa College for the past 30 years and a visiting professor at the University of San Diego since 1999, lecturing on American government, international relations, international political economy and foreign policy.

In 1999-2000, Dr. Luna was a senior Fulbright Scholar lecturing on American and global politics in the Russian Federation. In 2014, the Association of Community College Trustees awarded him for being one of the five top community college professors in the country.

He is a frequent non-partisan commentator on politics, giving over a thousand interviews to local, national and international media including public radio and TV, CBS, NBC, the Associated Press and the BBC and has been FOX 5’s political analyst since 2013. 

He has written and blogged extensively for the San Diego Union-Tribune and San Diego City Beat Magazine and is a contributing author to the anthology of presidential biographies, Public Pillars, Private Lives and a revised volume on the presidency: Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama.

Dr. Luna also wrote “Motherland,” a novel of Russian political intrigue. 

Dr. Luna is co-chair of Restoring Respect, a community initiative promoting greater civility in San Diego dialogue supported by a consortium of academic institutions and community groups. In 2014, he became the first director of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, formed between USD and San Diego’s Mesa, City and Miramar Colleges.

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