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Rebeca Castaneda is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and a M.A. in politics from Claremont Graduate University. She earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Los Angeles.


Dr. Castaneda's research focuses on rhetoric and statesmanship, classical political thought, executive power, and American political thought. She is a fellow at the Jack Miller Center. 

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Rebeca Castaneda, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Government

Hamilton College

2016-Fall 2022

Ph.D. in Political Science

Claremont Graduate University

  • Concentrations in Political Philosophy and American Politics

  • Dissertation: The Noble and the Base: Epideictic Rhetoric and the Character of Regimes

  • Committee: Mark Blitz (chair), James H. Nichols, Jr., and Christopher Nadon


M.A. in Politics

Claremont Graduate University

  • Concentration in Political Philosophy


B.A. in English

California State University, Los Angeles

  • Minor in Political Science


“Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interests of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” —James Madison, Federalist no. 51

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