Rebeca Castaneda is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Claremont Graduate University and a lecturer in the Political Science department of Stockton University (Galloway Township, New Jersey) and California State University, San Bernardino.


Her research interests include rhetoric and statesmanship, executive power, classical political philosophy, American political thought, and civic education. She is currently working on her dissertation on epideictic rhetoric in Aristotle's Rhetoric.

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Rebeca Castaneda

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science

Claremont Graduate University

2016-2022 (Expected)

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