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Lochner Named Pamplin Professor of Government

In January, Lewis & Clark announced the naming of Todd Lochner as the new Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Associate Professor of Government. Lochner takes up the post from Professor Emeritus Curtis Johnson, who retired in 2017.

Lochner joined Lewis & Clark in 2004, after receiving a PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. He regularly teaches classes on American politics, civil liberties, and constitutional law. In addition to his work on numerous committees, he has chaired the political science department since 2012.

Lochner recently coauthored a journal article in American Politics Research with Ben Gaskins, assistant professor of political science; Ellen Seljan, associate professor of political science; and a number of students. Among the student coauthors was Pamplin Fellow and recent Rhodes Scholar recipient Katie Kowal BA ’17.

The four Pamplin professors (History, Science, Government, and Economics) serve as mentors and advisors to the Pamplin Society of Fellows, an undergraduate honor society recognizing students for their outstanding academic performance and leadership. This close engagement with students is a hallmark of the program.

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