Professor, Politics and International Relations
Coordinator, Humanities and the Center for Leadership
A public policy expert, Dr. Schockman previously served as Associate Dean and Associate Adjunct Professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is President and founder of the Global Hunger Foundation, dedicated to helping women in the developing world break the chains of poverty by funding projects designed to provide sustainable development and organic farming. He served as CEO and President of a prestigious international anti-hunger organization for over a decade pumping some $60 million in grants into the field. Dr. Schockman served as Vice President of the California League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund where he supervised environmental public opinion polling and statewide voter engagement. He was a top consultant to the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council. Eric also served as Policy Director for the City of Los Angeles’ Elected Charter Reform Commission. Dr. Schockman was the founder of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO), an alliance of all major national anti-hunger organizations in the United States. Additionally, Dr. Schockman was a member of the National Interfaith Hunger Director’s Committee.
He was on the founding board of directors of the Global Food Banking Network. The Senate Rules Committee appointed him to the California State Library Commission. He was former Chair of the California Post Secondary Education Commission, an appointment made by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Appointed by California State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric has also served on the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to promote efficiency, effectiveness, and economy in-state programs. He served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and taught agricultural and sustainable development. He has also written several books and edited many articles on leadership and politics in California, the nation, and international affairs, and presented on panels on these same topics.
PhD, University of California