Dr. Richard Tahvildaran
Jesswein is Chair of Excellence, Philosophy and Social
Science at Santa Monica College, where, in addition to serving as
Co-Director of the Public Policy Institute (for which he was Founding Associate
Director), he is a full professor teaching American Politics and Difference
Theory. In November 2014, he was elected to the Board of Education of Santa
Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
He earned a Bachelors
Degree in American Politics and American Studies from California State University,
Hayward; a Master's Degree in American Politics and Political Theory from
California State University, San Francisco; and a Doctorate Degree in American
Politics and Difference Theory from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Dr. Tahvildaran Jesswein
served as the Academic Senate President at Santa Monica College from 2005 to
the 2009. He was a Co-Chair of Santa Monica College's Self Study Steering
Committee for the Accreditation Site Visit in March, 2010. Richard also served
for four years as the Vice Chair on the college’s District Planning Council and
he was the Vice Chair of the College's Strategic Planning Initiative.
SMC President, Dr. Chui
Tsang, appointed Richard in 2010 to the position of Associate Director of the College's
Public Policy Institute where Richard supervises the PPI's academic program and
its experiential component.
Richard is an active member
of the Santa Monica community. Until his
election to the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board, he served as co-chair of the
powerful community organization, Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights. He is
married and the father of two children who attend public schools in Santa