Joice Chang

Professor & Chair

Joice Chang
(707) 826-3917
FH 132
Office Hours: 
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11am-12pm or by appointment
Ph.D., Indiana University
J.D., Ohio State University

I received a joint Ph.D. in public policy and political science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Prior to joining the faculty at Cal Poly Humboldt in 2013, I was a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, as well as a research analyst with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. I hold a J.D from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a B.S. from UC Berkeley.

Broadly, my research focuses on law, policy, and the environment. Some examples of my research include: the impacts of environmental voluntary programs on facility compliance and regulatory behaviors, social construction of disability as a stigma and its effects on American case law, and impacts of a regulatory patchwork of state laws on the future of coal ash. I also work on various interdisciplinary research projects. Dr. John Meyer (Politics) and I have a forthcoming publication in Environmental Politics; this project, using R to organize and analyze 1,007 full-text articles, provides a critical examination of the last three decades of scholarship in the field of environmental politics. In addition, Dr. Chelsea Teale (Geography) and I have a forthcoming publication in Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. Again, utilizing R, this project analyzes historical records for five pollen taxa in order to assess regional trends and deepen understanding of land-use history in northeastern North America.

I have taught courses in areas of law and policy, legal processes, American politics, environmental policy and politics, and research methods. My teaching interests are primarily in the areas of law, policy, the environment, and research methods.

I am also the pre-law advisor for all Humboldt students.

Areas of Interest: 

Law, policy, the environment, and research methods.


Courses Taught: 
PSCI 104 People and Politics
PSCI 210 Introduction to United States Politics
PSCI 280 Discussion Seminar
PSCI 295 Political Research & Analysis
PSCI 306 Environmental Politics
PSCI 306M Environmental Politics: Majors Research Seminar
PSCI 313 Politics of Criminal Justice
PSCI 371 Public Interest and Environmental Law Conference
PSCI 410 American Constitutional Law
PSCI 412 Legal Research
PSCI 413 Moot Court
PSCI 485 Senior Seminar: Personhood and Citizenship