Faculty

Students who attend the Westmont Summer Scholars Program will be taught in small classes by top professors. This year's faculty will be announced soon.

Here are the biographies of last year's faculty:

International Politics

Tom Knecht, Political Science
Tom Knecht is an associate professor of political science. His latest book, Paying Attention to Foreign Affairs, examines role of public opinion in U.S. foreign policy. He has also published articles on the effectiveness of aerial bombing campaigns and the politics of humanitarian relief. Professor Knecht taught at the University of Denver for five years before coming to Westmont College in 2009. He received the Bruce and Adeline Bare Teacher of the Year Award in 2012.

Introduction to Life Science: Perspectives from a Marine Biologist

Beth Horvath, Biology
Beth Horvath has been a \working marine biologist since 1978, not only teaching marine-based field courses in the Biology Deparment for Westmont, but for the AuSable Environmental Institute (home base in Michigan but, with a field satellite based in Puget Sound, Whidbey Island, WA). Her field work, while based in CA, has taken her as far south as the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, as far North as the remote Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and as far west as South Island, New Zealand. Her research interests have varied over the years (pelagic snails, hermit crab shell selectivity), but for the past 10+ years, she has focused on gorgonian corals (sea fans) of the eastern Pacific Ocean, with several new species formally described and published, or in the process of review and publication. Her passion is the ocean. Her home away from home the local tidepools!