Christine Trost

Executive Director of IGS, and Director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics & Public Service
Institute of Governmental Studies

Christine Trost received a Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley and spent much of her graduate career at IGS, sharing a carrel, attending afternoon tea, and working as a research assistant. After completing her degree, she taught courses in American politics at UC Berkeley and Mills College, and was Director of Research and Training for IGS’s Improving Campaigns Project (2001-2004). Following this she spent nearly 15 years as Associate Director of UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (formerly the Institute for the Study of Social Change), developing interdisciplinary research initiatives, training and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and coordinating the academic programs of ISSI and its research centers.  She has co-authored journal articles and co-edited books on a range of topics related to American politics, political ethics, campaign practices, youth, and civic and political engagement, including Campaigning for Congress: Politicians at Home and in Washington (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 1995, with Jonathan Bernstein and Adrienne Jamieson); Win the Right Way: How to Run Effective Local Campaigns in California (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2005, with Matthew Grossmann); Conflict of Interest and Public Life: Cross-National Perspectives (Cambridge, 2008, with Alison Gash); Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party (University of California Press, 2012, with Lawrence Rosenthal); and Youth, Jobs and the Future: Problems and Prospects (Oxford University Press, 2018, with Lynn Chancer and Martín Sánchez-Jankowski). In 2008 Trost received the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award for her work as a member of the Berkeley Initiative for Leadership and Diversity Steering Committee.