Richard Hertz

Title: Lecturer

Concentration: America Government, Media, Public Opinion and Voter Behavior

Education: B.A. (Physics), M.A. (Political Science) - Sonoma State University

Office: Stevenson 3007

Phone: (707) 664-2875



Richard Hertz is a longtime Lecturer in Political Science at SSU as well as a public opinion pollster and web app developer. His political fields of expertise include voter engagement and money in politics.

His consultancy has conducted original surveys and developed election and other web apps for many California newspapers, television stations, public, non-profit, and private entities. Through his work with the Sacramento Bee, he is recognized as one of California’s leading experts on campaign finance data.

His government experience includes stints as a California State Senate Elections and Reapportionment Committee Consultant and state agency Communications Director. He also spent 13 seasons in professional baseball working with Major League players and coaches on advanced video and in-game, predictive statistical analysis.


  • Pols 199 – Media: Contemporary Issues
    Pols 200 – The American Political System
    Pols 320 – State, City, and County Government
    Pols 428 – Seminar in California State Government
    Pols 429 – Interest Groups
    Pols 431 – Politics and the Media
    Pols 484 – Elections and Voter Behavior