Carl Luna has been a professor of political science at San Diego Mesa College for the past 27 years, and a visiting professor at the University of San Diego since 1999 lecturing on American government, international relations and foreign policy. In 1999-2000 Dr. Luna was a senior Fulbright Scholar lecturing on American and global politics in the Russian Federation. While in Russia Dr. Luna witnessed the collapse of community and democracy first hand and has dedicated his professional career to protecting and building community and democracy at home and abroad.
In 2014 the Association of Community College Trustees named Dr. Luna one of the 5 top community college professors in the country. He is a frequent non-partisan commentator on politics, giving almost two thousand interviews to local, national and international media including KPBS public radio and TV, NPR, CBS, NBC, The Today Show, The CBS Morning News, BBC Radio, National German Public Radio, Balkan News Network, Associated Press, Congressional Quarterly, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Diego Union Tribune, KFMB News, KGTV News, KUSI News, KNSD News, Fox5News and KOGO radio News. He has been San Diego Fox 5’s political analyst sine 2013. Dr. Luna has written and blogged extensively for the San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego City Beat Magazine and is a contributing author to the anthology of presidential biographies, Public Pillars, Private Lives and a revised volume on the presidency: Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama. He also wrote Motherland, a novel of Russian political intrigue. Dr. Luna is co-chair of Restoring Respect, a community initiative promoting greater civility in San Diego dialogue supported by a consortium of academic institutions and community groups. In 2014 he became the first director of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, formed between USD, Mesa College and San Diego City College with the mission of making San Diego America’s Most Civil City.
2014-Present: Founding Director of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, a San Diego Mesa College-San Diego City College-University of San Diego College of Arts and Sciences partnership. (http://www.sandiego.edu/civility).
2014: Received W. Meardy Faculty Award for the Pacific Region, Association of Community College Trustee.
2013: Named “San Diego’s Top Talking Head,” (the region’s leading political commentator) by Voice of San Diego.
2011 – Present: Co-Chair and co-founder, Restoring Respect, community initiative to restore civility to civic dialogue. http://www.sandiego.edu/restoringrespect/. Organizer Restoring Respect Annual conference, now a 2-day event with 100 presenters, 26 panel and workshop sections and hundreds of attendees from across the country.
2010: Finalist applicant (one of 60 of 30,000 original applicants) for consideration of being selected as a State commissioner for the California Citizens Redistricting Committee, established in 2008 by Proposition 11 to redraw state legislative districts following the 2010 census.
2002: Coordinated efforts to develop a dialogue between members of Russian Academy of Science and Chechen government in exile. Collaborative process with USD Institute for Peace & Justice, the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya and the Swedish Delegation, United Nations.
1999: 10 month appointment as Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Lecturer, Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russian Federation. Appointment for the 1999/2000 academic year.
1999: Consultant to Presidential Consul Greg Craig in Impeachment Trial of William Jefferson Clinton before United States Senate. Legal brief written for Mr. Craig incorporated into his remarks to the US Senate, January 21, 1999.