Kevin Wallsten arrives at CSU Long Beach after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in May 2008. During his time at Berkeley, Kevin wrote and published research on a number of different aspects of American political life – including gay rights, immigration and social movements. Despite these interests, Kevin spends most of his time nowadays exploring the important but understudied impact that new, Web-based applications, such as Facebook, YouTube and blogs, are having on public opinion, media coverage and election outcomes. Drawing on his research, Kevin will be teaching classes on American political institutions, political behavior, public opinion, research methods, mass media, campaigns and elections and the role of technology in politics. In addition to being thrilled to teach these classes and continue his research at Long Beach, Kevin cannot wait to watch the 49er basketball team take on his alma matter – the University of California, Irvine – every season in Big West competition. A huge basketball fan, Kevin attended many games at the Pyramid during his time at Irvine to root for the rival Anteaters but he swears to cheer only for the 49ers from here on out.