Professionalism in Politics

With the whole world watching, Miami's destiny calls: It's time for leadership!

Special Programs

Study Abroad: Spend one semester in beautiful and exciting Melbourne, Australia, while working on an ambitious Electoral College study (1) measuring the effectiveness of United States extradition laws as they apply to U.S. citizens living abroad, (2) comparing United States and Australian "victimless" crime statutes, and (3) gauging the political and economic impact of the global trade in stolen automobiles.
Director: Joe Gersten

Job Placement:During their final semester students will have the opportunity to take a salaried staff position in the office of a local elected official.
Advisor: Pedro Reboredo
Note: Positions may differ in the amount of work required.



"If you've been around here long enough, you know that nobody gives a flying fuck if you ran a clean campaign. Nobody gives a shit if you were involved in absentee-ballot fraud or what have you. The bottom line is that you won."


-- Professor Humberto Hernandez

"If you've been around here long enough, you know that nobody gives a flying fuck if you ran a clean campaign. Nobody gives a shit if you were involved in absentee-ballot fraud or what have you. The bottom line is that you won."

-- Professor Humberto Hernandez

"I won re-election in 1993 under very difficult circumstances. I was a convicted felon,  and I still beat Nilo Juri."
-- Raul Martinez, alumnus and benefactor,  proudly recalling what the college did for him
"I won re-election in 1993 under very difficult circumstances. I was a convicted felon, and I still beat Nilo Juri."

-- Raul Martinez, alumnus and benefactor, proudly recalling what the college did for him

"If you've been around here long enough, you know that nobody gives a flying fuck if you ran a clean campaign. Nobody gives a shit if you were involved in absentee-ballot fraud or what have you. The bottom line is that you won." -- Professor Humberto Hernandez
"If you've been around here long enough, you know that nobody gives a flying fuck if you ran a clean campaign. Nobody gives a shit if you were involved in absentee-ballot fraud or what have you. The bottom line is that you won."

-- Professor Humberto Hernandez

"If you've been around here long enough, you know that nobody gives a flying fuck if you ran a clean campaign. Nobody gives a shit if you were involved in absentee-ballot fraud or what have you. The bottom line is that you won." -- Professor Humberto Hernandez
"If you've been around here long enough, you know that nobody gives a flying fuck if you ran a clean campaign. Nobody gives a shit if you were involved in absentee-ballot fraud or what have you. The bottom line is that you won."

-- Professor Humberto Hernandez

Facilities

The Raul Martinez Dining Hall and Community Control Lab: A two-in-one facility, the RM is open to students for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and features an assortment of hot and cold foods, snacks, and beverages. During the lunch hour, designated student "marshals" practice patrolling the hall, extending favors and assistance or extracting penalties as deemed appropriate by selected faculty members.

Campus Radio Station: WECA-AM is a fully operational broadcast facility and the only college radio station in the nation that features an all-talk format. Under the guidance of station manager Marta Flores, students are provided an opportunity not simply to create compelling on-air personalities but also to make names for themselves in the rapidly expanding field of endorsement-for-compensation political journalism.

The Alberto Gutman Research Center: This complex features one of the most extensive holdings of county and court records in the Southeast. Special resources include the Lincoln Diaz-Balart Financial Disclosure Records Room, the Gilda Oliveros Contracts Collection, and the James Burke Listening Library. The state-of-the-art Miller Dawkins Computer Laboratory is located on the first floor.

Biographies of the faculty and staff

A tireless and energetic educator, Mayor Joe Carollo is an expert in political calculus and mercurial decision-making. He currently is contemplating a sabbatical leave from the College, though maybe not.

Radio virtuoso Marta Flores is a pioneer in the emerging new field of entrepreneurial journalism, mixing politics, reportage, and broadcast consulting services.

Joe Gersten, a former Miami-Dade County commissioner, has performed numerous consciousness-raising experiments at the grass-roots level and was one of the earliest supporters of converting disadvantaged neighborhoods into entrepreneurial zones. He has served as director of the ECA's Study Abroad program since 1993.

A master of public relations and campaign strategy, Armando Gutierrez's contributions to Miami's electioneering fame are legendary. Professor Gutierrez has produced numerous political biographies of opposing candidates and is the foremost expert in the area of judicial election insurance.

Affectionately known as Humbertico by his adoring former students, Professor Humberto Hernandez left public life in 1998 and currently is a scholar-in-residence at our government-operated satellite campus in Pensacola, Florida. His specialties include banking and real estate.

For seventeen years Carmen Lunettaserved as director of the Miami-Dade seaport, where he developed innovative strategies for the disbursement of political campaign funds. Recently recognized by the state for his work in the field, Professor Lunetta is currently on a six-month sabbatical, though intensive tutorial work for select students is available at his home in nearby Weston.

Despite being the ECA's youngest faculty member, Demetrio J. Perez already has accumulated more firsthand experience than many seasoned veterans. A scholar of both election law and the science of subjective mapping, Professor Perez combines classic electoral engineering with more modern approaches.

County Commissioner Pedro Reboredo has recently submitted his well-publicized study on the flexible time-management techniques of government employees. His findings are currently under review.

An ex-mayor of Miami, Xavier Suarez has experimented widely in the area of political reinvention. Currently he is conducting an appropriation study of the Miami-Dade Republican Executive Committee.

Donald Warshaw's recent departure from government allows him time to lecture on the intersection between the public and personal in politics. In addition to his teaching duties, Professor Warshaw will soon be presenting his views on civic responsibility at an eagerly anticipated meeting of legal experts, journalists, and panel members from the community.

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