Joe Meyer

Associate Professor of Political Science, Los Angeles City College


Joe Meyer was born and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - a suburb of Milwaukee.  He is the youngest of six children. 

He received his B.A. (in 1982) and M.A. (in 1984) in Political Science from Marquette University. He attended the Foreign Policy Semester at The American University in Washington, D.C., an honors program, in the spring of 1981. 

In 1984, Joe moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California, School of International Relations where he studied toward a Ph.D.  While at USC, he studied Defense and Strategic Studies and Middle East politics and worked for the Center for Public Education in International Relations. He left to pursue a career as a stand-up comic and writer. 

As a stand up comic, he toured the United States and parts of Canada. He has been an extra in over 50 productions giving him a total screen time of less than a minute. 

Since the 1991 Gulf War, Joe has taught American Government at several community colleges around the Los Angeles area. He is currently associate professor of political science at Los Angeles City College, where he teaches in person and online.

As an active member of the International Studies Association, he continues to make presentations at their annual international conferences.   In 2004: ”The Role and Relevance of the State: Somalia.”  In 2006: "Teaching Democracy Using a Failed Model.”

He resides in the valley with his wife, Kimberly, who is also an educator.