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  • J.D. California Western School of Law
  • M.A. Ed. Simpson University
  • B.A. UCLA

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Cherry McCabe obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in Education, and a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law. She practiced administrative law and civil litigation for several statewide firms before transitioning into higher education, serving as a faculty member in political science at Shasta Community College and Simpson University in Redding, Calif. She served as associate professor of political science, history and as political science department chair, pre-law advisor, and faculty president prior to joining the Biola community as the dean of core curriculum in August of 2019. She is an active member of the American Political Science Association, Christians in Political Science, the Academy of Political Science and Association of Pre-Law Advisors. Her ongoing research interests include Christian political thought, experiential education pedagogies in the political science classroom and the intersection of political socialization and the rule of law in the developing world.


  • American Political Science Association
  • Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society
  • Academy of Political Science
  • Pacific Coast Association Pre-Law Advisors (past board member)
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Shasta Trinity Counties Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Legal Services of Northern California
  • Shasta County Women Lawyers Club
  • Shasta County Board of Education


  • Panelist for “Grace-Filled Political Conversations,” SEID Program, March 2020.
  • Faithful Political Engagement, LEAD Scholars Professional Development Seminar, February 2020.
  • Reformation at 500 Event, Simpson University, Redding, California. Presented on “The Political Significance of the Protestant Reformation.” October 2017.
  • Keynote Speaker for Academic Convocation, Simpson University, Redding, California. Presented on “Interdependent: The Human Polity.” 2015.
  • Conference Presentation: American Political Science Association, Freedom & Responsibility in the Modern World. Presented on “Faithful Politics: Perspectives on Civic Engagement.” May 2014.
  • Program speaker for campus-wide chapel (nominated by student body). Simpson University, Redding, California. Presented on “Faithful Politics.” February 2014.
  • Panel participant in CCCU/Hillsdale College Free Market Forum in Houston, TX. Presented on “John Maynard Keynes, Frederick Hayek and the Clash that Defined Modern Economics.” October 2012.
  • Attended West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools Conference with Simpson Pre-Law
  • Society students on November 3, 2012 in San Francisco, California.
  • Campus Presentation along with selected election information events in anticipation of presidential election. Presented on “Christianity and the Art of Voting.” October 2012.
  • Simpson University President’s Weekend, Redding, California. Presented on “Historic Eras in U.S. Constitutional Law.” April 2010.
  • Keynote speaker for Shasta County League of Women Voters, Redding, California. Presented on “Civic Engagement Trends and Democracy.” 2004.
  • Keynote Speaker for Shasta County Lights of Liberty Meeting, Redding, California. Presented on “Philosophical Foundations of the U.S. Constitution.” March 2004.
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