Ethan Rarick

2009
Associate Director, Institute of Governmental Studies
Director, Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service
116 Moses Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
Phone:
510-642-5158
Fax:
510-642-3020

Ethan Rarick is associate director of IGS and the director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, a component of IGS that seeks to interest undergraduates in public service through internship programs, public events, and the presence of distinguished visitors on campus. A former political journalist, he is the author of California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown and Desperate Passage: The Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West, and the editor of three books: Governing California: Politics, Government, and Public Policy in the Golden State; California Votes: The 2010 Governor's Race; and California Votes: The 2006 Governor’s Race. He is a frequent public commentator on California politics, policy, and history, and has written about these subjects for many publications, including The Los Angeles Times and California History.

Blog

Ethan Rarick and Jane Harman
Ethan Rarick, Director, Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, Staff
02/23/2016
Foreign policy doesn’t seem to be getting much attention in this presidential election, so we decided to focus this spring’s Matsui Lecture on exactly that, and we found the perfect person to speak to global issues: former Congresswoman Jane Harman. Before a full house in Banatao Auditorium, Harman...
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Ethan Rarick, Director, Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, Staff
08/21/2015
Democrats have been talking for a few years now about the need to address the growing gap between the rich and poor, but could that issue also be gaining traction among Republicans, at least in California? And could it factor into the 2016 U.S. Senate race in the state? I think the answer to both...