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Title: Robert J. Brem, MA, MC, LPC, NCC
School/Location: Alameda
Phone: (510) 748-2276
Office/Classroom: COA C-202



Robert Brem is a “philosopher” and futurist – teaching politics, public administration, and psychology. He has taught at eight institutions of higher learning in Arizona and California. He has been at College of Alameda since 2004.  Robert is also on the faculty at CSU-East Bay (since 2006) teaching in the Master in Public Administration MPA program and in Political Science.

Robert is a graduate of Arizona State University (in the areas of  politics, counseling, and public administration). He is a National Board certified professional counselor and holds a certificate in non-profit organizational management. He has been a professional teacher, and  consigliere (organizational consulting, “mentoring” (life coach & clinical supervisor), and counseling) since 1989.

Each moment of your life is a vote for the future in which you will live.

Francis Moore-Lappe

Robert Brem seeks to be an influence in the lives of the people with whom he works — as a teacher and mentor and advisor — such that they are able to see the world in different ways and relate to it in a manner which is real, accessible, and personal. This is an invitation to an awareness of how one can be an active part of making their world a better place in their own unique way — and in so doing, live more meaningful and fulfilling lives!

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

— William Butler Yeats

Robert Brem’s Professional activities:

Robert is the Coordinator of the Community Change and Urban Leadership Initiative which involves community based organization partnership development and (currently) three Pathway to Career Success Tracks:

  1. The Violence Prevention Initiative & Certificate.
  2. The Community College Pathway to  Law School, and
  3. The Public Service Pathway to an MPA.

These Pathways are in partnership with selected East Bay High Schools, CSU East Bay, and Six California Law Schools.

Robert is an associate with the Center for Futures Consciousness  and is established as being highly proficient in innovative “futures consciousness” & “learning college” driven curriculum development; and in organizational change practices.  He is a past chair of the Curriculum Committee at College of Alameda {2008 to 2015} and was Co-Chair of the District “Green” curriculum committee and a member of the Steering Committee for the Sustainable Peralta Initiative.

He is a member of multiple professional organizations including:

  • Public Administration Theory Network
  • American Society of Public Administration
  • World Futurist Society
  • Institute of Noetic Sciences
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • International Association of Public Participation
  • Association for Humanistic Psychology

…and a member of multiple Political Groups including:

  • Greenpeace
  • Amnesty International
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • The National Rifle Association
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center

Professor Brem’s research interests include:

Democratic philosophy via narrative contextual systems approaches to the multiple dimensions of public service; the transformative implications of public dialogue and participation and the evolution of world views in creating “desired futures” via the processes of conscious evolution.

These areas include:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Peace Studies
  • Alternative Futures Policy Analysis
  • Approaches in Change Agency

Psychology Department

Political Science 1 (POSCI 1)gaia2-236x300
Government and Politics in the United States

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Political Science 2 (POSCI 2)
Comparative Government:

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Political Science 4 (POSCI 4)
Political Theory:

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Psychology 3  (PSYCH 3)
Personality Theory :

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Psychology 24  (PSYCH 24)
Abnormal Psychology :

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Psychology 28  (PSYCH 28)
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology:

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Psychology 29  (PSYCH 29)
Forensic Psychology:

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Psychology 34  (PSYCH 34)
Psychology of Resilience, Personal Growth, and Stress Management :

This is a partial listing of Professor Brem’s “public intellectual” work.thinker2

Film Work

November/December 2006; Interviewed Commentator for Peralta Reports special program: “Empowerment or Exploitation: Life as a Sex Worker;”  a documentary regarding the economic, political and social implications of prostitution, pornography and other forms of sex work. Sponsored by Peralta Colleges Television (public television station).

November 2004 and June 2005; Host and Moderator for Live Election Night Coverage (2004 national and local election and the 2005 California proposition special election); as part of a series of panel news commentary reports with live audience and call in format sponsored by Peralta Colleges Television (public television station).

October/November 2004; Host and Moderator for “Films for Democracy;” a series of four panel discussion and commentary shows with live audience and call in format sponsored by Peralta Colleges Television (public television station).


Brem, R.J. and Kyle, K. (2004). Equity in Education, in Perrucci, R., Ferraro, K., Miller, J., and Rust, R. (Eds.) Solutions: Agenda for social justice 2004, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Knoxville, TN, pp. 1-10.

Brem, R. J. (2000). The Cassandra complex: Complexity and systems collapse, in Morcol, G. and Dennard, L. (eds), New Sciences for Public Administration and Policy: Connections and Reflections, Burke, VA, Chatelaine, pp. 125-150.

Professional Conference Papers

Brem, R. J. (2015, July).  Tectonic Relationships: Cognition, Language, and Intelligence; The Creativity Nexus, and the Epiphenomenon of Consciousness and The Self, a lecture presented at Laney College, Oakland, California.

Brem, R. J. (2015, June).  Budgets Are Moral Documents: Contextualizing Federal Fiscal Policy in 2015, a lecture presented at Laney College, Oakland, California.

Brem, R. J. (2015, January).  Community Psychology Applied to Building Communities of Concern, a lecture presented for The Sunday Assemblies Organization, Humanist Association, Oakland, California.

Brem, R. J. (2015, January).  Issues in Forensic Psychology in the 21st Century; a lecture/workshop presented in the Department of Justice Studies: San Jose State University, San Jose, California.

Brem, R. J. (2014, September).  Building an Infrastructure for the Development of Service Learning Based Student Leadership Programming in the Community College System; a lecture/workshop presented at the Peralta Community Colleges District Student Leadership Retreat, PCCD District Offices, Oakland, California.

Brem, R. J. (2014, June).  The Problematique of Post-Modern American Democracy: Democracy & Gridlock; Checks & Balances; and the State of Affairs between the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch today; a lecture presented at California State University East Bay, Oakland, California.

Brem, R. J. (2014, May).  The State of the System of Representation and Democracy in America, a lecture presented at Chabot College, Hayward, California.

Brem, R. Mendoza, D. (2012, June). Dismantling Violence: Justice on All Fronts, A Workshop Presented at the Urban Leadership Institute Conference, Oakland, CA, Sponsored by the California Endowment for the Humanities and COMMIT: Community Leadership Institute.

Crain, C., Brem, R, Montague-Sweeney, M., Nelson, P. Nakano, M., and Olmedo, A. (2011, August).  Community College Innovation, Social Change, and Our Quest to Meet Community Needs, Peralta Community College District Cross District Conference, Oakland, CA.

Crain, C., Montague-Sweeney, M., and Brem, R. (2010, December).  Creating a Pipeline for Leadership: How Multi-Sector Collaborations Can Bring about Social Change, workshop at the Sierra Health Foundation – Youth Development Conference: Endless Possibilities: Hope, Passion, Purpose, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA.

Brem, R. J. (2010, April).  The role media plays in shaping contemporary American politics, a lecture presented at Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey California.

Brem, R.J. (2006, February). An Ecology of Governance: New Public Service in a 21st Century Checks & Balances Society, Paper presented at the 19th National Conference of the Public Administration Theory Network, sponsored by Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.

Kyle, K. and Brem, R.J. (2006, February). A Rose by Any Other Name: How PA and Community Psychology Inform One Another, Paper presented at the 19th National Conference of the Public Administration Theory Network, sponsored by Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.

Brem, R.J. (2000, January). Governance and the Red Queen: The impact of hyperculture upon the practice of democratic governance, Paper presented at the 13th National Conference of the Public Administration Theory Network, sponsored by Florida Atlantic University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.


 Professional Conference Workshops 

Brem, R.J. (2001, December). The Red Queen and Psychotherapy’s Missing Voice: Social Induction and the nexus Between the Personal and Political, Workshop at the 8th International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy / Milton H. Erickson Centennial, sponsored by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc; Phoenix, Arizona.

Brem, R.J. (1998, October). A Case Study: Politics and Participation in Lake Havasu City Arizona; Overview of Process; Discussion of Lessons Learned and Questions Raised, Workshop at the 1998 International Association of Public Participation Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Brem, R.J. (1998, May). Dancing with the Red Queen: The Place of Education in the Creation of Knowledge and the Future, Workshop at the Rules of the Road Never Taken Conference, sponsored by the Maricopa Community College District and the Arizona Career Development Association, Mesa, AZ.

Smith, V. and Brem, R.J. (1998, April). The Impact of Information Technology: Learning, Living, and Loving in the Future, Workshop at The Sedona Conference: Embracing the Future — Unleashing the Creative Potential, a multimedia, multinational conference on the future sponsored by the Maricopa Community Colleges in association with the Edinburgh Conference on Interactive Learning, Sedona, AZ.

Lombardo, T. and Brem, R.J. (1998, April). Religion, Spirituality, and the Metaphysics of the Future, Workshop at The Sedona Conference: Embracing the Future — Unleashing the Creative Potential, a multimedia, multinational conference on the future sponsored by the Maricopa Community Colleges in association with the Edinburgh Conference on Interactive Learning, Sedona, AZ.

 Professional Conference & Other Panels

Brem, R., Crain, C., and Montague-Sweeney, M. (2010, March).  The Community Development and Leadership Initiative: Reminding Us What We Say We Mean To Be, workshop at the 4th CSU Regional Conference on Community-Based Research: Transforming Scholarship, Transforming All Our Lives, Berkeley, CA.

Meitz, J. & Brem, R.J. (2003, July). Stanford’s Zimbardo Experiment. Symposium at the 11th International Conference On Thinking Creating the Future: Paradigm Shifts in all Disciplines, Phoenix Civic Plaza, Phoenix, AZ.

Hall, J., Jones, P., & Brem, R. (1997, April). Dynamics of community in relation to place-based service delivery, panel presentation as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Arizona State Office Place-Based Training Program, Phoenix, AZ.

Robert Brem has taught at five institutions of higher learning since 1992.  He has kept current in and teaches courses in the following areas:

Lower Division Political Science:liberal20democrats_2

  • Integrated “Futures” Studies
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Criminal Due Process
  • Political Theory
  • American National Government
  • Learning Organization Governance
  • Comparative Politics
  • Violence Prevention
  • Public Adminstration

Lower Division Counseling & Psychology:

  • Personality Theory
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology of Stress Management
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Marriage & Family in Modern America
  • Phenomenological & Existential Psychology
  • Spirituality & Counseling
  • Feminist & Narrative Psychology
  • Counseling Theories & Dynamics
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Self-Esteem
  • Careers & Lifestyles
  • College Success & Student Development

Upper Division & Graduate Courses ~ CSU East Bay:

College of Alameda and CSU East Bay have a cooperative partnership to better serve our students. We work with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.  As part of this relationship, Professor Brem teaches in the Master in Public Administration Program.  Our students utilize this relationship in a 2+2+2 career pathway; from an A.A. in Political Science at College of Alameda through to a B.A. in Political Science and an MPA at CSU East Bay.  From there, these graduates have gone onto careers in public service and non-profit management.

Robert Brem teaches:

    • Philosophy of Public Administration
    • Policy Formation and Implementation
    • Policy Analysis
    • Interpretive Alternative Futures Policy Analysis
    • Social Constructivist & Organizational Change Theory
    • Organizational Management
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Public Administration Ethics
    • Conflict Resolution, Civic Engagement, and Community Building

Before coming to COA  (2004) and CSU (2006), Robert Brem taught at the following Schools:

  • Arizona State University
  • Ottawa University
  • Maricopa Community Colleges
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Campus Events


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