DMC Professor Profile


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Dr. Paul Gottemoller

Political Science Program Coordinator

Being raised in a family passionately involved in politics, Dr. Gottemoller found his life calling to include become involved in the world of politics. Despite the idea of becoming a politician beginning to fade, his fascination with the field still burns bright. The professor continued his education in political science, graduating with his PhD from Southern Illinois University. Now, into his third year at Del Mar College, Dr. Gottemoller continues to shares his passion and love for politics with his students.

If you could invite 4 people to dinner who would they be and why?

1.  Author Douglas Adams. I love his humor he would be a funny guy to have in the room.

2. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong and other Nintendo games. He is very creative in coming up with great games and great ideas of how to play games.

3. Aristotle because he was a great political philosopher who wrote great books on politics.

4. Political Philosopher John Rawls, his ideas were great and I would like to ask him some questions.

What’s on your iPod?

Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Pulp, New Order and Nine Inch Nails.

What’s your favorite movie?

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of class?

I love playing video games. My favorite game is Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask on the N64, it was such an interesting take on the Zelda video game.

What is the worst excuse you’ve heard from a student?

Without a study guide how am I supposed to study for the test? Is it even possible to pass your class?

What is one fact about you your students would find surprising?

I used to have long hair in high school. I was a total grunge head.

If you could visit one place where would it be?

Mars, I wanted to be the governor of the first Mars colony when I was a kid.

What is your favorite book?

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” written by Douglas Adams.

What is your favorite quote?

“To the rational mind nothing is inexplicable only unexplained” – Dr. Who


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