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Prof. Loveridge

Prof. Loveridge comments on the issues facing cities in the U.S. on Wallethub.com

Prof. Kevin Esterling new Department Chair

Professor Kevin Esterling has been appointed Chair of the Department of Political Science from July 1st, 2024. The department thanks the outgoing department chair, Professor Jennifer Merolla, for excellent leadership over the past three years.

UC Riverside hosts Polmeth 2024, July 18-20

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW Since 1984, the Society for Political Methodology has held an annual summer conference. “Polmeth” is the premier meeting in political science for research advancing applied statistics and machine learning methods. The meeting provides an opportunity for leading faculty...

Threats to Elected Officials: What Can Be Done?

Threats and harassment targeting elected officials are negatively impacting our political processes and local democratic forums. What can be done to mitigate this threat to our democracy while still protecting First Amendment rights? On Wednesday, June 26th, 5 PM at...

Recent Publications

Post-January 6th deplatforming reduced the reach of misinformation on Twitter

Stefan D. McCabe, Diogo Ferrari, Jon Green, David M. J. Lazer & Kevin M. Esterling

Research Handbook on Civil–Military Relations

Edited by Aurel Croissant, David Kuehn & David Pion-Berlin

When are Identities Politically Consequential?

Benjamin G. Bishin and Harry G. Muttram


Jan. 6, 2021 Insurrection at the Capitol
Banning misinformation tweeters improved online discourse
A study co-authored by UC Riverside public policy and political science scholars found that the Jan. 6, 2021 crackdown by Twitter that banned more than 70,000 misinformation traffickers also significantly reduced the number of misinformation posts by users who stayed on the platform.
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UCR's Inland Empire Labor and Community Research Center
New center to study labor issues in the Inland Empire
Inland Empire Labor and Community Research Center at UC Riverside is one of five UC centers meant to advance timely labor research.
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Are you voting for a populist candidate?
Study highlights potential for populist leaders to undermine democracy.
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How is Europe responding to the coronavirus pandemic?
In hard-hit Europe, responses to COVID-19 could be lessons for the global community, says political economist Jana Grittersova
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