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Two workshops for Political Science considering graduate study

We are pleased to announce two great upcoming workshops for Political Science majors considering graduate study. The first is for undergraduate political science students who are considering a PhD in political science. The second is for students considering any of a number of different graduate degrees, academic and professional. (1) MSIRA How to Apply to...

Igor Acácio (Ph.D. 2022) joins CSU Fullerton

Congratulations to Igor Acácio (Ph.D. 2022) who will join California State University, Fullerton as tenure-track assistant professor position in July 1st. Igor's research focuses on democracy and civil-military relations, military missions, and defense and security issues, with a geographical focus on Latin America.

Profs. Bishin and Weller win APSA LGBTQ Caucus' Bailey Award

We have just learned that professors Benjamin Bishin and Nicholas Weller won the Bailey Award for best paper on LGBT politics presented at the 2022 APSA meeting. Congratulations to both of them! The announcement from the caucus' website: "The committee to select the Bailey Award (Calla Hummel, Matthew Incantalupo, and Thomas Hayes) has chosen “The...

Prof. Esterling on primary elections and representation

An article in WalletHub examines which state in the US is most representative of the whole population and asks whether a state's representativeness ought to influence the order in which the states hold their primaries. The article consults several experts, including Prof. Esterling, on the issue.

The Department's Political Science Honors Society

The department's honor society (Pi Sigma Alpha) now has an official webpage on the department's website! You can find the website here:

Prof. Grittersova at the Paris School of Economics

Prof. Grittersova spends the Academic Year 2023-24 as a visiting professor at the Paris School of Economics (at the invitation of Professor Eric Monnet). Prof. Grittersova is also co-organizing the 2024 The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis International Conference in Economics, Econometrics, and Finance at Brunel University London, 20-22 May 2024.

Prof. Brookes wins grants from the James Irvine Foundation and the Inland Empire Community Foundation

Prof Marissa Brookes, along with Ellen Reese, Michael Bates, and Richard Rodriguez, has been awarded grants from The James Irvine Foundation to support the UCR Inland Empire Labor and Community Center's capacity as well as a grant from the Inland Empire Community Foundation.

Minhye Joo wins an APSA Dissertation Research Improvement Grant

Minhye Joo has been awarded an APSA Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. Her dissertation is entitled "How Does Contact with Street-Level Bureaucrats Impact Immigrant Incorporation?"

Congressional Deaths & Party Control

Prof. Napolio's work with Christian Grose (USC) on majority party control mentioned in the New York Times: A Brief History of Consequential Deaths in Congress

Democratic Backsliding & Tourism

David Miller insights on democratic backsliding and tourists' vacation preferences

David Miller wins LSQ best paper award

Congratulations to Prof. David Miller on being awarded the Jewell-Loewenberg Award for the best American Politics article in Legislative Studies Quarterly in 2022 for " On Whose Door to Knock? Organized Interests’ Strategic Pursuit of Access to Members of Congress"!

Escaping Afghanistan

Ph.D. student Amena Sadat's journey to to UCR is featured in Inside UCR

Heba Hodaly

Heba Hodaly (Ph.D. 2023) will be joining Saddleback College as an Assistant Professor in Political Science in Fall 2023.

Three students selected for The Capital Fellow Program

Three political science majors were selected for The Capital Fellow Program in Sacramento. The Capital Fellow Program is the most prestigious, and competitive, state legislative intern program in the country. Tricia Sarmiento will be an Assembly Fellow, Mufida Assaf a Senate Fellow, and Meenatchi Odaiyappan an Executive Fellow. The department congratulates you on your achievement...

Minhye Joo awarded a RSF Dissertation Research Grant

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Minhye Joo on her Dissertation Research Grant from The Russell Sage Foundation. The grant will support Joo's work on how immigrants' experiences with bureaucrats shape their political attitudes and behavior.

Minority-Serving Institution Research Academy

UCR undergraduate? Apply to join the Fall 2023 cohort of fellows in the Minority-Serving Institution Research Academy (MSIRA), a program at UC Riverside funded by the National Science Foundation.

Stefan Kehlenbach

Stefan Kehlenback (Ph.D. 2022) has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Politics at SUNY Albany. Kehlenback is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto and will join SUNY Albany in the fall.

The national political science honors society, Pi Sigma Alpha, back at UCR

A chapter of the national political science honors society, Pi Sigma Alpha, has been re-established at UCR, after an 8 year absence.