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Nov. 11, 2018
Prof. Thomas Hansford and graduate student Chelsea Coe’s paper “Linguistic Complexity, Information Processing, and Acceptance of Supreme Court Decisions” has just been published in Political Psychology. Congratulations to Prof. Hansford and Chelsea Coe! The paper considers the...
Nov. 10, 2018
Prof. Jessica Trounstine and graduate student Kau Vue’s paper “A Different Kind of Disadvantage: Candidate Race, Cognitive Complexity, and Voter Choice” has just been published in Political Behavior. Congratulations to Prof Trounstine and Kau Vue, and their co-authors!"...
Aug. 21, 2018
UC Merced Political Science is delighted to welcome Dr Elaine K. Denny, Assistant Professor of Political Science, who joined the faculty on July 1st, 2018. Her appointment expands the teaching and research profile of the university. Denny joins UC Merced from Duke University, where she was a...
Aug. 20, 2018
Prof. Matthew Hibbing’s paper "The Trump Draw: Voter Personality and Support for Donald  Trump in the 2016 Republican Nomination Campaign" has just been published in American Politics Research. Congratulations to Prof Hibbing and his co-authors! The paper explores how the...
Aug. 9, 2018
Professor Aditya Dasgupta's paper "Technological Change and Political Turnover: The Democratizing Effects of the Green Revolution in India" has just been published in the American Political Science Review! Congratulations to Prof. Dasgupta! The study examines the linkage between...
Aug. 6, 2018
Prof. Alex Theodoridis’ paper "Worth Weighting? How to Think About and Use Weights in Survey Experiments" has just been published in Political Analysis. Congratulations to Prof Theodoridis and his co-authors! The paper studies the use of sampling weights to adjust online survey...
Jun. 20, 2018
Though illustrations have been used to convey ideas and information since before language existed, after Benjamin Franklin published the world’s first editorial cartoon in 1754, comics emerged a distinct avenue for visual storytelling. Now, comic art has come into classrooms at UC Merced and abroad...
May. 10, 2018
A generous gift from the grandmother of a UC Merced alumna and current staff member is benefitting two undergraduate students who put the UC Merced Library to good use. Melissa Becerra, a third-year psychology student, and Nathan Parmeter, who graduates this week, are the first recipients of the...
Feb. 27, 2018
Prof. Tom Hansford, graduate student Chanita Intawan, and Prof. Stephen Nicholson's paper "Snap Judgment: Implicit Perceptions of a (Political) Court" has just been published in Political Behavior. Congratulations to all! The paper develops a novel implicit measure of political...
Feb. 16, 2018
Prof. Stephen Nicholson and graduate student Chelsea Coe have just published "The Nature of Party Categories in Two-Party and Multiparty Systems" in Advances in Political Psychology. Congratulations to Prof. Nicholson, Chelsea, and co-authors! The paper reviews a research program...
Jan. 12, 2018
Available in First View at the Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, is "Amendment Politics and Agenda Setting," the latest paper from Prof. Nathan Monroe. Congratulations to Prof. Monroe and his co-authors! The paper studies a critical step of the legislative...
Jan. 9, 2018
Professor Jessica Trounstine's paper "Voting Can Be Hard, Information Helps" has been recognized as the Best Paper in American Politics presented at the Midwest Political Science Association's 2017 meeting. Congratulations to Prof. Trounstine and her co-authors...
Jan. 5, 2018
Out now in International Studies Quarterly is new work from Prof. Brad LeVeck, titled "The Democratic Peace and the Wisdom of Crowds." Congratulations to Prof. LeVeck and his co-author! The paper demonstrates that groups of decisions-makers, voting on what to offer and accept in a...
Dec. 4, 2017
Work by Prof. Emily Ritter was recently published in PS: Political Science and Politics as part of a spotlight on "Contentious Politics in the Trump Era." Congratulations to Prof. Ritter! Her contribution, "A President Principal and Immigration Agents: Moral Hazard" analyses...
Oct. 23, 2017
Topics ranging from ethnobotany, public health and feminism to agriculture, urban growth and social movements are among the highlights of the Mesoamerican Studies Center’s upcoming conference at UC Merced. “Mesoamericans in California: Immigrants’ Resistance, Social Movements, Rights, and Memory”...
Oct. 22, 2017
Now available in American Politics Research is new work from Prof. Jessica Trounstine, titled "Political Schizophrenics? Factors Affecting Aggregate Partisan Choice at the Local Versus National Level." Congratulations to Prof. Trounstine! The paper documents the presence of "...
Oct. 18, 2017
If you’ve ever wondered why people stand where they do on the political spectrum, science might have at least part of the answer: People can be biologically predisposed to certain feelings toward politics and society. A new paper lead-authored by UC Merced graduate student Chelsea Coe indicates...
Oct. 18, 2017
Newly published in the journal Political Behavior is Prof. Theodoridis' paper "Seeing Spots: Partisanship, Negativity, and the Conditional Receipt of Campaign Advertisements." Congratulations to Prof. Theodoridis and his co-author! The paper studies how voters select what media they...
Oct. 16, 2017
Political science students are invited to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the unit’s founding with a special student-oriented event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Classroom and Office Building 2, Room 390. The event gives students the opportunity to meet with their faculty members — who...
Oct. 3, 2017
Graduate students Chelsea Coe, Kayla Canelo, and Kau Vue, along with Profs. Matthew Hibbing and Stephen Nicholson, have just had their paper "The Physiology of Framing Effects" published in the Journal of Politics. Congratulations to all! The paper argues that framing effects - a...
Sep. 18, 2017
More timely research, as Professor Courtenay Conrad's paper "Threat Perception and American Support for Torture" has just been published in Political Behavior (FirstView). Congratulations to Prof. Conrad and her co-authors! The paper presents theoretical and empirical evidence about...
Aug. 28, 2017
Professor Alexander Theodoridis' paper "Addressing Concerns About Climate Policies" has just been published in Environmental Politics. Congratulations Prof. Theodoridis and co-author! The paper uses a survey experiment to evaluate public support for "responsive accommodation,...
Aug. 22, 2017
Professor Alexander Theodoridis' paper "Disputed Ownership: Parties, Issues, and Traits in the Minds of Voters" has just been published in Political Behavior. Congratulations Prof. Theodoridis and co-author! The paper proposes two theoretical ways in which "ownership" of...
Aug. 16, 2017
Professor Alex Theodoridis' extremely timely paper "Me, Myself, and (I), (D), or (R)" has just been published in the Journal of Politics. Congratulations Professor Theodoridis! Combining large-scale survey data, new theoretical innovations, and an Implicit Association Test, the paper...
Aug. 16, 2017
Considering that the United States spends about $3.3 billion on United Nations-related activity each year, including peacekeeping — and President Donald Trump has proposed a 40 percent cut in that spending — this seems like a good time for U.S. policy makers to have a clear understanding of how the...
Jul. 26, 2017
Professor Aditya Dasgupta's paper "(When) Do Anti-poverty Programs Reduce Violence?" has just been published in International Organization. Congratulations Professor Dasgupta and co-authors! The study uses the staggered roll-out of a major anti-poverty program in India to study the...
Jul. 25, 2017
Some wonderful news for UC Merced Political Science! Professors Courtenay Conrad and Nathan Monroe have just been awarded National Science Foundation funding to support their project "Process Matters: Legislative Procedure in the United Nations General Assembly." Congratulations...
Jul. 24, 2017
Department Chair Professor Stephen Nicholson's paper "The Hidden Appeal and Aversion to Political Conspiracies as Revealed in the Response Dynamics of Partisans" has just been accepted at the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Congratulations Professor Nicholson and co-...
Jul. 19, 2017
Distracted or mentally taxed voters across America are less likely to vote for candidates of color, a new paper indicates. Through a series of mock election experiments, UC Merced Professor Jessica Trounstine, graduate student Kau Vue and two colleagues demonstrate that voters often rely on racial...
Jul. 17, 2017
Adriana Diaz Mireles is on a mission. Inspired by coursework on human rights, the UC Merced senior is intent on pursuing a career in humanitarian advocacy. But first, she’s working to make a name for herself before graduating. This summer, Diaz Mireles traveled to New York to participate in the...
Adriana Diaz Mireles
Jul. 10, 2017
Professor Melissa Sands' paper "Exposure to Inequality Affects Support for Redistribution" has been doubly recognized as both the Best Paper in Political Psychology, and the Best Paper in Public Policy, presented at the American Political Science Association...
Jun. 26, 2017
UC Merced Political Science is delighted to announce three new tenure-track Assistant Professors who will join the faculty on July 1st, 2017. Their appointments will further build the teaching and research profile of the university.   Adi Dasgupta joins UC Merced from Stanford University,...
Jun. 26, 2017
Professor Jessica Trounstine and graduate student Kau Vue's paper "A Different Kind of Disadvantage: Candidate Race, Electoral Institutions, and Voter Choice" has been recognized as the Best Paper in Urban and Local Politics presented at the American Political Science Association'...
Jun. 23, 2017
The UC Merced Political Science faculty is celebrating the promotions of Matthew Hibbing and Haifeng Huang to Associate Professor with tenure, effective July 1st 2017. Congratulations to both! Prof. Hibbing joined the faculty in 2011, having completed his Ph.D at the University of Illinois. His...
Jun. 19, 2017
Prof. Tom Hansford, graduate student Chanita Intawan, and Prof. Steve Nicholson wrote a blog post for Political Behavior, about their recent publication titled “Snap Judgment: Implicit Perceptions of a (Political) Court.”
Jun. 15, 2017
Graduate student Chanita Intawan and Professor Steve Nicholson's, "My Trust in Government is Implicit: Automatic Trust in Government and System Support," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics.
Jun. 6, 2017
Prof. Matthew Hibbing published a post entitled, "Satisfaction with public policy decisions is dependent on the racial composition of decision-makers, not only on the decisions themselves," on the USAPP Blog of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
May. 30, 2017
Domonique Jones got a taste of public office while serving as president of the Associated Students of UC Merced (ASUCM). Now the 2016 graduate is furthering that information in the state Capitol. Since her graduation, Jones has been serving in the legislative branch in Sacramento as part of the...
Domonique Jones
May. 10, 2017
Prof. Jessica Weeks of the University of Wisconsin will present her paper entitled "How and why does public opinion affect foreign policy in democracies?" on May 10th in our final seminar talk of Spring 2017.
May. 10, 2017
Prof. Haifeng Huang published a post on rumors and public opinion in China in the Monkey Cage column of the Washington Post on May 10th.
May. 3, 2017
The newest campus in the University of California system, UC Merced is a campus that attracts leaders — individuals who enjoy the challenge of paving the way for others to follow — and the Class of 2017 is no different. On May 13 and 14, the campus community will celebrate more than undergraduate...
Commencement is May 13 and 14
May. 2, 2017
Raman Deol successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Traits and States: The Interactive Effect of Emotion and Personality on Political Behavior,” making her the first recipient of a PhD in Political Science from UC Merced.
May. 1, 2017
Political science undergraduate student Eddie Lucero has been selected as a recipient of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) Outstanding Student Award.
Apr. 28, 2017
Professor Justin Grimmer of Stanford University gave a two-day workshop on "Text as Data" for faculty and graduate students on Thursday and Friday, April 27-28.
Apr. 26, 2017
A paper by graduate students Chelsea Coe, Kayla Canelo, Kau Vue, and professors Matthew Hibbing and Steve Nicholson, entitled "The Physiology of Framing Effects: Threat Sensitivity and the Persuasiveness of Political Arguments," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics...
Apr. 26, 2017
Professor Elizabeth Maggie Penn of the University of Chicago gave a talk entitled "Does Representation Induce Polarization? A Theory of Choosing Representatives" on Wednesday, April 26th, as part of our understanding politics speaker series.
Apr. 12, 2017
Graduate student Tessa Provins' paper, "Compensation, Opportunity, and Information: A Comparative Analysis of Legislative Nonresponse in the American States" (with David Fortunato), was accepted for publication in Political Research Quarterly.
Mar. 28, 2017
UC Merced is hiring a lecturer in IR/Comparative for 2017-18. The recruitment is open until April 16th, 2017. See here for details: https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/apply/JPF00470
Mar. 15, 2017
Professor Jennifer Merolla of UC Riverside gave a talk on her book, Framing Immigrants: News Coverage, Public Opinion, and Policy (with Chris Haynes and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan), today as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series.
Mar. 3, 2017
Professors Tom Hansford and Nate Monroe will host a Facebook live broadcast on the Supreme Court and the Senate on Tuesday, March 7, at noon.
Mar. 1, 2017
Professors Courtenay Conrad and Emily Ritter published a post, "A Trump moratorium on international treaties could roll back human rights — here at home," on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.
Feb. 27, 2017
Prof. Matthew Hibbing and graduate student Raman Deol's paper, "The Relationship between Personality and Response Patterns on Public Opinion Surveys: The Big Five, Extreme Response Style, and Acquiescence Response Style" (with Matthew Cawvey, Andrew Bloeser, and Jeffery J. Mondak),...
Feb. 17, 2017
Professor Tom Hansford, graduate student Chanita Intawan, and Professor Steve Nicholson's paper, “Snap Judgment: Implicit Perceptions of a (Political) Court,” has been accepted for publication in Political Behavior.
Feb. 15, 2017
Professor Courtenay Conrad's paper, "Torture and the Limits of Democratic Institutions" (with Daniel W. Hill, Jr. and Will Moore), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Peace Research.
Feb. 15, 2017
Josh Kertzer, Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University, gave a talk on "Tying Hands, Sinking Costs, and Leader Attributes" on Wednesday, February 15th.
Feb. 10, 2017
Jungmoo Woo's paper, "Oil Export, External Prewar Support for the Government, and Civil Conflict Onset," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Peace Research.
Feb. 7, 2017
Brad LeVeck's paper, "The Democratic Peace and the Wisdom of Crowds" (with Neil Narang), has been accepted by the International Studies Quarterly.
Jan. 10, 2017
Brad LeVeck and Stephanie Nail's paper, "Evidence for a scale invariant relationship between the incumbency advantage and the nationalization of US House election 1866-2014," has been published by Research & Politics.
Dec. 14, 2016
Professor Tasha Philpot of the Universit of Texas, Austin, gave a talk titled "A New Face to the Race Card? Campaigns, Racial Cues, and Candidate Credibility," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series, on Wednesday, December 14th.
Dec. 3, 2016
Alex Theodoridis' paper, "Me, Myself, and (I), (D) or (R)? Partisanship and Political Cognition through the Lens of Implicit Identity," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics.
Dec. 2, 2016
In a post on the London School of Economics American Public Policy blog, Emily Ritter discusses the current implications of her research with Courtenay Conrad on the relationship between dissent activities, preventive policies, and repressive responses.
Nov. 30, 2016
Jennifer Pan, Assistant Professor at Stanford University, gave a talk entitled "How Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Arguments" on November 30th as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series.
Nov. 14, 2016
Haifeng Huang's paper, "Information from Abroad: Foreign Media, Selective Exposure, and Regime Support in China" (with Yao-Yuan Yeh), has been accepted for publication by the British Journal of Political Science.
Nov. 8, 2016
Tom Hansford's research on weather and turnout is cited by multiple news sources on this election day.
Nov. 7, 2016
Alex Theodoridis published an op-ed for Scientific American on the polarization of American politics.
Nov. 4, 2016
Jessica Trounstine was quoted in the New York Times' Upshot column two days in a row for her research on urban politics.
Oct. 24, 2016
Alex Theodoridis' paper, "Disputed Ownership: Parties, Issues, and Traits in the Minds of Voters" (with Stephen Goggin), was accepted for publication in Political Behavior.
Oct. 22, 2016
Nate Monroe published a series of guest blog posts for his PhD course on research design in political science, co-designed with Will Moore of Arizona State University.
Sep. 23, 2016
UC Merced student Stephanie Maldonado was excited when she earned a slot in the University of California’s public service internship program in Washington, D.C., this fall — then came the financial reality check. Maldonado, a third-year political science major from the San Fernando Valley, felt her...
Sep. 16, 2016
Nate Monroe's paper, "From Rolls to Disappointments: Examining the Other Source of Majority Party Failure in Congress" (with Andrew Clarke and Jeffery Jenkins), was accepted for publication in the Political Research Quarterly.
Sep. 7, 2016
Brad LeVeck's paper, "How International Reputations Matter: Revisiting Alliance Violations in Context," was accepted for publication in International Interactions.
Aug. 24, 2016
Brad LeVeck's paper, "No False Promises: How The Prospect of Non-Compliance Affects Elite Preferences for International Cooperation," was accepted for publication in the International Studies Quarterly.
Aug. 7, 2016
The political science program at UC Merced invites applications for two positions in either Political Institutions or Political Behavior with a substantive focus in American Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations, at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track). More...
Aug. 4, 2016
Nicole Baerg, Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Mannheim, will give a talk entitled, "War of the Words: How Elite Communication Changes the Economy," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on November 5, 2013.
May. 24, 2016
 Courtenay Conrad and Emily Ritter co-hosted the 2016 Visions in Methodology (VIM) Conference, May 16-18, at UC Davis. VIM is designed to address the broad goal of supporting women who study political methodology.
May. 24, 2016
Haifeng Huang's paper, "Propaganda as Siganling", was cited in a commentary on the Carnegie Moscow Center website.
May. 12, 2016
This weekend, more than 900 degree candidates are expected to take part in the 11th commencement ceremonies at University of California, Merced, and commemorate the hard work that led to their momentous day. “Commencement marks a significant milestone in a student's life,” Chancellor Dorothy Leland...
May. 5, 2016
Matt Hibbing's paper, "The Symbolic Benefits of Descriptive and Substantive Representation" (with Matthew Hayes), has been accepted for publication in Political Behavior.
Apr. 29, 2016
 David Fortunato's paper, "Heuristics in Context" (with Randy Stevenson), has been accepted for publication inPolitical Science Research and Methods.
Apr. 28, 2016
Graduate student Chanita Intawan has been awarded the 2016-2017 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship, a highly competitive campus-wide fellowship.
Apr. 26, 2016
 Haifeng Huang's paper "Media, Protest Diffusion, and Authoritarian Resilience" was accepted for publication inPolitical Science Research and Methods.
Apr. 25, 2016
David Fortunato was interviewed for an article on concealed guns in the Sacramento Bee
Apr. 25, 2016
David Fortunato's paper, "All Economics Is Local: Spatial Aggregations of Economic Information" (with Laron Williams and Clint Swift), was accepted for publication in Political Science Research and Methods.
Apr. 19, 2016
Professor Steve Nicholson and and graduate student Chelsea Coe's paper, "The Politics of Beauty: The Effects of Partisan Bias on Physical Attractiveness" (with Jason Emory and Anna V. Song), was accepted by Political Behavior and is now available on the journal's website.
Apr. 19, 2016
 James Lo, Postdoctoral Research Associate in political science at Princeton University, will give a talk titled, "Fast Estimation of Ideal Points with Massive Data" (with Kosuke Imai and Jonathan Olmsted, forthcoming in the American Political Science Review), on Wednesday, April...
Apr. 10, 2016
 Alex Theodoridis gave a talk titled, "What Goes with Red and Blue? Assessing Partisan Cognition Through Conjoint Classification experiments," in the American Politics Workshop at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 4, 2016.
Mar. 31, 2016
Undergraduate student Joshua Mason presented a paper titled "Incentives to Know: Differences in State Level Policy Knowledge" at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting last week in San Diego.
Mar. 31, 2016
 Jeffrey Jenkins, Professor of Political Science at the University of Virginia, gave a talk titled "Pivotal Politics and the Ideological Content of Landmark Laws" on Wednesday, March 30th, as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series.
Mar. 18, 2016
The political science program at UC Merced invites applications for a lecturer position in International Relations and/or Comparative Politics for AY 2016-2017. More information is available here.
Mar. 7, 2016
Professor Matt Hibbing and graduate student Raman Deol's paper, "Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used to Be: Partisan Bias in Views On the Past" (co-authored with Matthew Hayes), was accepted for publication in the Social Science Quarterly.
Mar. 7, 2016
 Professors Courtenay Conrad and Emily Ritter organized a workshop on their book manuscript on March 4 and 5, 2016.
Mar. 3, 2016
 Graduate students Chelsea Coe and Kayla Canelo have been selected as finalists for the 2016 UC Merced GradSLAM!, a UC-wide competition that provides graduate students with a forum to explain the methods, results, and significance of your research via a three-minute presentation to a non-...
Mar. 2, 2016
 Jeffrey Staton, Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University, gave a talk entitled "Bending but not Breaking: Rule of Law Tensions and Regime Survival" on Wednesday, March 2, as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series.
Feb. 24, 2016
 Jessica Braithwaite, Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, gave a talk entitled "In Search of Peace: Government Repression in Post-War States" on Wednesday, February 24, as part of the UC Merced...
Feb. 8, 2016
 Jessica Trounstine published an article on the political origins of the Flint Water Crisis on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog.
Jan. 26, 2016
Zoltan Hajnal, Professor of Political Science at UCSD, will give a talk entitled "Political Inequality in America: Who Loses and What Can Be Done About It?" on Wednesday, January 27, as part of the UC Merced Understanding Politics Speaker Series.
Jan. 18, 2016
The political science program at UC Merced invites applications for a position in either Political Institutions or Political Behavior with a substantive focus in American Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Completed applications must be...
Jan. 8, 2016
 Emily Ritter received the 2015 Early Career Award from the Women's Caucus of the Midwest Political Science Association.
Dec. 8, 2015
Brad LeVeck gave a talk entitled, "The Democratic Peace and the Wisdom of Crowds," at the MIT Media Lab on October 8, 2015.
Dec. 7, 2015
 Haifeng Huang was quoted in an article in Foreign Policy about the impact of American education on Chinese students.
Dec. 7, 2015
Haifeng Huang was quoted in an article in Foreign Policy about the impact of American education on Chinese students.
Nov. 25, 2015
In high school, Domonique Jones knew she wanted to go to college. She also knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Raised by her single mother in Hercules, Jones was the first in her family to consider and ultimately attend college, landing at UC Merced in 2012 at the recommendation of a friend. The...
Nov. 23, 2015
Haifeng Huang was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times on China's social credit system.
Nov. 23, 2015
Haifeng Huang was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times on China's social credit system.
Oct. 28, 2015
 Jessica Trounstine's paper, "Segregation and Inequality in Public Goods," was featured in the Washington Post'sWonkblog.
Oct. 28, 2015
Jessica Trounstine's paper, "Segregation and Inequality in Public Goods," was featured in the Washington Post'sWonkblog.
Oct. 27, 2015
 William Heller, Associate Professor of Political Science at Binghamton University (SUNY), will give a talk entitled, "Leaders and Labels: A Principal-Agent Perspective on Party Position Taking," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on October 28, 2015.
Oct. 27, 2015
William Heller, Associate Professor of Political Science at Binghamton University (SUNY), will give a talk entitled, "Leaders and Labels: A Principal-Agent Perspective on Party Position Taking," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on October 28, 2015.
Oct. 26, 2015
Alex Theodoridis gave a talk entitled, "What Goes with Red and Blue? Parties, Issues and Traits in the Minds of Voters," in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, on October 23, 2015.
Oct. 26, 2015
 Alex Theodoridis gave a talk entitled, "What Goes with Red and Blue? Parties, Issues and Traits in the Minds of Voters," in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, on October 23, 2015.
Oct. 22, 2015
 David Fortunato was interviewed on the "Trevor Carey Show" in Modesto and "Coffee and Markets" in Chicago about his article "Can Easing Concealed Carry Deter Crime?"
Oct. 22, 2015
 David Fortunato's paper, "Context, Heuristics, and Political Knowledge: Explaining Cross-National Variation in Citizens’ Left-Right Knowledge" (with Randy Stevenson and Greg Vonnahme), was accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics.
Oct. 22, 2015
David Fortunato was interviewed on the "Trevor Carey Show" in Modesto and "Coffee and Markets" in Chicago about his article "Can Easing Concealed Carry Deter Crime?"
Oct. 22, 2015
David Fortunato's paper, "Context, Heuristics, and Political Knowledge: Explaining Cross-National Variation in Citizens’ Left-Right Knowledge" (with Randy Stevenson and Greg Vonnahme), was accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics.
Oct. 21, 2015
 Haifeng Huang was live interviewed on BYU Radio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose about his recent publication, "International Knowledge and Domestic Evaluations," on October 20, 2015.
Oct. 21, 2015
 Haifeng Huang was live interviewed on BYU Radio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose about his recent publication, "International Knowledge and Domestic Evaluations," on October 20, 2015.
Oct. 16, 2015
Christopher Hare, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC Davis, gave a talk entitled, "Ideological Preferences and Perceptions in the American Mass Public," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on October 14, 2015.
Oct. 16, 2015
Christopher Hare, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC Davis, gave a talk entitled, "Ideological Preferences and Perceptions in the American Mass Public," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on October 14, 2015.
Oct. 14, 2015
Haifeng Huang's research on propaganda was cited in an article on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog.
Oct. 14, 2015
Haifeng Huang's research on propaganda was cited in an article on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog.
Oct. 12, 2015
Brad LeVeck's paper, "How Activists Perceive the Utility of International Law" (with Emilie Hafner-Burton and David Victor), was accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics.
Oct. 12, 2015
Brad LeVeck's paper, "How Activists Perceive the Utility of International Law" (with Emilie Hafner-Burton and David Victor), was accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics.
Sep. 23, 2015
Alex Theodoridis' research was referenced in a Time commentary on education by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Sep. 23, 2015
 Alex Theodoridis' research was referenced in a Time commentary on education by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Sep. 21, 2015
 Emily Ritter participated in the International Methods Colloquium's recent roundtable on job opportunities for students with Political Science PhDs.
Sep. 21, 2015
Emily Ritter participated in the International Methods Colloquium's recent roundtable on job opportunities for students with Political Science PhDs.
Sep. 17, 2015
Emily Ritter and Courtenay Conrad's paper, "Human Rights Treaties and Mobilized Dissent against the State," was accepted for publication in the Review of International Organizations.
Sep. 17, 2015
Emily Ritter and Courtenay Conrad's paper, "Human Rights Treaties and Mobilized Dissent against the State," was accepted for publication in the Review of International Organizations.
Sep. 16, 2015
Haifeng Huang's paper, "Personal Character or Social Expectation: A Formal Analysis of 'Suzhi'," was accepted for publication in the Journal of Contemporary China.
Sep. 16, 2015
Haifeng Huang's paper, "Personal Character or Social Expectation: A Formal Analysis of 'Suzhi'," was accepted for publication in the Journal of Contemporary China.
Sep. 14, 2015
 Brad LeVeck's research on polarization and elections was cited in an article on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog.
Sep. 14, 2015
 Brad LeVeck's research on polarization and elections was cited in an article on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog.
Sep. 11, 2015
 Emily Ritter's paper, "National Leaders, Political Security, and the Formation of Military Coalitions" (with Scott Wolford), was accepted for publication in the International Studies Quarterly.
Sep. 11, 2015
Emily Ritter's paper, "National Leaders, Political Security, and the Formation of Military Coalitions" (with Scott Wolford), was accepted for publication in the International Studies Quarterly.
Sep. 10, 2015
Haifeng Huang's research on misinformation, rumor and propaganda is featured in an article on UC Merced News.
Sep. 10, 2015
Haifeng Huang's research on misinformation, rumor and propaganda is featured in an article on UC Merced News.
Sep. 10, 2015
Chinese people who have overly rosy views of socioeconomic conditions in the western world tend to have more negative views of their own government — but when their misconceptions of foreign countries are corrected, their opinions about the Chinese government improve. Such is one takeaway from a...
Sep. 8, 2015
Jessica Trounstine's paper, "Segregation and Inequality in Public Goods," was accepted for publication in theAmerican Journal of Political Science.
Sep. 8, 2015
Jessica Trounstine's paper, "Segregation and Inequality in Public Goods," was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Political Science.
Sep. 1, 2015
Emily Ritter's paper, "Policy Disputes, Political Survival, and the Onset and Severity of State Repression," has been awarded the Bruce Russett Award for the best paper published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution during 2014.
Sep. 1, 2015
 Emily Ritter's paper, "Policy Disputes, Political Survival, and the Onset and Severity of State Repression," has been awarded the Bruce Russett Award for the best paper published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution during 2014.
Aug. 26, 2015
 Haifeng Huang's research on political propaganda was featured in an article on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog.
Aug. 26, 2015
Haifeng Huang's research on political propaganda was featured in an article on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog.
Aug. 19, 2015
Graduate Student Kayla Canelo’s research on the role of gender in perception of political scandals was featured in an article on the UC Merced University News Website.
Aug. 19, 2015
With the 2016 presidential race already in full swing, political science graduate student Kayla Canelo’s research is particularly timely.  This spring and summer, Canelo designed and carried out a study that examines the effects of scandal on the public perception of political figures. Specifically...
Aug. 19, 2015
Graduate Student Kayla Canelo’s research on the role of gender in perception of political scandals was featured in anarticle on the UC Merced University News Website.
Aug. 4, 2015
Yao-Yuan Yeh's paper, "Attitudinal Differences among the Cultural Revolution Cohort: Effects of the Send-down Experience" (with Robert Harmel), was accepted for publication in the China Quarterly.
Aug. 4, 2015
Yao-Yuan Yeh's paper, "Attitudinal Differences among the Cultural Revolution Cohort: Effects of the Send-down Experience" (with Robert Harmel), was accepted for publication in the China Quarterly.
Jul. 29, 2015
Nate Monroe's paper, "The Jeffords Switch and Legislator Rolls in the U.S. Senate" (with Chris Den Hartog), was accepted for publication in Public Choice.
Jul. 29, 2015
Nate Monroe gave a talk to the Merced Rotary Club on July 7th about UC Merced Political Science and what it means to use science to study politics.
Jul. 29, 2015
 Nate Monroe's paper, "The Jeffords Switch and Legislator Rolls in the U.S. Senate" (with Chris Den Hartog), was accepted for publication in Public Choice.
Jul. 29, 2015
Nate Monroe gave a talk to the Merced Rotary Club on July 7th about UC Merced Political Science and what it means to use science to study politics.
Jul. 27, 2015
Graduate Students Kayla Canelo and Chelsea Coe presented a poster, "Matching Red and Blue: Partisan Intensity, Composition & 'Potential Outcomes'" (with Alexander G. Theodoridis), and Graduate Student Chanita Intawan presented a poster, "Easy IAT: An Open-Source and...
Jul. 27, 2015
Graduate Students Kayla Canelo and Chelsea Coe presented a poster, "Matching Red and Blue: Partisan Intensity, Composition & 'Potential Outcomes'" (with Alexander G. Theodoridis), and Graduate Student Chanita Intawan presented a poster, "Easy IAT: An Open-Source and...
Jul. 16, 2015
 Jessica Trounstine's research on inequalities in the provision of public goods was featured in UC Merced News on July 15, 2015.
Jul. 16, 2015
Jessica Trounstine's research on inequalities in the provision of public goods was featured in UC Merced News on July 15, 2015.
Jun. 25, 2015
Haifeng Huang's research on propaganda and signaling in China was featured in the Foreign Policy article, "Beyond Propaganda," on June 23, 2015.
Jun. 25, 2015
Haifeng Huang's research on propaganda and signaling in China was featured in the Foreign Policy article, "Beyond Propaganda," on June 23, 2015.
Jun. 22, 2015
David Fortunato's blog post, "Would 'concealed carry' have stopped Dylann Roof's church shooting spree?," was featured on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.
Jun. 22, 2015
David Fortunato's blog post, "Would 'concealed carry' have stopped Dylann Roof's church shooting spree?," was featured on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.
Jun. 6, 2015
 Emily Ritter's formal model replication, "Oil, Shifting Power, and Civil Conflict," was featured on the International Studies Association blog on June 6, 2015.
Jun. 6, 2015
Emily Ritter's formal model replication, "Oil, Shifting Power, and Civil Conflict," was featured on the International Studies Association blog on June 6, 2015.
Jun. 4, 2015
 Alex Theodoridis will present a paper, "Seeing Spots: An Experimental Examination of Voter Appetite for Negative and Positive Campaign Ads," at the Duke-Oxford Conference on Cognitive Approaches to Law, Economics, Politics and Policy on June 5, 2015.
Jun. 4, 2015
 Alex Theodoridis will present a paper, "Seeing Spots: An Experimental Examination of Voter Appetite for Negative and Positive Campaign Ads," at the Duke-Oxford Conference on Cognitive Approaches to Law, Economics, Politics and Policy on June 5, 2015.
Jun. 3, 2015
David Fortunato will give a talk entitled, "Legislative Review and Party Differentation in Coalition Government," at the Manifesto Project User Conference 2015 in WZB Berlin Social Science Center on June 4, 2015.
Jun. 3, 2015
David Fortunato will give a talk entitled, "Legislative Review and Party Differentation in Coalition Government," at the Manifesto Project User Conference 2015 in WZB Berlin Social Science Center on June 4, 2015.
May. 10, 2015
Alex Theodoridis will give a talk entitled, "It’s My Party: Partisan Intensity through the Lens of Implicit Identity," in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago on May 11, 2015.
May. 10, 2015
Alex Theodoridis will give a talk entitled, "It’s My Party: Partisan Intensity through the Lens of Implicit Identity," in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago on May 11, 2015.
May. 6, 2015
Graduate Student Chelsea Coe's research was featured in an  
May. 6, 2015
Graduate Student Chelsea Coe's research was featured in an article on the UC Merced Graduate Division Website.
May. 5, 2015
 Matt Hibbing's paper, "Sex Differences, Personality, and Ideology: A Deeper Investigation via Contexts in a Study of Local Politics" (with Rebecca Hannagan and Chris Larimer), was accepted for publication in Politics, Groups, and Identities.
May. 3, 2015
James Adams, Professor of Political Science at UC Davis, will give a talk entitled, "The Company you Keep: How Voters Infer Party Positions on European Integration from Governing Coalition Arrangements," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on May 5, 2015.
Apr. 28, 2015
 Emily Ritter and Courtenay Conrad's paper, "Preventing and Responding to Dissent: The Observational Challenges of Explaining Strategic Repression," was accepted for publication in American Political Science Review.
Apr. 27, 2015
Peter Lorentzen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, will give a talk entitled, "China's Controlled Burn: Managed Popular Protest under Authoritarianism," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on April 29, 2015.
Apr. 23, 2015
Alex Theodoridis will give a talk entitled, "It’s My Party: Partisan Intensity through the Lens of Implicit Identity," in the Department of Political Science at the University of Maryland on April 24, 2015.
Apr. 15, 2015
 Brad LeVeck's research was featured in an article on UC Merced News.
Apr. 5, 2015
Paul Goren, Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, will give a talk entitled, "Race-Coded Myths: How Welfare Evaluations Reinforce Racial Prejudice and Exacerbate Symbolic Racism," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on April 6, 2015.
Apr. 1, 2015
Matt Hibbing will give a talk entitled, "The Symbolic Benefits of Descriptive and Substantive Representation," in the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University on April 2, 2015.
Mar. 29, 2015
 Nicholas Weller, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California, will give a talk entitled, "The elements of coordination: Understanding the factors that affect coordinated action," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on March 30,...
Mar. 15, 2015
 Tom Hansford will give a talk entitled, "Public Perceptions of a (Somewhat) Political Court," in the Department of Politics at Princeton University on March 16, 2015.
Mar. 11, 2015
David Fortunato's paper, "How Voters' Perceptions of Junior Coalition Partners Depend on the Prime Minister's Position" (with Jim Adams), was accepted for publication in European Journal of Political Research.
Mar. 9, 2015
 David Fortunato's paper, "Can Easing Concealed Carry Deter Crime?" was accepted for publication in Social Science Quarterly.
Mar. 8, 2015
Emily Ritter will give a talk entitled, "State Cooperation with International Criminal Tribunals: An Investigation of International Warrant Enforcement," at the International Relations Workshop in the Department of Political Science at UCLA on March 9, 2015.
Feb. 26, 2015
Alex Theodoridis' blog post, "Scott Walker’s view of Obama’s religion makes him a moderate," was featured on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog
Feb. 26, 2015
 Haifeng Huang's paper, "The Political Effects of Rumors and Rumor Rebuttals in an Authoritarian Country," was accepted for publication in the British Journal of Political Science.
Feb. 25, 2015
Haifeng Huang's paper, "International Knowledge and Domestic Evaluations in a Changing Society: The Case of China," was accepted for publication in the American Political Science Review.
Feb. 24, 2015
 Sarah A. Treul, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill, will give a talk entitled, "Agenda Crossover: State Delegations in Congress," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on February 26, 2015.
Feb. 23, 2015
 Jessica Trounstine will give a talk entitled, "In it Together: The Segregation of Public Goods," in the Department of Political Science at Emory University on February 24, 2015.
Jan. 29, 2015
 Nate Monroe will give a talk entitled, "Minority Party Influence in the U.S. Congress: Floor Proposals and Minority Leverage" (with Jeff Jenkins), in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina on January 30, 2015.
Jan. 27, 2015
 Courtenay Conrad's research was featured in an article on UC Merced News.
Jan. 26, 2015
Nate Monroe's paper, "On Measuring Legislative Agenda Setting Power" (with Jeffery A. Jenkins), was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Political Science.
Jan. 25, 2015
Jessica Trounstine will give a talk entitled, "In it Together: The Segregation of Public Goods," in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles on January 26, 2015.
Jan. 18, 2015
 Graduate Student Tessa Provins presented a paper, "A Theory of Minority Party Influence in the US Congress" (with Jeffery Jenkins and Nathan Monroe), at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in New Orleans, LA.
Jan. 13, 2015
 Courtenay Conrad's blog post (with Justin Conrad, Jim Piazza, and Jim Walsh), "When do countries respond to terrorism with torture?", was featured on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.
Dec. 26, 2014
Tom Hansford's paper, "Reevaluating the Sociotropic Economic Voting Hypothesis" (with Brad Gomez), was accepted for publication in Electoral Studies.
Dec. 19, 2014
 Brad LeVeck's paper, "The role of self-interest in elite bargaining" (with Alex Hughes, James Fowler, Emilie Hafner-Burton, and David Victor), was accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Dec. 12, 2014
 Courtenay Conrad's research (with Will Moore) was referenced in the Washington Post article, "Most Countries are Against Torture, but Most have been Accused of It."
Dec. 10, 2014
Courtenay Conrad was quoted in the Discovery News article, "Why We Torture When We Know It Doesn't Work."
Dec. 8, 2014
Aila Matanock, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, will give a talk entitled, "International Insurance: Explaining Provisions for Participatory Post-Conflict Elections in Peace Agreement Design," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker...
Dec. 7, 2014
 Brad LeVeck's paper, "Decision Makers Preferences for International Legal Cooperation," was featured on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.
Dec. 6, 2014
 Haifeng Huang's paper, "A War of (Mis)Information: The Political Effects of Rumors and Rumor Rebuttals in an Authoritarian Country," was cited in the Thai newspaper, Matichon.
Dec. 4, 2014
Nate Monroe will give a talk entitled, "The Effect of Agenda Control on Voting Behavior in the United Nations General Assembly," in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University on December 5, 2014.
Nov. 21, 2014
 David Fortunato will give a talk entitled, "Coalition Agenda-Setting," at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
Oct. 31, 2014
Tom Hansford's research (with Brad Gomez) was referenced in the Rolling Stone article, "5 Ways Life in America Would Be Better if Everyone Voted."
Oct. 26, 2014
The Political Science Program is featured in the Fall 2014 issue of UC Merced Magazine.
Oct. 20, 2014
David Broockman, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, will give a talk entitled, "Approaches to Studying Representation: An Artificial Disconnect," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on October 21, 2014.
Oct. 18, 2014
Alexander Theodoridis and colleagues at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the University of Virginia have been awarded an R24 infrastructure grant funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for their project, the Culture, Health, and Adolescence Research...
Oct. 13, 2014
 Eric Oliver, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, will give a talk entitled, "Enchanted America: Magic, Metaphor, and Emotion in US Public Opinion," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on October 14, 2014.
Sep. 30, 2014
Courtenay Conrad and Nate Monroe will give a talk entitled, "Agenda Setters Don't Vote No: The Effect of Agenda Control on Voting Behavior in the United Nations General Assembly," in the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern California on October 1, 2014.
Sep. 29, 2014
Jessica Troustine was quoted in an article, "Mostly Black Cities, Mostly White City Halls," in the New York Times on September 29, 2014.
Sep. 5, 2014
Courtenay Conrad's blog post, "Why Democracy Doesn't Always Improve Human Rights," was posted on the London School of Economics and Political Science's EUROPP blog.
Sep. 4, 2014
Jessica Trounstine's book, Political Monopolies in American Cities: The Rise and Fall of Bosses and Reformers, was cited in the New Republic.
Sep. 2, 2014
Graduate Student Chelsea Coe presented two papers at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, DC: "Linguistic Complexity and Public Acceptance of Supreme Court Decisions" (with Tom Hansford) and "Can Party Identication Make You Virtuous?" (...
Sep. 1, 2014
Jessica Trounstine's research on the effect of electoral timing on representation has been highlighted by coauthor Zoltan Hajnal in several media outlets (including the Los Angeles Times) covering the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.
Aug. 13, 2014
Haifeng Huang's paper, "Propaganda as Signaling," was accepted for publication in Comparative Politics.
Aug. 12, 2014
 Nate Monroe's paper, "On Measuring Legislative Agenda Setting Power" (with Jeffery A. Jenkins), was named the best paper on legislative studies presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.
Aug. 6, 2014
 Tom Hansford's paper, "The Influence of Congressional Preferences on Legislative Overrides of Supreme Court Decisions" (with Alicit Uribe and James F. Spriggs, II), was accepted for publication in Law and Society Review.
Jul. 8, 2014
Graduate Student Chanita Intawan presented her poster, "Implicit Gender in American Politics" (with Alex Theodoridis), at the Annual Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology in Rome, Italy.
Jul. 1, 2014
Nate Monroe was named the UC Merced Tony Coelho Endowed Chair of Public Policy.
May. 27, 2014
Rose McDermott, Professor of Political Science at Brown University, will give a talk entitled, "Field Experiments in Attitudes Toward Gender Equality," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on May 28, 2014.
May. 13, 2014
 Tom Hansford's paper, "Economic Retrospection and Voter Turnout" (with Brad Gomez), was accepted for publication in Political Behavior.
May. 8, 2014
Tom Hansford will give a talk entitled, "Source Cues, Acceptance of Decisions, and the Political Supreme Court," at the Department of Political Science at the University of Maryland on May 9, 2014.
May. 8, 2014
 David Fortunato received a $20,000 grant from the UC Merced Hellman Faculty Fellows Fund to support his research.
Apr. 28, 2014
UC Merced is an exciting place to pursue graduate education in political science! A new promotional video making the case is available here.
Apr. 24, 2014
Courtenay Conrad and Nathan Monroe received funding from the UCM Committee on Research (COR) for their project, "Agenda Setting in International Organizations."
Apr. 23, 2014
 Nate Monroe's paper, "Negative Agenda Control and the Conservative Coalition in the U.S. House" (with Jeff Jenkins), was accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics.
Apr. 16, 2014
 Emily Ritter's paper, "Contagious Rebellion and Preemptive Repression" (with Nathan Danneman), was published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Apr. 7, 2014
 James Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Anthropology, Forestry, and Environmental Studies at Yale University, will give a talk entitled, "How We, Homo Sapiens, Came to be Domesticated: An Account of the Late-Neolithic Multi-species Resettlement Camp," as part of the UC...
Apr. 2, 2014
Tom Hansford's paper, "The Supply of Amicus Curiae Briefs in the Market for Information at the U.S. Supreme Court," was accepted for publication in Justice System Journal. The paper is coauthored with Kristen Johnson, currently a lawyer at Schwartz, Semerdjian, Ballard, & Cauley...
Apr. 1, 2014
Matt Hibbing's paper, "The Effect of Personal Economic Values on Economic Policy Preferences" (with Amanda Friesen), was accepted for publication in Social Science Quarterly.
Mar. 13, 2014
California Appeals Court Justices Cornell and Franson visited campus and spoke with the students in Professor Hansford's Governmental Power & the Constitution class.
Mar. 13, 2014
Israel Waismel-Manor of the University of Haifa will give a talk entitled, "Candidate Appearance, Setting, Intonation, Body Language, and Electability," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on March 14, 2014.
Mar. 13, 2014
In the coming month, UCM Political Science will disburse over $50,000 in graduate student summer fellowships to support research and skill-building.
Mar. 12, 2014
Tom Hansford's grant proposal, "Estimating the Location of Interests, Governments, and Justices in Legal Policy Space" ($271,000, with Sarah Depaoli), was funded by the National Science Foundation.
Mar. 11, 2014
Haifeng Huang will give a talk entitled, "A War of (Mis)Information: the Political Effects of Rumors and Rumor Rebuttals in an Authoritarian Country," at UCSD's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) on March 12, 2014.
Mar. 11, 2014
Undergraduate Political Science major Kristen Renberg won the UC Merced Library Research Poster Award for her project, “Gender Cues and Acceptance of Supreme Court Decisions: An Experimental Study on Source Cues."
Feb. 17, 2014
We are excited to announce that Brad LeVeck will join the Political Science program beginning July 2014! LeVeck received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at the University of...
Jan. 29, 2014
Alex Theodoridis will give a talk entitled, "Disputed Ownership: Parties and their Traits in the Minds of Voters" (with Stephen Goggin), at the University of Notre Dame's Rooney Center on January 31, 2014.
Jan. 28, 2014
Matt Hibbing's paper, "Orientations Toward Conflict and Conditional Effects of Political Disagreement" (with Paul F. Testa and Melissa Ritchie), was accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics.
Jan. 27, 2014
Nate Monroe will give a talk entitled, "Agenda-Setting in the United Nations" (with Courtenay Conrad), at the University of Hamburg on February 6, 2014.
Jan. 26, 2014
Courtenay Conrad will give a talk entitled, "International Law and Mobilized Challenges Against the State" (with Emily Ritter), at the University of Hamburg on February 5, 2014.
Jan. 25, 2014
David Fortunato will give a talk entitled, "Cross-National Variation in Political Knowledge," at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary on January 31, 2014.
Jan. 24, 2014
Emily Ritter's chapter, "International Humanitarian Law in Civil War," was published in the Routledge Handbook of Civil War.
Jan. 23, 2014
Emily Ritter's paper, "Emigrants and the Onset of Civil War" (with Gina Lei Miller), was published in the Journal of Peace Research.
Jan. 22, 2014
Lanny Martin, Associate Professor of Political Science at Rice University, will give a talk entitled, "The Allocation of Ministries in Multiparty Governments," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on January 23, 2014.
Jan. 21, 2014
Emily Ritter's paper, "Policy Disputes, Political Survival, and the Onset and Severity of State Repression," was published in the Journal of Conflict  Resolution.
Dec. 18, 2013
A news article on the UC Merced homepage highlights the publication success of UC Merced's political science faculty. The report on which this article is based is available here.
Dec. 4, 2013
Alex Theodoridis will give a talk entitled, "Disputed Ownership: Separating Partisan Stereotypes and Identity by Reconceptualizing Trait Ownership," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on December 5, 2013.
Nov. 12, 2013
Tom Hansford and Steve Nicholson's paper, "Partisans in Robes: Party Cues and Public Acceptance of Supreme Court Decisions," was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Political Science.
Nov. 7, 2013
 Tom Hansford will serve as a guest speaker for a meeting of the Merced County Bar Association, presenting a lecture entitled, "Source Cues and Acceptance of Supreme Court Decisions."
Oct. 29, 2013
Courtenay Conrad's brief, "Why Democracy Does Not Always Improve Human Rights," was posted on the Scholars Strategy Network.
Oct. 15, 2013
Courtenay Conrad's paper, "Torture Allegations as Events Data: Introducing the Ill-Treatment and Torture (ITT) Specific Allegation Data" (with Jillienne Haglund and Will H. Moore), was accepted for publication in the Journal of Peace Research.
Sep. 30, 2013
Ryan Enos, Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University, will give a talk entitled, "Identifying the Minimal Conditions for Socio-Political Conflict," as part of the Understanding Politics Speaker Series on October 1, 2013.
Sep. 4, 2013
Incoming Graduate Student Chelsea Coe presented a paper, "ARGUMENT IS WAR in the Context of Current Politics" (with Bodo Winter and Teenie Matlock), at the Cognition and Language Workshop in Santa Barbara last weekend.
Aug. 6, 2013
 Emily Ritter's paper, "Emigrants and the Onset of Civil War" (with Gina Lei Miller), was accepted for publication in the Journal of Peace Research.
Jul. 15, 2013
 Incoming Graduate Student Chelsea Coe presented a paper, "ARGUMENT IS WAR Metaphors in Current Politics" (with Bodo Winter), at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference in Edmonton, Canada on June 25th.
Jul. 14, 2013
Matt Hibbing's paper, "Side by Side, World's Apart: Desired Policy Change as a Function of Preferences AND Perceptions" (with Dona-Gene Mitchell, Kevin B. Smith, and John R. Hibbing), was accepted for publication in American Politics Research.
Jul. 12, 2013
Haifeng Huang received funding from the UC Pacific Rim Research Program for his project, "Political Economy of Mass Media and Public Opinion in China."
Jul. 11, 2013
Courtenay Conrad and Nathan Monroe received funding from the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation for their project, "Agenda Setting in International Organizations."
Jul. 10, 2013
Nathan Monroe is the new Chair of Political Science at UC Merced!
Jul. 9, 2013
 Alexander Theodoridis' paper, "It’s My Party: Partisan Intensity through the Lens of Implicit Identity," was awarded APSA's 2012 Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section's John Sullivan Award.
Mar. 14, 2013
Courtenay Conrad's paper, "Tyrants and Terrorism: Why some Autocrats are Terrorized while Others are Not" (coauthored with Justin Conrad, University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Joseph K. Young, American University) has been accepted for publication in International Studies...
Mar. 9, 2013
David Fortunato's paper, "Government Agenda-Setting and Bicameral Conflict Resolution" (coauthored with Thomas König and Sven-Oliver Proksch, Universität Mannheim), has been accepted for publication in Political Research Quarterly.
Feb. 26, 2013
David Fortunato's paper, "Performance Voting and Knowledge of Cabinet Composition" (coauthored with Randy Stevenson, Rice University), has been accepted for publication in Electoral Studies.
Feb. 20, 2013
David Fortunato's paper, "Majority Status and Variation in Informational Organization" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics.
Feb. 15, 2013
Stephen Nicholson's paper, "Extreme Voices: Interest Groups and the Misrepresentation of Issue Publics" (coauthored with Ryan Claassen, Kent State University), has been accepted for publication in Public Opinion Quarterly.
Jan. 22, 2013
Tom Hansford's paper, "The Information Dynamics of Vertical Stare Decisis" (coauthored with Jim Spriggs and Anthony Stenger, Washington University in St. Louis), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics.
Jan. 3, 2013
We are excited to announce that Emily Hencken Ritter will join the Political Science program beginning July 2013.  Ritter received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2010 and is currently on faculty at the University of Alabama.  Her research examines questions regarding when and how...

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