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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
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."
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.
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.

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