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December 9, 2022

Congratulations to UC Merced political science professor Eaine Denny and co-authors David Dow, Wayne Pitts & Erik Wibbels on their new publication in the Comparative Political Studies journal....

November 29, 2022

Congratulations to incoming UC Merced political science professor Anil Menon (Fall 2023) on his new paper in the Comparative Political Studies Journal,  In his paper, "Studying...

November 16, 2022

Looking for strategies to engage first generation students in research?  Check out this this paper, titled  "New Voices of Inquiry: How the Inclusive Classroom Catalyzes Innovative...

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