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May 12, 2022

The Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching for Senate Faculty award is intended to encourage and recognize individual excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.  This is a very...

May 5, 2022

Undergraduates will have a new, one-of-a-kind class they can sign up for this fall — Climate Justice — a hybrid course that features lectures by faculty from all 10 UC campuses. According to the UC...

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April 27, 2022

The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced that Department of Political Science Chair and Professor Jessica Trounstine has been named to the 2022 Class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. Each of the...

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