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March 15, 2019

As part of the celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, Women Also Know Stuff, an entity that’s focused on elevating women’s expertise within the political science discipline...

January 30, 2019

Prof. Alex Theodoridis’ paper “What Goes with Red and Blue? Mapping Partisan and Ideological Associations in the Minds of Voters" has just been published in Political Behavior....

Alumna Tessa Provins's time at UC Merced not only informed but inspired her passion to always keep growing in the political science field.
January 16, 2019

For Merced native Tessa Provins, the opportunity to attend UC Merced for her graduate education was a chance to come home again — but it wasn’t simply the familiar location that drew her to the...


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