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October 7, 2019

Professor Shaver joins UC Merced from Stanford University, where he was a postdoctoral research scholar in the Political Science Department. Before that, he was a postdoctoral fellow...

August 16, 2019

Prof. Thomas Hansford and recent PhD Kayla Canelo, along with Prof. Sarah Depaoli (UC Merced Psychology), have just published "Locating US Solicitors General in the Supreme Court's...

August 13, 2019

Prof. Matthew Hibbing's paper "The Relationship Between Personality and Response Patterns on Public Opinion Surveys: The Big Five, Extreme Response Style, and Acquiescence Response...


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