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October 29, 2021

A partnership among UC Merced's Community and Labor Center and several Fresno area community groups was able to predict accurately the Fresno results for the gubernatorial recall election held Sept....

October 20, 2021

Department of Political Science Chair and Professor Jessica Trounstine will deliver remarks on race and regulation as part of a lecture series hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School....

August 10, 2021

It is with great pleasure that we announce PhD candidate Ada Johnson-Kanu has successfully defended her dissertation and will be awarded a PhD in Political Science from the University of...

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