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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...

California Governor Gavin Newsom talks with students in a UC Merced political science class Monday. Nov. 7, 2022
November 16, 2022

    A day before the midterm election, Gov. Gavin Newsom made a surprise visit     to a political science class at UC Merced.     Newsom was invited by Assemblymember Adam Gray, who co-teaches...

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