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October 28, 2020

In an opinion piece for The Atlantic, Professor and UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees Presidential Chair Jessica Trounstine says that however fervent they are, not-in-my-backyard sentiments are...

October 14, 2020

How does socioeconomic inequality affect people? Seeing expensive items such as cars, which function as signs of social class, can potentially influence people’s political behavior according to a new...

May 11, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Ph.D. Candidate Ae sil Woo will join Gettysburg College in August 2020 as an Assistant Professor of Political Science. This continues our department's strong run...

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