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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...

December 15, 2018

Prof. Jessica Trounstine's new book "Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities" has just been published by Cambridge University Press. The...

November 12, 2018

Prof. Thomas Hansford and graduate student Chelsea Coe’s paper “Linguistic Complexity, Information Processing, and Acceptance of Supreme Court Decisions” has just been published in...


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