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August 9, 2022

Congratulations to Ada Johnson-Kanu, recent @UCMercedPolisci graduate, for receiving the American Political Science Association's Race and Ethnic Politics Section’s Best Dissertation...

August 9, 2022

Political Science Professors Andrew Shaver of UC Merced and Yang-Yang Zhou of the University of British Coumbia have been awarded the 2022 APSA Migration & Citizenship Section Best...

May 12, 2022

The Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching for Senate Faculty award is intended to encourage and recognize individual excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.  This is a very...

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