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May 3, 2019

Profs. Daniel de Kadt and Melissa Sands' paper "Racial Isolation Drives Voting Behavior: Evidence from the New South Africa" has just been published in Political Behavior....

April 1, 2019

Recent PhD graduate Tessa Provins (now an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh) has been awarded the Christopher Mooney Dissertation Award for her thesis "The...

March 15, 2019

As part of the celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, Women Also Know Stuff, an entity that’s focused on elevating women’s expertise within the political science discipline...


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