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June 14, 2019

Celebrations are in order as Professors Aditya Dasgupta and Alexander Theodoridis both recently won section awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA)! Prof. Dasgupta's...

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...


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