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July 15, 2019

Prof. Melissa Sands' paper "Can Violent Protest Change Local Policy Support? Evidence from the Aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles Riot" has just been published in the American...

July 10, 2019

Prof. Elaine Denny's paper "Calling Mogadishu: How Reminders of Anarchy Bias Survey Participation" has just been published in the Journal of Experimental Political Science....

July 3, 2019

Big congratulations to Professor Jessica Trounstine, whose book "Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities" has been recognized with two American Political...


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