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Monday, August 14, 2017
PhD Alumni and Charlottesville Mayor, Michael Signer, is in the national spotlight given the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. An August 14, 2017 interview with CNN can be found here.Dr. Signer's personal website is available here.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
'The key to Kenya’s close election: the power of partisanship' by Associate Professor Leo Arriola featured on the Monkey Cage of The Washington Post, read article here. 
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Rochelle Terman, a recent UC Berkeley Political Science Ph.D. alumna, wins The Merze Tate Award (before 2017, known as the Helen Dwight Reid Award) from the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation successfully defended during the previous two years in the field of international relations, law, and politics.Congratulations Rochelle!
Monday, June 19, 2017
'Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power' by Douglas L. Krinwe & Eric Schickler was awarded the Richard F. Fenno Prize, which is designed to honor work that is both theoretically and empirically strong. Moreover, this prize is dedicated to encouraging scholars to pursue new and different avenues of research in order to find answers to previously unexplored questions about the nature of politics. Additionally, The Richard E.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Gabriel Lenz, Jack Citrin, and PhD Alumnus, Doug Ahler whose article, "Do Open Primaries Improve Representation? An Experimental Test of California's 2012 Top-Two Primary" was selected as the best paper published in LSQ in the calendar year 2016. The committee noted that the paper is especially important in that it speaks to a number of literatures, and has important real world implications (particularly in a time of polarization and heightened debate over institutional design/reform). The award will be presented at the legislative section business meeting at APSA.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Matthew Nguyen earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at UC Berkeley in 2015. While attending Berkeley he rallied global support for Syrian refugees and Ebola victims, and fought for minority voting rights in North Carolina.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Deaprtment Chair Eric Schickler was interviewed by ABC 7 local news regarding the Republicans employing the 'nuclear option' to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster as a tool to block Supreme Court nominations. Full story here.
Monday, October 17, 2016
It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Professor Emeritus of Political Science Paul Thomas, who taught at the University of California, Berkeley until his retirement. Thomas passed on Tuesday evening, Oct. 11.  Professor Thomas graduated from the University of Manchester, U.K., with First Class Honours in Modern History with Economics and Politics, and was one of the first John F. Kennedy Scholars from the U.K. to attend Harvard University, which awarded him his Doctorate in 1973.

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