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The UConn Department of Political Science studies how the political process shapes the choices we face as a community.

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  • Faculty Achievements: Early Spring 2024
    Prof. Beth Ginsberg (accompanied by Prof. Jane Gordon) took several POLS students to New Hampshire in January after receiving a generous grant from UCONN Provost Anne D’Alleva. The purpose of this trip was to explore and better understand the 1st in the country presidential primary process in NH. The group was able to meet with […]
    Posted on February 15, 2024
  • Alumni Notes: Early Spring 2024
    Sercan Canbolat’s (‘23 Ph.D) book (co-authored with Dr. Özgür Özdamar) Leaders in the Middle East and North Africa: How Ideology Shapes Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2023) has received the International Studies Association’s (ISA) 2023 Best Book in Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) Award.  Daniel Fata (CLAS ’94) and Jeffrey Dressler (CLAS ’08) were appointed by […]
    Posted on February 15, 2024
  • Student Successes: Early Spring 2024
    Aidan Caron (CLAS ’24) won a Fall ’23 Change Grant from the UConn Co–op Legacy Fellowship Program for his project entitled “Promoting Environmental Justice: A Mixed-Method Approach to Identifying Socioeconomic Disparities in Urban Park Systems”.   Gloria Dickson (CLAS ’24) won the 2023 Curt F. Beck Law and Public Service Opportunity Fund to pursue an internship […]
    Posted on February 15, 2024

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Some photos from last week's Awards Ceremony! Thank you so much to everyone who came, and congratulations to our awardees!

Interested in a Master of Public Administration or Master of Public Policy? Apply by May 15th on publicpolicy.uconn.edu!

Attention all Graduating Seniors at the Stamford Campus- stop by Dr. Ginsberg's office (Stamford 357) on Thursday, May 2nd any time between 10-5 for a POLS Swag Bag!

Join us on Wednesday, April 24th from 4-5pm outside SHH 408 for a celebration of Research Excellence in POLS! Political Science undergrad students will present posters showcasing their research. Refreshments will be provided and the event is free and open to the public with the sponsorship of the ...Alan R. Bennett Professorship.

Dr. Robert Farley of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky will discuss career and education options for students interested in careers as a foreign policy professional. This event will take place in SHH 408, and will also be streamed online at ...the link in our bio. We hope to see you there!

Attention all Graduating Seniors - Stop by the POLS Office to pick up some swag (including the limited edition senior sticker) and goodies from April 22-26th! Tell your professors good-bye and give us a chance to wish you well!

Join us next Thursday, 4/18 for a discussion on America's 20-year struggle to defend itself in cyberspace. We will be joined by Daniel B. Prieto who currently is the managing partner of Range Strategic Advisors, LLC. Prieto has held influential positions in industry (including at Google, ...McKinsey, and IBM) and in the US government (including on the White House National Security Council staff and Capitol Hill). This event will take place in McHugh 101 from 5-6:30 pm.

Interested in Law School but have questions about the admissions process? Please join us for "Ten Things we Learned from a Season of Law School Admissions Work that Every Applicant Should Know," presented by Professor Michael Fischl and Interim Director of Admissions Ellen Keane from the ...UConn School of Law. In this presentation, you will learn what makes a good application and learn how to best present yourself to a law school admissions board. At the end of the presentation, there will be a Q&A session.

Universal voting-- redefining voting as not only a fundamental right but as a required civic duty-- is a game-changing reform for American democracy. Though never really discussed in the United States, it is successfully utilized in 26 democratic countries, in some for 100 years. Join us to learn ...and discuss universal voting, and the impact it could have in Connecticut. We will be hosting a number of speakers at this event from various institutions and organizations. We hope to see you there!