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  • Faculty Achievements: Late Fall 2022
    Christine Sylvester spoke on “Memorialized War Women in the USA, Vietnam, and the UK” at a program on Gender, Sexuality, Memorialisation held at York University on September 13, 2022. On October 24 she spoke on “The Present Re-dux, Re-IR’d, and Maybe Re-curating”, at Central European University in Vienna. Finally, Dr. Sylvester spoke on “Who Owns […]
    Posted on November 8, 2022
  • Student Successes: Late Fall 2022
    This past summer, doctoral candidate Mohammad “Aynal” Haque participated in a three-day Duck Family Graduate Workshop at the Center for Environmental Politics at the University of Washington. He presented one of his dissertation chapters entitled “Mitigating Climate Change: Cross-Country Variation in Policy Ambition.” Doctoral candidate Imge Akaslan and her advisor, Shareen Hertel, co-authored a paper […]
    Posted on November 8, 2022
  • Alumni Notes: Late Fall 2022
    Pierre-Alexandre Aguirre (CLAS ‘19) is currently a Master’s Student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. He is a member of the Public Service Fellows Program at SAIS, which seeks to “develop the next generation of public servants dedicated to making a positive impact on their communities and the world […]
    Posted on November 8, 2022

Upcoming Events

  1. Jan 25 UCHI Fellow's Talk: Elva Orozco Mendoza3:30pm
  2. Feb 8 UCHI Fellow's Talk: Hind Ahmed Zaki3:30pm
  3. Feb 22 UCHI Fellow's Talk: Sandy Grande3:30pm
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As we approach the final weeks of the semester, it's important to keep yourself organized and on track. Check out these workshops from the Academic Achievement Center that will help you to make the most of the end of the semester! ...

Please join us via Zoom tomorrow, November 29th, for a discussion on best practices in applying to graduate schools, specifically tailored to POLS majors! Various topics and tips will be discussed. You can access the zoom either via the link in our bio, or at ...

The Political Science Department invites you to: “Beyond Flow: Capitalism, Confinement and Captivity”. Dr. Ashley Bohrer, Assistant Professor of Gender and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame.
November 28th, 12:15-1:30p.m.
Oak 408/Zoom
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Free and Open to the Public
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Mark your calendars! The UConn Graduate School Fair will be held on Thursday, December 1st from 12-3pm. Come learn about various graduate programs, including the School of Public Policy and the School of Law and what they have to offer! ...

Unfortunately, today's event on Best Practices in Applying to Graduate Schools has been postponed due to technical difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide further updates soon! ...

J. Toscano, of Backstory Strategies, has been devising
strategy and cutting TV and digital ads for candidates, party committees, and
public interest groups for more than 20 years. He’s helped elect members of
Congress like progressive firebrand Pramila Jayapal, Dr. Kim Schrier, House
impeachment manager Sylvia Garcia and Steven Horsford, the first Black member
of Congress in Nevada history. He’s worked with VoteVets, the League of
Conservation Voters, and other groups to elect patriots and environmental
champions to Congress. Prior to becoming a political consultant, Toscano, a
Connecticut native, served as the Communications Director for the House
Democratic Caucus and as the Director of Public Affairs for Americorps during the
Clinton Administration. There will be two presentations held. We hope to see you there!