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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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  • Student Successes: Early Fall 2021
    Gabriela Tafoya ‘19 (Ph.D.) has started in her new position as a tenure-track assistant professor of political science at Manchester University in Indiana. POLS majors Shankara Narayanan ‘21 (B.A.) and Justin Rodriguez have been selected as CLS and Gilman scholars, respectively.   Damani Douglas, a senior undergraduate in the department, has been named one of 50 […]
    Posted on September 8, 2021
  • Alumni Notes: Early Fall 2021
    Gregory P. Williams ‘15 (Ph.D). has been promoted to Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs with tenure at the University of Northern Colorado. The paperback edition of his 2020 book, Contesting the Global Order: the Radical Political Economy of Perry Anderson and Immanuel Wallerstein (SUNY Press), was released this summer.  (The publisher is […]
    Posted on September 8, 2021
  • Faculty Achievements: Early Fall 2021
    Shareen Hertel continues her work with the UConn’s President’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility — this past year she was joined on that committee by Ph.D. student Brooks Kirchgassner and POLS major Sarah Cusano. The university has won national recognition for its efforts in ensuring that its supply chain is ethically managed globally, as noted […]
    Posted on September 8, 2021

Upcoming Events

  1. Oct 27 PoliSci Chat: Haifeng Huang, Triumphalism And The Inconvenient Truth: Correcting Inflated National Self-Images In A Rising Power12:15pm
  2. Nov 5 Transnational Identity And Historical Development3:00pm
  3. Nov 11 IREP Discussion Of Sandy Grade's Red Pedagogy 1:00pm
  4. Nov 15 PoliSci Chats: Joshua Darr (LSU), How Local News Can Slow Polarization12:15pm
  5. Feb 25 Beyond the Prison: The Politics Of Abolition12:15pm
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