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U Heard It Here: Understanding the 2020 Election Outcome

U Heard It Here: Understanding the 2020 Election Outcome Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Live Streamed via Zoom a panel discussion featuring Lynn Vavreck Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics Efrén Pérez Professor, UCLA Department of Political Science and Psychology Director of Race, Ethnicity, Politics and Society (REPS) Lab Daniel Thompson Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of […]

U Heard It Here: The 2020 Campaign for the Hardest Job in the World

U Heard It Here: The 2020 Campaign for the Hardest Job in the World featuring a conversation between John Dickerson Correspondent, 60 Minutes & CBS News Author, “The Hardest Job in the World” and Lynn Vavreck Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Livestreamed via Zoom

Remembering Professor James Tong

James Tong, 1947–2020 With profound sorrow, the UCLA Department of Political Science reports the passing of Professor James Wai Tong, our colleague of thirty-one years, on October 3, 2020, after a brave battle with cerebral hemorrhage.  James leaves behind his companion Marita Kaw, his children Olivia and Brian, his grandchildren Ava and Harrison, siblings Victor, […]

Joseph Asunka Named CEO of the Afrobarometer

Joseph Asunka (UCLA PhD 2014), currently Program Officer of the Global Development Program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, will lead the Afrobarometer in early 2021 as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Asunka will lead the pan-African survey research network into its third decade as the principal data source on African experiences and evaluation of […]

John Branstetter Receives UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award

John Branstetter (UCLA PhD 2017), Lecturer, was recently selected to receive the 2019-2020 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award.  Only three non-Senate faculty in the entire university received this award.  Reflecting upon the award, John writes, “My approach to teaching is grounded in the assumption that no one can ever fully master the core material of political […]

George Ofosu, Kristen Kao, and Jonathan Collins Receive American Political Science Association Awards

Over the summer, three of our recent PhD graduates received national distinctions awarded by the American Political Science Association. George Ofosu (UCLA PhD 2017), Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, received the American Political Science Association’s 2020 Heinz Eulau Award, awarded annually for the best article published […]

“Primitive,” a New Book by Marco Greenberg (UCLA BS 1986)

UCLA alumnus Marco Greenberg (UCLA BS 1986) has recently published “Primitive: Tapping the Primal Drive That Powers the World’s Most Successful People,” about his journey as an advisor and confidant to Fortune 500 CEOs, startup founders, and other top performers. From a former roadie for N.W.A to a rock-star brain surgeon, from young tech billionaires […]

An Immigration Backfire? (Maggie Peters Interview)

  On June 22nd, President Trump issued an executive order to restrict certain types of immigrants and temporary foreign workers from coming to the U.S. The order applied to future immigrants — not to those already here, or to those who were already approved to move here. Surprisingly, the order targeted not just so-called “low-skill” immigration, which […]

We Celebrate Our 2020 Graduates

The Department of Political Science celebrates the achievements and hard work of all of our 2020 graduates.  We are so proud of everything they have accomplished and look forward to following their future life paths!  If you would like to get to know some of our 2020 graduates, here are seven students from our department’s […]

Political Science Department Summer Session 2020

Dear students, The Political Science Department is offering most of our summer classes via remote instruction. UCLA Summer Sessions has already announced that Summer Session A will be transitioning entirely to remote instruction. For Summer Session C most political science summer classes will be available remotely as well as offline if the circumstances allow it. While we encourage students to come […]