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In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Thad Kousser of Political Science looks to “inject some political reality” into calls for California secession.

Political scientist David Lake is the 2016-17 American Political Science Association president and was featured in the organization’s October publication: “Intellectually, Lake is and always has been motivated by big questions about how international order is constructed. In his research, he has rigorously parsed what it means for states to build order, arguing order is actively constructed.”

Tom Wong of Political Science, a former advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders under President Barack Obama, spoke with Bloomberg News about potential immigration policy by the incoming administration. The story appeared in such outlets as the Mercury News and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Wong was also quoted in the Union-Tribune, in an article considering what federal funding San Diego might lose if it’s defined as a “sanctuary city.”

Political scientist Thad Kousser tells the Los Angeles Times that Sanchez could use her support base to gain state office as soon as 2018. In both Bloomberg View and the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Kousser discusses political tactics for the next California governor’s race.

Political scientist Sam Popkin in the San Diego Union-Tribune says that legislative success is not a certainty “when an outsider captures the presidency.

“It was an incredibly angry electorate,” Thad Kousser of Political Science told the San Francisco Chronicle. “They were not sure Trump was qualified to be president, but were confident he could change things up in Washington.” Before election night, Kousser was quoted in Associated Press and Bloomberg about numerous proposals on the California ballot.

While writing his Ph.D. dissertation Political Science, alumnus Nick Obradovich researched the political effects of weather in electoral democracies. Looking at elections across 19 countries from 1925 to 2011, his study finds that when temperatures spiked in the year prior to election, turnover was more likely.

In this Washington Post Monkey Cage blog post, political scientist by Thad Kousser explains that term limits are a popular idea as old as Ancient Greece, but they often don’t do what people think they will. And they tend to shift power to the executive branch. Kousser was also cited in separate pieces for the San Francisco Chronicle regarding political ramifications to the state’s response to Wells Fargo, and the Los Angeles Times on the California Senate race.

Eat free pizza, win prizes, and watch election returns live on the theater screen! Hear from fellow students and the community about what this election means for you.

October 2016

Is social media good for you, or bad? Well, it’s complicated. A study of 12 million Facebook users suggests that using Facebook is associated with living longer – when it serves to maintain and enhance your real-world social ties. The study was led by James Fowler of Political Science and doctoral student William Hobbs, who is now a postdoc at Northeastern. Fowler’s previous research on using the social media platform during election cycles was cited in the Washington Post and Yahoo News, as well.

Political scientist Samuel Popkin was part of Bill Clinton’s “Manhattan Project” – a team of campaign strategists convened to help the 1992 candidate overcome his “Slick Willy” image. Popkin recalls that experience for the Daily Beast and analyzes what Hillary Clinton is doing now to win voters’ trust.

Massive voter registration efforts are underway at UC San Diego, as students from the nonpartisan Student Organized Voter Access Committee (SOVAC) race to register 4,000 students. The story quotes SOVAC executive director Liam Barrett, who is majoring in Political Science. Department chair Thad Kousser weighs in on the youth vote. Save the date Nov. 8 for “Election Night: A Political Party.”

“Americans from almost all groups do much better economically when a Democrat is in the White House than when a Republican is,” argue Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science and Barbara Walter of Global Policy and Strategy in this op-ed for CNN.

September 2016

Using his expertise in helping former presidential candidates prep for debates, Samuel Popkin of Political Science spoke with NPR multiple times leading up to the second Clinton-Trump debate. His NPR appearance was also included in a Los Angeles Times op-ed.

For the Los Angeles Times, Zoltan Hajnal of Political Science discusses how his research shows that the racial turnout gap doubles or triples in states that enact strict voter-identification laws. Hajnal’s work was also featured in Think Progress and Real Clear Politics.

In this op-ed, political scientist Thad Kousser explains why there will be so many initiatives on the California ballot this November. Kousser also spoke about the ballot with the Fresno Bee. On NBC 7 San Diego, he addressed campaign giving and why California money is going to races out of state.

August 2016

Political Science Professor and Department Chair Thad Kousser discusses the challenges of making sense of the massive amounts of political data available with UC San Diego Extension.

Claire Adida of Political Science argues that France’s ban is a “misguided attempt at protecting women’s rights.”

February 2016

A new addition to the Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS): Led by Claire Adida and David Lake of Political Science, the program will bring students from Morehouse and Spelman colleges in Atlanta, two of the nation’s most distinguished historically black colleges and universities, to UC San Diego for an intensive eight-week research experience in the summer of 2016.

August 2015

Washington Monthly's 2015 national universities rankings places UCSD as number 1 for the sixth consecutive year. Rankings based on contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility, Research, and Civic Engagement.