Political Science

Alumnus Robert Oden Was on the Front Lines of Change

May 20, 2019
When UC Davis students were calling for more student and faculty diversity and culturally inclusive programs, Robert Stanley Oden was on the front lines. One of only 40 African American students on campus in 1967, he was a founder of the Black Student Union, the first such group on campus, and wrote a column for The California Aggie called “The Dark Side.”

Political Science Graduate Student Wins Audience Vote in Grad Slam

March 14, 2019
Nahrain Rasho, a doctoral candidate in political science who studies ethnic conflict and policies to reduce it, won People’s Choice and placed third Wednesday in the UC Davis Grad Slam. Rasho was the second College of Letters and Science finalist in two years to win the People’s Choice award in the annual research communication competition.

When International Security Alliances Fail

February 27, 2019
Two political scientists at UC Davis have been awarded a $1.37 million, three-year grant from the Department of Defense’s Minerva Research Initiative to study how countries share the burdens of security alliances like NATO.

1992 - Heidi Sanborn

January 22, 2019
Heidi Sanborn (B.A., political science - public service, ’92) was sworn in Jan. 17 as a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s board of directors.

2007 – Dan and Kate (O’Rear) McCoy

December 03, 2018
Dan and Kate (O’Rear) McCoy — who both graduated with political science degrees in 2007 — live in Sonoma County, where he is an associate attorney at a family law firm and she works as a management analyst for the Petaluma Police Department.

1993 - Seth Merewitz

October 25, 2018

Seth Merewitz (B.A. political science, ’93, JD ’97), was recently recognized as a Top 100 Attorney in California. He’s also a donor and CAAA Life Member. A Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner, he was selected as a Top 100 Attorney in California by the Daily Journal, California's state's largest legal daily newspaper .

Seven College Alumni Offered Fulbright Awards

October 23, 2018
Thirteen UC Davis students and alumni have been awarded 2018–19 Fulbright fellowships — the largest group of Aggies ever awarded. Seven of them are recent graduates of the College of Letters and Science.

Inaugural ISS Noon Lecture Features an Analysis on the Midterm Elections

The Institute for Social Sciences (ISS) hosted its inaugural Noon Lecture in November with a joint talk by two UC Davis professors of political science presenting an analysis of the 2014 midterm elections.

In their talk on Nov. 12, 2014 — “2014 in the Rear View Mirror: What Have We Learned?” — Professor Benjamin Highton and Distinguished Professor Robert Huckfeldt discussed the implications these midterm elections have for California and the 2016 presidential race.

1976 - Tom Garrison

June 06, 2018

Tom Garrison (M.A., political science, ’76) wrote Hiking Southern Nevada, Volume One (CreateSpace, April 2018). It is his third hiking guide, and fifth book overall published since 2013. He has also written more than 100 hiking, political and humorous essays for regional newspapers since December 2010.