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POLS Major is Cal Poly’s 2017 Panetta Representative

May 18, 2017

Political Science junior, Maryam Quasto, has been accepted into the 2017 Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program. She will join representatives from other CSU campuses for two weeks of training on the Monterey Bay campus in August, followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C. The representatives will work full time in the office of a congressional representative. 

Model UN attended the 2017 National MUN Conference

May 2, 2017

This Spring Quarter, The Cal Poly Political Science Department's Model UN team attended the 2017 National Model United Nations Conference in New York City.

Tasked with representing their assigned county, Sudan, in various committees, students engaged and debated other MUN teams over a range of issues. Committee topics covered nuclear disarmament, sustainable development, and human rights to name a few. After hashing out the details and particulars of simulated global politics, students then attended their final committee meeting at the United Nations General Assembly. There, they discussed all the resolutions that had been drafted over the week and voted on them in the very chamber where actual UN delegates cover the same issues. The MUN team was also lucky enough to meet the real Sudanese delegation to the UN on the UN campus. MUN helps students to learn and practice public speaking, negotiation, writing, and time management in a realistic setting. Such opportunities embody the University motto of Learn by Doing!


Cal Poly Author Ning Zhang on, "Confucianism in Contemporary Chinese Politics: An Actionable Account of Authoritarian Political Culture"

Confucianism and Chinese Political Culture

May 1, 2017

Ning Zhang’s book, “Confucianism in Contemporary Chinese Politics: An Actionable Account of Authoritarian Political Culture”, draws a packed house and generates engaged discussion.

Dr. Ning Zhang, and interlocutor Dr. Andrew Morris, discussed the development of and Confucian influences on contemporary Chinese political culture. The professors engaged the audience, and each other, in a dialogue that greatly complicates traditional Western/U.S. labels of Chinese politics as both strictly and solely authoritarian. Drawing on a shared focus on modern China, the professors shared important insights about the development of contemporary Chinese political culture and practice.

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Michael Latner Receives Voting Rights Fellowship

Apr 20, 2017

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the nation's leading science-based policy advocacy organization, awarded associate professor of political science Michael Latner its Voting Rights Kendall Fellowship.

This two-year fellowship is hosted at the UCS's newest program — the Center for Science and Democracy in Washington, D.C.

Political Science Spring Dinner 2017 Flyer

POLS Spring Dinner 2017

Apr 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 6:30pm

Please join us for the end of the year celebration! The Political Science Spring Dinner is on Thursday, May 18th, 6:30pm at Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach.

Tickets are $25 (cash only please) and can be purchased in the Political Science Office in building 47, room 14 no later than Monday, May 8th by 3pm.

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Cal Poly Mock Trial Team Advances Again!

Mar 27, 2017

Please Join us in Congratulating Cal Poly's Mock Trial Team!

Photo from the Fresno ORCS award ceremony

Cal Poly's A Team finished in the top six in their opening round competition in Fresno March 25-26. This earned the team a bid to compete at the National Championship Tournament (NCT) in Los Angeles in April!

Nationally, they are one of 48 teams to compete their way in the National Championship Tournament. 

Join us in cheering them on in the next round of the competition! 


Cal Poly Mock Trial A Team

Cal Poly Mock Trial Team Advances

Mar 8, 2017

Congratulations are in order for Cal Poly's Mock Trial Team!

Cal Poly sent two teams to the American Mock Trial Association Regional Competition in Claremont, CA. Cal Poly's A Team earned a bid to the Opening Round Championship Series in Fresno, CA, March 25-26. The A Team will compete against the best teams in the region for a chance at the National Championship! 

Additionally, Zachary Michaelson won a "Top Attorney" award!

Please join us in cheering on Cal Poly Mock Trial! 

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Cal Poly author Matt Moore on, "Buddhism and Political Theory"

Connections Between Buddhism and Political Theory and Action

Nov 7, 2016

Matt Moore's book, "Buddhism and Political Theory", sparks a great discussion among colleagues.

Dr. Matt Moore, and interlocutor Dr. Joe Lynch, discussed the connections between Buddhism and political theory and action. The professors engaged the audience in a dialogue about the three core premises of Buddhist political thought - there is no self, that politics is of little importance in human life, and that normative principles are practical advice as opposed to obligatory demands. Using Dr. Moore's Buddhism and Political Theory as a backdrop, Drs. Lynch and Moore explored the connections to Western theories of political thought, as well as the implications for political responsibility, human rights, and global politics. 

POLS Faculty in the News

Nov 4, 2016

Cal Poly POLS Faculty shaping the public dialogue in the field. 

Associate Professor Matt Moore's book, "Buddhism and Political Theory", was named one of CHOICE's 2016 Outstanding Academic Titles. 

"The Outstanding Academic Title list includes 494 books and electronic resources chosen by the Choice editorial staff from among over 5,400 titles reviewed by Choice during the past year. Of these, 486 are print products; the remaining 8 are electronic. These outstanding works have been selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important - often the first - treatment of their subject. Comprising almost 9 percent of the titles reviewed by Choice during the past year, and less than 3 percent of the more than 25,000 titles submitted to Choice during the same period, Outstanding Academic Titles are truly the "best of the best." As always, only a select group of publishers and authors are represented on such a list. Congratulations to you and your colleagues on this outstanding achievement." -Angela Chnapko, Oxford Press


Associate Professor Michael Latner and coauthors were featured on the London School of Economics United States Politics and Policy blog discussing, 'Why Republicans will retain the House in 2016 and beyond'.

Read Prof. Latner's blogs here: 

Associate Professor Shelley Hurt was featured on central Coast Voices on September 1, 2016 as part of the NPR's special reporting project, A Nation Engaged.

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