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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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Navigating the Law School Process

Oct 10, 2016

Navigating the application process for Law School. 

The panelists included, Wendy LaRiviere, Asst. Dean, Monterey/SLO College of Law; Jennifer Denbow, Cal Poly POLS, Law School Advisor and faculty member; Brian J. Stack, Attorney at Law for Carmel & Naccasha; Kara Stein-Conaway, Associate Attorney at Stein, Casciola & Galambos; Heather Whitham, Attorney at Law for Carmel & Naccasha.  

Heather Whitham moderated the Law Panel discussion for the October 13 event. 

The panelists discussed the process of choosing and applying to law school, tips to prepare yourself for taking the LSAT, also some informative  suggestions about pathways to keep in mind while in law school as well as career paths to think about after. 

Some of the panelist shared their experiences about why they chose law as a career. They spoke about how the choice affected them as well as their families. They also gave advice to current students considering law as a career path themselves. 

Part of the Political Science Alumni Board's, "How does it Really work?" Series.

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Without Borders: CLA Speaks - Jon A. Shields

Oct 6, 2016

Elephants Without Borders: Conservatives in the Academy

Jon A. Shields        

6 P.M., Thursday, Oct. 13
Baker Building (180, Room 107)

Few seem to think conservatives should become professors. While the left fears an invasion of their citadel by conservatives marching to orders from the Koch brothers, the right steers young conservatives away from a professorial vocation by lampooning its leftism. In this talk, Jon Shields will discuss what has been described as the “first reliable study of academic conservatives.”

Jon Shields is associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and coauthor of Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University. His commentary has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Weekly Standard.

This event is free and open to the public. 
Event sponsored by Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts (CLA), the Modern Languages and Literatures Department and the Political Science Department.

Spring 2017 POLS/MPP Commencement Reception

Jun 12, 2016

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

More information to come!


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