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Cal Poly Model UN in New York

Apr 3, 2019

Cal Poly Model UN recently attended a Model UN Conference in New York. They presented the country of Guatemala and met with UN delegates.

The conference organizers invited one student from each university to give a 30 second speech on one of the Sustainable Development Goals. Professor Arceneaux used a lottery to select their representative, Owen Lemm, as shown in the video below.

Cal Poly Model UN speaking in New York


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POLS Faculty Discuss Midterm Elections on KCBX Radio

Jan 11, 2019

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Political Science and Public Policy Professors, Chris Den Hartog, Ph.D., and Michael Latner, Ph.D., as they discuss the consequences of the Midterm elections, a New Congress and President Trump’s next two years and its importance to the Central Coast. Be sure to listen here.

MPP graduate named one of the Tribune's Top 20 under 40 award winners

Dec 21, 2018

Twenty young San Luis Obispo County residents have been selected from a field of nearly 100 nominees as winners of The Tribune’s 14th annual Top 20 Under 40 Award. Among the winners is Danielle Borelli, a graduate of Cal Poly's MPP program. Danielle is the Business Services Coordinator at the California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) facility at Camp San Luis Obispo. The CCI provides training courses in cyber security for law enforcement, first-responders, military officers and decision makers.


Three MPP Students Accepted to Present at 2019 WPSA

Nov 2, 2018

Elizabeth Esparza, Elissa Feld and Eamon Nalband had their research projects on technology-based solutions to food redistribution, implementation and policy learning, and energy use and community values accepted to present at the 2019 Western Political Science Association’s Annual Conference in San Diego, CA, in April.

KSBY interview about new voter registrations

Oct 25, 2018

Brett Raffish and Jasmin Fashami, both Political Science majors, were interviewed by KSBY regarding new student voter registrations and how it is important for students to have a "strong voice in their local community." To watch the interview and read the article, please visit KSBY.

CA Bill Project Class Featured in Inside Higher Ed

CA Bill Project Class Featured in Inside Higher Ed

Oct 12, 2018

Professor Chris Den Hartog's Bill Project class was featured in Inside Higher Ed! Check out the article here. You can also check out The Tribune article here.

Matt Moore Takes the #1 Podcast Position

Sep 21, 2018

Matt Moore receives the #1 favorite podcast from Research on Religion for his talk on Buddhism, Meditating Machines, and the Robopocalypse! The host of the podcast, Anthony Gill, stated that "after hanging up the phone, I remember sitting back in my chair and going “Whoa!”

Also, be sure to check out Matt's podcast Was the Buddha a Libertarian?.

Cal Poly Named Best in the West by U.S. News and California’s Best Public-Master’s University by Forbes

Sep 14, 2018

Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook for the 26th straight year. The 2019 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 12th place overall in the West for all regional universities.

AB 2385 Signed into Law!

Aug 29, 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2385 into law which calls on college textbook publishers to inform students about the differences in textbook editions. The Cal Poly Bill Project class gave students​​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to draft​ ​a​ ​bill​ and work with state legislators to potentially​ ​pass​ ​the​ bill through the ​California​ ​state​ ​legislature.​ ​Students from the CA Bill Project class worked with Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, former Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and faculty advisor Dr. Chris Den Hartog to research and draft the bill throughout the 17-18 academic school year. Earlier this year, students traveled to Sacramento to advocate their support for the bill. For more information, please visit KSBY and The Tribune.

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Students present at the 43rd Annual Social Science Student Symposium

May 7, 2018


Three Political Science students, Mira Seyal, Connor Hennessey-Niland, and Ashley Therien presented their research at the 43rd Annual Social Science Student Symposium at Cal State Long Beach over the weekend. The CSU SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium (S4) is modeled on professional conferences in the social sciences where students, from all CSU campuses and California community colleges, in all areas of the social sciences, are able to present their research to their peers. 

  • Mira Seyal. "The Human Rights Movement: A Failure to Secure Group Rights" 
  • Connor Hennessey-Niland. "Regional Hegemony in the Arctic: The Push for Arctic Dominance" 
  • Ashley Therien.  "Exploring New Frontiers: Space Is Not Apolitical" 


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