Thursday, March 12, 2015
Political science majors Sandra Farzam and Brandon M. Wong have been named the 2015 winners of the William K. (Sandy) Muir, Jr. Leadership Award . The Muir award, established in 2014, is given to deserving Berkeley undergraduate students who have demonstrated a high level of academic distinction and a strong commitment to...
Friday, March 6, 2015
A videorecording of former Texas state senator Wendy Davis's speech to a sold-out crowd at the Banatao Auditorium on March 4 is now available online . Davis received attention in 2013 for her 11-hour filibuster against legislation that would restrict abortion. In 2014 she was the first female nominee for Texas governor in...
Sandy Muir
Friday, February 27, 2015
William K. (Sandy) Muir, Jr. passed away in his sleep surrounded by his loving family on the morning of February 26, 2015 at the age of 83. For more than 30 years, Professor Emeritus Sandy Muir taught thousands of Berkeley undergraduates and graduate students about American democracy, U.S. constitutional law, and the...
Friday, February 20, 2015
Video of last month's conference, California Votes: A Postmortem on the 2014 Election , is now available online . The two-day conference featured more than 30 experts of all backgrounds and political beliefs who examined the day-to-day campaigns, the broader issues of the election, and the long-term questions facing the...
Thursday, February 19, 2015
On the afternoon of Thursday, January 29, 2015, IGS hosted its first Harold Smith Defense and National Security Series seminar of the semester, featuring Yale political science and business professor Paul Braken . Braken, author of The Second Nuclear Age (2011), spoke about international order in the post-Cold War “second...
Sean Freeder
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Sean Freeder (MA '13) has been named the 2015 recipient of the David M. Howard Memorial Prize in American Politics. Sean attended the University of Washington before enrolling as a doctoral candidate in the UC Berkeley Political Science department. Sean’s dissertation research explores why certain policy preferences are...
Aaron Hall
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Congratulations to Aaron R. Hall , the 2015 recipient of the Fred Martin, Jr. American Political History award. A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, Aaron is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of History. He is working on a dissertation titled: A Constitutional Sublime: Claiming the Founding in...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Matsui Center and the Institute of Governmental Studies are offering five grants and fellowships for UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students during the Spring semester. Information on all five are below. Matsui Local Government Fellowship The Matsui Local Government Fellowship offers students the opportunity to...
Thomas E. Mann
Monday, December 15, 2014
Thomas E. Mann, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, will be joining the IGS staff as a permanent resident scholar in 2015. Mann is a renowned congressional scholar and former executive director of the American Political Science Association. His most recent book co-authored with Norman Ornstein, It’...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Will Republicans gain control of the Senate? And if they do, what are the consequences of having a Republican-controlled Congress? With those key questions, IGS Director Jack Citrin opened the discussion at " The Future of the Senate: Predicting Election-Day Outcomes " event on October 17. Gabriel Lenz (UC Berkeley,...

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