2018 Percy Synar winners with the Brandts and Terri Bimes
Friday, March 16, 2018
Join us in congratulating the 2018 recipients of the Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research and the Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship . A ceremony to honor the recipients and their faculty advisers was held in the Harris Room on February 23. The Synar Graduate Research Fellowship awardees...
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
IGS Director Lisa García Bedolla has been named a 2017 winner of the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity . The award acknowledges meritorious achievement by faculty in pursuit of the University's mission to create an inclusive environment, serving the needs of our increasingly diverse state...
Zack Weinberg
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Name: Zack Weinberg Year: Senior, Class of 2018 Major: Cognitive Science, Double Minor in Public Policy & Computer Science Hometown: Potomac, MD Service Placement: Intern at San Francisco Department of Technology Favorite Quote: “It’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you.” Rachel Dawes, Batman...
Yvonne Dorantes
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Name: Yvonne Dorantes Year: Senior, Class of 2018 Major: Political Science; Minor: Conservation and Resource Studies Hometown: San Ardo, CA Service Placement: Summer 2016—Cal-in-Sacramento Intern for Assemblymember Rudy Salas’ Capitol Office; Summer 2017—Matsui Local Government Fellow at Assemblymember Anna Caballero’s...
photo of Danny Murillo
Friday, October 20, 2017
On Sunday evening October 22nd, Danny Murillo (Gardner Fellow 2015) was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on 60 Minutes about the time he spent in confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison where he spent seven years of his 15-year sentence in solitary confinement. At Pelican Bay State Prison, Danny became a spokesperson against...
Lisa García Bedolla
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
How do you think IGS can and should contribute to political discourse? At IGS, we are hoping to shine a light in the places throughout the state where government is working, places that show how institutions really matter, including governmental agencies, elected bodies, and the state’s universities. I believe that our job...
Dana Alpert
Monday, October 2, 2017
Name: Dana Alpert Year: Junior, Class of 2019 Major: Political Science, Double Minor in Public Policy and Political Economy Hometown: Templeton, CA Service Placement: Intern in State Senator Steve Glazer's Office Fun fact/quote: I'm proficient in ASL (American Sign Language)! What sparked your interest in public service? I...
Lisa Garcia Bedolla
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Dear Members of the IGS Community, Greetings from Moses Hall and welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. I am excited to take on the role as IGS Director and privileged to join such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of students, faculty and community members. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you. I am a Cal...
speaker at Brexit Trump conference
Thursday, September 7, 2017
The year 2016 was a tumultuous time in US and UK politics: British voters chose to exit the EU and American voters elected Donald Trump as president. On August 30 th 2017, the Anglo-American Studies Program at the Institute of Governmental Studies sponsored a day-long conference, Brexit-Trump: What’s Next for the US, UK...

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