Lernik Begian
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Lernik Begian is a 2016-17 Gardner Fellow from UC Berkeley. Lernik was born in Karaj, Iran (her family had to leave Tehran because of the Iran-Iraq War). In Iran, a woman’s testimony in court is legally worth half a man’s; a woman can never become a judge; and a woman cannot leave the country without her father’s...
courtney_tran4_cropped
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Courtney Tran is a 2016-17 Gardner Fellow from UC Berkeley. As the child of Vietnam War refugees, Courtney is passionate about the plight of displaced people. Her interest stems from the parallels she sees between her family’s story and that of refugees, asylum seekers, and IDPs worldwide. She believes that countries...
group shot of Cal in Sac fellows
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The 2016 Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows will be starting their internships in the state capital later this month. After the completion of the Cal-in-Sacramento California Politics and Policy course, taught this year by former Assemblymember and now Superior Court of Sacramento County Judge Alyson Lewis, the fellows will move to...
san francisco city hall
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The Matsui Center is excited to announce the 2016 Matsui Local Government Fellows. Congratulations to Melody Gu , Araceli Hernandez , Ellie Householder , Matthew Lewis , Sonnie Beth Martinez , and Dalia Nava ! As Matsui Local Government Fellows, they will be spending the summer working full-time in local government across...
Eric Schickler and Sarah Binder
Monday, May 2, 2016
The potential conflict between America’s modern, polarized political parties and the country’s two-century-old constitutional system was the focus of a two-day conference April 29-30 organized by IGS Affiliated Faculty members Paul Pierson and Eric Schickler, two of the country’s leading political scientists. The Hewlett...
Eric Schickler
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Eric Schickler is Professor and Department Chair of Political Science at UC Berkeley. His research interests include Congress, American political development, rational choice theory, political parties, and public opinion. Schickler is also an IGS Affiliated Faculty member. Here, he discusses his research and forthcoming...
Refugee children from Syria at a clinic in Ramtha, northern Jordan (9613477263)
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Former John Gardner Fellows Kati Hinman and Megan Majd have received Projects for Peace awards to help them fund international initiatives focused on conflict prevention, resolution and reconciliation. Megan will be traveling to Turkey to work with Syrian refugee women and children. Her project will help Syrian women and...
gabe lenz
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Gabe Lenz is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley. His research interests include elections, public opinion, political psychology and political economy. Lenz is member of the IGS Faculty Advisory Committee and a contributor to the IGS Poll. Here, he discusses his research and forthcoming work. What...
Gamer Changers authors
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Can voters truly change things by going to the polls? The answer is yes, according to the four authors of " Game Changers: Twelve Elections that Transformed California ," which won the California Historical Society Book Award in 2014. Steve Swatt , Susie Swatt , Jeff Raimundo , and Rebecca LaVally spoke at IGS about the...
panelists at Annual review of presidency event
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
President Obama will leave office with a legacy of significant accomplishments, but also with a vestige of disappointment among voters who once invested too much hope in his historic victory, according to panelists at the 35th annual IGS/Matsui Center Review of the Presidency . The panelists – Tom Mann of IGS, Julia Azari...

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