Category: Past Events

August 27, 2019

Campaign Finance Transparency Affects Legislators’ Election Outcomes and Behavior Do audits by executive agencies impact the behavior of those audited? Does revealing negative information about legislators affect electoral results and…

April 15, 2019
April 2, 2019

by Casey Fischl Gary Segura is the Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Under his leadership, Luskin has successfully launched its first undergraduate program in the fall…

February 19, 2019
January 31, 2019

Mosqueda has helped heal USC’s medical school and has worked to integrate social justice into the school’s mission. In her short time as Dean, Mosqueda has revamped the curriculum, created a new position that focuses solely on social justice, and is prioritizing diversity in both her staff and students.

January 29, 2019

by Nathan K. Micatka and Nicholas Napolio

While the field of political science may seem staid to outsiders, it has evolved significantly in terms of research methods over the last 40 years. The behaviorally based studies that dominated in the 1970s gave rise to the subfield of American Political Development (APD) in the 1980s as a way to more fully realize and incorporate the study of history and institutions. APD scholars made narrative-based causal arguments to understand the history of American politics. Over the past decade, a trend toward more data-oriented studies of causal relationships has emerged …

October 22, 2018
October 9, 2018

Ben Graham is an assistant professor at USC’s School of International Relations. Ben discussed his paper, Network Ties and the Political Strategies of Firms, co-written with Cesi Cruz. Abstract: Social ties are critical to…

October 4, 2018

by Shuaifeng Yao MinaChow‘sdocumentary FACE OF A NATION was able to reach the right audience: Legislators. When architecture, cultural diplomacy, civic action, combine to be greater than the sum of the…

September 25, 2018

LaGina Gause discussed her research paper, The Advantage of Disadvantage: Protests, Resources, and Legislative Behavior. It is well documented that low-resource groups are disadvantaged in the political process. But, when low-resource groups can…

September 13, 2018
September 11, 2018

“Uncovering Discrimination in the Policing of Anti-Immigrant Hate Crime”  With an increase in ethnically motivated hate crime, we explore the issue of the rigor in which law enforcement agencies police potential hate…

April 25, 2018

Congressional primaries, like primary elections in general, are imagined to give voters, rather than party elites, the ability to choose which candidate wins the nomination. Indeed, we might expect primary election outcomes to reflect the preferences of the median primary voter, in roughly the way we expect general election outcomes to reflect the preferences of the overall district median.

We challenge this conventional wisdom.

April 18, 2018
April 11, 2018

The Challenge of Measuring Political Polarization in the US over Time using Congressional Roll Call Votes Jeff Lewis is professor of Political Science, UCLA. He is also the current president…