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Department Highlights

October 2020: Jeffrey Davis has published an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun about Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

September/October 2020: Please see here for Roy Meyer’s op-ed concerning Question 1 on Maryland’s ballot in the upcoming election and here for a second op-ed on how covid-19 might influence Maryland’s budget. Both appear in “Maryland Matters.” Please continue to check back on this page for additional op-eds written by our Department’s budgeting expert!

August 2020: Political Science student Katie Poteet is named UMBC’s “Researcher of the Week”!

July 2020: A huge congratulations to Nihira Mugamba for being named a 2020 Newman Civic Fellow! Nihira is the 6th UMBC student to receive this honor. See here for an article about Nihira’s work.

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July 2020: Congratulations to Professors Susan Sterett (in Public Policy) and William Blake for their article about the legal implications of reopening college campuses. 

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June/July, 2020: Political Science Professor William Blake was quoted in the AP about the Supreme Court’s move to online during the pandemic. Please click here to see the article.  Also, see here for Professor Blake’s recent article about the Electoral College that was published in The Conversation.

April, 2020: Please join me in congratulating Miranda Snyder for her recently published article, entitled “Diplomatic Disarray: Exploring American Brinkmanship in Obtaining Russian Compliance with the INF Treaty” in the UMBC Review! Way to go, Miranda!!!! Check it out here! Miranda’s article begins on page 85.

March, 2020: Please click here to see Political Science Professor Jeffrey Davis’s recent and important article about the upcoming 2020 Presidential elections that was published in The Atlantic on March 29th.

March, 2020: Congratulations ONCE AGAIN to UMBC Mock Trial! The UMBC A team won seven ballots at the Lancaster, PA Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) and earned a bid to the 2020 National Championship Tournament in Chicago, Illinois! Out of 750 teams, only 48 can go, and UMBC is one of them! More to come. And a special cheer for Sydney Gaskins for earning perfect ranks on BOTH sides of her case, making her a ‘double-sided All National winner’ for the second year in a row. Well done to everyone on the teams! Click here for more information about UMBC’s Mock Trial team. 

February, 2020: Click here to see Roy Meyers in action, speaking to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget on CSPAN3.

December, 2019: Super congratulations to Mrs. Emma Sellers, Program Management Specialist for Political Science, for being recognized for 40 years of service to the State of Maryland! Click here for a link to a video of Mrs. Sellers describing her experience at UMBC. Mrs. Sellers: “Learn from your mistakes and keep moving!”

December, 2019: Shout out to Dr. Brian Grodsky for moderating a forum with three European Union Ambassadors from Estonia, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia on December 3rd during their visit to UMBC. It was an engaging and well attended discussion about democratization, shared democratic values, and the current struggles many democracies are facing. Click here for a story about the event.


September, 2019: Check out Tom Schaller’s contribution to Democracy: A Journal of Ideas about his 2006 book, Whistling Past Dixie.


September, 2019: Congratulations to Devin Hagerty on the publication of his new book!

August 2019:

The Department of Political Science now has a Facebook and Linkin page for our alumni! Please use these links to connect with fellow alums from UMBC!

Also, please check back periodically… we plan on hosting an event in the Department for the 2019 Homecoming. We hope to see you!

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August 2019: Check out Professor Forestiere and the inaugural UMBC Dawg Days Abroad group in Bristol, UK!


May 2019: UMBC’s 2019 CAHSS Valedictorian is Political Science student Samiksha Manjani! Please join all of us in congratulating Samiksha on this tremendous accomplishment. She will speak at this year’s graduation on May 23rd at the UMBC Events Center.

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April, 2019: Congratulations to this year’s Political Science Faculty Awards winners! Ian Anson has received the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Mid-Career Faculty Award, Brigid Starkey has received the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, and Carolyn Forestiere has received the Presidential Teaching Award.


April, 2019: Political Science Major Evan Avila wins a Truman Scholarship!!

Please join all of us in recognizing Evan Avila’s amazing accomplishment!!!!

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January, 2019: UMBC MOCK TRIAL TAKES TOP PRIZE AT GEORGETOWN’S HILLTOP INVITATIONAL! See here for more information. Super-Congratulations to the team!!!

January, 2019: Roy Meyers is quoted in the New York Times here and did an interview for “The Takeaway” here about the ongoing government shutdown.  Also, click on this link to hear a recent podcast about the shutdown. 

January, 2019: Research Professor George LaNoue published an op-ed about the Maryland HBCU case in the Baltimore Sun. See here. 

January, 2019: See Carolyn Forestiere’s edited volume of Contemporary Italian Politics

January, 2019: Click here for Brian Grodsky’s most recent op-ed about Bosnia in The Globe Post.


November, 2018: Check out Eric Stokan and Roy Meyer’s new op-ed in the Maryland Observer about the new Amazon headquarters (HQ2). 

November, 2018: Election Night Event at the Commons to hear the midterm election results. We had a great turnout for the student presentations: students in Prof. Anson’s course provided information about their exit polling efforts in Baltimore County and students in Prof. Kobren’s course provided information about the Senate races. Thank you to everyone who came out! Also, see our Twitter feed for more information.

November, 2018: UMBC’s Mock Trial Team wins FIRST PLACE at the Duke University Tobacco Road Invitational Tournament. After a dominant performance and a record of 7-1, UMBC took first place at the tournament! Congratulations to Ben Garmoe and the entire team. More information coming…

October, 2018: Political Science Professor Roy Meyers wins the Aaron Wildavsky Award from the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. Click here for Professor Meyers’ comments upon receiving the award. Professor Meyers is the third University System of Maryland professor to receive this award, following Allen Schick (UMCP, 1994) and Phil Joyce (UMCP, 2012). 


October, 2018: UMBC political science alum Judge Wanda Keyes Heard, ’79, won UMBC’s 2018 Outstanding Alumna in Social Sciences Award. Click here for the story. Also, political science alum Zainab Alkebsi ’09 (pictured below), who currently serves as policy counsel for the National Association for the Deaf, won this year’s Rising Star Award. Congratulations to our wonderful alums!


August, 2018: Elli Liberman’s edited book, Deterring Terrorism, has been published by Routledge

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August, 2018: William Blake’s summer moot court course was featured in the Baltimore Sun

July, 2018: Ian Anson’s article on democratic support in America in The Conversation

July, 2018: Jeffrey Davis Discusses Due Process and Family Separations at the United States’ border on The Conversation and with WYPR


June, 2018: Political Science’s Evan Avila Wins Policy Innovation Award. Please join us in congratulating Evan Avila, Political Science (Class of 2020), who won the iOme Challenge with his paper  Rethinking Millennial Retirement: Policy Recommendations for a Gig EconomyYou can also watch the video summary of his research. Congratulations, Evan!


May, 2018: Click here to see Brian Grodsky’s piece in the Conversation about Russian democracy’s “lost promise”

May, 2018: Brigid Starkey answers why human rights are not a part of North Korea talks. The interview can he found here.

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April, 2018: Congratulations to our Department’s award winners! From left to right: Dean Scott Casper, Meghan Lynch, Arnold Adja, Summer Akhtar, Morgan Nelson, Marc Schultz, Carrie Cook, Department Chair Carolyn Forestiere










March, 2018: Roy Meyers and Eric Stokan’s op-ed in the Maryland Reporter about Amazon’s next location can be found here.