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Department Highlights

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 2 019 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, 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!

June 2018: Carolyn Forestiere’s co-edited book, Politica in Italia (2018), has been published by the Cattaneo Institute and Mulino. The English version (which will be printed as a special edition of Contemporary Italian Politics) is forthcoming at the end of the year

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.