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2016-2017 Class of Capital Fellows

The Capital Fellows Programs are administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, and are an outstanding opportunity for college graduates to engage in public service and prepare for future careers. 

Last year four students from our department were selected for the 2016-2017 Class of Capital Fellows:

  • Mariana Magana Gamero 
  • Jenny Nguyen 
  • Kensley Davis
  • Conor Cannon 

A special congrats to the Political Science Avocados who had a FANTASTIC SEASON!!!

Players Names
Valerie, Juliana, Michelle, Cody, Galen, Caleb, Eric, Tye, Jenny, Paul, Frank, Jesse, Dominik and Thomas.

The Political Science department is sad to share the news of the passing of our friend and colleague Mark Q. Sawyer, Professor of Political Science and African-American Studies. Professor Sawyer was an internationally renowned scholar whose work on race and racism in Latin America, and racial attitudes in the United States earned him multiple awards and recognitions. He was a member of the faculty at UCLA since 1999, and co-founded the subfield of Race, Ethnicity and Politics (REP) in the UCLA Political Science department in 2006. Professor Sawyer made numerous important contributions in research, teaching, and mentoring students in both Political Science and African-American Studies. His presence will be impossible to replace. Beyond his excellence as a scholar, Mark was loved and admired by countless students and colleagues at UCLA and across the country for his friendship, loyalty and commitment to racial and social justice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sawyer family during this difficult time. We will be sharing additional details about a memorial service as soon as we know more.

Message from the Chair

Welcome to UCLA Political Science

Politics happens between nations, within nations, and within the minds of people within nations.  It affects almost every aspect of our lives, from the warming of our environment, to the cost of education and health care, to our attitudes toward each other.  In the discipline of Political Science, we investigate the nature, causes and consequences of politics.