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Students who major or minor in Political Science can expect to receive excellent instruction and training from the Political Science faculty, both on the main campus and on our campus at Shady Grove. Our students excel in the classroom and are involved in many different extracurricular activities, such as internships, research, study abroad, and participation in our clubs. Upon graduating our alumni have worked for local and state governments, the federal government, legal offices, and in the civil service. Others have gone on to law school or graduate school for some aspect of political science or public policy. Some alumni become teachers, with several beginning their teaching careers with the Teach for America program. We also have an excellent record in statewide and national competitions. For example, Political Science students from UMBC have served as the University of Maryland student regent, have received Fulbright grants for teaching and research around the world, and have won the highly selective Truman Scholarship for outstanding public service leadership. Furthermore, Political Science students have led UMBC’s Mock Trial team to national prominence and have placed exceptionally well at Model United Nations conferences. We also provide opportunities for students to interact with each other in the Department through the Council of Majors, politically-oriented clubs, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for Political Science. Beyond regular coursework, there is a lot to do in the Department and we are proud that our students are leaving their mark in various ways both while at UMBC and after graduation.

Our faculty represent most of the subfields in Political Science, from political philosophy to American politics and public policy to law, international relations and comparative politics. Political Science faculty conduct innovative research and have written books and articles for top publishers and journals in the field. They have also won or been nominated for numerous teaching awards. We are known as being strong teachers and researchers at UMBC and, along with our wonderful staff, we enjoy working with our students both in and out of the classroom.

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    I Hate the News May 21
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-05-21) Dasgupta, Sunil
    The weekly news analysis from I Hate Politics: Montgomery County Council President Andrew Friedson on criticism of the new 2024-25 budget passed last week. Maryland Public Service Commission Chair Fred Hoover on getting tough with retail energy suppliers. Primary election numbers with Gilberto Zelaya of the County Board of Elections. Canine flu outbreak continues in the local animal shelter. Music from Doogie Whittaker and the Lonesome Mile.
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    Did you Miss the GIS Revolution in Local Government?
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-05-24) Dasgupta, Sunil; Kim, Yeon
    Listen to this episode from I Hate Politics Podcast on Spotify. Electronic mapping and the databases that drive it–together known as Geographic Information System or GIS–have revolutionized how local government works from street repair to summer camps. Sunil Dasgupta talks with Yeon Kim, the founding manager of the GIS unit for the City of Gaithersburg, about the impact on municipal services, public information, and decision-making in city hall. Music from Damascus, MD,-based rapper and music producer Cataclizm: youtube.com/@thereckoning301.
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    I Hate the News May 28
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-05-28) Dasgupta, Sunil
    Listen to this episode from I Hate Politics Podcast on Spotify. The weekly news analysis from I Hate Politics: Montgomery County, MD, Board of Education and County Council play hot potato over the 2024-25 school budget as the teacher’s union and program beneficiaries mount protests. Federal court in Baltimore allows the estate of Henrietta Lacks to sue a company that used her stem cells without consent. City of Rockville looks at moving its big annual Memorial Day music festival back to its downtown. And shutting down a high school greenhouse for the summer. Music from SoulTet and Capital Effect playing at Rockville’s Home Town Holidays.
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    Inside David Trone's $60m Senate Campaign
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-05-31) Dasgupta, Sunil; Ngwafon, Michelle
    Listen to this episode from I Hate Politics Podcast on Spotify. Congressman David Trone’s campaign for Maryland’s US Senate seat was one of the most expensive races in the country and yet his rival Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks won. Sunil Dasgupta talks with the Trone campaign political director Michelle Ngwafon about the twists and turns and the lessons from a lost race. Music from Silver Spring musician and writer Jon Brayton who performs as Myster Treefrog.
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    We Love Consequential Primaries
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-05-17) Gelillo, Daniel; Nolan, Andrew; Dasgupta, Sunil
    Maryland's 2024 primary election featured never before money, some wide open races, political establishment reassertion, and scandals looming over local races. I Hate Politics Assistant Producer Daniel Gelillo talks with UMBC history professor Andrew Nolan and UMBC political science professor and regular host Sunil Dasgupta to draw out lessons from the recent polls. Music by Washington DC post-punk band, Grey Swift.
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    I Hate the News May 7
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-05-07) Dasgupta, Sunil
    Listen to this episode from I Hate Politics Podcast on Spotify. The problem of web-ballots in elections; what happens when a candidate using public campaign funds decides to quit; Northwood High School students come together to protest the school board's decision to leave them without an auditorium and athletic fields; and the Washington Metro workers union protests discussions about wage freezes in their management's talks with government officials. Music from Doogie Whittaker and the Lonesome Mile.
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    I Hate the News May 14
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-05-14) Dasgupta, Sunil
    Maryland Primary Day 2024; what early voting yielded for turnout. Student protests in the Washington DC region die down and Congress holds hearings on antisemtism in schools including in Montgomery County. City of Rockville asks the regional Transportation Planning Board to remove the I-270 toll lane project from the list for studying air quality impacts while Virginia seeks to add toll lanes on Woodrow Wilson Bridge in space designated for transit. Music from Doogie Whittaker and the Lonesome Mile.
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    Partisan, Humble Thyself: How Political Overconfidence Fuels Affective Polarization
    (Cambridge University Press, 2024-05-01) Anson, Ian
    Ongoing research shows that many Americans erroneously believe themselves to know more about politics than their peers. This form of “political overconfidence” has been associated with extreme ideological position-taking and susceptibility to misinformation, among other patterns of behavior. Does knowledge overconfidence among partisans also drive negative affect towards members of the opposing political party? In this short article, I present the results of a pre-registered survey experiment (N = 1,049) designed to assess the causal link between knowledge overconfidence and negative perceptions of political parties and their members. By randomly exposing experimental subjects to messages designed to mitigate knowledge overconfidence, I measure the degree to which such interventions can reduce negativity towards partisans’ political opponents. Results show that invoking humility among partisans can dampen negative assessments of the out-party and raise respondents’ willingness to communicate with partisan alters.
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    The Social Sciences of Podcasts with Dr. Jason Loviglio
    (UMBC Center for Social Science Research, 2024-04-08) Anson, Ian; Loviglio, Jason
    On this episode, Dr. Anson speaks with Dr. Jason Loviglio, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Media and Communication Studies at UMBC. Dr. Loviglio is the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Radio and Podcasting Studies, and recently published a piece about podcasting entitled “From Radio to Podcasting: Intimacy and Massification” that echoes many of the themes in our discussion.
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    Brenda Diaz for Board of Education: Candidate Interview
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-05-10) Dasgupta, Sunil; Diaz, Brenda
    Listen to this episode from I Hate Politics Podcast on Spotify. 2024 Primary Election Candidate Interview with former MCPS teacher Brenda Diaz, now a challenger running for the Montgomery County Board of Education in District 2. All eligible voters can cast their choice for all school board races. You can find interviews with other candidates in the I Hate Politics library on all major streaming platforms. Music for the episode are two piano compositions from Kensington resident Adam Bobrow.
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    Neediest areas are being shortchanged on government funds − even with programs designed to benefit poor communities
    (The conversation, 2024-05-06) Deslatte, Aaron; Stokan, Eric; Overton, Michael
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    Sarah Elfreth for Congress: Candidate Interview
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-05-03) Dasgupta, Sunil; Elfreth, Sarah
    Listen to this episode from I Hate Politics Podcast on Spotify. 2024 Primary Election Candidate Interview with State Senator Sarah Elfreth from District 30 now running for Congress in Maryland’s Third District, which is centered on Howard and Anne Arundel counties. The MD3 race is a crowded field. You can find interviews with other candidates in the I Hate Politics library on all major streaming platforms. Music for the episode are two piano compositions from Kensington resident Adam Bobrow.
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    Shebra Evans for Board of Education: Candidate Interview
    (I Hate Politics Podcasts, 2024-04-19) Dasgupta, Sunil; Shebra, Evans
    2024 Primary Election Candidate Interview with two-term Board of Education member from District 4 Shebra Evans now running to be reelected for a third time. All eligible voters can cast their choice for all school board races. You can find interviews with other candidates in the I Hate Politics library on all major streaming platforms. Music for the episode are two short original piano compositions from Kensington resident Adam Bobrow.
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    Lesley Lopez for Congress: Candidate Interview
    (I Hate Politics Podcasts, 2024-04-26) Dasgupta, Sunil; Lopez, Lesley
    2024 Primary Election Candidate Interview with two-term State Delegate Lesley Lopez from District 39 now running for Congress in Maryland’s Sixth District, which goes from Montgomery in the south all the way to Western Maryland. The Sixth District is probably the most competitive US House race in the state this election season. You can find interviews with other candidates in the I Hate Politics library on all major streaming platforms. Music for the episode are two short original piano compositions from Kensington resident Adam Bobrow.
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    Immigrant Attitudes Toward Women’s Political Participation in Maryland
    (UMBC Review, 2024) Patel, Riya; Filomeno, Felipe
    Acculturation theory states that immigrants usually maintain some beliefs and values from their homeland during their adaptation process in a new country. Based on this theory, it is plausible that immigrants will hold onto the attitudes toward women typical of their home countries when developing their attitudes toward women’s participation in politics in the United States. Few studies have specifically examined attitudes toward women in politics across multiple groups of immigrants. This study investigates how homeland views on gender roles might influence the perceptions immigrants have toward women involved in the political process in the United States. The study used a survey applied to 163 immigrant adults from multiple counties in Maryland. After conducting difference of means tests, single variable linear regressions, and multivariate regressions, this study finds that while homeland gender attitudes had an impact on immigrant attitudes toward women in politics in the US, other demographic variables wield greater influence on these perceptions. Specifically, the study found that gender, political orientation, and age were strong predictors of immigrant attitudes toward women in politics in the United States.
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    Even the Key Bridge Collapse Did Not Alter Maryland's Priorities
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-04-12) Dasgupta, Sunil; Kurtz, Josh; Wood, Pam
    The 2024 session of the Maryland General Assembly saw over 800 bills passed of the nearly 3000 filed. Sunil Dasgupta talks with veteran Annapolis reporters Josh Kurtz of Maryland Matters and Pam Wood of The Baltimore Banner about the successes, failures, and surprises from 90 days of legislative work under conditions of one-party rule. Music from Damascus, MD,-based rapper and music producer Cataclizm: youtube.com/@thereckoning301.
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    Double-header: Sam Ross for MCPS SMOB
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-04-05) Dasgupta, Sunil; Ross, Samantha
    Listen to this episode from I Hate Politics Podcast on Spotify. Sunil Dasgupta talks with Montgomery Blair High School junior Samantha Ross, one of two finalists for the Student Member of the Montgomery County Board of Education in 2024-25. The SMOB is one of eight on the county school board, nearly co-equal with other generally elected members, but voted in by MCPS secondary school students only. Music for this episode comes from Adam Bobrow. Ross Insta: @sam.for.smob.
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    The Rise of Drone Reporting
    (I Hate Politics Podcasts, 2024-03-29) Dasgupta, Sunil; Pruss, Tim
    Listen to this episode from I Hate Politics Podcast on Spotify. In a week when we saw video of Baltimore's Key Bridge crumple from the impact of a colliding container ship, Sunil Dasgupta talks with Montgomery County drone reporter Tim Pruss whose aerial video footage of crashes, first response teams, lines of traffic, and the serenity of nature are just as stunning in the emerging field of drone news reporting. Music from Damascus, MD,-based rapper and music producer Cataclizm: youtube.com/@thereckoning301. Follow Pruss: https://twitter.com/MyDronePro.
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    The Book of White Rural Rage
    (I Hate Politics Podcast, 2024-03-22) Dasgupta, Sunil; Schaller, Tom; Waldman, Paul
    Listen to this episode from I Hate Politics Podcast on Spotify. Sunil Dasgupta talks with UMBC political scientist Tom Schaller and Washington DC journalist Paul Waldman about their bestselling new book examining the threat to American democracy from the paradox of the power and impotence of 15 percent of the US population living in rural America. Music from Damascus, MD,-based rapper and music producer Cataclizm: youtube.com/@thereckoning301. White Rural Rage: https://a.co/d/0YmkWJ7.
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    Brooke Lierman on Maryland's Slow Economy
    (I Hate Politics Podcasts, 2024-03-15) Dasgupta, Sunil; Lierman, Brooke
    In the face of population loss and sluggish economic growth in the state, Maryland’s Comptroller Brooke Lierman commissioned a State of the Economy Report. Lierman talks with Sunil Dasgupta about the central findings and implications of the report including women’s participation in the state labor market, housing affordability, childcare, and more. Music from Washington DC garage punk band, Apollo 66: apollo66rock.com.