AI and the First Amendment: Preparing engineers for tomorrow’s big questions

Aug. 7, 2019

On March 23, 2016, Microsoft activated an artificial intelligence chatbot on Twitter called Tay. The company described the project as an experiment in conversational understanding. The more users chatted with Tay, the “smarter” Tay got by learning from context and use of the language sent to it. Think of Tay—the...


Nonpartisans as False Negatives: The Mismeasurement of Party Identification in Public Opinion Surveys

July 9, 2019

Andy Baker, University of Colorado Boulder; Lucio Renno, University of Brasília Published: May 21, 2019 Abstract: We argue that most survey measures of partisanship are misclassifying many respondents as nonpartisans. Common wordings, especially those in major cross-national surveys, violate well-established best practices in questionnaire design by reading aloud a nonpartisanship...

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Political Science Graduate Students Receive Awards

May 9, 2019

The Graduate students of the Political Science Department received multiple honors at this year’s Graduate School Recognition Ceremony. SeongJun Kim was awarded the Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Pavel Bacovsky received the Graduate School Summer Fellowship. Carey E. Stapleton earned the GPTI Teaching Excellence Award. The Beverly Sears Award was given to...

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Research asks: Do voters hold elected officials accountable?

April 30, 2019

Answer, not so much, according to a trio of researchers including CU Boulder political scientist During a campaign stop in Iowa in 2016, now-President Donald Trump famously told his supporters: "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose voters." Though the 2016...

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Tree Planted to Honor Professor Horst Mewes

April 25, 2019

On Thursday, April 25th, 2019, a Norhtern Catalpa Speciosa was planted to honor the memory of Professor Horst Mewes. The tree was planted near the Norlin Sundial on the North Side of Ketchum to welcome students to campus. Read About Horst Mewes Meet Horst Mewes

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2019 Marinus Smith Award Winners

April 23, 2019

The Political Science Department would like to congratulate Professor Sarah Wilson Sokhey and Professor Jennifer Fitzgerald on recieving the 2018-2019 Marinus Smith Awards. We feel grateful to have such amazing faculty! "The Marinus Smith Awards are presented each spring to nominated faculty, advisors and staff members who have made a...

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Political Science Graduates will be Recipients of the Chancellor's Recognition Award

April 22, 2019

The Department of Political Science is proud to announce Sarah Papich and Katja Walton will recieve this year's Chancellor's Recognition Award. This award is presented to those graduating seniors who have earned all A's throughout their college career. Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano will present their award at the spring commencement...


CU Boulder student wins prestigious Truman Scholarship

April 12, 2019

A University of Colorado Boulder student has been awarded a 2019 Truman Scholarship , marking the second year in a row that a student from the university has won the prestigious graduate fellowship. Jake Reagan, a 20-year-old junior who is double majoring in political science and Spanish and minoring in...

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CU Undergrad Presents at MPSA 2019

April 9, 2019

On April 6th, Jeffrey Nonnemacher presented his research at the 77th annual Midwest Political Science Association conference . The conference took place in Chicago, Illinois, and gives students an opportunity to show off their own research. In order to participate, each applicant must submit a proposal to the heads of...


2019 Sophonisba Breckinridge Award: Jennifer Wolak

April 8, 2019

Our own Jennifer Wolak is the recipient of this year's Sophonisba Breckinridge Award at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) over the weekend. The award is for the best paper on the topic of women and politics, and Professor Wolak won it for her paper "Patrisan Biases, Gender Biases, and...