University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science

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The Louis Rakin Foundation

During the Fall Semester 2016 Professor Caroline Beer taught the annual Rakin Seminar. The course examines the transition to democracy in Mexico. Professor Beer used funds from the Louis Rakin Foundation to bring three leading scholars of Mexico's democratic transition to the University of Vermont. Nicolas Loza Otero, a professor at the Facultad Latinoamerica de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Mexico City, and Alvaro Lopez Lara, a professor at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) in Mexico City spent Monday, October 3 meeting with Beer's classes to discuss the party system and the upcoming presidential elections in Mexico. On October 4, Beer organized a research workshop for Loza Otero and Lopez Lara along with Roderic Ai Camp, a leading scholar on Mexican politics from Claremont McKennna College in California. The four scholars worked together to revise three research papers, one on the cabinet ministers in Mexico, another on state party ideology, and a third on the impact of organized crime on electoral institutions.

Introduction to Political Science

The Political Science Department at the University of Vermont offers courses across the discipline, taught by scholar-teachers with outstanding research records and national reputations. Whether you are interested in American politics, law, women's issues, political theory, international relations or the politics of different world areas, you will find members of the department teaching courses and doing cutting-edge research in your field of interest.

Why Study Political Science at UVM?

UVM's Political Science Department offers its students the best of both worlds: a department exclusively focused on undergraduates, on the model of a liberal arts college, and a faculty with research and publication records comparable to those found in major research universities.

World-Class Faculty and Programs

From pre-law advising to the departmental honors program to internships in Vermont and Washington to study abroad, the Political Science Department offers its students an array of programs to supplement their course work and get them ready for life after graduation. These programs complement the teaching and research of our distinguished faculty, providing our students with a political science education second to none.

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