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A day in the life of a Dean’s Fellow

Oct. 22, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
Rolando Almada explains how the GPS MCEPA program has afforded him the opportunity to study the intricacies of the relationship among China, Mexico and the U.S.

California Cities Top List of New Report Ranking U.S. Climate Action Plans

Oct. 22, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Despite achievements, most cities need to cut emissions by 64% to reach their respective goals

UC San Diego Mexico Violence Resource Project Goes Beyond Cartels to Study Drug War

Oct. 14, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Project serves as reliable database for organized crime statistics and provides innovative analysis of dynamics of violence on the one-year anniversary of the shootouts in Culiacán, Sinaloa

Progress Report on GPS's Commitment to Address Challenges of Advancing Anti-Racism in America

Oct. 2, 2020 | By Peter F. Cowhey | GPS News
Dean Peter Cowhey's progress report on GPS's commitment to address challenges of advancing anti-racism in America

Reimagining globalization through research

Sept. 30, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
GPS professors weigh in on the definition of globalization – and the context globalization provides for their studies

‘You can always go around the obstacles’

Sept. 25, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
Despite the ongoing stay-at-home order amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Rafael Fernández de Castro is broadening the reach of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

A culture of encouraging diverse research pursuits

Sept. 23, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
New associate professor David Fortunato gears his research toward two sides of the same coin: how governments operate and how voters understand complex government decisions

A message on the new school year

Sept. 21, 2020 | By Peter F. Cowhey | GPS News
Dean Peter Cowhey's statement on the new school year

UC Policy School Deans’ Response to OMB Prohibition on Critical Race Theory Training

Sept. 18, 2020 | By Peter F. Cowhey | GPS News
Dean Cowhey joins the other three University of California schools of public policy (Berkeley, Los Angeles, Riverside) in issuing a joint statement about a recent policy issued by the Trump Administration’s Office of Management and Budget

Cash Transfers More Effective than Workforce Training in Improving Lives of Rwandans

Sept. 10, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Study compared the efficacy of the workforce-training program to simply disbursing the cost of the same program directly to beneficiaries

Three GPS professors named as Hellman Fellows

Aug. 27, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
Francisco Garfias, Uma Karmarkar and Agustina Paglayan receive fellowships to support innovative research projects, many designed with an eye toward reimagining globalization

From Thailand to the local passport agency, a student explores new horizons

Aug. 27, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
Topher Taylor, 2021 MIA candidate, shares his experience as a Robertson Fellow and where in the world a degree in international affairs can take you

A focus on policymaking and social justice

Aug. 27, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
GPS welcomes Brian Libgober, a new assistant professor whose research looks at administrative policymaking, interest group politics and financial regulation

Affirmative Action Incentivizes High Schoolers to Perform Better, New Research Shows

Aug. 20, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Evidence from India reveals underrepresented students stay in school longer under the policy

Democracy as a habit – in 10 minutes or less

July 30, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
GPS alumnus Jarrod Russell ’11, founder of VotePlus10, was awarded the 2020 Alumni Sustainability Award for his activism with climate change and social issues

It’s time for San Diego to talk trash

July 30, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
Students in Kate Ricke’s spring class develop a model focusing on the city’s outdated trash policies – and provide recommendations for policymakers to enact change

‘A lot of experimentation’

July 27, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
Despite ongoing challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor John Ahlquist tackles new opportunities in research and teaching

Science Policy Fellows use research to help shape well-informed policy options

July 14, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
This year’s fellows Kara Voss, Paul Glick and Michael Sierks present their findings in an effort to bridge the ivory tower and public policy

Trade Wars with China Could Cost U.S. Universities $1.15 Billion

July 13, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
New research reveals U.S. trade policies act as another road block for international students pursuing higher education in the country

Air Pollution’s Connection to Infant Mortality

July 1, 2020 | By Rob Jordon and Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
This year’s fellows Kara Voss, Paul Glick and Michael Sierks present their findings in an effort to bridge the ivory tower and public policy

Ten things to know about our COVID-19 world

June 29, 2020 | By Wendy Hunter Barker | GPS News
GPS webinar series explores the global policy implications of the coronavirus

Mexico Opium Network Launched to Combat Global Opioid Epidemic

June 29, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
UC San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies among the key partner institutions for the first-of–its kind, international effort

Skewing the Vote

June 25, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Voter ID laws discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities, new study reveals

How Race Shapes Who Wins and Who loses in U.S. Democracy

June 25, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Hajnal is author of the new book “Dangerously Divided How Race and Class Shape Winning and Losing in American Politics” which shows how race more than class or any other demographic factor shapes not only how Americans vote but also who wins and who loses when the votes are counted and policies are enacted

Class of 2020 shines brightly in the face of adversity

June 23, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
Speakers honor the resilience of graduating students during this year’s virtual commencement ceremony

Students honored for academic achievements, contributions to GPS community

June 22, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
In lieu of the annual GPS student awards luncheon, honorees were celebrated virtually with a video aired during commencement

Juneteenth and the GPS Community

June 19, 2020 | By Peter F. Cowhey | GPS News
Dean Peter Cowhey's statement on Juneteenth

How Stimulus Dollars are Spent will Affect Emissions for Decades

June 11, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
To tackle COVID-19 and climate change, government spending must deliver jobs and growth alongside deep decarbonization

New Visa Restrictions will Make the U.S. Economic Downturn Worse

June 4, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
The Trump administration is expected to set limits on a popular program that allows international students to work in the U.S. after graduation while remaining on their student visas. The restrictions are likely to make economic woes in the U.S. even worse.

Statement on George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery

June 1, 2020 | By Peter F. Cowhey | GPS News
Dean Peter Cowhey's statement on George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery

A day in the life of a remote student

May 29, 2020 | Virginia Watson | GPS News
MPP student Ama Debrah shares what her life looks like while UC San Diego students are learning from home

Ulrike Schaede and the business reinvention of Japan

May 28, 2020 | Virginia Watson | GPS News
In this Q&A about her new book, GPS professor Ulrike Schaede breaks down how Japan’s new business architecture and corporate strategies have helped the country remain the third largest economy in the world

Robertson Fellows show commitment to public service

May 28, 2020 | Virginia Watson | GPS News
Meet two rising leaders who are gaining access to a world-class education at UC San Diego and are committed to working for the federal government post-graduation

Public Disclosure of COVID-19 Cases Is More Effective than Lockdowns

May 25, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
South Korea is a standout in the current battle against COVID-19, largely due to its widespread testing and contact tracing; however, key to its innovation is publicly disclosing detailed information on the individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

Alumni-nominated spotlight: Jessica Keegan, MAS '16, of the International Republican Institute

May 15, 2020 | Jade Griffin | GPS News
As part of our Pass the Pen series, Jessica Keegan shares her efforts to promote democracy around the globe, how her GPS education supported her career and more

A Brave New Virtual World of Work?

May 14, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in remote work on an unprecedented scale. UC San Diego, like other employers and organizations around the globe, has had to pivot toward telework for staff and faculty members alike. Will this sudden transition shape the future of a new world of work?

A rundown of binge-worthy shows and films

April 24, 2020 | Virginia Watson | GPS News
During the current stay-at-home order, we asked GPS professors to recommend their favorite series or movies to stream

Deforestation Drives Disease, Climate Change and It’s Happening at a Rapid Rate

April 23, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Conserving forests does not just save trees; it saves lives in the short and long-term says researcher

Global connections foster global solutions

April 22, 2020 | Virginia Watson | GPS News
GPS’s 2020 Outstanding Alumnus Jeff Rector shares how connecting with alumni has enhanced his career and furthered his goal of worldwide climate change mitigation

Taking the reins at CGT

April 20, 2020 | Virginia Watson | GPS News
New director for the Center on Global Transformation Joshua Graff Zivin talks multidisciplinary research and plans for the center’s future

New COVID-19 Webinar Series: How will Coronavirus Change the World?

April 16, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
In this time of fear and uncertainty, many seek to understand how the novel coronavirus will change the world permanently.

Economic Impact of COVID-19 will Make the Fight Against Climate Change Harder

April 15, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus have reduced the demand for fuel and slashed oil prices. Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the chief long-term cause of climate warming, have slid perhaps by one-fifth, but can we expect COVID-19 to create lasting change for the planet?

Global Coronavirus Challenge Calls for U.S.-China Cooperation

April 9, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
UC San Diego’s world-renowned scholars in U.S.-China studies explain what’s at stake.

Bipartisan Coalition Urges U.S.-China Cooperation to Combat COVID-19

April 3, 2020 | By Christine Clark and Tony Bricktua | UC San Diego News
Over 90 bipartisan, high-level former government officials and experts in the U.S.-China relationship released a joint statement today urging cooperation between the United States and China in a much-needed effort to combat the COVID-19 global health crisis.

A message from Dean Cowhey on COVID-19

March 30, 2020 | By Peter F. Cowhey | GPS News
Hear from Dean Peter Cowhey on the proactive steps we are taking to slow the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring the continuity of our teaching and research at the school

A gift to enhance U.S.-China Relations

March 26, 2020 | By Jade Griffin | GPS News
UC San Diego alumnus Wayne Rong directed $100,000 to establish a student research award in China studies

Reflections of a harrowing journey through China's turbulent revolution

March 19, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
At the 2020 So Kwan Lok Distinguished Lecture on China, economist, investor and author Weijian Shan shared his odyssey of living through the turmoil of Mao’s Cultural Revolution and his path to becoming a successful financier

California’s Strict Air Quality Regulations Help Farmers Prosper

March 19, 2020 | By Christine Clark and Brian Bell | UC San Diego News
Despite reductions, pollution in growing regions persists, pointing to mitigation opportunities

A day in the life of a teaching assistant

March 18, 2020 | By Virginia Watson | GPS News
In a Q&A complementing our Flickr tour of a day in the life of Aimee Barnes, the 2020 BA/MIA candidate reveals what attending GPS looks like today

Ensuring diversity and inclusion

Feb. 25, 2020 | By Wendy Hunter Barker | GPS News
New GPS Diversity Dialogues program aims to engage the community in meaningful conversations

Deploying mangroves to fight climate change

Feb. 18, 2020 | By Jade Griffin | GPS News
GPS alumni Ryan Merrill ’08 and Richard Cohen ’91 are on the frontlines of mangrove reforestation to address climate change and protect vulnerable communities

What is the Best Way to Encourage Innovation? Competitive Pay May be the Answer

Feb. 12, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Field work from UC San Diego and Thermo Fisher finds providing a sizable award to top performers is most effective in producing creative scientific and technological solutions

Alumni-nominated spotlight: Alisha Tomita-Yu ’16 of Oracle

Feb. 12, 2020 | By Jade Griffin | GPS News
As part of an ongoing Pass the Pen series, we feature Alisha Tomita-Yu ’16, who has kept busy since graduation looking at the future of technology at Oracle, championing diversity and inclusion initiatives and mentoring tomorrow’s leaders

A Nation Dangerously Divided: Race Shapes Who Wins and Who Loses in U.S. Democracy

Feb. 6, 2019 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
New book by Zoltan Hajnal reveals how preferences of African-American voters are ignored by federal government—and how to fix it

Student group puts focus on China

Jan. 30, 2020 | By Jade Griffin | GPS News
China Focus student group and blog brings together diverse perspectives on China and its global relations

Decoding the Hong Kong protests – and more

Jan. 22, 2020 | By Jade Griffin | GPS News
As Ruixue Jia returns from sabbatical, the political economist sheds light on economic development in China and the potential impacts of current protests in Hong Kong

Can Solar Geoengineering Mitigate both Climate Change and Income Inequality?

Jan. 13, 2019 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Potential economic benefits of reversing rising temperatures would benefit developing countries greatly, representing a global GDP growth of 200 percent

Is the MPP the right degree for me?

Dec. 17, 2019 | By Wendy Hunter Barker | GPS News
With so many options, learn how you can master the job market with a degree in public policy

Through knowledge we gain understanding

Dec. 16, 2019 | By GPS Communications
Victor Shih models intellectual leadership and curiosity in his appointment as the Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations at GPS

Mapping a cleaner San Diego

Dec. 16, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Sebastian Sarria, MPP ‘20 models the fight for clean energy at the City of San Diego, utilizing his GIS expertise to work on the city’s Climate Action Plan

Report Released at COP 25 Provides Roadmap for Deep Cuts in Highest Emitting Sectors

Dec. 9, 2019 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
UC San Diego professor David Victor and co-authors make the case for stronger international action and radical technical change

A day in the life of a NCAA Woman of the Year Honoree

Nov. 26, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
In a Q&A complementing our Flickr tour, soccer star and 2021 MPP candidate Summer Bales reveals what attending GPS looks like today

Nirupama Rao defines the future of Indo-Pacific relations

Nov. 22, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
A Q&A with former Indian Ambassador to the United States during her Pacific Leadership Fellowship

Winter reading for the bibliophile

Nov. 21, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
We asked GPS professors to recommend their favorite must-read books, from the rich world of fiction to timeless novels

When Will We End Global Warming?

Nov. 21, 2019 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
At the intersection of science, technology and policy, UC San Diego’s David G. Victor offers answers

Alumni-nominated spotlight: Booz Allen Hamilton consultant Maura Deignan

Nov. 12, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
As part of our ongoing Pass the Pen series, we feature management consultant Maura Deignan ’13 who shares her favorite GPS memories and why San Diego is the best place to start your career

Leading from the front

Oct. 31, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
In our third annual Public Service Weekend, non-tradition is celebrated as students explore their role in changemaking and paving the path forward

Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies expands research on drug war and migrant crisis

Oct. 31, 2019 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
With the ever-changing policies and complexities between the U.S. and Mexico, the center will inform the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy to enhance the lives of citizens in both countries

A marriage of policy and advocacy

Oct. 28, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
A Q&A with fellows and human rights advocates Bennett Freeman and Rebecca MacKinnon during their residency at the Center on Global Transformation

Decarbonizing the grid

Oct. 21, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Meet GPS’s new renewable energy expert, Michael Davidson whose research focuses on deploying low carbon energy in Asia’s emerging markets

Research at the border: A living laboratory of transformation

Sept. 26, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
A GPS team conducted policy-relevant research across the border at the crux of the U.S.-Mexico immigration debate

Sylff Fellows translate vision into reality

Sept. 24, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Meet our current Sylff Fellows – two rising leaders who are gaining access to a world-class education thanks to endowed fellowship support

Personality vs Institutions: Do leaders matter?

Sept. 19, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Meet GPS’s new assistant professor, Maria Carreri, whose research in political economy looks at the role of individual political leaders in determining policy outcomes

Untangling the relationship between democracy and education

Sept. 17, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Agustina Paglayan’s study “Democracy and Educational Expansion: Evidence from 200 years,” is awarded Best Comparative Policy Paper award by the American Political Science Association

Walking the path to global sustainability

Aug. 28, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Alumnus Andrés Prieto, MPP ’19, unearths pathways to sustainable land and food systems in Mexico City as part of the United Nations network

War games and strategic competition return to the global stage

Aug. 27, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
In its inaugural training course, IGCC offers wide-ranging and multi-faceted perspectives on the great power competition of the 21st Century

Visiting scholar looks at Brazil’s milk production from the U.S.

Aug. 25, 2019 | By Rodrigo Curi | GPS News
Fulbright scholar Rodrigo Curi shares a recap of his time at UC San Diego working on his doctoral dissertation research examining public policies for milk producers impacted by climate change

Gifts with global impact

Aug. 23, 2019 | By Jade Griffin | GPS News
Alumni, friends and foundations provide $6 million in support during 30th Anniversary year

Alumnus negotiates EU-Mercosul agreement

Aug. 13, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Rodrigo Serran ’14 forges opportunities for Brazilian economic growth in the EU as part of the largest trade agreement in Brazil’s history

Alumni-nominated spotlight: Renewable energy expert Peter Moritzburke

Aug. 9, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
As part of our ongoing Pass the Pen series, we feature MEC Development Principal Peter Moritzburke ’96 who shares his favorite GPS memories and his key to success in renewables and the environment

Office hours: Career Services Director Stephanie Boomhower

Aug. 8, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Our GPS career guru opens up about some of the dearest objects that adorn her office, painting a picture of her professional backstory and personal interests

What will the next 30 years hold?

July 31, 2019 | By Dean Peter F. Cowhey | GPS News
GPS’s milestone anniversary offered an opportunity to reflect on the school’s accomplishments and look to the future of global policy

Madeleine Albright inspires future diplomats

July 30, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
America’s first female secretary of state offers sage wisdom on democracy, human rights and the American dream to a roomful of future GPS changemakers

Forum on U.S.-China Relations to Bridge Divide between Washington and Beijing

July 29, 2019 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Inaugural bipartisan forum from Aug. 12 to 16 at UC San Diego to draw two former National Security Advisors, Chinese Ambassador to U.S. and other major figures

Office hours: Professor Lauren Prather

July 28, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | UC San Diego News
The GPS faculty member opens up about some of the dearest objects that adorn her office, painting a picture of her professional backstory and personal interests

Dare to fail: Finding your voice through improv

July 23, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Current student Niki Kalmus, a 2020 MPP candidate, offers up valuable lessons learned from her career in improv and her work in social justice, all while bringing humor to the San Diego community

Pioneering international excellence

June 26, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Spanning borders and cultures, GPS graduated 169 students at its commencement ceremony on June 16, with a keynote address by Kathleen Stephens, the first female U.S. Ambassador to Korea

Data obsessed

June 24, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Learn why our alumni love working at Washington, D.C. based Fraym – a company dedicated to revolutionizing data-driven decision making in Africa – and why they hire our graduates

Designing San Diego’s future

June 12, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Students engage in science fictional thought experiments and futuristic forecasting to pave the way for San Diego in the year 2049

Summer reading for the bookworm

June 11, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
We asked GPS professors to recommend their favorite books, from the rich world of fiction to timeless academic novels

 


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