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Harriet Elliott Lecture Series

Join us for this free lecture in UNC Greensboro’s 2023-24 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of Political Science. Dr. Melissa Lane is a professor of politics at Princeton University and director of the University Center for Human Values. A political theorist, Lane’s work focuses primarily on ancient Greek philosophy, especially the writings of Plato. Her latest monograph, “Of Rule and Office: Plato’s Ideas of the Political” (2023), offers a new understanding of Greek ideas of public offices and the vulnerabilities of democracies.

Free and open to the public.
A light reception will follow the lecture.

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PSC & PAC Political Debate

The Political Science Department (PSC) and the Political Awareness Club (PAC) sponsored a political debate moderated by the Braver Angels organization in March 2023. 

The ACTA College Debates & Discourse team is happy to announce an upcoming event. We’re hosting another Braver Angels styled debate on campus the evening of the 27th of February, 2024 in Bryan 111. 

The mission of the Braver Angels is to promote political discussion, particularly among people with contrasting perspectives. As part of their work, they moderate political debates so that people can voice their opinions and listen to the views of others. The debates are structured and moderated by people trained by the Braver Angels organization. Debates are on serious topics but are also meant to be fun and lively! (Think British-style Parliamentary debates.)

Watch for more debates coming soon. 

Spring 2023 Department Newsletter

Read the latest news about our faculty and students in the Spring 2023 Political Science Newsletter. 

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Congratulations to our Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients for the 2023-2024 Academic Year !

May Davidson Scholarship

Jia Emaus

Dorothy Douglas

Emanuel Mendez Aquino

Genesis Velasques-Barreto

Angela Elgawli


Anna Howard Shaw Scholarship

Jia Emaus


Annie Moring Alexander Scholarship

Nilsa Bermudez

Shania Murray


Debbie Beatty Memorial Scholarship

Cameron Nowalk


Dr. James H. Clotfelter Scholarship

Angela Elgawli



Congratulations to our Spring and Summer 2023 Graduates


Tiana Elizabeth Adegboyega

Matthew Lawrence Armistead

Merceda Kendall Armstrong

Ryland Taylor Austin

Kevin-Evans  Mesia Bunga

Harrison Presby Bye

Rachel Reece Capen

William Tyler Cauthen

Morgan Cloutier**

Ethan Jeremiah Cooke*

Jason Michael Cundall

Seven Fierce**

Diego Jonathan Garcia Guzman

Faith Kelsey Gray***

Darrenta Emmanuel Haley

James Nicholas Harmon

Tyler Ray Holden**

Todd Hurd*

Nimra Hussain

Christa Jenkins***

Sumei Chan Kom

Fathelrahman M. Kurkeli

Dafne Leal Garcia

Catherine V. Lerma

Ian Christopher Lipka***

Oluwatoba Oluwaseyi Lojede

Azucena Martinez-Vazquez

Ian Zachary McCrea

Lauren Ashley McDaniel***

Cory Markell McIntyre

Jailyn Aaliyah McLean

Dorien Kara Muhlenburg

Jennifer Asha Neary**

Faith Alexis Orr

Caitlin Brooke Pennington

Abagail Ruth Pritcher

Jacqueline Ramirez Villalobos***

Amarre Gene Reid*

Albaro Raul Reyes-Martinez

Katherine Grace Ruebel*

Adam Arbab Sadda

Millie Isamar Salguero**

Taj Hamed Salman

Jalen Arhab Shaman

Kaiyana Sanaa Simmons

Jarred L. Simpson

Jeremiah M. Smith

Paul J. Smoogen

LaShonda Nevaeh Sousa

Lauren Patricia Spinelli

Kristien Renee Teel**

Brantley Quince Thomas

Jocelyn  Morales  Torres

Jazmin Vaca Bermudez**

Osman Mohamid Waheed

Adrian Terell-Matthew Waldon

Brandon Scott Wilson**

cum laude*           magna cum laude**      summa cum laude***



Phi Beta Kappa 

Faith Kelsey Gray

Christa Jenkins

Lauren Ashley McDaniel


Pi Sigma Alpha

Faith Kelsey Gray

Tyler Ray Holden

Christa Lorraine Jenkins

Lauren Ashley McDaniel

Amarre Gene Reid

Jarred L. Simpson

Paul J. Smoogen

Jazmin Vaca Bermudez

Brandon Scott Wilson


Center for Legislative Studies Presents: Transitional Justice for Racial Injustice

Kelebogile ZvobgoDr. Kelebogile Zvobgo

Assistant Professor of Government
Founder & Director, International Justice Lab
William and Mary

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Youth is served: Alumnus elected one of America’s youngest mayors

Preston Blakely ’17, a UNC Greensboro alumnus of Political Science and African American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS), was elected mayor of Fletcher, NC on November 2, 2021.

He’s just 27 years old – and he was just 24 years old when he started his campaign.

“Yes, I was young,” Blakely said. “But my education and work experience was relevant. So I ran my first campaign, and I won with like 70 percent of the vote. That’s crazy.”


Congratulations to Our Outstanding Senior in Political Science!

Faith Gray

In recognition of academic achievements and service to UNCG, Faith Gray was selected as the Outstanding Senior by the Political Science Department for Academic year 2022-2023. Faith is a six-time Chancellor’s List honoree, a winner of a Provost’s Student Excellence Award, a member of the Political Science Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha and was recently invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. Faith is a leader at UNCG, active in the Student Government Association, College Democrats, and Peer Academic Leader Program. In the local and state community, Faith serves as the Director of Programming for College Democrats of North Carolina. Faith has already accomplished a great deal, and we look forward to hearing about her future successes.

Congratulations to our Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients for the Academic Year 2021-22!

May Davidson Scholarship 

Caiya Huling

Christa Jenkins

Miguel Garcia Rico

Paul Smoogen

Annie Moring Alexander Scholarship 

Arleth Hernandez Cruz

Elizabeth Upchurch

James Clotfelter Scholarship

Jaear McClendon

Congratulations to Our Graduates!

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Our Spring 2023 MPA Graduates:

              Hoda Abdelfattah                                                     Audrey McLaughlin

              Carolyn Bucknall                                                     Winnie Mwayi

              Brantley Craft                                                           Andrew Nelson

              John Crowder                                                           Danterius Nixon

              Darlie Dudley                                                            Kayla Quick

              Ariana Garcia                                                            Angela Roberson

              Amelia Phillips Hale                                                  Alex Shepherd

              That Htoo                                                                  James Smith

              Samuel Hunter                                                         Logan Weaver

              Darrell Keyes


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Our Spring 2023 Graduates in the Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management:

                 Brandi Kennedy                                                  Myra Townsend

                 Meredith Kreeger                                               Logan Weaver

                 Kimberly Moore

                                                                                                                                                                                   graduation hats

Our Spring 2023 Graduates in the Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Urban and Economic Development:

                Brantley Craft

                 Andrew Nelson

                Nyana Wattie