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A Very Memorable Commencement Ceremony… Congratulations Graduates!

The department of Political Science gathered on the East Lawn on the Knight Law Center to celebrate the graduating class of 2014. It was a memorable day with inspiring speeches, individual student recognition, sun and rain … lots, and lots of rain!

The weather couldn’t stop these Ducks from celebrating and smiling through the whole ceremony.

Thank you class of 2014! May all of you “seek the heroic…”

Wishing you tremendous success and happiness in all your future endeavors!

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Out to Change the World: Talia Davis and Hannah Picknell make the “Top 25 Ducks” List

They are activists and economists, teachers, volunteers, athletes, musicians and peace-makers.

In short, they plan to do nothing less than change the world.

Over recent years, Emerald Media Group has asked the UO community to nominate outstanding students—in Emerald’s words, “rock stars in their department or [who] have been producing amazing work in different projects and organizations.”

This list is called “25 Ducks.” They’re students and recent graduates who are out to make a difference, and it should come as no surprise that their ranks are filled with representatives from




Congratulations to all our 2014 Master’s and Doctoral Candidates!



Debasis Bhattacharya Dissertation: “Legislative-Executive Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy: Continuum and Dissension in Strategic Political Process from 1970 to 2010”

Deb Bhattacharya’s dissertation was a case study of those foreign policy decisions where Congress and the Presidency were likely to conflict with each others:  treaty ratification and presidential use of war powers. His analysis of these events from 1970-2000 suggests that there are numerous ways in which cooperation, rather than conflict, can exist between these two institutions.