Politics & public policy

A child looks at the camera from among a group of migrants

Coming to America

Historical context helps explain the urgency of present-day Central American migrations.

True and false signs

Administrations change, but tendency to believe threats does not

Research shows political views predict whether people trust false information about dangers — no matter who's in office.

Zocalo Square, Mexico City

The UC Santa Cruz alumna who leads Mexico's anti-corruption efforts

Irma Eréndira Sandoval, who earned a Ph.D. in politics in 2006, is now on the front lines of Mexico's war on corruption.

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Proposed changes to immigration laws would cost California jobs, harm public health

The state could lose up to $1.67 billion in federal benefits with changes to the ‘public charge’ test, a new report finds.

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Racial bias taints neighborhoods — and residents, research reveals

The health and well-being of residents is jeopardized by bias about where they live.

Family around a Thanksgiving table

How to avoid a Thanksgiving battle over politics

Don't want to get into it with your in-laws? Here's three tips to keep things civil over the holidays.

Janet Napolitano lectures a political science class

Political science personified

UC President Janet Napolitano pops into a class to promote student voting.

Election posters featuring Putin

Can Americans trust elections?

Study looks at how foreign interference in American elections produces the warning signs of a failing democracy.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in SCOTUS robe

Ruth is Truth

The first full-life biography of pioneering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hits the shelves.

Row of voting booths

Will changing how we vote change who votes?

As California counties begin to implement Voter’s Choice Act, researchers assess effects on turnout and representation.