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Understanding Politics Seminar - When Partisanship Trumps Threat: A Look at the Latinx Vote in 2020
On January 25th at 10:30AM-12PM, guest speaker Roberto Carlos is hosting an Understanding Politics Seminar - "When Partisanship Trumps Threat: A Look at the Latinx Vote in 2020"
Election Watch Party
Free pizza, snacks, prizes! First 25 students to RSVP will recieve an amazon gift card!
Understanding Politics Seminar Series
Biopolitics Workshop
CAPE supported a workgroup for graduate students that discussed how biology can inform political science research on political behavior and political cognition
CAPE Welcomed Regent Perez as Guest Speaker


Mission Statement

The Center for Analytic Political Engagement (CAPE) is a focal point for scholars, students and community leaders in California’s San Joaquin Valley, founded by the Political Science faculty at the University of California, Merced. It aims to enhance a healthy democratic society by advancing responsible civic participation and elevating the voices of the under-represented.  

CAPE seeks to: 

Provide students the scholarly and pragmatic skills to participate in politics and policy creation and to navigate the realities of electoral politics and partisanship; 

Support research which incorporates sound social science and data analysis of citizen action and the processes by which governments make, enact and adjudicate policy; 

Engage the community – especially theSan Joaquin Valley region – to amplify its voice and enrich its public-minded pursuits.