Political Science

1976 - Tom Garrison

June 06, 2018

Tom Garrison (M.A., political science, ’76) wrote Hiking Southern Nevada, Volume One (CreateSpace, April 2018). It is his third hiking guide, and fifth book overall published since 2013. He has also written more than 100 hiking, political and humorous essays for regional newspapers since December 2010. 

Michaela Worona (Political Science-Public Service '18)

Michaela Worona, Political Science-Public Service, ’18

Michaela Worona attended the UC Davis Washington Program in Fall 2017. Communication Intern, Governance Studies Department at The Brookings Institution

“Keep an open mind, have lofty goals, and be ready for anything.”

Michaela Worona set high goals before embarking on her journey to Washington, D.C. From making professional connections to gaining political experience, Michaela was ready to personally and professionally grow in an environment different from Sacramento.

Ryan Calbreath (Political Science-Public Service and Economics '18)

Ryan Calbreath, Political Science-Public Service and Economics ’18 Ryan Calbreath attended the UC Davis Washington Program in Fall 2017. Intern, Office of Congressman Raúl Grijalva

Interning at the office of a U.S. congressmember, Ryan Calbreath expected to be nearly invisible among such powerful political figures. What he didn’t expect was the welcoming and supportive environment that embraced him.

Allyson Nicole Camino (Political Science-Public Service and Chinese ’17)

Allyson Nicole Camino, Political Science-Public Service and Chinese ’17 Allyson Nicole Camino attended the UC Davis Washington Program in Fall 2017. Political Affairs Program Assistant, US-Asia Institute

“As someone who was often soft-spoken and inactive in the political space, this program instilled in me a deeper understanding of public service.

2017 - Sertan Usanmaz

April 04, 2018
Sertan Usanmaz (B.A., political science and international relations, ’17) is an associate government program analyst for the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee in the State Treasurer’s Office in Sacramento.

Mother-Daughter Aggies Advocate for Civic Engagement

November 21, 2017
Isabella Romero’s early induction into political life occurred right here in Davis; she and her mother lived in town while her mother completed her undergraduate degree in political science and sociology, and eventually her Ph.D. Today the two are both Aggies.

2003 - Jacob Smith

May 10, 2017

Attorney Jacob C. Smith, (B.A., political science, ’03) recently joined Reynolds Law, a business and estate planning firm, in Vacaville. He graduated in 2014 from University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he received Witkin Legal Institute awards for business associations and legislative drafting and was inducted into the Traynor Honor Society and the Order of Barristers. He served four tours in Afghanistan with U.S. Army special operations and received two Bronze Star medals. 

1999 - David Ashby

January 04, 2017
David Ashby (B.A., political science, and rhetoric and communication, ’99) was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in December to the Sutter County Superior Court bench. Ashby, 39, of Yuba City, has been an owner and attorney at the Ashby Law Firm since 2002. After graduating from UC Davis, he earned his law degree from UC Berkeley. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Chris Chandler (B.A., English, ’73) last May. A former state Assembly member, Chandler served 23 years on the bench, including a 2006–12 stint as the court's presiding judge. 

Thought Leaders - Fall 2016

December 02, 2016
In the College of Letters and Science magazine released in December 2016, we featured faculty and graduate students who provided expertise and insight into the big public issues of the day, from the parenting transgender kids, the political divide and immigration to climate change and poverty.