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Two GPS professors receive awards from influential political science organization

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Professors Agustina Paglayan and Francisco Garfias were recognized for papers on public education and state-building, respectively

Agustina Paglayan

Two professors at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy received awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for papers they had published in leading journals.

APSA’s Comparative Politics section bestowed the Luebbert Best Article Honorable Mention award on professor Agustina Paglayan’s paper “Education or Indoctrination? The Violent Origins of Public School Systems in an Era of State-Building.”

“I was thrilled to learn about this recognition of my work and feel deeply honored to join the esteemed ranks of those who have received awards from APSA’s Comparative Politics section,” Paglayan said. “The most gratifying aspect, of course, is seeing my research reshape how people think about the nature of education systems.”

Francisco Garfias

The section presented the same honor to professor Francisco Garfias for his paper “When State Building Backfires: Elite Coordination and Popular Grievance in Rebellion,” which he coauthored with professor Emily Sellars of Yale University.

“Professor Sellars and I were thrilled about the recognition for our article. It comes at a good time, as we are building on it for a book project on the topic,” Garfias said. “Best of all is sharing the honorable mention with professor Paglayan and, more broadly, seeing the discipline’s interest in the type of historical political economy work that many of the awardees do.”

Garfias and Paglayan will be honored alongside other award recipients at a reception in Philadelphia in September.

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