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Associate Dean Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh

Cyrus Ernesto (“Ernie”) Zirakzadeh became associate dean for social sciences in 2017, having previously served in the position from 2006-2011. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a member of UConn’s Department of Political Science for more than thirty years. He has served as director of the University’s Honors Programs and has chaired the University’s Senate Executive Committee three times. He has published research on comparative social movements; political theory and popular art; and experiments with participatory and “small-d” democracy.

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