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They will be posted here.

Former PhD student Angela Day's book, "Red Light to Starboard", receives dual awards.

John Wilkerson's "Legislative Explorer" highlighted in Washington Post's Monkey Cage.

John Wilkerson's "Legislative Explorer honored, paper published", UW Today.
And featured in an interview in the SeattleWeekly

Prof. Tony Gill interviewed on The Oregonian's Live site,
"Why is Congress overwhelmingly Christian with only one religious 'none'?"

Prof. Christopher Parker
on Berkeley, CA's community radio station
KPFA talking about Ferguson, MO troubles in historical context.

Prof. Lance Bennett
on The Conversation
web site,
"Connective action: the public’s answer to democratic dysfunction"

Prof. John Wilkerson's
LegSim Project featured in Provost eTrends newsletter, "John Wilkerson: Expecting the unexpected in a dynamic group project" (page 10)

Prof. Susan Whiting and Xiao Ma on openDemocracy.net site, "The Party Rules: What lies behind the Chinese Communist Party elite’s foregrounding of the ‘rule of law’?"


Passing of Alex Gottfried, Prof Emeritus

Passing of George Modelski, Prof. Emeritus


Prof. Peter May has won the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Public Policy Section at APSA. The section established the award “to recognize sustained efforts by a senior scholar to encourage and facilitate the career of emerging political scientists in the field of public policy.”
Christopher Adolph wins 2014 Levine Book Award for "Bankers, Bureaucrats and Central Bank Politics"

Prof. Aseem Prakash in openDemocracy.net, "Misplaced priorities? Global leadership and Indiaʼs domestic neglect of human rights"

The European Union Studies Association has Awarded Jim Caporaso its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in EU Studies
Prof. Victor Menaldo in the London School of Economics site, "Capitalism
need not churn inexorably toward higher inequality; democracies can tame the disproportionate power of elites
Prof. Karen Litfin interviewed in UW Today for her new book, "Ecovillages: Lessons For Sustainable Community"
Prof. Christopher Parker on Scholars Strategy Network web site, "A Suicidal Republican Civil War" Prof. Rebecca Thorpe in UW Today for
her new book, “The American Warfare State: The Domestic Politics of Military Spending”
Prof. Christopher Parker on Salon.com, "Tea Party’s hot mess: Inside a noisy, disenchanted movement"
Prof. Victor Menaldo on The Washington Post's Monkey Cage, "How democracies are gamed for power and profit: an addendum to Piketty" Prof. Tony Gill on Georgetown
University’s blog
, "Reformations, Enlightenments, and the Middle East:
A Response to Thomas Friedman"
Angela Day, Political Science Grad,
answers questions for UW Today about her new book, "Red light to Starboard"

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