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The nature and purpose of this website is to assist students interested in the study of political science by helping them find resources provided by the University of Washington and outside providers. This information is forwarded to this blog as a courtesy and an illustration of possible resources. The Political Science department does not endorse or promote any specific products, services, or vendors.

The Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund was established by the generous gift of the late Harlan D. Hahn, disability activist, political scientist, and disability studies scholar, to the University of Washington’s Disability Studies Program. The Harlan Hahn awards typically range between $500 and $5,000. The number and amount of the grants awarded depends on the quality of the individual projects and the overall number of eligible proposals received.
2015 Call for Proposals
The Disability Studies Program is pleased to announce that the Harlan Hahn Fund call for proposals is now open for Spring Quarter 2015. Current students, faculty, and staff from all three University of Washington campuses are invited to submit a grant proposal. Applications must describe research, writing, or activist projects that are framed within, aligned with, or potentially informed by the academic field of Disability Studies.
Awarded Harlan Hahn funds may be used for:...

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Preparing for graduate education




This is a 8-week course (2 C/NC) for juniors and seniors from all disciplines who know they want to pursue, or are considering the possibility of, graduate education; learn first-hand from faculty and staff involved in graduate admissions how to find a good program fit and how to prepare effective application materials.


  • Are you unsure if you want to attend graduate school?  Come explore and find out!
  • Do you know for certain that you want to attend graduate school, but are not sure how to write a quality personal statement? We can help!
  • Not sure what program or school you want to attend?  Find your fit here!


The course seeks to engage students in determining the right “fit” for their individual graduate education goals through three primary objectives:

Investigation: What is...

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Luce Scholars Program

Rising seniors, alumni, graduate and professional students at UW are encouraged to apply for the Luce Scholars Program ( This is a great opportunity for those with little or no prior experience in, or education about, Asian countries to add this valuable perspective to their future career interests!

UW is able to nominate 3 students per year to compete nationally for the opportunity to spend 12 months in Asia. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year.

During the current application cycle for the 2016-17 program, applicants must be American citizens who, by July 1, 2016, will have received at least a bachelor's degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday. Applicants should have a record of high achievement, outstanding...

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In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The tabloids quickly dubbed them a gang of “Killer Lesbians” and a “Wolf Pack.” Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four — Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain — maintained their innocence. The award-winning film Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.

This a free, family-friendly event that will feature activities for kids. Following the screening Renata Hill and Terrain Dandridge will appear to participate in an audience discussion and Q&A. Autographed posters will also be available for cash sale.


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Exciting, once-in-a-lifetime campaign volunteer opportunity with real responsibility and real ability to improve neighborhoods and give a voice to the people of Northeast Seattle at City Hall! If you want to be in politics and government, then here’s the real political experience you need.


- With assistance from Campaign Manager, develop and execute a comprehensive field plan in collaboration with senior campaign staff

- Recruit, train and supervise field organizing team

- Engage, motivate and manage volunteer schedules

- Coordinate field organizing operations, including weekly block walks and phone banks throughout the district

- Follow the comprehensive field plan in collaboration with field director and senior campaign staff

- Manage field budget program and logistics of voter contact, volunteer recruitment, grassroots engagement and get out the vote (GOTV) activities

- Collect, organize and enter all...

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New Course Offering
JSIS 488 B/POL S 447 E
Fall 2015 Dr. Arista Cirtautas
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30-4:20pm

With the return of conflict to Europe in Ukraine and the continuation of conflicts near Europe's borders as in Syria, essential questions for European security have re-emerged: how can conflicts be contained or resolved; how do post-conflict states and societies engage in the tasks of stabilization and reconstruction; how well or how poorly do post-conflict societies fare in creating the foundations for durable peace and prosperity; what lessons might European experiences bring to light for other conflicts around the world?

This course will focus on European case studies, analyzing the policies used to overcome divisions both within countries (e.g. Ireland, Greece, France/Algeria, N. Ireland, Bosnia, Chechnya) and between countries (Germany and France; Germany and Poland...

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ESRM 320, Marketing and Management From a Sustainability Perspective (SLN 14447) is an online course (except for two mandatory in-person exams) that does not charge an additional fee and offers 5 credits, NW, and I&S. Below is overview info, and details are on the website at  

Marketing and Management. In ESRM 320, we explore two of the four primary business dimensions: marketing and human resource management (companion course ESRM 321 explores finance and accounting). Marketing refers to promoting, pricing, and distributing new and existing products and services that are aimed at satisfying consumers’ wants, needs, and objectives. Human resource management refers to developing, managing, and motivating human capital and resources.

Sustainability. Refers to integrating...

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The 52nd Annual Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Reading on Thur. 5/28 at 8pm in Kane 130 (the Roethke Auditorium) and will feature poet David Ferry.  This event is free and open to the public.  We hope to see you and other members of the UW student, staff, and faculty community there.

David Ferry is the author of eight books of poetry, including Bewilderment, winner of the 2012 National Book Award and praised in The New Yorker as “one of the great books of poetry of this young century.” His many honors include the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Bingham Poetry Prize, the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress and the Ruth Lily Life Prize for lifetime achievement. 

In addition to—and inextricable from—his work as a poet, Ferry is perhaps the most acclaimed and lauded translator of...

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Categories: Advising, Lectures and Events

Are you interested in exploring controversies in science & society or examining the nature of science?

Would you like to:

  • Apply evidence-based reasoning to address questions, to evaluate sources and arguments, and to inform your own perspectives on science and society?
  • Understand how scientific knowledge is created, including the importance of integrated sciences perspectives and data analysis & presentation skills?
  • Engage collaboratively in reflection and discussion with peers, helping one another to connect ideas across the sciences?

Integrated Sciences 200: Controversies in Science & Society (3 credits, I&S/NW)

In INTSCI 200, we will focus on societal controversies that emphasize intersections among science communication, education, policy, and...

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Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium: Connecting Disability Studies, Disability Justice, and Disability Arts

University of Washington Seattle on May 21-23, 2015

We’re excited to make connections! Share widely. All are welcome.

Please be sure to sign up for lunch on Friday, May 22, using this form (deadline May 15):

Info about accessibility, content, sponsors:

Questions? Email to

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