Award Winning Excellence
by George Lovell, Department Chair
As the new Chair of the Department of Political Science, it is a pleasure to report news from the department to our alumni and friends. This edition of the newsletter provides information about some important achievements, the arrival of two new members of our faculty, the launch of an innovative research center, and the latest winner of our Distinguished Alumni Award.
I am lucky to be taking the position of chair at a time when our... Read more
The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce the launch of the Center for Environmental Politics, the first research center for environmental politics in the world located in a political science department. The founding Director of the Center is Aseem Prakash, Professor of Political Science and the Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences. The Center for Environmental Politics will be a leading producer of social science research on environmental politics and... Read more
The Political Science Department is very excited to welcome two new members of our faculty this fall, Megan Francis and Jeff Arnold. Jeffrey Arnold joins the department as an Acting Assistant Professor, and also joins the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) as a Core Faculty Member. Arnold is completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Rochester, and spent last year as an instructor at Emory University. He will teach courses in quantitative political... Read more
The Department of Political Science presented its annual Distinguished Alumni Award to Rogelio Riojas during our 2014 Convocation Ceremony in June. During the ceremony, Riojas spoke to the graduating political science majors about his amazing life story and his development from a student of political science to the head of a large network of public health service providers and a member of the UW Board of Regents.
When Rogelio Riojas first set foot in Washington in the 1950s, it was a temporary... Read more
After serving 35 years on our faculty, Professor Peter May will be retiring at the end of Autumn Quarter.
Prof. May’s importance to our department is difficult to overstate. He has been a prolific and influential scholar, a model teacher, and tremendously effective as an institution builder. He has taught a variety of our core classes and been a much loved and appreciated graduate mentor. His consistent success in attracting outside grant money supported his research and helped the... Read more