It is a privilege to serve as the new chair of the Political Science department. I have spent my entire academic career at the University of Washington. Our family also has a long Husky history – my grandmother earned her B.A. from the UW in 1928 (!) and my son earned his in 2015. The main things I have come to appreciate so far is our capable and dedicated staff and the valuable advice of several former chairs.
The department is doing well despite broader budgetary challenges. Undergraduate... Read more
In 2010, James Long and his colleagues created a simple yet effective anti-corruption tool to fight election fraud in many elections. Around the world, a common approach to promoting fair elections is to deploy international observers to monitor local polling stations. This approach is expensive (it can cost thousands of dollars per observer) and there is limited evidence of its benefits. While serving as one of these observers in Afghanistan in 2009, James... Read more
Meera Roy has spent her entire professional life in higher education. As an undergraduate she studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and received her B.A. at Albertus Magnus College, a tiny school in Connecticut where her instructors included nuns in the Dominican Order. She then pursued a master’s degree in political science at the University of Delaware. Even though she did not complete her graduate studies, the experience instilled a deep commitment to higher education.... Read more
Dr. William J. Gore passed away peacefully in his home on September 10, 2018 in Seattle, WA at the age of 94. Bill's primary goal for the end of his life was to remain at home, and he was blessed to have the support of his family, compassionate home care providers and a broad network of professionals to do so.
Bill was born and raised in Medford, OR, and finished High School in Oakland, CA. Like many young men of that era, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Europe. Returning from WWII, he... Read more