It is a pleasure to introduce Jake Grumbach, our newest faculty member. Jake is already making a mark in the profession, having won two research awards at the most recent convention of the American Political Science Association. As an expert on State Politics, he also fills an important need in our undergraduate curriculum. He brings a lot of positive energy and I expect that he will be a very popular instructor. Welcome Jake!
This newsletter also highlights a longtime member of our... Read more
Last spring, out of curiosity, I searched the LinkedIn career website for people who included a degree in political science from the University of Washington on their profiles. It was really fun to explore what many graduates of the department are doing and how they got there.
This search also got me thinking about the popular view that a liberal arts education may make for better citizens but is not a good career path. The profiles I viewed suggested that many of our graduates are... Read more
The process of hiring a new faculty member is lengthy and challenging. It starts about a year in advance. After receiving authorization from the College of Arts and Sciences, our department advertises the position nationally and ultimately receives about 300 applications for a single position. Last fall we invited four of these 300 applicants to campus to present their research and to meet with faculty and students. About three months after the search began, Jacob (Jake) Grumbach accepted our... Read more
Mark Weitzenkamp has been a popular undergraduate adviser in our department since 2013. However, few of his students know that he holds a Ph.D. in Drama and is one of the world’s foremost experts on acting editions (inexpensive versions of plays printed mostly for use in theatres).
This past spring Mark wrapped up an ambitious ten-year project. Starting in the 1930s, the UW Drama Department’s first director, Glenn Hughes (famous for popularizing modern theatre in the round), acquired about 3,... Read more
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:30–8:00pm, Gowen Hall, room 301Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honors Society)RSVP here
Join two of America's top political consultants as they provide an insider’s view of the campaign tools, media strategies and momentum-building tactics that could tip the scales for who becomes our next President. At this point in time, few experts would wager on how the two... Read more
Monday, November 18, 2019, 6:00–8:00pmWalker Ames Room, Kane Hall
Suzanne Mettler is the John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions at Cornell University. She conducts research and teaches on American politics and public policy.
Is American democracy in peril today, endangered by deepening polarization and a president who flaunts democratic norms? Or is it secure, protected by the United States’ Constitution and its system of checks and... Read more
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Professor Emeritus Ellis Goldberg passed away on September 21, 2019.
Ellis was a scholar of comparative politics and Middle East politics in the Department of Political Science and past Director of the Middle East Center in the Jackson School of International Studies. He received his BA from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the University of Washington in 1985. He published four books,... Read more