Recent News

Polisci Graduate Students Beatrice Magistro and Nicolas Wittstock on new visa restrictions by the Trump Administration: "On June 23rd 2020, President Donald Trump imposed restrictions on several categories of visas for foreign workers until the end of the year. The proclamation his administration issued explaining this decision suspended the issuance of H-1B visas for high-skilled labor; H-2B visas for workers not critical to America’s food supply chain; J-1 visas issued for purposes of cultural exchange and other... Read more
Prof. Jake Grumbach and collegues, Alexander Stahn and Sarah Staszak, have won the APSA Best REP Paper Award for paper "Gender, Race, and Intersectionality in Campaign Finance" that is forthcoming at Political Behavior: Abstract Campaign finance research... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash along with colleagues argues that social media and tech platforms might need regulation but not a break-up of companies. "Recent events have once again brought into focus the power of social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook to shape the public discourse, if not become headline news themselves. Both President Donald Trump and Senator Elizabeth Warren agree that high technology companies have too much power and like to talk tough with threats to 'break them up'...But this sort of political posturing begs prior questions: what kind of power do high tech platforms... Read more
Professor Aseem Prakash has been awarded the Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement Award in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the study of science, technology, and environmental politics. The award will be presented (virtually) at the business meeting of the Science, Technology & Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association next September.
Professor Michael McCann was interviewed on KUOW Radio regarding the recent protests and puts it in historical perspective. "As he watches the Seattle protests, McCann says a couple of things have stood out: who is showing up, and the situations that have become violent. One is the diversity of the marchers and protesters. I think back to the African-American civil rights movement. There were some whites who participated, but not a great number. These protests are very striking in that there are black, and white, and Hispanic, and Native American, women and men, old and young. It's... Read more
Professor Megan Ming Francis has been busy. Not only being quoted in The Seattle Times and writing an entry for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, a TED Talk but also curating a resource page on Pocket. Pocket: Reimagining Justice: A Primer on Defunding the Police and Prison Abolition... Read more
In a New York Times Opinion page article penned by Thomas B. Edsall, "Biden and Trump Are Fighting Each Other in a Changed World", Profs. Megan Ming Francis, Jake Grumbach and Christopher Sebastian Parker offer their views on whether the large scale of recent protests will swing the electorate in either direction. Megan Ming Francis"These protests will contribute to a durable shift in how most Americans understand policing and the limits of the criminal punishment system...." Jake Grumbach"Young people are... Read more
Iris Thatcher – Finalist, Finland, Open Study/Research Class of 2019, Finnish Language & Cultural Studies, Political Economy majors I grew up in Seattle, and my mom is from Finland. I was able to speak Finnish as a child, but I never has Finnish citizenship nor lived in Finland at any point in time. It wasn’t until I went to the University of Washington (UW) that I had an academic interest in Finnish. During my time at UW, I cultivated a focus in European politics through my Finnish language and political economy majors. I knew that in the long-term, I wanted to further develop my... Read more
Prof. Christopher Parker was quoted in national Politico and the Northwest news site Crosscut. "Since the first protests over the killing of George Floyd flooded the streets of Minneapolis and then Seattle, political leaders have been blaming 'outside agitators,' not homegrown activists unhappy with the status quo...But arrest data from Seattle shows a different story. " For the full... Read more