Recent News

Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak in a Forbes opinion give us the image of the size of the California fires as the same as a country. "Why are there fires on such a massive scale? The causes are both structural (climate change and bad policies) and agentic (irresponsible individual behaviors). The former create conditions that increase fire risks and degrade response capacity, while the latter pulls the veritable trigger." The... Read more
Professor Emeritus Lance Bennett and colleague Steven Livingston argue that people here who consider themselves patriots helped, willingly or not, Russia interfere in our elections. And may do so again. "Investigations by news organizations, US intelligence agencies, the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee, and of course by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, all reached the same conclusion: The Russian government meddled in the 2016 presidential elections." Think tanks and organizations funded by wealthy individuals and libertarians aid to have "... Read more
Prof. Jake Grumbach in the UW News, Sept. 4th, "UW political science expert on the value of mail-in voting". “Mail voting benefits all kinds of voters, of all ages, races, geographies and partisan identities. And despite Trump’s attacks on mail voting, voters from both parties support it,” Grumbach said. “The very few documented cases of attempted fraud have quickly been detected. The risk of... Read more
Prof. Christopher Adolph says the worst public health crisis in a century has become politicized, and has the data to prove it. "States led by Republican governors have been slower than those led by Democrats to require residents to wear masks to protect against the novel coronavirus — if they have adopted such rules at all." Prof. Adolph and grad student researchers at UW Seattle Political Science Department found that states with Republican governers were more reluctant to require people to wear masks. "The University of Washington research looked... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on the Forbes web site ask, "Is Trump administration turning green? It has halted the permitting of Alaska’s Pebble Mine. It has given 90 days to the Pebble Partnership to... Read more
New UW Political Economy Forum Podcast Episode - Is Cancel Culture Threatening Free Speech? “If we don’t try to solve the fundamental problem behind the speech that we dislike and work only to mitigate the symptom — by censoring it — we drive the problem somewhere else.” This week, Professor James D. Long hosts an eclectic group of thinkers to discuss the... Read more
To vote this November, citizens must be registered. Each state has unique election rules and most require that voters register before election day. US Vote Foundation: State voting laws and requirements Here’s how to confirm that you are registered and to register if needed: National Association of Secretaries of State – Can I vote? Washington is a vote by mail... Read more
Election 2020
A three-part Zoom webinar series sponsored by the Department of Political Science RSVP Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:00 PM Aseem PrakashWill Climate Concerns Affect the 2020 Elections?___________________... Read more
Jerome Kohl
Dr. Jerome (Jerry) Kohl, our Administrative Assistant, passed unexpectedly this summer. Jerry was a thoughtful, kind and witty individual, an excellent editor and a cat lover. But few of us appreciated that the person collecting the mail every morning was, among other things, the world’s foremost expert on German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Jerry grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska as one of 4 children of a military family. He played clarinet in the Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra during high school and college where he earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in music. During the Vietnam war,... Read more