Recent News

UW Political Science doctoral student Hind Ahmed Zaki recently published the article “Tunisia uncovered a history of state sexual violence. Can it do anything?” in the Washington Post. In the article, she discusses part of her dissertation work, which addresses sexual violence in Egypt and Tunisia as well as its politicization in the wake of the Arab spring. In particular, the article addresses the long history of “systemic sexual... Read more
Prof. Christopher Adolph on Q13 Fox Seattle's This Morning
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) recently published a massive leak of documents from the Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca, which according to ICIJ reports “helped establish secret shell companies and offshore accounts for global power players” (CNN). On April 7, 2016, UW Political Science Professor Christopher Adolph joined Bill Wixey, anchor of Q13 Fox Seattle’s This Morning, on the news show to discuss the political and... Read more
Crystal Pryor
University of Washington Political Science Ph.D. candidate Crystal Pryor has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in the U.S.-Japan Program at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard University for 2016-2017. Pryor focuses on International Relations and Security Studies. Her dissertation is on strategic trade controls, for which she has conducted fieldwork in Japan, the United States, and Europe. From September 2015 to March 2016, Pryor was a resident fellow at Pacific Forum ... Read more
Hello Political Science Students! Do you want to finish the academic year with your strongest papers yet? Do you have a desire to improve your academic writing? Keep in mind the support the Political Science/ Law, Societies & Justice/ Jackson School of International Studies/ Comparative History of Ideas Writing Center can provide! The POLS/LSJ/JSIS/CHID Writing Center is located in Gowen 111 (to the left of the main Political Science office). Our current hours for spring are: Monday 9:30-4:30Tuesday 11:15-4:30Wednesday 9:30-4:30Thursday 9:45-4:30Friday 9:30-2:30 Any student taking a... Read more
Research on Religion Podcast Logo
UW Political Science Professor Tony Gill is the host of “Research on Religion,” a weekly podcast series devoted to the social scientific study of religion. On March 13th, 2016, Prof. Gill hosted the 280th episode of the podcast series, which he initially started in the fall of 2009. George Mason University’s Russ Roberts’ podcast EconTalk served as an inspiration for “Research on Religion.” The goal of the podcast series is to make scholarly research on religion interesting, relevant and accessible as well as to understand how religion,... Read more
Book cover "The American Warfare State"
By  (UW Today UW political scientist Rebecca Thorpe’s book “The American Warfare State: The Domestic Politics of Military Spending,” has been honored by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation — the second award the well-received book has earned. The ... Read more
Prof. Megan Ming Francis and Prof. Ramzi Kassem
On February 19, 2016, Prof. Ramzi Kassem joined UW Political Science Professor Megan Ming Francis to discuss Guantanamo, Bagram, torture, and the Global War on Terror in front of a crowded room of 175 students. Kassem is an Associate Professor of Law at the City University of New York, where he directs the Immigrant & Refugee Rights Clinic and supervises the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR). According to the project’s website, CLEAR “primarily... Read more
Bernie Sanders for President campaign event
Political Science Associate Professor Christopher Parker recently shared his take on the prospects of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary race on The Conversation website. While some Bernie backers believe he still has a chance—after all he trails Hillary Clinton only by one pledged delegate—, Parker is convinced that Bernie cannot win the nomination “because black people won’t vote for him.” He notes: On “Super Tuesday,” March 1, seven of the scheduled contests will take place in southern states: Alabama,... Read more
University of Washington Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash and his colleague Nives Dolšak from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs share their thoughts on the political logic of climate change adaptation. For the full article read: Confronting the "China Excuse:" The Political Logic of Climate Change Adaption. Confronting the "China Excuse:" The Political Logic of Climate Change Adaptation In August, President Obama... Read more
SeaTac wage demonstrators, courtesy
By Jonathan Hiskes  For Jan Bolerjack, pastor of Riverton United Methodist Church, the tipping point was seeing people line up at her food bank wearing jackets with the name Menzies—the contractor for baggage handling at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Workers unable to pay for basic groceries convinced her of the “economic catastrophe” of low-paying jobs at the airport. For Mohamed Ileye, imam of the Al Noor Mosque near the airport, the defining moment was a “pray-in” rally by Teamsters union members at the rental agency Hertz. The union joined East-African immigrants in... Read more