Recent News

Prof. Victor Menaldo, Prof. James D. Long, and Grad Student Morgan Wack write on Attorney General Merrick Garland's statement on Jan. 5, 2022, that he would prosecute anyone involved in the Capital Riots. Read Long, Wack, and Menaldo go over the history of the prosecution of corrupt leaders and ex-presidents and the situation that the US currently finds itself in.... Read more
Prof. Christopher Parker joins KUOW for a discussion of the January 6th riot in Washington, DC and sentiments of the event in our area. “People think those sorts of sentiments don’t reverberate here. That is not true...Most people, when they think of the state of Washington, they think of King County, and more specifically Seattle. Washington and Seattle are not what you think they are. What we are seeing right now, what happened with the insurrection, and the perpetuation of the big lie, that is not confined to Washington DC, to Georgia, to... Read more
Prof. Jake Grumbach and colleague Prof. Ruth Berins Collier (UC Berkeley) on complex and long-term issues bringing the U.S. to a political crossroad: "The United States faces a democratic crisis, as we have been told for several years now. But what exactly does this mean? On the anniversary of the January 6 attempted coup, the answer may seem obvious: the crisis is perhaps most dramatically seen in the transformation of the national Republican Party, which has abandoned a policy-making role for one that simply seeks... Read more
Protesting crowd
The Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race at the University of Washington will be hosting a Webinar Series on Race and Contemporary Issues in the 2021-2022 academic year. These conversations focus on salient racial issues facing the country and will include University of Washington faculty as well as faculty from other institutions to offer reflections and varying perspectives on these important topics.  See the calendar below: January 21, 2021, 10:30-11:30 AM April 29, 2022, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Join us for one or all lectures in this series. Each panel will... Read more
Afghan Refugees Running by Planes
Join us for our Winter 2022 Faculty Panel on Thursday, February 17, 2022, 5:30-7:00PM PST to discuss the future of Afghanistan.  Afghanistan remains an important US foreign policy matter despite the US military withdrawal in 2021. There is a looming economic and humanitarian crisis, a potential refugee crisis, and the Taliban's accommodation of extremist groups. All of these issues impact the US directly and indirectly through our relations with other affected nations. Please join us for a discussion of the future of Afghanistan. Professor Tony Gill - The Taliban: Why does a minority... Read more
We the People Broken
Our fall faculty panel featured Professors Jamie Mayerfeld, Jack Turner, and Noga Rotem with Professor Michael McCann moderating.  More than 150 people attended this 90-minute live Zoom event, which can be viewed on the department’s Youtube page:  Professor McCann introduced the topic by discussing the historical development of democracy in the United States, emphasizing that privledged groups have always contested efforts to expand the voting franchise and political participation. In “Who Destroyed the Climate? Would... Read more
Beyond individual perceptions, the very notion of wealth is subjective. There is no academic consensus on what would be a "wealth line", for example. Is being rich having enough money to be able to stop working? Is it living in a certain neighborhood in the city? Is it having an imported car? "Perception studies show that people tend to classify themselves in the middle, as middle class. Few people classify themselves as poor or rich'...But why?" Asli Cansunar, an expert on the subject, a professor in the... Read more
The Seattle Kraken became the latest NHL team to have an NFT (non-fungible token) partnership when they announced Monday that they will work with a company called Orange Comet. The Kraken has publicly led the way on climate issues in the NHL, including naming its home Climate Pledge Arena, working with NFTs could contradict that mission, given that NFTs generally are considered harmful to the environment due to the reliance on blockchain technology and its large energy footprint. The environmental impact in the real world is large, according to climate scientists, due to the energy... Read more
Professor Aseem Prakash and Syracuse Professor Catherine E. Herrold write on Biden's virtual Summit for Democracy happening this week. "This week, U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a virtual Summit for Democracy to amplify U.S. commitments to defend democracy. But beyond grand statements, what can the Biden administration realistically hope to achieve from the summit?" Read the... Read more