Recent News

JikoPower wins business competition
The University of Washington Business Plan Competition, run by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship in the Foster School of Business, provides the opportunity for students to present new business plans to Seattle area venture capitalist, entrepreneurs, and investors. The Business Plan Competition, now in its 19th year, awards $85,000 of seed funding to students’ new ventures. The competition is open to all students who are currently enrolled in a degree program in the state of Washington. The Business Plan Competition has... Read more
George Lovell
It is a pleasure to be reporting news from the Department of Political Science to our alumni and friends. This edition of the newsletter provides information about student and faculty recognitions, research being conducted by both graduate and undergraduate students, a groundbreaking new book on religion and politics by Professor Mark Smith, and a popular series of faculty panels on current political issues. The past year has been an especially busy one for the department. The department underwent a decennial program review-- a year-long process that culminated with a site visit by an outside... Read more
What is the racial issue in the US today, while ending the last term of the first black president of the country's history? Interview with Sebastian Christopher Parker, specialist in the history of African Americans and political science professor at the University of Washington. Please Click here for the interview (translated into French as it plays).
Grad Student Award Winners
Our PhD program has long been an essential part of the Department of Political Science’s mission. The department’s graduate students do tremendous work as teaching assistants and instructors in undergraduate courses, receiving recognition in senior exit surveys and high scores on student course evaluations. Many of our former graduate students have now established themselves as leading scholars in political science while teaching at other top universities in the United States and abroad. Our department has recently compiled one of the best job placement records in the US. In just the past... Read more
2016 Convocation - Congratulations, Class of 2016!
The Department of Political Science’s 2016 Convocation took place on Thursday, June 9th, 2016. Carver Clark Gayton (PhD, 1974) was the keynote speaker and recipient of the department’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Read his biography below. Caroline Elizabeth Harrison was the undergraduate student speaker.  The 2015-2016 graduates included 11 Doctor of Philosophy degrees, 17 Master of Arts degrees, and 409 Bachelor of Arts degrees. The department also presented four graduates with special recognitions: Robert A. Dahl Award for academic excellence: Johnathan Tyler Mills The Daniel S. Lev Award... Read more
Poster Presenter Michelle Lock
Every spring, thousands of University of Washington students, faculty, and staff participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium, a celebratory and informative event where undergraduates present original research projects. The presenters at this year’s symposium on May 20th included 17 political science majors. Our students presented research on a wide range of topics including political participation among youth, racial segregation, voter disenfranchisement, and trends in undocumented migration. The political science... Read more
Prof. Mark Smith on Q13 Fox Seattle's This Morning
On Wednesday, June 22nd, Professor Mark Smith spoke with Bill Wixey on Q13’s This Morning. They discussed gun legislation, and in particular the “no fly, no buy” gun control proposal. This proposal is meant to ban gun sells to people on the “no fly” list. Smith and Wixey also discussed the NRA's influence on gun control policies. You can watch the full interview on the Q13 Fox Seattle website.  
Smith Secular Faith
According to conventional wisdom, organized religion has long been a powerful and conservative influence on American politics. Professor Mark Smith’s new book, Secular Faith: How Culture has Trumped Religion inAmerican Politics, develops a startlingly original and compelling alternative perspective. Instead of looking at whether religion leads people to favor certain policies or vote for particular candidates, Smith explores how public opinion influences the political positions and doctrines of religious organizations. Smith explains that the book developed out of a... Read more
When the Press Fails
Lance Bennett's book, When the Press Fails, is the 2016 winner of the Doris Graber Book Award for the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association. The Doris Graber Book Award is an annual prize given to the best book published on political communication in the last ten years. 
Prof. Aseem Prakash and collegaue on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog remind that water problems are not just isolated to places like Flint, MI. What do Flint, Mich., and Victoria, B.C., have in common? Huge water-quality problems that suddenly are getting some attention. Victoria, a tourist haven, promises visitors a beautiful harbor and glorious scenery on the west coast of Canada. However, the city... Read more