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University of Washington political scientist Megan Ming Francis says there is a dearth of academic book series being published on topics of race, ethnicity and politics. Now, she will start to change that. Megan Ming Francis An associate professor of political science, Francis will be the editor of a new series of books from Cambridge University Press called Cambridge Elements in Race, Ethnicity and Politics. Francis, on leave and at Harvard for the... Read more
A lot of companies in the coal industry are filing for bankruptcy protection, which Profs. Prakash and Dolšak believe will also be the fate of the Tar Sands oil industry in the years to come. A lot of investments are being put into the oil industry through Alberta, which would be beneficial in the next 10-20 years due to predicted high demand. The downside to it is, those oil demand would later go down due to newer technologies that might no longer require oil, like electric cars, and possible carbon taxes that could reduce demand for oil in the next 20 - 40 years. The wise policy is to start... Read more
Prof. and Chair John Wilkerson and Political Science Graduate Andreu Casas awarded the CQ Press Award for the best paper on legislative studies. Abstract: For more than half a century, scholars have been studying legislative effectiveness using a single metric—whether the bills a member sponsors progress through the legislative  process.  We  investigate  a less orthodox... Read more
California is considering passing a legislature for it’s “pro-free market” which allows college and university student athletes to negotiate compensation and salary at their will without any interference of a third party. However, the legislature may actually be the opposite of what it is trying to accomplish. The government interference (imposing the policy) might defeat the purpose of a free market. For example, the NCAA and its member universities often offer athletic students deals that they can take it or leave it and both the NCAA and the student have to agree on a voluntary contract... Read more
UW Professor Emeritus Margaret Levi, who now runs the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, was named the 2019 recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science in March 2019. Levi accepted the prize and delivered her Skytte Prize speech on September 28, 2019 at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. The full text of that speech can be read here.
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak write about the recent announcement from Amazon regarding the greening of the company: On September 19, Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon has “co-founded” the Climate Pledge with Global Optimism to meet the Paris climate targets by 2040, ten years ahead of schedule. The Pledge focuses will be: 1. 100% renewable energy by 2030 and net-zero carbon by 2040 2. induction of 100,000 electric vehicles in the delivery fleet 3. $100 million investment in reforestation projects in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy Employees from big... Read more
Political Science Prof. Christopher Parker on The Seattle Channel's Civic Cocktail, along with King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, to discuss violence linked to white supremacy. Much of this violence involves white males who are alienated and angry. University of Washington political science professor Christopher Sebastian Parker adds, " removes all doubt of the fact that this is a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic country, period." The discussion can be view here on Youtube (first half): Read more
Ellis Goldberg portrait
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Professor Emeritus Ellis Goldberg passed away on September 21, 2019. Ellis was a scholar of comparative politics and Middle East politics in the Department of Political Science and past Director of the Middle East Center in the Jackson School of International Studies. He received his BA from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the University of Washington in 1985. He published four books, including Tinker, Tailor and Textile Worker: Class and Politics in Egypt, 1930–... Read more
Elephant and Donkey
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:30–8:00pm, Gowen Hall, room 301 Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honors Society) RSVP here Join two of America's top political consultants as they provide an insider’s view of the campaign tools, media strategies and momentum-building tactics that could tip the scales for who becomes our next President. At this point in time, few experts would wager on how the two chambers of Congress will lean when the elections are over.  Who’s winning at the top of the ticket will also help to determine the... Read more
John Wilkerson, Department Chair
It is a pleasure to introduce Jake Grumbach, our newest faculty member. Jake is already making a mark in the profession, having won two research awards at the most recent convention of the American Political Science Association. As an expert on State Politics, he also fills an important need in our undergraduate curriculum. He brings a lot of positive energy and I expect that he will be a very popular instructor. Welcome Jake! This newsletter also highlights a longtime member of our undergraduate advising staff, Mark Weitzenkamp. He is just one of several staff with advanced degrees who... Read more