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Former UW Political Science Prof. Michael Don Ward, 72, passed away peacefully and gracefully on Friday, July 9th. Prof. Ward was a renowned political scientist who leaves behind an enormous legacy. After a post-doctorate with Harold Guetzkow, he had a research appointment at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. On return to the States, Mike added teaching to his active research agenda, engaging students at the University of Colorado, the University of Washington, Pierre Mendès-France University, and finally Duke University. He published 12 books and more than 100 academic articles on an enormous... Read more
"Is your movie popcorn too expensive?", asks Prof. Anthony Gill? Probably not, he says, in an informative and entertaining article for the American Institute for Economic Research. "Teaching about the price of movie snacks is one of my favorite political economy lectures. I begin by asking how many students think movie popcorn is 'too expensive?' About two-thirds of students raise their hands (with the other third sleeping). I then ask, '... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on Forbes web site discussing how Amazon's commitment to climate should include a pledge for more tree resources in immediate areas of its facilities: As a widely recognized climate leader, Amazon can play a role in improving urban resilience to extreme heat events. We suggest that “tree equity”, an important strategy to address urban heat waves, should become a part of the revised climate pledge. In... Read more
The research of Prof. Christopher Parker has been quoted in The New York Times Opinion page by Thomas B. Edsall discussing the lasting effects of Former President Trump's reactionary politics. "Trump appealed to voters, Parker continued, who “wanted ‘their’ country back, so they mobilized in an effort to make that happen.” These kinds of appeals can work in both directions." For the full read please link here.
Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash writes with colleagues in Penn State's The Regulatory Review on support for nuclear energy might be higher than most think. The climate crisis means that the electricity sector will be playing an ever-important role in the future. Think of the electrification of the automobile industry, where electricity replaces gas and diesel as the fuel. Or think of the increased use of fans and air conditioners to counter heatwaves. How would this additional demand for electricity be met? Much of the discussion has focused on solar and wind. Nuclear... Read more
Profs. James Long, Mark Alan Smith and Victor Menaldo contemplate why people, overall, may never agree if our Covid response was adequate or not enough: As an increasingly vaccinated world emerges from lockdowns,some people argue restrictions did not go far enough; others maintain the attempted cures have been worse than the disease. One reason for these conflicting views is that the answer depends on both facts and values. Government policies were often guided by scientific findings... Read more
Prof. Victor Menaldo on the news publication web site Divided We Fall, "In Defense of the Marketplace of Ideas", argues for open competition of ideas: University and college campuses are often the setting for controversial debates on free speech with left-leaning actors.Professors whose views on race or gender are at odds with progressive politics have faced the prospect of being disciplined, students have been suspended from sports... Read more
Prof. Aseems Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on the Forbes web site: Many areas of America are confronting a heat wave. The recent issue of the National Geographic noted: “the... Read more
In an a piece on the Undergraduate Academic Affairs web site recent Political Science graduate Maha Alhomoud is featured. We learn about how a new arrival from Saudi Arabia waged a cancer fight in her first year at the University of Washington and later graduated with honors. Alhomoud also left her mark on the UW by co-founding the ASUW's first international student office, giving a large and diverse group a voice in student governement for... Read more
Xin Peng (Cinema and Media Studies) is the 2021 recipient of the Hartsock Graduate Student Award.  Peng's essay, "Anna May Wong and Sessue Hayakawa: Racial Performance, Ornamentalism, and Yellow Voice(s) in Daughter of the Dragon (1931)" provides orignial contributions to feminist theory and engages powerfully with the production of gendered bodies, racial formation and imperial orders. There were 15 applications total, and several of the submissions were excellent. Peng's essay stood out among a very... Read more