Recent News

Political Science Ph.D. candidate, Carolina Johnson, was mentioned in the Seattle Times for her work in a UW summer fellowship program called Data Science for Social Good. She, along with a group of three other graduate students, “took 21 million ORCA-card readings and wrangled the data into a form that can be used to discover where, and when, we go when we ride the bus... Read more
The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced undergraduate researchers from all disciplines to be Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) for the 2016-17 academic year. Students conducting research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. URLs serve a central role in connecting undergraduates to support services of the URP. The goal of the URL program is to increase awareness and participation of undergraduates doing research in a range of disciplines. As a URL, you can motivate future undergraduate researchers!... Read more
Ph.D. candidate Emily Gade has been awarded the Moore/Sloan Data Science and Washington Research Foundation Innovation in Data Science Postdoctoral Fellowship from the eScience Institute at UW.  This very prestigious two year post-doc is awarded to outstanding interdisciplinary researchers with expertise in the methods of data science and in a physical, life, or social science. 
Profs. Aseem Prakash and Nives Dolšak highlight that many incorrectly predicted the Brexit vote and post-vote, the narratives used to explain why Brexit was chosen. The Brexit vote surprised many observers. Most pollsters and financial analysts incorrectly predicted the final outcome. Since the vote, we’ve seen two main media narratives about what happened. On the one hand, some reported that the pro-Brexit vote was driven by factors such as xenophobia, racism, and misinformation about the economic costs of leaving the EU. Others  suggest that the vote reflects anxiety about jobs and the loss... Read more
Professor Christopher Parker pens a piece on The Conversation web site, ""Does ‘Black Lives Matter’ still matter?" In the article, Prof. Parker considers both sides of the question, "Why Black Lives Matter won’t matter" and "The case for why BLM will continue to matter." 
The Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. From a pool of more than 50,000 students from all three campuses, two of the inaugural Husky 100 students are Political Science majors from the Seattle campus. The Husky 100 know that education happens inside and outside of the classroom, and they are making a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future. Through their passion, leadership and commitment,... Read more
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