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To vote this November, citizens must be registered. Each state has unique election rules and most require that voters register before election day. US Vote Foundation: State voting laws and requirements Here’s how to confirm that you are registered and to register if needed: National Association of Secretaries of State – Can I vote? Washington is a vote by mail... Read more
Election 2020
A three-part Zoom webinar series sponsored by the Department of Political Science RSVP Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:00 PM Aseem PrakashWill Climate Concerns Affect the 2020 Elections?___________________... Read more
Jerome Kohl
Dr. Jerome (Jerry) Kohl, our Administrative Assistant, passed unexpectedly this summer. Jerry was a thoughtful, kind and witty individual, an excellent editor and a cat lover. But few of us appreciated that the person collecting the mail every morning was, among other things, the world’s foremost expert on German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Jerry grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska as one of 4 children of a military family. He played clarinet in the Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra during high school and college where he earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in music. During the Vietnam war,... Read more
John Wilkerson
Autumn 2020 What a year, and more to come! If student evaluations are to be believed, our sudden transition to remote instruction last spring went well. I am grateful to our instructors, graduate students and undergraduates for responding to this completely unexpected challenge. We also had to cancel our department convocation - deeply disappointing for many graduating seniors - but our staff deserves appreciation for producing a virtual convocation (that included a procession, student photo montage and faculty congratulations) under tremendous time pressure. For part of the summer there was... Read more
W. Lance Bennett received his Ph.D. from Yale and has spent his entire academic career at the University of Washington. Lance is the author of 12 books, hundreds of articles, and numerous research grants. He is also the recipient of more than a dozen book and career achievement awards, including for the best book published in Political Communication in the last 10 years (When the Press Fails, co-authored with former students Regina Lawrence and Steve Livingston). Lance has served as chair of the department and is the founding... Read more
Noga Rotem
We are very happy to welcome a brilliant new scholar to our department this fall. Noga Rotem studied for her PhD in the Department of Political Science in Brown University, and earned her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ben-Gurion University in Israel, both summa cum laude. She has been a teaching fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and was the recipient of a graduate fellowship from the Cogut Institute for the Humanities at Brown University. Noga’s research and teaching focus on contemporary democratic and feminist theory, history of political thought, and... Read more
Prof. Victor Menaldo on KGMI radio discussing his recent article in the Seattle Times (link) on the cancel culture and free speech: "We are negotiating the boundaries of speech and the best way to go about things so, totally part of the democratic experiment...each generation has to grapple with these issues." Traditionally, America is rooted in small-L liberalism; freedoms of speech, protest. We should not go down the road of... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on the Forbes web site: These days, an excessive heat warning was issued for South Central and Southwest Arizona and Southeast California. These events tend to hurt some groups more than others. Those who suffer the most are the poor whom ironically, have small carbon footprints. For example, non-white neighborhoods tend to have fewer trees, and they also have smaller green spaces. Because non-white... Read more
"Jack’s political awakening began in 2014 when he joined an ultimately unsuccessful 79-day street occupation to demand the right for Hong Kong people to directly elect their leaders...On June 12, 2019, Jack was arrested, marked the start of more radical action. An opportunity came less than three weeks later, when, while out on bail, jack joined a group armed with sticks and metal railings and helped smash into the building that houses Hong Kong’s legislature." "Also in the Legislative Council building that day was Brian Leung, who read out a manifesto on... Read more