Recent News

Prof. Christopher Parker writes in The Washington Post: "From abolition to the present, enlightened Whites have often been willing allies to the black freedom struggle, sometimes to great effect. But recent events suggest the partnership might have run its course, with two potentially devastating consequences: the Black Lives Matter movement failing, at least for now, to achieve its potential, and the reelection of President Trump." With today’s demand for change centered on Black resolve, genuine systemic reforms — including... Read more
Prof. Jake Grumbach's statistical work was used in the New York Times interactive article showing scenarios of mail-in voting using the 2016 election as an example. While the president claims he’s concerned about rigged elections and stolen votes, Republicans are also worried that mail-in ballots could favor Democrats. A new analysis by Times Opinion suggests that even in an extreme scenario, those fears are unfounded. If the 2016 election between President Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had been run using the universal vote-... Read more
In the Seattle Times Opinion piece, "Is our cancel culture killing free speech?," Prof. Victor Menaldo starts with the statement,"Once upon a time, folks who considered themselves left of center believed in and practiced free speech and freedom of conscience. They saw these things not only as a fundamental right that transcends politics, but also as an effective tool to advance progressive objectives and social justice."... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash, Graduate Student Hanjie Wang and Prof. Nives Dolšak tell us that China's energy plan will prioritize the economy over the environment. One analysis of a group of 20 countries committed public finance places China near the top in terms of funding for clean energy vs. fossil fuels. But Beijing’s recovery package isn’t likely to establish China as a green stimulus... Read more
Profs. Aseem Prakash and colleague Nives Dolšak in the UW Daily: Lately, Particular attention has been paid to Donald’s Trump’s rollback of 100 environmental rules, which is especially striking in an election season in which presumptive Demoractive nominee Joe Biden’s Contrasting views on climate change have been made so clear. The UW’s Aseem Prakash, a professor in the department of political science and founding director of the center of... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak comment in Forbes on former Vice President Joe Biden's climate plan. Joe Biden released an ambitious climate plan early this week. Unlike the Green New Deal that covered issues such as healthcare... Read more
Prof. Christopher Adolph and graduate student Bree Bang-Jensen made a video presentation on “Pandemic Politics: Understanding State-Level Social Distancing Responses to COVID-19.”  The video can be viewed... Read more
"As a country, the United States has had previous moments where race has come to the forefront of our national dialogue, and where protests have called for change." Prof. Christopher Parker talked with KNKX's Ed Ronco on that it's possible this moment is different, and talked about why, as well as his doubts. You can listen to the conversation and read a summary here.
"Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong as kind of the original formulation of one country two systems, proved to be a mirage. " Graduate student Brian Leung talked to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the new security law in Hong Kong. China has unilaterally imposed law on Hong Kong. There is no meaningful distinction between the system of Hong Kong and China. The Chinese party-state has engulfed the Hong Kong governance system. Hong Kong civil society is under full assault and purveyed by a sense of political fear, self-censorship, and legal... Read more
Graduate student Beatrice Magistro give us a personal account of how the recent F1 VISA for International Students decision by the Trump Administration may not be in the best interest for the students and the U.S. "After President Trump’s recent executive order suspending the new issuance of several ICE announced that foreign students under F and M visa may not remain in the US if they exclusively take online classes in the Fall. The recent measures regarding J-1 visas and F-1 visas, if taken a few years ago, would have not made my... Read more