Recent News

KIRO Radio Nights had Political Science's Scott Lemieux on to explain a recent Supreme Court decision on how the Electoral College electors for states must abide by the will of the voters and not change their candidate. What happened?Two states, Colorado and Washington, penalized electors for not voting along with the voters will in... Read more
In the Seattle Times Opinion, Prof. Christopher Parker says that, "...if patriotism is anything, it’s about sacrifice." "So, on this most American holiday, one where we celebrate American independence and thevalues on which the country was founded, ask yourself a question. Is America of 2020, at least for Black folks, really any different than Frederick Douglass’ America of 1852? If you conclude that it’s not, and you’... Read more
"Four years ago, Christopher Parker, an African American political scientist at the University of Washington, wrote in the American Prospect, a liberal journal, 'makes it impossible for whites to deny the existence of racism in America….His success clashes with many white American’s vision of the United States as a fair and just place.' Those words seem prescient today, after four years of President Trump’s racism, from the 'very fine people' marching with neo-Nazis Charlottesville to, in just the past week, a 'white power' retweet and threat... Read more
Polisci Graduate Students Beatrice Magistro and Nicolas Wittstock on new visa restrictions by the Trump Administration: "On June 23rd 2020, President Donald Trump imposed restrictions on several categories of visas for foreign workers until the end of the year. The proclamation his administration issued explaining this decision suspended the issuance of H-1B visas for high-skilled labor; H-2B visas for workers not critical to America’s food supply chain; J-1 visas issued for purposes of cultural exchange and other... Read more
Prof. Jake Grumbach and collegues, Alexander Stahn and Sarah Staszak, have won the APSA Best REP Paper Award for paper "Gender, Race, and Intersectionality in Campaign Finance" that is forthcoming at Political Behavior: Abstract Campaign finance research... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash along with colleagues argues that social media and tech platforms might need regulation but not a break-up of companies. "Recent events have once again brought into focus the power of social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook to shape the public discourse, if not become headline news themselves. Both President Donald Trump and Senator Elizabeth Warren agree that high technology companies have too much power and like to talk tough with threats to 'break them up'...But this sort of political posturing begs prior questions: what kind of power do high tech platforms... Read more
Professor Aseem Prakash has been awarded the Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement Award in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the study of science, technology, and environmental politics. The award will be presented (virtually) at the business meeting of the Science, Technology & Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association next September.
Professor Michael McCann was interviewed on KUOW Radio regarding the recent protests and puts it in historical perspective. "As he watches the Seattle protests, McCann says a couple of things have stood out: who is showing up, and the situations that have become violent. One is the diversity of the marchers and protesters. I think back to the African-American civil rights movement. There were some whites who participated, but not a great number. These protests are very striking in that there are black, and white, and Hispanic, and Native American, women and men, old and young. It's... Read more
Professor Megan Ming Francis has been busy. Not only being quoted in The Seattle Times and writing an entry for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, a TED Talk but also curating a resource page on Pocket. Pocket: Reimagining Justice: A Primer on Defunding the Police and Prison Abolition... Read more