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Megan Ming Francis
STORY BY PETER KELLEY // MARCH 8, 2018 // UW NEWS Megan Ming Francis, University of Washington associate professor of political science, has been named a fellow with the Thurgood Marshall Institute. The institute is a multidisciplinary research and advocacy policy center within the NAACP’s ... Read more
Prof. Christopher Parker on February 12th, 2018 hosted a Town Hall Seattle event with UC Berkeley Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild discussing her book “Strangers in Their Own Land” and why many white voters went for Trump. The conversation started with the purpose of Hochschild writing the book, stating she wanted to find the reasons for the growth of movements like the Tea Party. Hochschild acknowledged that she had to come out of the bubble in which she lived and go elsewhere in the country to try to understand other... Read more
Victor Menaldo
In an article by Michael Albertus and Victor Menaldo, describe how flawed constitutions undermine democracy. In the Ukraine, Hungary, Turkey, Poland, Venezuela these states are sliding into authoritarianism, while the United States under Trump has been attacking media and intelligence institutions. In Egpyt and Russia they have been silencing opposition, with the assurance that the state department will write mild rebuke. And more alarmingly more Americans support, a military takeover of the government According to Albertus and Menaldo, democracies slip into authoritarianism once informal... Read more
In an article written by Political Science Lecturer Scott Lemieux, Lemieux explains the attacks on the Judicial system when they run contrary to those of the legislature. After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state gerrymandered districts were illegal; which gave Republicans 13 of the 18 seats even though the Democrats had won the majority in the statewide vote, the Republicans have declared a new strategy - attack the independence of the courts. Though the new district maps still favor the Republicans since the Democratic voting blocks are centered in the state’s largest cities... Read more
Last week, news media outlets reported that Oxfam who was well respected for its humanitarian work had employed aid workers in Haiti who hired prostitutes. Other scandals from similar nonprofit organizations were exposed to the public also. Because of these scandals, donations from donors have declined.    The reason why these scandals exist is that the public believed that they have a virtue serving the people, so they were not regulated as strictly as for-profit organizations by the stakeholders and the government. However, nonprofit sectors in the U.S. need to file a form disclosing their... Read more
United States government nor the individual states have successfully enacted a carbon tax law while 25 countries in the world enacted it. Washington proposed a carbon tax I-732 during 2016 elections but it was defeated securing only 41% vote. This caused many states to consider enacting a carbon tax law.    The reason why it was difficult to pass this law was that there were disagreements on how to spend the money. The first way is that money could be returned to businesses and households through tax cuts, which the liberal groups opposed. The second way is to spend money on climate-related... Read more
In a talk with KTTZ radio, Political Science Professor Anthony Gill talked about how religion and civic organizations use their practices and rituals to filter out the free riders. Gill starts with how religious organizations live in a world of financial scarcity and they need effectively manage resources to different problems. One of the biggest problems for these organizations are free-riders who would take these resources but never give back to the organization. Using Mormons as an example, Gill explains that they are sent on a two year mission to knock on doors, and try to convert... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash (along with 2012 Polisci Grad, Joshua Eastin) asks, Why is India ‘missing’ 63 million women — even though development is roaring? Over the past two decades, India’s economy is developing rapidly to the third largest behind China and United States. We often associate economic growth with bringing gender equality, however, this has not occurred in India. In fact, the ratio between... Read more
What are the chances of getting a bill pass through Congress? Well, typically in a two year term, about 11,000 bills were introduced but the highest record for the number of bills that pass through is 106. Many companies and organizations are trying to predict the process of bills being passed. In 2013, Tim Hwang and his friends founded a software company called FiscalNote. It uses data from various government websites and predict the chance of each of those bills passing. Instead of relying on human prediction, its self-learning artificial intelligence looks for certain keywords, information... Read more
David Owens and his students celebrate outside the courthouse after wrongfully convicted Patrick Prince was exonerated.
STORY BY NANCY JOSEPH // JANUARY 2018 // PERSPECTIVES NEWSLETTER When Patrick Prince was 19 years old, he was sent to prison for a murder he did not commit. He was finally exonerated and released nearly 26 years later, thanks to the work of attorney David B. Owens (BA, Philosophy, Political Science, 2004) and two University of Chicago law students. For Owens, such cases are why he became an attorney. Owens knew from an early age that he wanted to represent those whose voices were not being heard. His own experience as an African... Read more