Recent News

Political Science Professor Christopher Parker, along with colleagues Robin DiAngelo (UW) and Diana Mutz (U-Penn), are interviewed for their research into how racial resentment played a factor in turnout for President Trump. Contrary to a common theme that economic anxiety was not the reason for people voting for Trump but racism in the respect of a fear of loss of power in society. Most of the data suggests that Trump got many college education white votes, who are better off as a group, than less well-off white voters. So, the economic concerns argument doesn’t stick.   For the full radio... Read more
“Elite-biased democracy,”  Albertus and Menaldo wrote, “is a regime in which free and fair elections are paired with institutional devices that codify the rights and interests of the economic elites that were favoured under the former authoritarian period.” In Daily Maverick: In Hong Kong Free Press:... Read more
Congratulations to Caleb Huffman. The Population Health Initiative has awarded Population Health Recognition Awards to four students participating in the annual Library Research Award for Undergraduates. Award winners were chosen based on the quality of their writing and how well they connected their work to the theme of population health. From the site description Homicide hotspots are shown to be intensified by the introduction of open-air drug markets. Although the introduction of an open-air hotspot is not necessary for... Read more
A major award for the dissertation of one of our recent PhDs, Erin Mayo-Adam (2017). From the American Political Science Association committee:  On behalf of the Sexuality and Politics section of the American Political Science Association I am pleased to share that we have selected your dissertation Queer Alliances: Paradoxes and Power in the Formation of Rights-Based Movement Coalitions as the 2018 Kenneth Sherrill Best Dissertation Award winner. The selection committee was impressed with... Read more
Megan Francis
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY QUINN RUSSELL BROWN // JUNE 4, 2018 // COLUMNS It’s 9 a.m. I’m late. I need to go to bed sooner. My roommate took my last Red Bull, so I’m stopping at Suzzallo for coffee before class. When you’re running late for a lecture in Kane Hall, you should always go through the back door. Otherwise you have to walk right by the professor. That’s the mistake I made on the first day of Introduction to American Politics, the class I’m headed to now. I was five minutes late and I walked through the front door, right past... Read more
Recently, the Seattle City Council decided to tax on large companies who make more than $20 million per year to address the homeless crisis. Amazon is an important company that opposes this tax and it halted the construction of its own office space that will generate more jobs. There are two sides to this issue. On one hand, the main purpose of corporations is to generate profits for its shareholders and simultaneously, it provides jobs and expand their tax base which helps the community. On the other hand, large companies should support local communities through corporate social... Read more
Michael McCann, Political Science
As Acting Chair for the past academic year, I am happy to report news from the Department of Political Science to our alumni, students, and friends. This has been my third stint as department chair – having served previously in 1995-2000 and 2010-11. From my vantage point as a very experienced senior scholar, I have never been more impressed with the continued excellence and vitality of our staff, faculty, and students. Our faculty is shrinking in numbers (due to budget cuts), but never has it been more uniformly strong in the quality of professional activity. We have a large number of award... Read more
Gary Duck
We are very pleased to announce that Gary A. Duck is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award recognizes department alumni with remarkable career accomplishments and who can serve as role models for current political science students. Gary received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 1973. His early work was with the U.S. Department of Education, where he served as an associate research analyst to assess the effectiveness of K-12 public education programs throughout the U.S. Gary then worked... Read more
May Lim
Political Science and Psychology double major (Spring 2016) May Lim has won a fellowship to the Humanity in Action program. Ms. Lim will participate in the Warsaw, Poland  portion of the program this Summer 2018 before attending UC Berkeley Master of Public Policy program in the Autumn.  From May Lim, I am so honored and excited to be a recipient of the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship! I look forward to spending one month in Warsaw this summer to learn how Poland's society and current policies have been shaped by the discrimination and struggle in their country's past. I am confident that... Read more
The erosion of democracies in countries like Turkey, Brazil, Phillipines, Egypt, Honduras, Russia and Venezuela have slipped into authoritarian regimes. This is not driven by social norms but institutional norms that reside in their national constitutions. These nations were typically former authoritarian regimes that transitioned to a democracy which left them implementing safeguards for the elites and allows for political repression of their opposition. This tendcy to slip into authoritarianism can be counteracted but requires mass mobilization, benevolvent leadership, and trust in... Read more