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Asli Cansunar
Asli Cansunar is an incoming assistant professor of political science at the University of Washington. Before joining the University of Washington faculty, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Nuffield College and the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Oxford. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (2018) and an MA in Economics (2014) from Duke University.  Her work lies at the intersection of comparative political economy, comparative politics, and economic history, focusing on the political consequences of economic inequality. In... Read more
John Wilkerson
I hope that you had a nice summer. By the time you read this, our students will be back on campus and no doubt thrilled to be here. We are looking forward to seeing them and seeing each other, including a whole cohort of graduate students who started in 2020 that we have yet to meet in person.  Regrettably, an in-person faculty panel this fall does not seem like the right thing to do at this point. So we will be having two more virtual events. The first, on October 22, is sponsored by our Center for Environmental Politics, and will feature Seattle mayoral candidates Bruce Harrell and Lorena... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak ask, "Could American unilateralism on Afghanistan affect Biden’s climate agenda?" "We argue...that the climate issues might suffer some collateral damage. ...On the face of it, Afghanistan will probably not affect Biden’s global climate agenda. After all, climate issues do not involve military interventions, forever wars, or nation-building, all of which Democrats tend to oppose. Moreover, Biden supporters... Read more
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On the Wall Street Journal web site, Prof. Anthony Gill gives a succinct and fascinating view of why the Taliban in Afghanistan have been so rapidly successful in taking territory, recently and decades ago. What might seem counter-intuitive to a lot... Read more
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Politics of Race and Ethnicity The Department of Political Science at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time (100%) tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Politics of Race and Ethnicity, starting September 2022. The search is open with respect to subfield and methodology. The successful candidate will teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses with capacity for large enrollments of diverse students as well as graduate seminars. The successful candidate will be expected to support the unit’s commitment... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak note that though climate events are much in the news lately, climate policy-making is losing its momentum. "The recent IPCC report is a grim reminder of the seriousness of the climate crisis. The wildfires in the Western United States and Canada, the zombie fires in Siberia, heatwaves in Southern Europe and the Pacific Northwest, and floods in Germany and China should motivate aggressive climate action...... Read more
Prof. James Long and South African colleague Chris Maroleng discuss at length whether investigating former leaders is good for democracy in the long run, using the recent prosecution and jailing of former South African President Jacob Zuma as an example. About going after former leaders for corruption, Prof. Long:"On the one hand, having sweeping immunity would completely undermine the concept of the rule of law. On the other hand, does the process become so political and there is over-zealous prosecution and it's used a a political weapon then law is... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak ask why local mayoral candidates are pressing climate change concerns in their campaigns? "Mayor hopefuls are focusing on crime, policing, and homelessness. Climate change does not seem to be on their agendas. Why is this surprising? Across the world, cities are the central nodes in climate politics. After all, they account for about 70% of carbon emissions. Cities will also face the brunt of climate impacts... Read more
Michael D. Ward
Former UW Political Science Prof. Michael Don Ward, 72, passed away peacefully and gracefully on Friday, July 9th. Prof. Ward was a renowned political scientist who leaves behind an enormous legacy. After a post-doctorate with Harold Guetzkow, he had a research appointment at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. On return to the States, Mike added teaching to his active research agenda, engaging students at the University of Colorado, the University of Washington, Pierre Mendès-France University, and finally Duke University. He published 12 books and more than 100 academic articles on an enormous... Read more
"Is your movie popcorn too expensive?", asks Prof. Anthony Gill? Probably not, he says, in an informative and entertaining article for the American Institute for Economic Research. "Teaching about the price of movie snacks is one of my favorite political economy lectures. I begin by asking how many students think movie popcorn is 'too expensive?' About two-thirds of students raise their hands (with the other third sleeping). I then ask, '... Read more