Recent News

Prof. Christopher Parker was quoted in national Politico and the Northwest news site Crosscut. "Since the first protests over the killing of George Floyd flooded the streets of Minneapolis and then Seattle, political leaders have been blaming 'outside agitators,' not homegrown activists unhappy with the status quo...But arrest data from Seattle shows a different story. " For the full... Read more
We are at a defining moment in history. Protests continue to sweep across the United States following the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and countless others at the hands of the police. In Seattle, a place with our own problems with blue on black violence (e.g., Charleena Lyles), protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter.” Many were even subjected to tear gas. The National Guard was activated in Seattle for the first time in 20 years. The protests have sparked nationwide conversations about the efficacy of policing and punishment, the long history of... Read more
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce several new scholars who have arrived or will arrive in residence in 2020. Sophia Jordán Wallace will hold the Library of Congress Chair in Congressional Policymaking beginning in May and continuing through July. Jordán Wallace is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle and director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race. Her forthcoming co-authored book, "Walls, Cages, and Family Separation: Immigration in the Trump Era" (2020... Read more
UW Seattle Political Science Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleagues Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao and Nives Dolšak argue for cross-border co-operation in light of COVID-19: Since World War two, countries have established international regimes to regulate the cross-border flows of goods, capital, people, and pollutants. While this governance approach targeting specific problems has merit, it causes a “silo” problem, whereby different regimes with overlapping objectives do... Read more
Why do empires rise and fall? Some suggest that empires become vulnerable when they are at their peak. Their overconfidence leads them to start costly wars that eventually cause domestic economic and political crises. This is the crux of "imperial overstretch" theory. UW Seattle Political Science Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak ask that question in regards to Amazon lately. Imperial overstretch theory explains that overconfidence leads them... Read more
Three UW Political Science students are on the Year 2020 Husky 100. Congratulations to Misrak Tekeste,... Read more
Political Science UW Seattle Lecturer Scott Lemieux writes that Senate Majority Leader McConnell wants to add immunity for employers against COVID-19 exposure claims. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY., announced that he is willing to work with Democrats to pass another COVID-19 relief bill when his institution finally returns from an inexcusably long recess in May. His top priority isn’t addressing the myriad economic hardships facing most Americans, who have seen jobs evaporate, salaries cut, small businesses suffer, retirement accounts dwindle... Read more
"Grassroots or astroturf, anti-quarantine protests are an American mess." Protesters gathered in cities across the United States, nominally to insist that governments lift the social distancing guidelines put to curb the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. As protesters hope, the media response was strong immediate. The protesters were small, sparse, and few. However, On Facebook, their supporters have swelled to over 1.4 million strong by the last count by the Institute for research and education on human rights. It’s important to understand who these protesters are and why they’re demonstrating. “... Read more
University of Washington junior and Political Science major, Virginia Burton, has been selected for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. A highly competitive award, only 62 students were selected  from more than 773 nominations.  The Truman Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 as the living memorial to President Truman and the Presidential Memorial to Public Service. The Truman Scholarship recognizes outstanding leadership potential, academic achievement, and the desire to pursue a career in public service. The scholarship  provides up to $30,000 in... Read more
On the Middle East Research and Information Project web site, Mona El-Ghobashy writes in “Ellis Goldberg, Egypt and a Reverence for Life” about Ellis Goldberg who was a professor and political economist at the University of Washington and had a blog called Nisr al-Nasr, a site that remains an uncommonly deep commentary on the events of Egypt’s upheaval as they happened. Ellis passed away on September 20, 2019, may... Read more