Recent News

Sophia Jordán Wallace has been named the next Field Editor for Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration at  Political Research Quarterly, the journal of the Western Political Science Association. Her term will start in July 2018. This is an important role that will elevate the status of scholarship on race and ethnicity politics in the discipline as well as the prominence of our REP faculty group (including WISIR) and graduate program at UW.  
On July 13, 2016, UW Grad Students Meredith Loken and Anna Zelenz, wrote an article for Sustainble Security explaining why western women join ISIS or Daesh.  While it might be a contradiction for a woman to willing join an organization that oppresses women, an assumption that lead researchers to believe they join them for sexual motivations and a lack of knowledge. Loken and Zelenz emphasis that these women join largely along the same reasons as their male counterparts, for ideological reasons. These ideological reasons... Read more
UW political scientists Mark Smith is quoted Featured on Yakima Herald 
Anthony Gill
On September 21, 2017, UW Political Science Professor Anthony Gill wrote an article for FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) discussing the tragedy of the commons illustrated through donuts. The tragedy of the commons is an economic theory where independent actors act contrary to the common good of all by depleting the resources through their collective action. In the situation Gill describes, the donuts and coffee running out is the commons being depleted. When one piece of donut is leftover people often refrain from grabbing the last piece for themselves. Gill says that this social norm... Read more
Anthony Gill
On August 7, 2017, UW Political Science Professor Anthony Gill wrote an article for FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) discussing the merits of buying local. In this article he describes a situation where a pie, labelled local, is actually not very local at all. Though the pie was made in Washington it was baked in Airway Heights, WA which is 275 miles east from the Gill’s home city of Duvall, WA. The pie was made up chocolate and coconut; ingredients that grown in Southeast Asia and Africa then processed in Central America. Due to a labelling policy set by Safeway, it creates a... Read more
New political science lecturer, Professor Scott Lemieux, published an op-ed on September 19th in the LA Times called: Repeal and replace is back, and scarier than ever. In this article he discusses the latest threat to the Affordable Care Act. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) proposed replacing Medicaid expansion and replace it with block grants. “When a Republican proposes a 'block grant' this almost always means a big spending would reduce federal healthcare... Read more
George Lovell
Former chair of the UW Department of Political Science takes on new role. Featured on UW College of Arts & Sciences News 
LA Times op-ed on the fate of the Affordable Care Act authored by Scott Lemieux, lecturer in political science at the UW. Featured on LA Times 
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Mark Smith Q13
U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash) announced on Wednesday that he would not be seeking re-election. Mark Smith joined Kaci Aitchison and Travis Mayfield on Q13 News This Morning to discuss what this could mean.  Professor Smith explains that out of the 435 districts around this country the majority of them are not competitive (meaning they strongly side with one party). “There are only about two dozen maybe three dozen that are pretty close to the margin…this is one of those seats, one of those districts. So you could see a change in party control depending on which candidates both... Read more