Recent News

Rogelio Riojas
The Department of Political Science presented its annual Distinguished Alumni Award to Rogelio Riojas during our 2014 Convocation Ceremony in June.  During the ceremony, Riojas spoke to the graduating political science majors about his amazing life story and his development from a student of political science to the head of a large network of public health service providers and a member of the UW Board of Regents. When Rogelio Riojas first set foot in Washington in the 1950s, it was a temporary stop for his family. Riojas, his parents, and his siblings were migrant farmworkers following the... Read more
Jeff Arnold and Megan Francis
The Political Science Department is very excited to welcome two new members of our faculty this fall, Megan Francis and Jeff Arnold.  Jeffrey Arnold joins the department as an Acting Assistant Professor, and also joins the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) as a Core Faculty Member. Arnold is completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Rochester, and spent last year as an instructor at Emory University. He will teach courses in quantitative political methodology and international relations, including courses in the graduate research methods sequence.... Read more
Center for Environmental Politics team
The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce the launch of the Center for Environmental Politics, the first research center for environmental politics in the world located in a political science department. The founding Director of the Center is Aseem Prakash, Professor of Political Science and the Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences.  The Center for Environmental Politics will be a leading producer of social science research on environmental politics and policy, from the local to the global level. The Center will bring together UW faculty experts from a... Read more
George Lovell
Award Winning Excellence by George Lovell, Department Chair As the new Chair of the Department of Political Science, it is a pleasure to report news from the department to our alumni and friends. This edition of the newsletter provides information about some important achievements, the arrival of two new members of our faculty, the launch of an innovative research center, and the latest winner of our Distinguished Alumni Award. I am lucky to be taking the position of chair at a time when our department is thriving.  One clear indication of our success is that members of our department won a... Read more
John Wilkerson
Prof. John Wilkerson's LegSim Project is featured in the UW Provost's eTrends newsletter, "John Wilkerson: Expecting the unexpected in a dynamic group project" (PDF) (see page 10).
"What lies behind the Chinese Communist Party elite’s foregrounding of the ‘rule of law’? With China's declining economic growth rate and widening income inequality, the basic rationale at the heart of the party's right to rule is at risk." Continue reading the article by Prof. Susan Whiting and Xiao Ma on
Chris Parker
Prof. Christopher Parker participated in the University of Virginia's Miller Center American Forum debate, "Resolved: Our Polarized Political Process No Longer Reflects the Will of the American People," with George Will as one of the debaters.  It aired on PBS (transcripts available). Read more and view the episode on the Miller Center website.
"In the closing decades of the last century, many political and business elites were swept up in a global wave of policies favouring free markets, deregulation of business and finance and privatisation of public goods and services. Accompanying this updating of classical liberal thought (termed neoliberalism), public discourses focused on private lives organised around consumerism as a defining element of individual freedom." Continue reading Prof. Lance Bennett's article on connective action at... Read more
Watch the clip of Professor Christopher Parker from the Miller Center American Forum's National Debate Series, "If It Were Not for Big Central Gov't, I'd Be a Slave Right Now"