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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
Steve Zech
Steve Zech (Ph.D. Alumnus, 2016) was selected as a recipient of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI, award for Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Field of Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Studies. He plans to finish converting his dissertation (Between Two Fires: Civilian Resistance during... Read more
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University of Washington Political Science alumnus, Professor Ronald T. Libby, published a book entitled "Les Deplorables: How the Tea Party Put Trump into Office and Rules America" in June 2017. Professor Libby received his MA and PhD from the Department of Political Science. He is currently a professor of political science and public administration at University of North Florida. Les Deplorables is the first book published by a new press founded by Professor Libby and his colleague called Twelve Tables Publishers. About Les Deplorables:Les... Read more
Megan Ming Francis
UW Political Science Professor Megan Ming Francis authored a piece in The Washington Post on August 13th, “Donald Trump is no friend to black activists. They should engage him anyway.” Prof. Francis notes that though the President Trump’s comments after the Charlottesville, VA violence show his lack of concern for the cause of civil rights, activists can... Read more
The latest installment in a regular report on political mobilization in the United States. Emily Gade, a graduate student in the UW Department of Political Science, is an author. Featured on The Washington Post