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What are the chances of getting a bill pass through Congress? Well, typically in a two year term, about 11,000 bills were introduced but the highest record for the number of bills that pass through is 106. Many companies and organizations are trying to predict the process of bills being passed. In 2013, Tim Hwang and his friends founded a software company called FiscalNote. It uses data from various government websites and predict the chance of each of those bills passing. Instead of relying on human prediction, its self-learning artificial intelligence looks for certain keywords, information... Read more
David Owens and his students celebrate outside the courthouse after wrongfully convicted Patrick Prince was exonerated.
STORY BY NANCY JOSEPH // JANUARY 2018 // PERSPECTIVES NEWSLETTER When Patrick Prince was 19 years old, he was sent to prison for a murder he did not commit. He was finally exonerated and released nearly 26 years later, thanks to the work of attorney David B. Owens (BA, Philosophy, Political Science, 2004) and two University of Chicago law students. For Owens, such cases are why he became an attorney. Owens knew from an early age that he wanted to represent those whose voices were not being heard. His own experience as an African... Read more
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Three UW Political Science graduates have obtained positions for the upcoming academic year. Filiz Kahraman is presently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. For the 2018-2019 academic year Kahraman will begin a tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of Toronto-Scarborough, Canada. Her focus is on law... Read more
On the recent Washington Post article, “Congress can easily avoid shutdowns. Here’s why it doesn’t” editor Fred Barbash writes about the recent government shutdown that occurred this past weekend. In it he touches upon why congress doesn’t avoid shutdowns as easily as they could. UW Political Science Prof. John Wilkerson and Ph.D. student Andreu Casas, who closely studied the 2013 shutdown for the messages members tried to communicate during and after the event, "...shutdowns are... Read more
Join fellow UW students on Monday, January 29th as we travel down to Olympia and lobby our state legislators on higher ed issues. Transportation, lunch, and training will be provided. More information can be found here: We will be leaving campus at 7:30 AM and arriving back between 5-6:30pm. Students also have the option of driving themselves down as well. RSVP Link: Facebook Event:... Read more
UW Political Science Prof. Aseem Prakash was recently quoted in an article on The Hill regarding US EPA Director Scott Pruitt’s political maneuvering on how to redefine environmentalism. The article notes Pruitt’s view that the environmental policies of the past have been too restrictive, I’ve been asking the question lately, what is true environmentalism? What do you consider true environmentalism? And from my perspective, it’s environmental stewardship, not prohibition Prof. Prakash sees some merit to Pruitt’s approach, For example, some experts argue that current policies make it... Read more
Megan Francis
STORY BY MATTHEW LEIB // JANUARY 12, 2018 // THE WHOLE U In 1999, Megan Ming Francis left home in Seattle to study computer science at Rice University. Her plan was to see the world, then someday return to Washington to work for Microsoft. Fifteen years later—after subsequent stopovers in New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, and California—she was back, but instead of a career as a computer programmer, she’d become a leading political scientist, specializing in the study of American politics, race, and the development of constitutional law. So what... Read more
Political Science Lecturer Scott Lemieux opines in the LA Times that the recent legislation and policy changes from the Trump administration can be reversed fi the Democrats can take back Executive and Congressional control. More long term Trump influence in the Supreme Court will be harder or impossible to reverse for many years, But three nonconservative Supreme Court justices — the moderate Anthony M. Kennedy and the liberals Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G.... Read more
In an article written by Prof. Chistopher S. Parker, the Stuart A. Scheingold professor of social justice and political science at the University of Washington and Prof. Matt A. Barreto, UCLA, they discuss the idea that a perceived threat could be the key to the black vote in 2018 citing multiple examples of high black voter turnout due to perceived threats. They begin by discussing the low African American voter turnout during the 2016 presidential election stating that the African American turnout had declined relative to 2012. This low voter turnout from black voters may have cost Hillary... Read more
Has Trump gone global? In a word: yes. America isn't the only country in the West experiencing political upheaval. Recent events suggests something amiss in the West. With the election of Donald Trump in the US, and Brexit in Great Britain, politics in the West has taken on a reactionary mood, and these are only the places in which it's achieved a measure of success. Reactionary politics, a style of politics in which the historically dominant cultural group seeks a return to its past glory, seems to have also taken root in Austria, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway... Read more