Recent News

Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on Forbes web site discussing how Amazon's commitment to climate should include a pledge for more tree resources in immediate areas of its facilities: As a widely recognized climate leader, Amazon can play a role in improving urban resilience to extreme heat events. We suggest that “tree equity”, an important strategy to address urban heat waves, should become a part of the revised climate pledge. In... Read more
The research of Prof. Christopher Parker has been quoted in The New York Times Opinion page by Thomas B. Edsall discussing the lasting effects of Former President Trump's reactionary politics. "Trump appealed to voters, Parker continued, who “wanted ‘their’ country back, so they mobilized in an effort to make that happen.” These kinds of appeals can work in both directions." For the full read please link here.
Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash writes with colleagues in Penn State's The Regulatory Review on support for nuclear energy might be higher than most think. The climate crisis means that the electricity sector will be playing an ever-important role in the future. Think of the electrification of the automobile industry, where electricity replaces gas and diesel as the fuel. Or think of the increased use of fans and air conditioners to counter heatwaves. How would this additional demand for electricity be met? Much of the discussion has focused on solar and wind. Nuclear... Read more
Profs. James Long, Mark Alan Smith and Victor Menaldo contemplate why people, overall, may never agree if our Covid response was adequate or not enough: As an increasingly vaccinated world emerges from lockdowns,some people argue restrictions did not go far enough; others maintain the attempted cures have been worse than the disease. One reason for these conflicting views is that the answer depends on both facts and values. Government policies were often guided by scientific findings... Read more
Prof. Victor Menaldo on the news publication web site Divided We Fall, "In Defense of the Marketplace of Ideas", argues for open competition of ideas: University and college campuses are often the setting for controversial debates on free speech with left-leaning actors.Professors whose views on race or gender are at odds with progressive politics have faced the prospect of being disciplined, students have been suspended from sports... Read more
Prof. Aseems Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on the Forbes web site: Many areas of America are confronting a heat wave. The recent issue of the National Geographic noted: “the... Read more
In an a piece on the Undergraduate Academic Affairs web site recent Political Science graduate Maha Alhomoud is featured. We learn about how a new arrival from Saudi Arabia waged a cancer fight in her first year at the University of Washington and later graduated with honors. Alhomoud also left her mark on the UW by co-founding the ASUW's first international student office, giving a large and diverse group a voice in student governement for... Read more
Xin Peng (Cinema and Media Studies) is the 2021 recipient of the Hartsock Graduate Student Award.  Peng's essay, "Anna May Wong and Sessue Hayakawa: Racial Performance, Ornamentalism, and Yellow Voice(s) in Daughter of the Dragon (1931)" provides orignial contributions to feminist theory and engages powerfully with the production of gendered bodies, racial formation and imperial orders. There were 15 applications total, and several of the submissions were excellent. Peng's essay stood out among a very... Read more
Political Science UW Seattle Prof. Jake Grumbach on how voting access is being restricted in some states. "As Congress considers expanding voting rights legislation and some Republican-led states restrict access to voting, faculty from institutions around the country are calling for national election standards. In an open letter on the New America website, a growing list of signatories — more than 175 as of early June — warns of the dire threat to democracy posed by efforts to curb voter access and alter election oversight. Jake Grumbach, an assistant... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak write on the Forbes web site, "Climate groups have scored impressive wins over oil companies. A small hedge fund...successfully lead a shareholder revolt to... Read more