Recent News

Prof. Tony Gill contributes to Georgetown University’s Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs’ Religious Freedom Project’s Cornerstone blog: "Reformations, Enlightenments, and the Middle East: A Response to Thomas Friedman."
Chris Parker
In the midst of the Congressional primaries taking place across America this summer, the Tea Party’s history continues to be written. Tea Party membership and funding have continued to grow over the last year, yet the media has proclaimed the Tea Party dead no less than 18 times. In this paper, Christopher S. Parker asks whether the Tea Party is an “astroturf” or “grassroots” political movement. Parker argues for the latter, demonstrating that the Tea Party has real staying power in the current political climate. Read more at Brookings Institution web site:... Read more
Prof. Matt Barreto’s research has been instrumental in the national fight over voter-ID laws. Read this article about his research in The Seattle Weekly, "The Seattle Prof Who Is Changing the Conversation—and Law—Surrounding Voter I.D."
Few probably realize the important contributions the University of Washington Political Science Department made to the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl victory in February. Neither did most of us until we received a congratulatory letter from the Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Denver. While some of the facts of the letter may be misconstrued, it is evident that our department did indeed greatly contribute to this historic win. In the spirit of academic integrity, it should be disclosed that this letter is the result of a friendly bet between the two department... Read more
Robert Dahl
The most distinguished political scientist to graduate from our department, Robert A. Dahl, passed away on February 5, 2014 at the age of 98. He was the Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Senior Research Scientist at Yale University where he served as a faculty member for over 40 years. Described by the New York Times as the scholar who “defined politics and power” he continues to be one of the most influential political scientists of any generation. Professor Dahl graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Political Science in 1936. As a child Dahl... Read more
Susanne Recordon
The excellence of our department relies on notable contributions made by those in the department administration, academic programs, advising, fiscal support, computing, and the front-office. Given their role in our continued success, we have decided to spotlight an individual staff member in each newsletter. In this issue, we’d like to highlight the one individual whom all graduate students encounter before enrollment and who serves as the cornerstone of the graduate student experience – Susanne Recordon. After working in the Dance Program and in Mechanical Engineering, Susanne was hired in... Read more
Ellis Goldberg
After serving nearly 30 years as a member of the Political Science Department, Professor Ellis Goldberg has retired. At the end of Winter quarter, he assumed the title of Professor Emeritus. He plans to remain an active member of the University of Washington community continuing his research on the Arab Spring, teaching part-time, and directing the Center for Middle East Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies. Professor Goldberg joined the Department of Political Science at UW in 1985 after completing his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. He was promoted to associate professor in 1991... Read more
After serving 40 years as a member of the Political Science Department, Professor Margaret Levi has assumed the Directorship of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University with an appointment as professor in Stanford's Political Science Department. The Directorship of CASBS is a prestigious appointment that provides a capstone to Professor Levi’s illustrious career. She assumed the new role at the end of March at which time she retired from the University of Washington. She is now Professor Emerita in our department and the Jere L. Bacharach... Read more