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When U.S. presidents talk tough to foreign leaders, does it work? Jonathan Mercer, professor of political science at the UW, is quoted. Featured on Christian Science Monitor 
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UW Political Science Professor Christopher Sebastian Parker authored an article for the online news magazine Slate. In the article, Parker poses the following question: “Do Democrats’ really believe that chasing Trump voters while alienating people of color will win elections?”   In the article, Professor Parker examines the new platform of the Democratic Party and discusses its likelihood of leading to electoral success. He notes that “this new progressive... Read more
Op-ed by Christopher Parker of the Department of Political Science Featured on The Chronicle of Higher Education 
Christopher Parker
In the August 3, 2017 publication of The Chronicle of Higher Education  Prof. Christopher Parker writes that the Trump administration is keeping a campaign promise, to reverse a long held affirmative action in university admission, even though, …public opinion supports affirmative action, it’s settled law, and it’s good for society. Still, for Trump and Sessions, a promise is a promise. Trump told his voters he would "Make America Great Again" — and so here we are.   Read the entire piece... Read more
Salon talks to Christopher Parker about why the Democrats should "play the race card" in the next election Featured on Salon 
Christopher Parker
The Salon’s David Masciotra interviewed UW Political Science Professor Christopher Sebastian Parker about what led to the election of Donald Trump. Professor Parker addresses the competing explanations for the election result, namely economic anxiety versus racial resentment, and elaborates on how the latter determined the election outcome: “Racial resentment and terror at the prospect of social change is what animated the Tea Party and now energizes Trump supporters, […] not... Read more
Professors Nives Dolšak (School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, UW) and Aseem Prakash (Department of Political Science) published an opinion piece on July 11th in The Regulatory Review called “Solar Panels on a Border Wall.” In early June, President Donald Trump proposed the idea of installing solar panels on the Mexican border wall. He said that a solar wall could “create energy and pay for itself.” In order to access the merits of this proposal, Professors Dolšak and Prakash examine three crucial... Read more
Christopher Parker
On July 6, 2017, UW Political Science Professor Christopher Sebastian Parker appeared on “The Michelangelo Signorile Show” to discuss his research on the impact of racial anxiety on the 2016 presidential election. Specifically, Professor Parker talked about the results of the Voter Study Group, which is a group that includes academics as well as right- and left-leaning think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and the Center for American Progress. The group... Read more
Aseem Prakash
UW political science Professor Aseem Prakash and his colleagues James Ron (University of Minnesota) and Kendra Dupuy (Peace Research Institute Oslo in Norway and previous UW political science graduate student) contributed a guest article to The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog entitled, "Across the globe, governments are cracking down on civic organizations.... Read more
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The Department of Political Science’s 2017 Convocation took place on Thursday, June 8th, 2017. Attorney General Bob Ferguson (BA, 1989) was the keynote speaker and recipient of the department’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Read his biography below. Benjamin Lafferty Lennon was the undergraduate student speaker. The 2016-2017 graduates included 7 Doctor of Philosophy degrees, 10 Master of Arts degrees, and 304 Bachelor of Arts degrees. The department also presented three graduates with special recognitions: Robert A. Dahl Award for academic excellence: Anna Caroline Mikkelborg The Daniel S.... Read more