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Over the last few years, right-wing movements are difficult to ignore. From Australia to Europe, right-wing movements have achieved a measure of political success. A more complete accounting of the political influence of the reactionary right in the last twenty years must also include the United States. America’s most recent move to the right began with the Tea Party’s emergence during the Obama administration. The tea Party sought to maintain the cultural integrity of what it viewed as the “legitimate” American majority. While Donald Trump sometimes departed from Republican free-market... Read more
Prof. Jake Grumbach's work is cited in on the Opinion section of The New York Times, "This fact pattern underscores a larger truth: The Republican Party is driving the nation’s democratic decline. A recent paper by Jacob M. Grumbach, a political scientist at the University of Washington, makes this plain. Using a new measure of state-level democratic... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash on The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage blog, March 22 is the World Water Day – an annual call to action to help the millions of people who lack access to safe water sources. Water availability is an important global policy objective, listed as U.N. sustainable Development Goal (SDG) # 6: “ensure access to water and sanitation for all” by 2030. But climate change is making water availability less predictable. Droughts are often followed by extreme precipitation that does not sufficiently recharge groundwater, leading to water... Read more
Prof. Victor Menaldo on the Cultirico web site, "A debate is raging over reforming American antitrust laws...At best, this means tweaking the current paradigm to accommodate outcomes besides price and innovation to help strengthen our economy and political system. At worst, this may mean going after big and successful firms for political reasons and then reverse-engineering a skin-... Read more
Profs. Victor Menaldo, James D. Long and Graduate Student Morgan Wack on The Conversation web site: Former presidents are being investigated, prosecuted and even jailed worldwide. In Bolivia, ex-President Jeanine Áñez was arrested on terrorism, conspiracy and sedition charges on March 13. A... Read more
Prof. Sophia Jordán Wallace and colleague Prof. Chris Zepeda-Millán in The Washington Post showing that American opinion is for change regarding family separation at the border. Detaining migrant children and separating migrant families at the border were among President Donald Trump’s most notorious immigraion policies. Activities have been pressuring President Biden to do more to reverse these. The Washington post researched the history of and support for these and other border policies in our book “Walls, Cages, and Family separation:... Read more
Vice President Joe Biden meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, in London, United Kingdom, Feb. 5, 2013
Please join us on Thursday, May 6th for our Spring Faculty Panel on the subject of international relations. To what extent will the recent change in administrations impact U.S. involvement on the world stage? Featured Speakers Professor Beth Kier, From Trump to Biden: Transforming Civil-Military Relations Professor Geoffrey Wallace, Biden’s Multilateralism in the (Post-)“America First” Era Professor Victor Menaldo, Will Anything Biden Does Really Change Foreign Dictators' Behavior? John Wilkerson, Moderator RSVP details will be added soon.
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Senior Owen Oliver, a double major in Political Science and American Indian Studies, has been working hard to bring indigenous perspectives to the UW Campus. Already, Owen has worked with faculty to create a class at the Burke for Native American students, led a trip to visit and volunteers with the Quileute Tribal School in La Push Washington, and led UW's American Indian Student Commission as a director. His latest project is to create a UW walking tour booklet that tells the story of Indigenous places through an Indigenous community member's eyes. Owen was also selected as a Champion of... Read more
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Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Gaither Junior Fellowship offers 8-10 full-time, paid, one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Applicants must be nominated by their universities to compete for this national program, and UW is able to nominate two students or recent alums each year. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Associates working on the Carnegie Endowment’s projects... Read more
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When Joe Biden was sworn into office on January 20th, there were many unanswered questions about his legislative priorities and longer-term agenda. In February, the Department of Political Science’s Winter Faculty Panel, “The Biden Agenda: Promises and Prospects,” drew over 100 people online to hear from Professors Sophia Wallace, Becca Thorpe, Jake Grumbach, and James Long in a conversation moderated by Professor Mark Smith. Much of the discussion focused on how the election, change in administration and party polarization are likely to influence policy priorities over the next four years.... Read more