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UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash and his colleague Nives Dolšak from the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs contributed a guest article to The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. The article is titled “Yes, consumers can change public policies – sometimes. Here are the challenges.” Prakash and Dolsak note that “political consumerism can... Read more
UW Political Science PhD candidate Emily Kalah Gade co-authored an article addressing the connection between the issue of sexual violence and the anti-Trump protests, namely the Women’s March. The article addresses critiques of the Women’s March, the symbolism of the Pussy Hats, and rape culture in the United States. Gade and her co-author note: “Even if he never ‘actually’ grabbed someone inappropriately, the new President engages in acts of symbolic sexual violence, and in doing so discounts the experiences of... Read more
Megan Ming Francis at "Black Politics in Trump's America" discussion - New America, CSPAN
On February 22, 2017, UW Political Science Professor Megan Ming Francis participated in a panel discussion titled “Black Politics in Trump’s America” organized by the New America Foundation. Professor Francis was joined on the panel by Professor Keneshia Grant from Howard University and Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. After each of the panelists made a brief introductory... Read more
UW Political Science Professor Mark A. Smith has been awarded the 2015 Morris D. Forkosch Book Award for his most recent book Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics. In the book, Smith illustrates how Christian leaders within the United States “have regularly revised their teachings to match the beliefs and opinions gaining support among their members and larger society.” The Council for Secular Humanism, publisher of FREE INQUIRY magazine,... Read more
Crosscut’s Tom James interviewed UW Political Science Professor Mark A. Smith for an article discussing Representative Dave Reichert’s relationship to his congressional district and the constituents in it. The article notes that Reichert has recently come under pressure because he has not spoken out against Trump. Furthermore, his constituents are criticizing him for not holding any public meetings to face them and their questions.  James interviewed Professor Smith to help... Read more
UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash and two of his colleagues have been awarded the William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award for their article "Regulation by Reputation: Monitoring and Sanctioning in Nonprofit Accountability Clubs." The award honors the best article published in Public Administration Review in the year 2016. Professor Prakash wrote the article with Georgia State University Assistant Professor and graduate of our department Joannie Tremblay-Boire and Professor Mary Kay Gugerty... Read more
In an article published on February 10, 2017The Seattle Times discussed the statement of concern regarding the current state of national politics and the climate at the University of Washington, which was written by several members of the Political Science Department. The Seattle Times higher education reporter Katherine Long interviewed... Read more
KUOW interviewed UW Political Science Professors Mark A. Smith and Rebecca Thorpe about President Trump’s Twitter attack on the Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom. In their interviews with KUOW’s John Ryan and Kim Malcolm, Smith and Thorpe addressed this potential abuse of power. Smith “called it the definition of nepotism and corruption of the highest order” noting that “this is something that’s totally new for our country”: “This is the way politics works in a lot of countries. People fight for political office; they then use it to benefit themselves and their family members. There's a real... Read more
Gowen Hall
A group of faculty and graduate students in the Department of Political Science produced the following Open Letter expressing concern about recent developments in national politics and their impact on the University of Washington and members of the department.      February 7, 2017 An Open Letter to the UW Community from Concerned Political Scientists* We write as professional political scientists who feel compelled to speak out about troubling developments in national politics and their effects on our local... Read more
Pol S 405 flier
MW 12:30-2:20Instructor: John Wilkerson This course is for 1) political science majors or minors with demonstrated quantitative or computational interests, and 2) STEM majors who have an interest in political science and public policy.Here’s your chance to showcase those skills by applying them to a politics or policy-related topic! Each student (or student team) will design and complete an independent project addressing an important contemporary public policy issue. The end product is a research paper or application such as: A recent poorly designed (but well publicized) study concluded... Read more