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Distinguished Teacher Awards 2017
Each spring, a handful of outstanding faculty earn a special spotlight: a Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA). Featured on Columns Magazine 
Meredith Loken
The UW Graduate School awards the 2017-18 Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship to Political Science graduate student Meredith Loken. She receives the fellowship, which provides the funding for one academic quarter, to advance her dissertation work. In her dissertation, which is titled “Women to the Front: Female Militants and Rebel Trajectory in Internal Conflicts,” Loken explores the... Read more
Victor Menaldo
A recent article on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog discusses UW Political Science Professor Victor Menaldo’s work on constitutions in authoritarian regimes. Amherst College political science professor Javier Corrales wrote the article titled “Venezuela’s government wants to write a new constitution. That way lies autocracy.” Corrales addresses the potential consequences of the... Read more
Sarah Dreier
UW Political Science PhD candidate Sarah Dreier appeared on the May 14, 2017 episode of the “Research on Religion Podcast” to discuss her research on Anglicans, Lutherans, and African churches. Specifically, she addresses the cultural rift between African churches and their Anglican/Lutheran counterparts in Europe and the US. In the podcast, Dreier answers question like: Why are some African Anglican and Lutheran churches vocally opposed to the progressive social mores of... Read more
Bono and Al Gore
Along with his colleague Nives Dolšak from the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash authored an article about the environmental movement for the popular, academic journal Solutions. In the article Prakash and Dolšak argue: “The [environmental] movement needs to draw strength from the power of the people, not from the appeal of celebrities. This is an inconvenient truth that the environmental movement must tackle.” Specifically,... Read more
Anthony Gill
UW Political Science Professor Anthony Gill authored a commentary discussing the tipping of Uber drivers for Fortune Magazine. The current debate “within the service industry and amongst government regulators” is about whether to require “ride-share companies such as Uber to include an option for tips on their customers’ receipts.” In the article, Gill argues that “drivers’ income aside, the study of economics provides a subtler explanation [for allowing tipping] that executives at Uber should wisely... Read more
CC BY-SA 2.0 License - 2013 Savar building collapse, Bangladesh
UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash authored an article for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog along with University of Amsterdam Assistant Professor and former UW graduate student Sijeong Lim. In the article, Prakash and Lim address what we have learned following the collapse of a factory building in Bangladesh in 2013 that killed more than 1,100 workers. Specifically, they focus on “the... Read more
Jared Stewart, UW Political Science
UW Political Science PhD student and teaching assistant Jared Stewart receives the 2017 University of Washington Excellence in Teaching Award. This teaching award is given annually to two graduate student teaching assistants or instructors from the entire Seattle campus. Thus, receiving an Excellence in Teaching Award is one of the highest teaching recognitions at the University of Washington. The Department of Political Science is honored to count dedicated instructors like Jared Stewart as one of our own. Political Science Department Chair Professor George Lovell notes: “Jared’s recognition... Read more
New York Times columnist Max Fisher interviewed UW Political Science Professor Jonathan Mercer for an article he wrote about the effectiveness of U.S. military strikes in sending a warning message to other foreign adversaries. Fisher argues that despite a lack of evidence, the Trump administration insists that its strikes in Syria and Afghanistan serve as a warning signal to leaders in other countries, such as Russia, North Korea, and Iran. Citing various academic studies, the article notes that “repeated investigation has found that this notion is baseless.” Professor Mercer added that “this... Read more
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. In the article, they explain why EPA head Scott Pruitt “denied a petition asking for a ban on the use of an insecticide called Chlorpyrifos,” which “... Read more