Recent News

Prof. Aseem Prakash along with colleagues argues that social media and tech platforms might need regulation but not a break-up of companies. "Recent events have once again brought into focus the power of social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook to shape the public discourse, if not become headline news themselves. Both President Donald Trump and Senator Elizabeth Warren agree that high technology companies have too much power and like to talk tough with threats to 'break them up'...But this sort of political posturing begs prior questions: what kind of power do high tech platforms... Read more
Professor Aseem Prakash has been awarded the Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement Award in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the study of science, technology, and environmental politics. The award will be presented (virtually) at the business meeting of the Science, Technology & Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association next September.
Professor Michael McCann was interviewed on KUOW Radio regarding the recent protests and puts it in historical perspective. "As he watches the Seattle protests, McCann says a couple of things have stood out: who is showing up, and the situations that have become violent. One is the diversity of the marchers and protesters. I think back to the African-American civil rights movement. There were some whites who participated, but not a great number. These protests are very striking in that there are black, and white, and Hispanic, and Native American, women and men, old and young. It's... Read more
Professor Megan Ming Francis has been busy. Not only being quoted in The Seattle Times and writing an entry for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, a TED Talk but also curating a resource page on Pocket. Pocket: Reimagining Justice: A Primer on Defunding the Police and Prison Abolition... Read more
In a New York Times Opinion page article penned by Thomas B. Edsall, "Biden and Trump Are Fighting Each Other in a Changed World", Profs. Megan Ming Francis, Jake Grumbach and Christopher Sebastian Parker offer their views on whether the large scale of recent protests will swing the electorate in either direction. Megan Ming Francis"These protests will contribute to a durable shift in how most Americans understand policing and the limits of the criminal punishment system...." Jake Grumbach"Young people are... Read more
Iris Thatcher – Finalist, Finland, Open Study/Research Class of 2019, Finnish Language & Cultural Studies, Political Economy majors I grew up in Seattle, and my mom is from Finland. I was able to speak Finnish as a child, but I never has Finnish citizenship nor lived in Finland at any point in time. It wasn’t until I went to the University of Washington (UW) that I had an academic interest in Finnish. During my time at UW, I cultivated a focus in European politics through my Finnish language and political economy majors. I knew that in the long-term, I wanted to further develop my... Read more
Prof. Christopher Parker was quoted in national Politico and the Northwest news site Crosscut. "Since the first protests over the killing of George Floyd flooded the streets of Minneapolis and then Seattle, political leaders have been blaming 'outside agitators,' not homegrown activists unhappy with the status quo...But arrest data from Seattle shows a different story. " For the full... Read more
We are at a defining moment in history. Protests continue to sweep across the United States following the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and countless others at the hands of the police. In Seattle, a place with our own problems with blue on black violence (e.g., Charleena Lyles), protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter.” Many were even subjected to tear gas. The National Guard was activated in Seattle for the first time in 20 years. The protests have sparked nationwide conversations about the efficacy of policing and punishment, the long history of... Read more
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce several new scholars who have arrived or will arrive in residence in 2020. Sophia Jordán Wallace will hold the Library of Congress Chair in Congressional Policymaking beginning in May and continuing through July. Jordán Wallace is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle and director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race. Her forthcoming co-authored book, "Walls, Cages, and Family Separation: Immigration in the Trump Era" (2020... Read more