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April 5, 2022
Professor Megan Ming Francis was featured in the article "OPINION: THE 2 SEATTLE FREEDOM SCHOLARS YOU NEED TO KNOW." The article is about how change is possible, we just never seek it.  She challenges the pervasive idea that racial violence is isolated to “stubborn racists,” and suggests another way to understand the issue: “To combat racial injustices, we must expand our vision and responsibility to what civil rights actually means.” To learn more, the full article is... Read more
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March 28, 2022
Professor Aseem Prakash, Prof. Nives Dolšak, and Prof. Jennifer Griffin write about ESG and its similarities to CSR.  "the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) movement … is a framework that identifies societal priorities for firms in those three broad areas. Moreover, ESG metrics can guide managerial action while signaling to external constituencies a credible commitment to aligning managerial action with societal priorities. But the ESG movement sounds like the older corporate social... Read more
Announcement for Duck Family Graduate Workshop, May 18-20, 2022
March 28, 2022
This May, the Center for Environmental Politics, directed by Walker Family Professor for the Arts and Sciences Aseem Prakash, will once again hold its 8th annual three-day Duck Family Graduate Workshop for doctoral students working in the area of environmental politics and governance (EPG). The multi-disciplinary nature of EPG research often makes it hard to share ideas, concepts, and research methods across relevant disciplines. This workshop - made possible through the... Read more
John Wilkerson, Department Chair,
March 25, 2022
A little more than a year ago, my colleague James Long suggested that we nominate author and journalist Masha Gessen for the UW Graduate School Public Lecture series. Masha had recently completed a well-received book, Surviving Autocracies, arguing that even the US is not immune to what was happening in places like Hungary. By the time that Yvette and Molly in the Graduate School were able to... Read more
Protest
March 25, 2022
Join us April 29, 11:30AM-12:30PM Pacific Time on Zoom for the final 2021-22 session of the WISIR Webinar Series on Contemporary Race & Politics. This session, moderated by Associate Professor Chip Turner, will focus on “Race and Democracy.” The panelists include Christina Beltrán (Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University), Michael Hanchard (Professor of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania), and Deva Woodly (Associate Professor of Politics, The New... Read more
Margaret Levi speaking at TEDxSeattle
March 25, 2022
Emeritus Professor Margaret Levi gave a motivating talk at TEDxSeattle last year on the historical contributions of labor unions in promoting fair wages and working conditions, and recent developments that suggest new approaches to increasing the bargaining power of workers. Labor unions put an end to child labor, improved working conditions,  and built the middle class in the U.S. They also brought about key aspects of modern employment such as health insurance and Social Security. In the 1950... Read more
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March 22, 2022
Two years ago at this time, we were all in lockdown due to a mysterious new virus first discovered in the United States at a Seattle area nursing home. There was very little information at the time. We didn’t know much about how it spread or even how dangerous it was. Going into the lockdown, most of us believed, or at least hoped, that a few weeks of shared sacrifice would stamp it out and we could return to our normal lives.  The stamp out did not happen and it became increasingly clear that... Read more
Masha Gessen
March 22, 2022
April 28, 2022, Kane HallReception: Walker Ames Room (6:15-7:30PM)Lecture: Kane 130 or Online (7:30-8:30PM) The Department of Politifcal Science and the Political Economy Forum are pleased to sponsor Masha Gessen, who will be speaking in Kane Hall on April 28th as part of the Graduate School’s Public Lecture Series. This event will be both in-person and live broadcast. The department is also planning to have an in-person reception prior to the event. Tickets for the department event are... Read more
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March 9, 2022
Biden opposed the Russian oil import ban but yesterday he enacted it. This reversal is surprising because the ban increases gas prices, which is terrible news for domestic politics. Even before the ban, U.S. sent a delegation to Venezuela, a country under U.S. sanctions. Biden is trying to lobby Crown Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia, with whom his administration has strained relations. So, why the ban? What were the compulsions and what does this say about the state of the Biden Presidency?... Read more
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March 8, 2022
Prof. Aseem Prakash is interviewed on Seattle's Local Fox station, Q13, being interviewed for his opinion on the recent increase in gasoline prices. "The cost of gas is at an all-time high in the United States. Professor Aseem Prakash, founder of the Center for Environmental Politics at the University of Washington, says the price of gas is a political issue - not an economic one." ... Read more

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