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On June 16, 2015, Christopher Parker joined Ian Masters on Background Briefing radio program to discuss the case of Rachel Dolezal the former head of NAACP Spokane who was forced to step down because she identified with African Americans although she was born to white parents. Listen.
Political Science Undergraduate, Arista Burwell-Chen, is a grand prize winner in the 2015 Library Research Award for Undergraduates for her paper "How to be a Good Ally: a Guide to Dismantling Colorblindness, White Normativity and Everyday Racism". Her faculty adviser was Rachel Sanders.
A very significant recognition given to just one graduating student in each of the four divisions of the college.  Joannie is the winner for the social sciences. 
Come join us in the Q Center on Friday, May 22 from 4:00pm-6:00pm for movies, games, and snacks! If you've never been to the Q Center before, this is a great way to meet some new faces and have a whole lot of fun.
On Thursday, May 14 the UW Board of Regents will be holding a meeting in the Petersen Room in Allen Library. A coalition of students and workers called Reclaim UW will be attending the meeting and demanding an end to rampant inequality on campus.    When we demand an end to inequality at UW, we mean it in the broadest sense. We mean racial inequality in which only 3% of students and 1.7% of faculty identify as Black; economic inequality in which 12,000 campus workers sustain themselves on less than $15/hr, while over 1,700 UW employees make above $150,000 per year; and structural inequality... Read more
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) - UW Information Session Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:30am-11:30am, MGH 171  RSVP at  Open to all students, faculty and staff! Attend this session, then stay for the Graduate School Fair! 12:00-3:00pm, MGH Commons, hosted by the UW McNair Program NSF GRFP Program Manager Christopher Carr will be at UW to provide students with information about this graduate funding opportunity. NSF's... Read more
Do you want to finish the academic year with your strongest papers yet? Do you have a desire to improve your writing? As you head into the second half of the quarter, keep in mind the support the Political Science/Law, Societies & Justice/Jackson School of International Studies/ Comparative History of Ideas Writing Center can provide! The POLS/LSJ/JSIS/CHID Writing Center is located in Gowen 111 (to the left of the main Political Science office). We are open weekdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (except for Fridays when we close at 2:30 pm). Any student taking a course listed or cross-listed... Read more
 "Do Natural Resources Fuel Authoritarianism" is the most cited article in the American Political Science Review (APSR) over the last five years. Abstract:      A large body of scholarship finds that there is a relationship between reliance on natural resources and authoritarianism. Extant cross-country findings are derived, however, from panel regressions that assume random effects, where the dataset’s time dimension is relatively short. Because natural resource reliance is not an exogenous variable... Read more
A New York Times opinion piece by Thomas Esdall cited a recently published article  by Hannah Walker on the role of race and racism in the political campaigns against public sector unions in Wisconsin.  Walkers article, co-authored with Professor Dylan Bennett of University of Wisconsin, Waukesha, appeared recently in  New Political Science.  ... Read more
Nancy C.M. Hartsock (1943-2015) Professor Emerita Nancy C.M. Hartsock passed away on March 19, in Seattle, WA.  Nancy joined the departments of Political Science and Women Studies (now Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies) at the University of Washington in 1984.  Before then, she held appointments at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Oberlin.  She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1972, with a dissertation on “Philosophy, Ideology, and Ordinary Language:  The Political Thought of Black Community Leaders.”  Two years later, in... Read more