Recent News

Red Light to Starboard bookcover
Former PhD student Angela Day's book, Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster has won Western Writers of America 2015 Spur Award in the Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction category.  It is also a finalist in the annual Foreward Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Read more about the Western Writers Award Read book review on... Read more
Legex screenshot
Legislative Explorer is an interactive tool that lets you track every bill in Congress since 1973. This award-winning tool was developed by University of Washington political scientists Nicholas Stramp and John Wilkerson. It was recently featured in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage.
The 114th Congress, sworn in one week ago, is much more Christian than the American public. Only one representative identifies as religiously unaffiliated. But why? The Oregonian/OregonLive spoke with our own Tony Gill about the religious makeup of the nation's top representatives.  Read the full article on OregonLive.
Richard B. Wesley and his wife
As we mourn the passing of our dear friend Dick Wesley, this page provides the opportunity to share memories and celebrate his life.  Please submit your own memory to be added to this list by sending an email to  Dr. Richard B. Wesley was born and raised in Texas. He attended Rice University and Johns Hopkins Medical School, and completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center. He then began a 28 year career in pulmonary medicine and critical care in Bremerton, Washington.  He returned to Seattle... Read more
Chris Parker
On December 8, 2015, Christopher Parker joined Ian Masters on Background Briefing radio program to discuss policing and deteriorating race relations in the country. Listen.  
Chris Parker
Listen to Prof. Christopher Park on Berkeley, California's community radtion station KPFA talking about Ferguson, Missouri, troubles in historical context.
Peter May
After serving 35 years on our faculty, Professor Peter May will be retiring at the end of Autumn Quarter.  Prof. May’s importance to our department is difficult to overstate.  He has been a prolific and influential scholar, a model teacher, and tremendously effective as an institution builder.  He has taught a variety of our core classes and been a much loved and appreciated graduate mentor.  His consistent success in attracting outside grant money supported his research and helped the professional development of many of his students.  Peter also served effectively in a variety of important... Read more
Rogelio Riojas
The Department of Political Science presented its annual Distinguished Alumni Award to Rogelio Riojas during our 2014 Convocation Ceremony in June.  During the ceremony, Riojas spoke to the graduating political science majors about his amazing life story and his development from a student of political science to the head of a large network of public health service providers and a member of the UW Board of Regents. When Rogelio Riojas first set foot in Washington in the 1950s, it was a temporary stop for his family. Riojas, his parents, and his siblings were migrant farmworkers following the... Read more
Jeff Arnold and Megan Francis
The Political Science Department is very excited to welcome two new members of our faculty this fall, Megan Francis and Jeff Arnold.  Jeffrey Arnold joins the department as an Acting Assistant Professor, and also joins the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) as a Core Faculty Member. Arnold is completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Rochester, and spent last year as an instructor at Emory University. He will teach courses in quantitative political methodology and international relations, including courses in the graduate research methods sequence.... Read more
Center for Environmental Politics team
The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce the launch of the Center for Environmental Politics, the first research center for environmental politics in the world located in a political science department. The founding Director of the Center is Aseem Prakash, Professor of Political Science and the Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences.  The Center for Environmental Politics will be a leading producer of social science research on environmental politics and policy, from the local to the global level. The Center will bring together UW faculty experts from a... Read more