Recent News

Peter May
Political Science: Continued Excellence As we near the end of another academic year, we are reminded how the end of a year often marks transitions of one kind or another. This newsletter highlights some of these along with features about our department's history, the Washington Center D.C. internship program, our highly successful political theory graduate program, and a staff spotlight of Susanne Recordon our Graduate Program Assistant. One positive force for change in the academic world is the hiring of new faculty. We were fortunate this year to search for two faculty positions. Jeffrey... Read more
Chris Parker
Prof. Christopher Parker appeared in a radio interview on ABC Classic FM (Australia) for discussion about Tea Party and their core beliefs.
Alex Gottfried
Alex Gottfried, a retired professor of political science, civil liberties leader, antiwar activist, and expert on Chicago’s machine politics, died on March 18, 2014, in Renton, Washington.  He was 94 and lived in Seattle. A self-described “nuclear pacifist,” Dr. Gottfried dated his opposition to all wars from the United States destruction of Hiroshima by an atom bomb, and this conviction remained an important element of his philosophic and political outlook.  He was also a local leader in Seattle in the movement to end the war in Vietnam, and an active participant in and supporter of the... Read more
The European Union Studies Association has Awarded Jim Caporaso its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in EU Studies.  The awards committee noted how Jim's research crosses over into both IR and Comparative with work that has spanned social policy, political economy, theories of integration and law; his mentoring and supervision of a number of top notch students in the field, broadly defined; and his contributions through his participation in EUSA and his many and varied contributions to the field. This is the... Read more
George Modelski, Professor Emeritus of our department, passed away at his home in Washington, DC on February 21, 2014.  Modelski was on our faculty for nearly 30 years, beginning in 1967 until his retirement in 1995.  He completed his PhD in International Relations at the University of London in 1955.  Before coming to the UW, he was a senior research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University.  After his retirement, he moved to Washington, DC where he remained active in research, conferences, and publishing. He was a major contributor to international... Read more
John Wilkerson
Read the guest post from John Wilkerson and Nick Stramp of the University of Washington’s Department of Political Science and David Smith of the College of Computer and Information Sciences at Northeastern University: "Why bill success is a lousy way to keep score in Congress" (in The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage blog).
"Egyptian General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi need no longer hold his breath in Cairo. Not only did Egyptians just overwhelmingly approve a heavily revised version of the December 2012 Constitution, but Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces just gave Sisi the green light to run for president. This is bad news for the Muslim Brotherhood and other dissenters who have been violently repressed since the overthrow of former President Mohammed Morsi last summer..." Read the rest of Prof. Victor Menaldo's guest post in The Seattle Times:... Read more