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UW Political Science PhD candidate Emily Kalah Gade wrote an article addressing the chances of the Women’s March becoming a serious social movement for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. Gade lists and discusses five reasons for why “the Women’s March may succeed as a movement where others have failed”: This march drew support from many different corners of society. The march was successfully nonviolent. The U.S.... Read more
In an article they penned for the website The Conversation, UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash and his colleague Nives Dolsak from the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs address the question whether it is “possible to reduce carbon emissions without hurting economic growth and destroying jobs.” Addressing the anti-regulatory stance of the current Congress and White House, Prakash and Dolsak detail the arguments of both the... Read more
Chris Parker
Ian Masters interviewed UW Political Science Professor Christopher S. Parker for his radio program “Background Briefing with Ian Masters” on KPFK-FM Los Angeles. On the January 16, 2017, Background Briefing Masters discussed “A Congressman Who is Boycotting Trump’s Inauguration; Trump’s Public Feud with Congressman Lewis; & Race Relations in a Trump Administration” with his expert guests. Professor Parker responded to African-American celebrities, like... Read more
The 2017 seminar on race and capitalism will focus on Brazil, the Philippines, South Africa, and the United States
By Jonathan Hiskes  The complex interplay of race and capitalism—around the world and across centuries—will be the focus of a year-long investigation by University of Washington scholars, thanks to a $175,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality & Race (WISIR). The Simpson Center for the Humanities provides additional support. The Mellon award, for a John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, allows a group of more than fifteen faculty and graduate students to spend 2017-2018 immersed in regular... Read more
Emma Green cites UW Political Science Professor Karen Litfin in her article, "Seeking an Escape From Trump’s America." In this article Ms. Green discusses "intentional communities" as a way of responding to "immense global challenges." Intentional communities can also be described as income-sharing communities or communes. 
Mark Smith
Political Science Professors Mark Smith and Paul Burstein join King 5 reporter, Natalie Brand, to discuss President Obama's farewell address on January 10th. Ms. Brand asked Professor Smith to explain what he meant when he called President Obama's speech a combination of some of his greatest hits in speeches. "When he burst onto the national scene in 2004 as a senate candidate giving a speech at the Democratic National Convention, where he called for unity. There is no red America, or blue America, just the United States of America. In 2008, running for President, he had his campaign theme of... Read more
The Atlantic Cover - My President Was Black
Ta-Nehisi Coates cites UW Political Science Professor Christopher S. Parker’s research on the Tea Party in his article “My President Was Black.” The article is the lead for the January/February issue of The Atlantic. Coates, who is a national correspondent for the magazine, discusses the history of the first African American White House and its unmaking. Coates quotes Professor Parker’s research when he is addressing the relationship between Trump, racism, and the Tea Party: “Christopher... Read more
Rebecca Thorpe
The British newspaper The Independent interviewed UW Political Science Professor Rebecca Thorpe about the U.S. presidential election, the Electoral College vote, and the chances for impeachment. Regarding the upcoming Electoral College vote, Professor Thorpe noted that “it is incredibly unlikely that the electors will alter the expected result.” She also addressed the DNC hack and the potential... Read more
Prof. Mark Smith on Q13 Fox Seattle's This Morning
On Sunday, December 18th, Professor Mark Smith spoke with Kaci Aitchison and Travis Mayfield on Q13’s This Morning. They discussed whether electors can defy the results of their home state's election. You can watch the full interview on the Q13 Fox Seattle website.
Michael McCann in College Humor YouTube Video
UW Political Science Professor Michael McCann recently guest stared in an episode of College Humor’s “Adam Ruins Everything.” In the episode, Adam—with the help of McCann—dispels the myths associated with the infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit. Contrary to popular belief, there is more to the case than “some old lady who spills hot coffee on herself and gets a million bucks” because she believes “I deserve money because I am stupid.” Adam points out that “everything you have heard about it is wrong.” To find out what actually... Read more