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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris talking
Joe Biden has assumed the Presidency during some of the most turbulent times in the nation’s history.  With both Congress and the nation closely divided between the parties, can Biden govern?  What are the prospects for his agenda on immigration, racial justice, climate change, economic stimulus, confronting the coronavirus, and other issues? We will tackle these questions and consider whether public confidence in elections and democracy can recover from the bitterly contested 2020 campaign.  Professor Mark Alan Smith will moderate conversations with Professors Sophia Wallace, Rebecca Thorpe... Read more
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Looking for an enlightening way to spend a quiet winter evening? The Department’s Political Economy Forum now has a podcast series. The Forum is dedicated to increasing interdisciplinary knowledge and collaboration between researchers working at the intersection of political science, economics, and public policy. Recent topical podcasts include Professor Mark Smith on “Can Science... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleagues, Nives Dolšak and Jennifer J. Griffin, Should Milton Friedman's advice of maximizing profits for shareholders still be the number one concern for businesses? "For Friedman, managers are agents who work on behalf of owners: their principals. Because all shareholders want to maximize their return on investments, the Friedman... Read more
Social Distancing Summary Infographic
Last March, it quickly became clear to the nation’s governors that the federal government would not be taking the lead in enacting policies geared towards stopping the spread of the coronavirus. What emerged instead was a patchwork of widely varying state responses to the same disease. Some governors responded quickly by adopting stay-at-home orders, limiting public gatherings, and closing schools and businesses. Others were slower to act or did not act at all. After the success of the initial effort to ‘bend the curve’ in March and April, some governors quickly eased their social distancing... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on the Forbes web site write about the world's third-richest woman, MacKenzie Scott, and how she is using her money and for which organizations, compared to Jeff Bezos. The donations by Scott and Bezos raise important... Read more
"Countless minorities have been propelled forward in their career by people who don’t look like them or share their experiences, writes Victor Menaldo." Prof. Menaldo starts the piece by giving background that he is a child of an immigrant to this country and had roots in both the U.S. and Latin America. His father worked hard and got an education but still suffered discrimination. Prof. Menaldo notes that once he came back to the U.S. and in college he was considered "latino", even having a prominent academic tell him that he should study "...'Latino... Read more
Prof. Christopher Parker was interviewed on the British Broadcasting Company discussing the recent cabinet appointments of the upcoming Biden Administration. -- Naming of Gen. Lloyd Austin as Sec. of Defense: A good sign as the US Military has an exalted position in our society and black Americans always ready to serve throughout our history. -- Biden set for a diverse cabinet. -- Minorities, especially blacks, helped rescue Biden's campaign so he should pay attention to diversity in choosing a cabinet. For the... Read more
Headshot of Natalie Cormier
Natalie Cormier is the newest addition to the Department of Political Science staff. Having joined the department in December 2020, Natalie is passionate about helping others succeed. She received her Master of Public Service and Administration (MPA) from Texas A&M after completing her B.A. at The University of Texas. Her education prepared her to work in the public sector and reinforced the value of information and learning. UW was a perfect fit for her as she was able to escape the Texas heat, humidity, and insects. Prior to joining the Political Science Department, Natalie worked with... Read more
Screenshot of CAPPP Zoom Meeting
In 1997, Professor Bryan Jones, director of the newly established Center for American Politics and Public Policy, and John Wilkerson needed some coding help. They also thought that undergraduates might be interested in using the data they were collecting to conduct their own research. The Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) Undergraduate Fellows program was launched! Six undergraduates (including the President and Vice President of the ASUW) participated that first year, coding and working on their own research papers. Although the... Read more