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Professor Jamie Mayerfeld writes an opinion piece in the Just Security web site about the U.S. using enhanced torture techniques in contrast to what the Constitution says about treaties.   When the Bush administration authorized "enhanced interrogation techniques" against foreign suspects, one of its justifications was the claim that international law has limited authority over the United States. President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh shares this approach to international law, a matter that should concern us, given Trump’s promise to “bring back waterboarding and …... Read more
Prof. Mark A. Smith
You have just returned from your sabbatical, and it seems to have inspired you? Yes, I did a lot of reading and thinking about “post-truth” politics and how many people today seem to think that truth is whatever feels true within their own filter bubbles. What is a filter bubble?The concept refers to how easy it is for all of us to seek out information that confirms our beliefs and people who agree with us. We are then inclined to equate this consensus among our sources with “truth.” OK, how do we separate fact from fiction? The first goal of the class is to review what scholars have learned... Read more
UW graduate students Mathieu Dubeau (Political Science) and Lee Fiorio (Geography) have recently published an article in New Politics documenting the particular difficulties facing the Seattle area. In 2017, Amazon, like many other corporate giants, effectively paid zero in state income tax despite their profit expanding exponentially since 2008. Additionally, the income for the working class stagnated and all these factors caused overproduction and under-consumption. To worsen this, Seattle's median housing price has just surpassed $700,000, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is... Read more
Political Science Lecturer Scott Lemieux writing for the Vox web site states six myths about Roe v. Wade and why they are incorrect The first reason that they claimed is that Roe was only based on the emanations and penumbras in the Constitution. However, Justice Harry Blackmun's opinion for Roe was grounded in the 14th Amendment's concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action. Additionally, others believed that Roe made states impossible to regulate abortion. while it was true that Roe itself forbade most state regulation of abortion prior to second “trimester", but Planned... Read more
Political Science Professor Christopher Parker, along with colleagues Robin DiAngelo (UW) and Diana Mutz (U-Penn), are interviewed for their research into how racial resentment played a factor in turnout for President Trump. Contrary to a common theme that economic anxiety was not the reason for people voting for Trump but racism in the respect of a fear of loss of power in society. Most of the data suggests that Trump got many college education white votes, who are better off as a group, than less well-off white voters. So, the economic concerns argument doesn’t stick.   For the full radio... Read more
“Elite-biased democracy,”  Albertus and Menaldo wrote, “is a regime in which free and fair elections are paired with institutional devices that codify the rights and interests of the economic elites that were favoured under the former authoritarian period.” In Daily Maverick: In Hong Kong Free Press:... Read more
Congratulations to Caleb Huffman. The Population Health Initiative has awarded Population Health Recognition Awards to four students participating in the annual Library Research Award for Undergraduates. Award winners were chosen based on the quality of their writing and how well they connected their work to the theme of population health. From the site description Homicide hotspots are shown to be intensified by the introduction of open-air drug markets. Although the introduction of an open-air hotspot is not necessary for... Read more
A major award for the dissertation of one of our recent PhDs, Erin Mayo-Adam (2017). From the American Political Science Association committee:  On behalf of the Sexuality and Politics section of the American Political Science Association I am pleased to share that we have selected your dissertation Queer Alliances: Paradoxes and Power in the Formation of Rights-Based Movement Coalitions as the 2018 Kenneth Sherrill Best Dissertation Award winner. The selection committee was impressed with... Read more
Megan Francis
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY QUINN RUSSELL BROWN // JUNE 4, 2018 // COLUMNS It’s 9 a.m. I’m late. I need to go to bed sooner. My roommate took my last Red Bull, so I’m stopping at Suzzallo for coffee before class. When you’re running late for a lecture in Kane Hall, you should always go through the back door. Otherwise you have to walk right by the professor. That’s the mistake I made on the first day of Introduction to American Politics, the class I’m headed to now. I was five minutes late and I walked through the front door, right past... Read more
Recently, the Seattle City Council decided to tax on large companies who make more than $20 million per year to address the homeless crisis. Amazon is an important company that opposes this tax and it halted the construction of its own office space that will generate more jobs. There are two sides to this issue. On one hand, the main purpose of corporations is to generate profits for its shareholders and simultaneously, it provides jobs and expand their tax base which helps the community. On the other hand, large companies should support local communities through corporate social... Read more