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UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash and his colleague from the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs Nives Dolsak recently published an article discussing the U.S. environmental movement’s need for a new message in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. This is necessary because the movement failed to reach important groups of voters despite seemingly broad public support for environmental protection. Specifically, they argue, “the... Read more
Caitlyn Ainsley Geoffrey Wallace Sophia Jordán Wallace
The Political Science Department is excited to welcome three new members of our faculty this fall, Caitlyn Ainsley, Geoffrey Wallace and Sophia Jordán Wallace. Caitlyn Ainsley  Caitlyn Ainsley joins the department as Assistant Professor. Ainsley received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University in 2016, and spent the last year as a graduate fellow at Emory University’s Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods. During Autumn quarter, Professor Ainsley is teaching an upper-level undergraduate course called “Strategy in Politics” as well as a graduate course on “Game Theory.”... Read more
UW Political Science Professor & Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication Lance Bennett invites you to join him for his Winter 2017 lecture series “America in a Transforming World: The Coming Realignment of Environment, Economy, and Democracy.”  Life quality for growing numbers of people on the planet is threatened by a set of systemic problems. The global economy is not working well for people or the... Read more
John Wilkerson Presentation Faculty Panel 2016 Election
On November 16, 2016, four UW Political Science professors shared their insights on the 2016 election and its aftermath with a large audience of students and alumni. Professors Mark A. Smith, Rebecca Thorpe, Sophia Jordan Wallace and John Wilkerson discussed various aspects of the election with a particular focus on why Donald Trump won. Each of the four faculty members gave a short presentation.     Professor Mark A. Smith, who is an expert on American politics, interest groups, public opinion and religion, discussed “The Electoral College and the Trump Victory.” He addressed the question “... Read more
UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash and his colleague from the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs Nives Dolsak recently published an article discussing the potential impact that Trump and his administration will have on the EPA and environmental policy more broadly. Based on the hostility toward environmental issues that Trump has articulated, it is important to ask what environmentalists can and... Read more
Flier of event on brexit
November 30th 6:00 to 7:00 PM SAV 264 Presented by PROFESSOR JAMES A. CAPORASODepartment of Political Science Come hear about the following:-Brexit, why did they do it?-Who Voted for Brexit?-Consequences of Brexit?-The Polls vs. the Twittersphere-Alternative Futures: Norway, Switzerland or the WTO-Brexit and Populism Followed by an ice cream social from 7:00 to 8:00 PMOPEN TO ALL MAJORS RSVP if you can! https://goo.gl/forms/ed5kH1M0O9YcaIdQ2 For more information on the Paul Heyne Seminar, EUB website:... Read more
Flier of event on brexit
November 30th 6:00 to 7:00 PM SAV 264 Presented by PROFESSOR JAMES A. CAPORASODepartment of Political Science Come hear about the following:-Brexit, why did they do it?-Who Voted for Brexit?-Consequences of Brexit?-The Polls vs. the Twittersphere-Alternative Futures: Norway, Switzerland or the WTO-Brexit and Populism Followed by an ice cream social from 7:00 to 8:00 PMOPEN TO ALL MAJORS RSVP if you can! https://goo.gl/forms/ed5kH1M0O9YcaIdQ2 For more information on the Paul Heyne Seminar, EUB website:... Read more
In an article he wrote for The Business of Society (BOS) website, UW Political Science Professor Lance Bennett answers the question: “How did a brand magnate reality TV star with a vindictive style and no political experience become president of the United States?” Drawing a comparison to the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, Bennett notes that “Trump found and fed the white anger with simple, emotional messages” thereby winning votes. He “dominated the daily media spectacle with tirades against immigrants, government corruption, establishment politicians from both... Read more
Following the 2016 presidential election, UW Political Science Professor Christopher S. Parker discussed the question why Trump won in an article published on The Conversation website. After noting that Trump now faces “a country whose division is exceeded only by Civil War-era America,” Professor Parker criticized the “conventional account” of how Trump succeeded, which contends that he got elected based on the support of the white working class driven by economic anxiety. Contrary to this account, “Hillary Clinton actually beat Trump among poor and working-class voters: 52 percent... Read more
Professors Wilkerson, Thorpe, and Smith
Making Sense of the US Election: A Panel Discussion FIUTS Lecture on November 2, 2016Professors Mark Smith, Rebecca Thorpe, and John Wilkerson   FIUTS (The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students), a nonprofit organization affiliated with the University of Washington, sponsored a faculty panel on November 2nd to explain some of the big issues surrounding the election. FIUTS produces “ongoing events and activities throughout the quarter that give students opportunities to get to know others from around the world,” explained... Read more

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