Recent News

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
Michael McCann, Political Science
As Acting Chair for the past academic year, I am happy to report news from the Department of Political Science to our alumni, students, and friends. This has been my third stint as department chair – having served previously in 1995-2000 and 2010-11. From my vantage point as a very experienced senior scholar, I have never been more impressed with the continued excellence and vitality of our staff, faculty, and students. Our faculty is shrinking in numbers (due to budget cuts), but never has it been more uniformly strong in the quality of professional activity. We have a large number of award... Read more
Gary Duck
We are very pleased to announce that Gary A. Duck is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award recognizes department alumni with remarkable career accomplishments and who can serve as role models for current political science students. Gary received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 1973. His early work was with the U.S. Department of Education, where he served as an associate research analyst to assess the effectiveness of K-12 public education programs throughout the U.S. Gary then worked... Read more
May Lim
Political Science and Psychology double major (Spring 2016) May Lim has won a fellowship to the Humanity in Action program. Ms. Lim will participate in the Warsaw, Poland  portion of the program this Summer 2018 before attending UC Berkeley Master of Public Policy program in the Autumn.  From May Lim, I am so honored and excited to be a recipient of the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship! I look forward to spending one month in Warsaw this summer to learn how Poland's society and current policies have been shaped by the discrimination and struggle in their country's past. I am confident that... Read more
The erosion of democracies in countries like Turkey, Brazil, Phillipines, Egypt, Honduras, Russia and Venezuela have slipped into authoritarian regimes. This is not driven by social norms but institutional norms that reside in their national constitutions. These nations were typically former authoritarian regimes that transitioned to a democracy which left them implementing safeguards for the elites and allows for political repression of their opposition. This tendcy to slip into authoritarianism can be counteracted but requires mass mobilization, benevolvent leadership, and trust in... Read more
Caleb Huffman said that his transition to the University of Washington from a small town of Onalaska was daunting because of the number of undergraduates is 30 times larger than his hometown. In UW, Huffman explored his interest in building bridges between communities. After his first year at UW, Huffman traveled outside the U.S. for the first time to study global cities and human migrations and volunteer at a refugee center in Rome with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of State. In his sophomore year, Huffman was accepted into the Husky Presidential Ambassadors Leadership... Read more
Professors Whiting, Ainsley, and Caporaso
STORY BY DIVYA RAJASEKHAR // MAY 5, 2018 // THE DAILY On Thursday, the political science department hosted its Spring Faculty Panel: Trump, Trade, Tariffs. During the panel, three faculty from the department, Jim Caporaso, Susan Whiting, and Caitlin Ainsley, discussed the arguments for and against protectionism and what the United States could learn from its history of trade wars. Caporaso synthesized President Donald Trump’s feelings about trade wars when he remarked, “Trade wars are good and easy to win.” He... Read more
In Change They Can’t Believe In by Christopher Parker and Matt Barreto, they examined the extent to which the Tea Party were who they claimed to be. In their social research, they found that the Tea Party were about reactionary impulse against social change. Similar to the Know-Nothing Party in the 1850s on the Catholic immigrants, the KKK on the “New Negro” in the United States after WWI and the John Birch Society around 1950s-60s on the civil rights movement. In their upcoming book... Read more
Austin Hudgens
The Political Science Department at UW Seattle sent two undergraduates to a conference on EU politics at Scripps College - Claremont last month.   One of them, Austin Hudgens, was given special recognition for his research paper and will be published in their annual journal. From Austin, In early April of this year I attended the 16th annual Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union, to present my paper, The... Read more
Mohamed Elias
Mohamed Elias is a Political Science major and Jewish Studies minor. With the support of a Mitchell F. and Sophie Wise Ehrlich Opportunity Grant,  he will participate  in a program sponsored by the YIVO Institute for Yiddish and Bard College this summer. As an Iraqi native who speaks Judeo-Arabic, his interest in studying Yiddish stems from his desire to help revive this historically significant language. Being knowledgeable about Yiddish language and literature will allow him to access to the rich culture and history of Central and Eastern European Jewry.