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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
Christopher S. Parker Portrait
In an article published the day after the presidential election, UW Political Science Professor Christopher S. Parker challenges the belief that Seattle is enlightened on race. Though most people view the Pacific Northwest as progressive, it is not as progressive as we might think in regards to race, as indicated by the results of the most recent Washington poll. Professor Parker directed the survey on behalf of the PBS affiliate KCTS 9 and the website In the survey, respondents... Read more
"While many agree that Nostradamus predicted some of the most tumultuous and destructive events in history (including World War II and 9/11), there is a growing body of evidence that points to Nostradamus predicting the winner of this year’s Presidential Election. Nostradamus consistently references an epic battle between a “Masculine Woman” who is also referred to as “the Queen”, or “The Blonde One”, and one who is a “great shameless, audacious bawler.” He also refers to a “rigged election”, a term that has become a hallmark of the 2016 election. Now by breaking Nostradamus’ code and... Read more
UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash and his colleague Nives Dolsak address the DAPL Pipeline protests in a new article for Slate online news magazine. In the article, Prakash and Dolsak discuss the advantages the pipelines could offer if the Sioux Indian Protesters and fossil-fuel companies found a way to work together. Sioux Indian Protesters believe the pipelines could severely contaminate their drinking water and seek rerouting of the pipelines. But fossil-fuel companies assert the benefits the DAPL Pipelines have to offer. Prakash and Dolsak claim: “Pipeline or not,... Read more
PubPol 201
The Evans School of Public Policy & Governance is offering a new undergraduate course in Public Policy during winter quarter. This introduction to the field of policy analysis, governance, and public service teaches students how to analyze and evaluate policy and actions, as well as how individuals organize for common purposes. Students will learn how institutional problems are solved for the betterment of society, how policies can be analyzed and measured for impact, and how... Read more
UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash and his colleague Nives Dolšak from the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs discuss the potential benefit of the issue of climate change being largely ignored during the presidential debates and the general election campaign overall. They note that the issue is a highly polarizing one between the two parties, which should “make this a ripe topic for presidential debates.” However, the fact that it has only played a very minor role in the debates as well as the electoral campaign might actually help its cause “given the reality of how that... Read more
On October 28, 2016, The Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat published his column “Forget issues, candidates – voting has gone tribal, professor says,” for which he interviewed UW Political Science Professor Christopher S. Parker. The two discussed the results of the most recent Washington Poll, which Professor Parker oversaw and which was published last week. In the... Read more
Professor Christopher Parker with Enrique Cerna
On October 27, 2016, KCTS 9 published results from the KCTS 9/Crosscut/Washington Poll, which is directed by UW Political Science Professor Christopher S. Parker. The key finding of the poll, which was conducted during the time period from October 6 to 13, is that “views on the initiatives and candidates of the 2016 election vary based mostly on region and party affiliation.” Specifically, there is an East-West divide as the Puget Sound region contrasts with the Eastern Washington region of the state. When it came to deciding between the candidates who are facing off in Washington state,... Read more
Megan Ming Francis on Democracy Now! Discussing the Final Presidential Debate
On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, UW Political Science Professor Megan Ming Francis joined Democracy Now! for a pre- and post-debate roundtable discussion about the third and final presidential debate between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The debate night special entitled “War, Peace and the Presidency” featured several guests in addition to Francis: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner, the chair of Princeton’s African American Studies department Eddie Glaude, the Institute of Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges,... Read more
What is the problem with blaming wars and natural disasters on global warming? UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash and his colleague Nives Dolšak from the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs address this question in an article they wrote for the online magazine Slate. In the piece, they discuss several cases for which climate change has been brought up as a critical causal factor, such as the war in Syria, the Oso landslide in Washington state, and massive floods in Chennai, India. They conclude: “Climate change is real and will cause serious suffering, which is... Read more