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Laura Dowling, ’81, ’91, served as the nation’s Chief Floral Designer from 2009 to 2015. Featured on Columns Magazine 
Aseem Prakash
Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash and colleague Nives Dolšak interviewed on the web site posit that the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement may have consequences that most do not expect. Trump’s move will likely serve to embolden a phenomenon of other countries taking the lead on global issues. … China is emerging as one such leader. Europe is also rising to take charge. Stating that abandoning the Paris Agreement could have little immediate effect... Read more
The Eiffel Tower Is Illuminated in Green to Celebrate Paris Agreement's Entry into Force
UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash and colleague Nives Dolšak, on The Conversation web site, suggest that there is an overreaction to the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement (Paris climate accord). It is more symbolic than impactful on climate, and we should not overreact. To be sure, the decision to pull the U.S. out of a global agreement is a dramatic one. But we suggest that this withdrawal is a symbolic action with little... Read more
Distinguished Teacher Awards 2017
Each spring, a handful of outstanding faculty earn a special spotlight: a Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA). Featured on Columns Magazine 
Meredith Loken
The UW Graduate School awards the 2017-18 Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship to Political Science graduate student Meredith Loken. She receives the fellowship, which provides the funding for one academic quarter, to advance her dissertation work. In her dissertation, which is titled “Women to the Front: Female Militants and Rebel Trajectory in Internal Conflicts,” Loken explores the... Read more
Victor Menaldo
A recent article on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog discusses UW Political Science Professor Victor Menaldo’s work on constitutions in authoritarian regimes. Amherst College political science professor Javier Corrales wrote the article titled “Venezuela’s government wants to write a new constitution. That way lies autocracy.” Corrales addresses the potential consequences of the... Read more
Sarah Dreier
UW Political Science PhD candidate Sarah Dreier appeared on the May 14, 2017 episode of the “Research on Religion Podcast” to discuss her research on Anglicans, Lutherans, and African churches. Specifically, she addresses the cultural rift between African churches and their Anglican/Lutheran counterparts in Europe and the US. In the podcast, Dreier answers question like: Why are some African Anglican and Lutheran churches vocally opposed to the progressive social mores of... Read more
Bono and Al Gore
Along with his colleague Nives Dolšak from the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash authored an article about the environmental movement for the popular, academic journal Solutions. In the article Prakash and Dolšak argue: “The [environmental] movement needs to draw strength from the power of the people, not from the appeal of celebrities. This is an inconvenient truth that the environmental movement must tackle.” Specifically,... Read more
Anthony Gill
UW Political Science Professor Anthony Gill authored a commentary discussing the tipping of Uber drivers for Fortune Magazine. The current debate “within the service industry and amongst government regulators” is about whether to require “ride-share companies such as Uber to include an option for tips on their customers’ receipts.” In the article, Gill argues that “drivers’ income aside, the study of economics provides a subtler explanation [for allowing tipping] that executives at Uber should wisely... Read more
CC BY-SA 2.0 License - 2013 Savar building collapse, Bangladesh
UW Political Science Professor Aseem Prakash authored an article for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog along with University of Amsterdam Assistant Professor and former UW graduate student Sijeong Lim. In the article, Prakash and Lim address what we have learned following the collapse of a factory building in Bangladesh in 2013 that killed more than 1,100 workers. Specifically, they focus on “the... Read more