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Faculty in the News
Members of the Department of Political Science have been busy over the past year sharing their expertise beyond the classroom. Faculty and graduate students have been prominently featured in national and regional news media, and many have participated in community forums and events as well. These outreach efforts have covered a wide range of topics including whether rideshare companies should allow tipping drivers,... Read more
Using just the text of a bill plus about a dozen other variables, a new artificial intelligence algorithm can determine the chance that a bill will become law with great precision. Featured on Science Magazine 
Michael McCann, Political Science
The University of Washington Graduate School awarded Professor Michael McCann with the 2017 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. “This award recognizes a UW faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education and guidance of graduate students,” explains the Graduate School. It is one of the University’s highest honors. McCann has chaired or served as a key committee member for more than 80 PhD students at the UW. In addition, he has raised more than a million dollars in outside grant money, and has used those resources to support graduate education. This... Read more
UW political science professor, Christopher Parker, was one of the few to foresee Donald Trump's win–and the likely reasons why. Featured on Seattle Times 
Christopher Parker
On June 14, 2017, the Seattle Times published an article written by columnist Danny Westneat on Professor Christopher Parker’s 2016 prediction. Parker is one of the few people who accurately predicted the outcome of the election, furthermore “he was nearly alone in nailing down why it would happen.”   Parker explains that, “Every period of racial progress in this country is followed by a period of retrenchment. That’s what the 2016... Read more
Signing of Paris Agreement on Climate Change. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, with his two-year-old granddaughter Isabelle
On June 2nd, Mark Smith spoke with Kaci Aitchison on Q13 News This Morning about the United States leaving the Paris Climate Agreement. Smith explained that this decision signals to the rest of the world that the US leadership does not take climate change seriously. However, it is important to note that the US is not just represented by our formal leadership. We also have businesses, local governments, and state governments. Many of whom already claimed they plan to stick to the Paris Climate Agreement despite the withdrawal (Microsoft, Amazon, and Governor Jay Inslee of the State of... Read more
Mark Smith
On May 29th, Herb Weisbaum interviewed Mark Smith on Komo Radio. The topic they discussed was “Did Jared Kushner set up a secret backchannel of communication with Russian officials?” Smith explains that it is completely reasonable for an incoming administration to have contacts with foreign leaders. However, what is unusual is that Jared Kushner, advisor to the incoming President and his son-in-law, proposed setting up a secret backchannel to the Russian Ambassador using secure communication devices that Russians maintain. “If... Read more
Brendan McGovern
They are curious. They inspire their classmates. They are world travelers, peer tutors, and scholars. They are the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Medalists, selected on the basis of their GPA and glowing recommendations from faculty. Learn more about these UW seniors, who are at the top of their graduating class.  Brendan McGovern, Dean’s Medalist in the Arts Brendan McGovern, a double major in music and history, has performed in the UW Wind Ensemble and jazz ensembles and has delved into... Read more
Laura Dowling, ’81, ’91, served as the nation’s Chief Floral Designer from 2009 to 2015. Featured on Columns Magazine