Recent News

India is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, but haven’t really done much in terms of taking actions even though they signed the 2015 Paris agreement. India relies on coal a lot for energy, which means they have a lot of work to do in terms of working towards renewable energy, but it has not been given a lot of attention in the political sector. Furthermore, the election in India is quickly approaching and the citizens of India are demanding climate action, which means whoever or whichever party wants to win the election needs to have plans for climate change or renewable energy... Read more
Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita in International Studies at the University of Washington, has been named the 25th recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. She is awarded the prize for “having laid the foundations of our understanding of why citizens accept state coercion, by combining theoretical acumen and historical knowledge.” Margaret Levi is currently Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (... Read more
Pi Sigma Alpha members wearing logo sweatshirts
The student leaders of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, are raising funds to support their annual end of year dinner for students and faculty.  To do this, they are offering one of a kind UW Political Science swag!  The sweatshirts say “UW” on the front and  "Department of Political Science | University of Washington" on the back. They are very comfortable.  If you would like to support Pi Sigma Alpha (and to see more merchandise images), click on this link: Pricing:... Read more
Political Science Lecturer Scott Lemieux argues on the Think (NBCNews) web site that unless Democrats can get rid of the Senate filibuster then future Democrat presidents will have trouble passing legislation. While some Democrats suggest that the filibuster should stay as it makes legislators from parties work together, there are many now on the campaign trail that want to dispense with it. But Prof. Lemieux argues that "... If the filibuster could restore bipartisan comity to American politics, it would have already happened."... Read more
The Green New Deal is facing a backlash and the problem is allowing it to be framed in the context of socialism. Socialism is too closely related to the failed states like Venezuela and the central planning disasters that caused famine in Soviet and Great Leap Forward eras. Profs. Prakash and Dolšak arufe that the GND needs to harness the creative solutions of regulated capitalism and not socialism.... Read more
As I write, the cherry trees on the quad are blooming and we are being teased with beautiful weather. Spring quarter has sprung, which culminates in Convocation, the department’s own graduation celebration. This year’s Distinguished Speaker is Tim Burgess, former Seattle City Council member (and Interim Seattle Mayor). After a career in law enforcement and politics, Tim recently returned to the UW to complete his Political Science degree! About 50 undergraduates participated in Career Night in February. Political Science advisors Meera Roy, Tamara Sollinger and Mark Weitzenkamp first offered... Read more
Abstract Marx’s humanism haunts the 1844 Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts, which reserves species-being for humans alone, with the capacity for free conscious life activity. This is problematic and seemingly does not represent what we know about the lives of other species. This essay departs from the humanist tradition and argues that Marx’s relational ontology and concept of species-being can be extended to the nonhuman world, bringing Marx up to speed with evolutionary biology and animal studies. Nonhumans possess the capacity to change our material world and live subjective lives, and... Read more
Nives Dolšak and Aseem Prakash
Aseem Pakash and Nives Dolšak have been in the news lately – a lot. Aseem is a Professor of Political Science and the founding director of the Center for Environmental Politics. Nives Dolšak is Professor and Associate Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the UW. Since 2016, they have become increasingly prominent national voices on environmental issues. They have written scores of articles for prominent and influential blogs... Read more
"Tipping Points" Poster, by Tony Gill
Why would anybody leave a tip at a restaurant to which they will never return?  How could this seemingly mundane question be related to teaching students about our political economy? Prof. Tony Gill (aka Dr. T) has made it a point to leverage everyday experiences to teach students about some of the most important concepts in political economy, a method that earned him the UW Distinguished Teaching Award back in 1999. Political economy assumes that political behavior and institutions can be explained by individual rational choices. Sometimes, however, people behave in ways that seem puzzling... Read more
The UW's Daily newspaper highlighted a recent Political Science talk given by Prof. Douglas L. Kriner from Cornell University. Professor Kriner focused on the validity and the effectiveness of the checks and balances system in American politics in regulating the power of the executive branch in the era of the United States president Donald Trump. He raised questions on the president’s unilateral act and the validity of the balance of powers to rise, such as the president declaring national... Read more