Week of February 15, 2021

Department of Political Science Bulletin, February 15, 2021

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Monday, February 15, 2021 is President’s Day. The University will be closed in observance of this holiday.

Political Science COVID-19 Prevention Plan is also located on our website. If you come to campus, you are required to review the plan and take the UW General COVID-19 safety training. You must fill out the COVID-19 attestation in Workday on each day you come to campus.


Aseem Prakash will serve as the Founding Series Editor of Cambridge University Press Elements Series on Organizational Response to Climate Change:  Business, Governments, and Nonprofits. Climate change is a defining issue of our times and poses enormous governance challenges for governments, firms, and nonprofits. Since the industrial revolution, the economic system is based on the availability of cheap fossil fuels. This has affected the industrial processes, consumption choices, and household behaviors. The operations of economic, political, and social organizations, the system’s workhorses, have been shaped by carbon-intensive economic processes. What is less clear is how these organizations address climate change and the pressures for decarbonization. The Cambridge Element Series will provide a platform for scholars to assess the climate response of different categories of organizations – governments, firms, labor unions, and nonprofits. This umbrella series will host three subseries focused on Business (edited by Matt Potoski), Governments (edited by David Konisky), and Nonprofits (edited by Jennifer Hadden). 


Chistopher Parker’s study was cited in NYT Opinion article, “How Long Can Democracy Survive QAnon and Its Allies?” by Thomas B. Edsall on February 10, 2021.



Faculty Panel, “The Biden Agenda: Promises and Prospects”, Monday, February 22, 2021, 5:30-7:00PM. Mark Smith (University of Washington) will moderate conversations with Professors Sophia Wallace (University of Washington), Rebecca Thorpe (University of Washington), Jake Grumbach (University of Washington), and James Long (University of Washington). Register here.

Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies presents Melvin L. Rodgers (Brown University) and Jack Turner (University of Washington) launching their new book, African American Political Thought (University of Chicago Press) on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 4:00-5:30PM via Zoom. Register for the event here.

Global Law & Politics Network Workshop presents Monika Nalepa (University of Chicago) in discussion with Terry Chapman (University of Texas- Austin), “Transitional Justice Against Agents of Repression and the Threat of Regime Change”, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 8:00-9:00AM via Zoom.  Register for the paper and zoom link to the workshop here.

UWISC presents Kelebogile Zvobgo (William and Mary), “Confronting Truth: Representing Justice in Transitional Democracies”, Friday, March 5, 2021, 1:30-3:00pm via Zoom. Discussant: Morgan Wack (UW-Political Science graduate student). Zoom invitation from Bree Bang-Jensen via uwisc@uw.edu


Comparative Humanitarianism from the Simpson Center: Basit Kareen Iqbal (McMaster University) and China Scherz (University of Virgini) TBA, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 3:30-4:30PM via Zoom. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and part of the Sawyer Seminar Humanitarianisms: Migrations and Care Through the Global South 2020-2021. Register here

Talking Gender in the EU: Laura Dean (Millikin University), “Political Ethnography with a Gender Lens in the Latvian Parliament”, Monday, March 1, 2021, 12:00-1:00PM via Zoom. The Talking Gender in the EU lecture series is sponsored by the Center for West European Studies, the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, the EU Erasmus+ Program, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and the Center for Global Studies.  Register here

Protest, Race and Citizenship across African Worlds from the African Studies Program: Mohamed Abumaye (California State University, San Marcos) “Policing Somali Refugees: Somali Refugee Resistance to State Violence”, Wednesday, March 3, 12:00-1:30PM via Zoom. Moderated by Leela Fernandes (University of Washington). Co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights. RSVP at this link

Protest, Race and Citizenship across African Worlds from the African Studies Program: Elleni Centime Zeleke (Columbia University) “Ethiopia in Theory, Theory as Memoir”, Wednesday, March 17, 12:00-1:30PM via Zoom. Moderated by Leela Fernandes (University of Washington). RSVP at this link.


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