Week of February 17, 2020

Department of Political Science Bulletin, February 17, 2020

Holiday reminder: The University will be closed on Monday, February 17, for the George Washington’s Birthday (Presidents’ Day) holiday.


On Thursday, February 13 Christopher Colligan, Megan Erickson, Yusri Supiyan, Morgan Wack, Rafeel Wasif, Nicolas Wittstock, and Gani Nurmukhametov (Economics Department) participated in the Grad Student Trivia Night organized by the UW GPSS. The 'Quizlamic State' came in first place with a grand total of 29 of 34 points in what was branded by the organizers as a 'decisive victory'. This emphatic triumph would not have been possible without free libations and palmiers.

Ryan Goehrung's article, co-authored with UW alum Devin Joshi (2008), "Mothers and Fathers in Parliament: MP Parental Status and Family Gaps from a Global Perspective", was accepted for publication in Parliamentary Affairs. This article examines the gendered impacts of parenthood, marital status, and care work on the ability of candidates to run for and win positions of elected office in a comparative perspective.

Michael McCann, who typically avoids taking up space in the weekly newsletter, offers an update about his current five-week gig as honorary visiting professor in Paris, hosted by Sciences Po and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.  The trip continues his longstanding collaboration with international scholars conducting engaged activist research on human rights causes, especially involving workers’ rights, around the world. Daily rain and cold along with abundant good coffee and fine wine remind him of Seattle in winter, but Paris … IS different in so many ways.  It is great to be there, he reports.

McCann is scheduled to deliver a host of formal talks to various university audiences on topics related to his recent research and new book with George Lovell.  These include:

  • "Free, Semi-Free, and Slave Labor Under Racial Capitalism: The Tangled History of Liberal and Illiberal Law"
  • "Law, Social Justice Unionism, and the Evisceration of Workers' Rights in the US: A Historical and Comparative Cross-National Analysis"
  • "Law, Rights Mobilization, and Social Movements: The US Experience in Comparative Cross-National Perspective."
  • “The Challenging Politics of Civil and Human Rights Advocacy in an Era of Populist Governance”
  • “The Many Faces of Strategic Litigation: A Critical Sociolegal Perspective”

Michael’s itinerary may be affected by French university faculty and students who choose to protest in the streets and honor worker strikes, which is likely at EHESS but not the more elite Sciences Po.  McCann himself has refused to cross any picket lines and has marched several times and met with union leaders, deepening his participant-observer insights into the current social movement and opening opportunities for a research project with local scholars.  Michael also has scheduled related talks at the London School of Economics and Humboldt-Universtät zu Berlin on this trip. 

Nives Dolšak and Aseem Prakash. "Restoring the Reputations of Charities after Scandals." The Conversation, February 13, 2020.


The Department of Political Science presents Loren Collingwood (UC Riverside) and Benjamin Gonzales O'Brien (San Diego State), “Sanctuary Cities: The Politics of Refuge”, a talk by two Ph.D. alumni of our department about their book, just published by Oxford University Press. Thursday, February 20, 2020, 12:30–2:00pm, Gowen 1A (The Olson Room).

Pi Sigma Alpha, the Department of Political Science, and the UW Department of Communication present the Winter Faculty Panel: “Communication Breakdown: The Crisis of Public (Dis)Information”, with Professors Lance Bennett, Matt Powers, Mark Smith, and Rebecca Thorpe. Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 4:45–6:30pm, Johnson Hall room 102.

University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC) presents Shihao Han (UW PhD student), “Deterioration from Inside: Facing a Revisionist Hegemon Within the International Order”. Friday, February 28, 2020, 12:00–1:30pm, Gowen Hall 1A (The Olson Room).


The UW Department of Communication presents the 2020 Scheidel Lecture, by Dr. Regina G. Lawrence (Associate Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) in Portland, Director of the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon, and a PhD of the UW Department of Political Science): “The Future of Journalism in a Post-Truth Democracy”. Wednesday, February 19, 2020, Reception 3:45–4:55pm, Lecture 5:00-6:30pm, Walker Ames Room, Kane 225.

The Ellison Center presents Ben Tromly (University of Puget Sound) talking about his book, "Cold War Exiles and the CIA: Plotting to Free Russia". Thursday, February 20, 2020, 3:30–5:00 PM, Thomson Hall, 317.

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