Week of January 8, 2018


Chris Parker and Matt Barreto published an opinion piece in The Hill on December 15, 2017. The article was titled, "A perceived threat could be the key to the black vote in 2018."

Tony Gill appeared for a personal-best, fifth Liberty Fund Conference, with this one on the thought of Douglass North in Austin, TX on Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.  Michael Munger was the discussion leader.  (Note: Each time Tony appears at a LF conference, it is automatically a personal best, because he increases the count by one each time.)

Tony Gill presented a talk entitled “Septics, Sewers, and Secularization: How Government Flushes Religiosity Down the Drain” at Texas A&M as part of a day-long conference on the economics of religion on December 4.  The official title of the talk was “The Political Economy of Religious Property Rights” because a dean was supposed to be in attendance and “septics and sewers” didn’t seem “academic-y” enough, but when the dean failed to show up, Tony pulled a quick switcheroo.  He also stopped at the world famous Buc-ee’s for a cool tie-dye t-shirt.

Susan Whiting published (with Brandt, Zhang, and Zhang) "Changing Property Rights Regimes: A Study of Rural Land Tenure in China," in the China Quarterly (December 2017).

David Lopez received a Chester A. Fritz and Boeing International Research Fellowship to support one quarter of fieldwork abroad. He just returned from Argentina and Chile where he spent Autumn 2017 conducting archival research for his dissertation.

Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash. "Information-Based Regulation and the Search for Amazon’s Second Headquarters." The Regulatory Review, December 19, 2017

The previous piece on climate change and Amazon HQ2 has received interesting responses. Here is a sample: UW researchers rank Amazon HQ2 cities by climate change vulnerability, Could climate change keep Amazon's HQ2 out of Philadelphia?, Pittsburgh ranks high on Huffington Post's Amazon HQ2 climate 'vulnerability' list, and Amazon Pretends to Care About Climate. Until It’s Time to Build a New Headquarters.

Scott Lemieux published an op-ed on January 1st in the LA Times entitled, "Remember, much of what Trump does can be undone."

Scott Lemieux published an opinion piece in Reuters on December 22nd entitled, "America’s unfair democracy will hurt Democrats in 2018."


WISIR Sawyer Seminar Lecture: Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Professor, History, Race and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies), "How Racial Criminalization Underwrote America’s New Deal." Wednesday, January 10 at 7pm in Kane 210.

Political Science: Jonathan Hafetz (senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Center for Democracy, and a law professor at Seton Hall University School of Law), "Guantanamo, Lawlessness, and the Myth of American Exceptionalism." Thursday, January 11, 7pm at the UW School of Law, Room 138. Sponsors: Amnesty International at UW; Center for Global Studies; Center for Human Rights; Department of Law, Societies & Justice; Department of Political Science; Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies; International Human Rights Clinic; Jackson School of International Studies; School of Law; Simpson Center for the Humanities; Sustainable International Development graduate program, Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture; American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State; Amnesty International, Group 4; National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Center for Environmental Politics: Veronica Herrera (University of Connecticut), "Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico." Friday, January 12, 12-1:30pm in the Olson Room (Gowen 1A).

CANCELLED: University of Washington International Security Colloquium: Kathy Powers (University of New Mexico), "Making Amends: The New Politics of Global Reparations." Friday, January 19, 12-1:20pm in the Olson Room (Gowen 1A).

Severyns Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics: Susan Hyde (Professor, Political Science, UC, Berkeley), "TBD." Graduate student discussant: Stephen Winkler (Political Science, UW). Friday, January 26, 12-1:30pm in the Olson Room (GWN 1A).

Political Science: Michael Goodhart (Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh), "Political Theory for the Real World." Tuesday, January 30, 3:30-5pm in Gowen Hall, Room 1A. Event co-sponsored by LSJ, the Program on Values in Society, and the Simpson Center. 


Department of Scandinavian Studies and the Economic Opportunity Institute: Anu Partanen (journalist), “The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life.” Wednesday, January 10, 7-9pm in Kane 220.

History Lecture Series: Anand Yang (History and JSIS, UW), "Truth and Power: The Origins and Influence of Gandhi’s Ideas of Nonviolence." Wednesday, January 10, 7:30-9pm in Kane 130. Admission: $5–$15 (Individual lecture); $15–$50 (series pass). View series page and buy tickets at: https://www.washington.edu/alumni/history/

Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Middle East Center: Laura Robson (associate professor, modern Middle Eastern history, Portland State University), "Enforcing Ethnic Nationalism: Partition and Population Exchange in the Modern Middle East." Thursday, January 11, 3:30-5pm in Thomson 317.

Institute of Public Service: Attorney General Bob Ferguson and William (Bill) Ruckelshaus, "Constitutional Stress Test: Can the Democracy Survive the Current President?" Thursday, January 11, 6-7:15 in Seattle University's Pigott Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/constitutional-stress-test-can-the-democrac...

QUAL Speaker Series: Emily Kalah Gade (joint appointment as a Research Scientist in the Department of Political Science and as a WRF & Moore/Sloan Innovation in Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow at the eScience Institute), "Connection and Resistance: Examining the Impact of Checkpoints on Civilian Support for Militancy." Wednesday, January 17, 12:30-1:20pm in Thomson 317.

JSIS and Center for Global Studies: Kemal Kirişci (Turkish Industry and Business Association Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project at Brookings), "Turkey and the West: Faultlines in a Troubled Alliance." Wednesday, January 17, 3:30-6pm in Communications 202.

History Lecture Series: Laurie Marhoefer (History, UW), "Popular Protest in Nazi Germany: Rethinking the Power of Public Opinion in a Police State." Wednesday, January 17, 7:30-9pm in Kane 130. Admission: $5–$15 (Individual lecture); $15–$50 (series pass). View series page and buy tickets at: https://www.washington.edu/alumni/history/

Equity & Difference: Rights lecture series: Megan Ming Francis (Political Science, UW), "Building Walls and Securing Borders." Wednesday, January 17, 7:30-9pm in Kane Hall 120. Produced in partnership with the UW Graduate School. Admission is free, registration is required. Register at: https://events.uw.edu/c/express/abbb5a07-30a8-4387-9f90-5b193eaa894b

Department of Philosophy and the Program on Values in Society: "Epistemology for the Real World: Navigating in an Archipelago of Alt-Epistemology and Alt-Truth." A one-day conference at the UW.  Friday, January 19, from 9:30 am till 5:45 p.m, in HUB 332. For more information visit: https://phil.washington.edu/news/2017/12/11/register-epistemology-real-w...

Middle East Center: Sarah Eltantawi (Assistant Professor, Comparative Religion and Islamic Studies, Evergreen State College; Affiliate Researcher, Middle East Center, JSIS, UW), "Issues in the Political Theology of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt." Monday, January 22, 12:30-1:30pm in Thomson Room 317. For more information contact: mecuw@uw.edu

History Lecture Series: Arbella Bet-Shlimon (History, UW), "'The People Want to Bring Down the Regime': A History of Dissent and the Arab Spring." Wednesday, January 24, 7:30-9pm in Kane 130. Admission: $5–$15 (Individual lecture); $15–$50 (series pass). View series page and buy tickets at: https://www.washington.edu/alumni/history/

Jackson School Lecture: David Gilmartin (Distinguished Professor of History at North Carolina State University), "Using the Modern History of South Asia to Rethink the Theory of Popular Sovereignty and Democracy." Friday, January 26, 3:30-4:30PM in Thomson 317.

Jessie and John Danz lecture series: Bill T. Jones (Artistic Director, Choreographer, Co-founder Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), "Analogy/Form: Finding Meaning in Confusing Times." Tuesday, January 30, 7:30-9pm in Kane Hall 130. Produced in partnership with the UW Graduate School. Admission is free, advance registration is required. Register at: https://events.uw.edu/c/express/ae3d55e8-bdf3-4e0e-b127-8d003627f39d

History Lecture Series: Joshua Reid (History and American Indian Studies, UW), "The Historical Roots of Indigenous Activism in the Era of Standing Rock." Wednesday, January 31, 7:30-9pm in Kane 130. Admission: $5–$15 (Individual lecture); $15–$50 (series pass). View series page and buy tickets at: https://www.washington.edu/alumni/history/