Week of March 22, 2021

Department of Political Science Bulletin, March 22, 2021 

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Jake Grumbach’s paper, “Labor Unions and White Racial Politics” (2020) was discussed in Democrats could reverse years of neglecting unions — if they’re bold enough”. Vox Media, March 17, 2021.

 James Long, Victor Menaldo, and Morgan Wack. Prosecuting ex-presidents for corruption is trending worldwide – but it’s not always great for democracy”. The Conversation, March 16, 2021.
In this piece, James Long, Victor Menaldo, and Morgan Wack explore how former presidents are being investigated, prosecuted and even jailed worldwide. At first glance, prosecuting current or past top officials accused of illegal conduct seems like an obvious decision for a democracy: Everyone should be held accountable and subject to the rule of law. But presidents and prime ministers aren’t just anyone. They are chosen by a nation’s citizens or their parties to lead. They are often popular, sometimes revered. So judicial proceedings against them are inevitably perceived as political and become divisive.

Victor Menaldo and  James Long’s podcast, “Democracy in Latin America: Michael Albertus.” Neither Free Nor Fair (Political Economy Forum), January 7, 2021.
Michael Albertus, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago joins James to discuss politics and democratization in Latin America - including when/how the region gained independence, the importance of land and land reform, property rights, left-wing radicals vs. right-wing reactionaries, drug wars and cartels, and whether democracy is responsible for corruption today. Mike is the author of Property without Rights: Origins and Consequences of the Property Rights GapAuthoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy (with Victor Menaldo), and Autocracy and Redistribution: The Politics of Land Reform.


UWISC presents Bree Bang-Jensen (University of Washington), “Exit from International Agreements”, April 2, 2021, 1:30-3:00pm via Zoom. Zoom invitation from Bree Bang-Jensen via uwisc@uw.edu

Global Law & Politics Network Workshop presents Lucia Tiscornia (CIDE) in discussion with Rebecca Reid (University of Texas- El Paso), “Policing the Urban Poor: Support for Punitiveness and Police Violence in a Latin American City”, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 8:00-9:00AM via Zoom.  Register for the paper and zoom link to the workshop here.



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

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at John Hopkins University presents Niko Switek (University of Washington) and Jon Worth “The Greens in 2021”, Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 12:00-1:00PM EDT via Zoom. Moderated by Carolyn Rowe (Aston University). Sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is presented in partnership with The Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University, Birmingham, UK; the International Association for the Study of German Politics; and the BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University. Register here.

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Spring 2021 Lecture Series presents Mingwei Huang (Dartmouth College) “The Chinese Century and the City of Gold: Making Sino-African Worlds”. Thursday, April 1, 2021, 4:30-6:00 PM via Zoom. Also sponsored by the African Studies Program, China Studies Program, and East Asia Center at the University of Washington. Register here

EU Democracy Forum: Kristina Weissenbach (University of Duisburg/Essen) “The Formation and Institutionalization of New Parties in EU Member States”, Thursday, April 15, 2021, 12:00-1:00PM on Zoom. Register here

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Spring 2021 Lecture Series presents Anne-Marie Brady (University of Canterbury) “Facing the New Geopolitics: China at the Poles”. Thursday, April 15, 2021, 4:30-6:00 PM via Zoom. Also sponsored by the Canadian Studies Center/Arctic and International Relations, China Studies Program and East Asia Center at the University of Washington. Register here.

Talking Gender in the EU: Amy Mazur (Washington State University), “Gender Parity in France”, Thursday, April 22, 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

 Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Spring 2021 Lecture Series presents Paul Joseph López Oro (Smith College) “Indigenous Blackness in Américas: The Queer Politics of Self-Making Garifuna New York”. Thursday, April 29, 2021, 4:30-6:00 PM via Zoom. Also sponsored by the African Studies Program and Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program at the University of Washington. Register here.


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