Week of May 24, 2021

Department of Political Science Bulletin, May 24, 2021


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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.


The University of Washington will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021 in observance of Memorial Day.


Next week will be the last bulletin of the academic year until the Autumn quarter. All bulletin items can still be submitted through the summer but will not be distributed until August.




Scott Radnitz publishes a new book, “Revealing Schemes: The Politics of Conspiracy in Russia and the Post-Soviet Region”, with Oxford University Press. 


Dennis Young has been selected as one of a new cohort of APSA's Public Scholarship Program Fellows. The Public Scholarship Program is a remote, part-time fellowship that introduces political science graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of presenting academic scholarship to the public. During the fellowship period, the scholars will focus on producing public-facing overviews of new research published in the American Political Science Review.


Tony Gill presented "The Efficient Smoke of Burnt Offerings: Trust & Transaction Costs in the Gifting Economy" at the American Institute for Economic Research, where he is on a two-and-a-half week mini-sabbatical-fellowship-parlor-conversation-thingy.  Goulash was served for lunch and the hungry audience was filled with a poetic introduction that summarized the paper in the verse of Clement Clarke Moore.  There was a fox den outside the room he spoke in, with three new kits running around merrily. 


As part a new strategy to reach a young and hip audience, AIER is doing outreach with Tik Tok videos.  And who would be featured in one of their first Toks?  None other than Tony Gill, the epitome of far out and groovy.  In this short Tok (I refused to Tik), you hear about crappy gifts and see fake pineapples.  This entire thing was impromptu and was followed by bratwurst.

A new “Neither Free Nor Fair” podcast by James Long is here. This episode features UW JSIS Professor Scott Radnitz talking about his new book.


Rachel Cichowski has won a 2021 Research Mentor Award.  The award recognizes excellence in supporting undergraduate research.  Rachel was honored in the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.   Here is the announcement.



Severyns Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics presents Kenya Amano (Political Science, UW), “"Democracy and Macroprudential Policy”, Friday, May 28, 2021, 1:30-3:00pm via Zoom. The Zoom link is here.


The Department of Political Science Commencement will livestream on Thursday, June 10th at 10AM


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