Week of May 7, 2018


Political Science professor Megan Ming Francis and previous graduate student Karam Dana (Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell) have both received the 2018 UW Awards of Excellence Distinguished Teaching Award. Please let's join them in celebrating on June 7, 3:30PM in Meany Theater. Reception to follow.


Tony Gill presented “Tipping Points: An Economic Defense of Gratuities” to the Rice University Department of Political Science on April 26. 

Tony Gill participated in a book manuscript workshop initiated by Kadir Yildirim of the Baker Institute (Rice University) on April 27.  The workshop was for Prof. Yildirim’s project comparing European Christian Democratic parties with Islamic parties in Tunisia, Egypt, and Turkey.  Tony was one of three scholars invited to provide in-depth comments on this work during the full-day event.

Scott Lemieux published a piece in NBC News on May 3rd called, "Liberals must accept that beating Trump was never going to be easy, or they'll lose to him again."


Political Science major Mohamed Elias received the Mitchell F. and Sophie Wise Ehrlich Opportunity Grant. He will participate in a program sponsored by the YIVO Institute for Yiddish and Bard College this summer.

The department funded two of our undergraduates to attend an undergraduate conference on EU politics at Scripps College - Claremont last month.   One of them, Austin Hudgens, was given special recognition for his research paper and will be published in their annual journal. He is graduating this year and plans to work for a year while applying for graduate school.


University of Washington International Security Colloquium: Jonathan Caverley (United States Naval War College), "Arms for Influence: The Global Arms Trade and the Future of U.S. Power." Friday, May 11, 12-1:20pm in the Olson Room (Gowen 1A).

SR-SCP: Noel Maurer (Professor of International Affairs and International Business at the George Washington University), "The Long Shadow of History? The Impact of Colonial Labor Institutions on Economic Development in Peru." Thursday, May 17, 12-1:30pm in the Olson Room (Gowen 1A).

WISIR: Bernadette Atuahene (Professor, Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College), "Property Tax Foreclosure Crisis in Detroit." Friday, May 18, 12-1:20PM in the Smith Room, Suzzallo Library, 3rd floor, room 324. Sponsored by the Comparative Law and Society Center (CLASS), the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality, and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. 

The Professionalization Series for Graduate Students (PSGS) is intended to provide a venue to share information, experiences, and best practices around a key set of issues relevant to graduate school and the broader academic profession. Final meeting of the academic year: “Getting to PhC: Overcoming Common Hurdles.” Friday, June 1, 12-1:30 in the Olson Room (Gowen 1A). Speakers will be Sophia Jordán Wallace and Geoff Wallace followed by a Q&A. Please RSVP by Monday, May 14. 


Middle East Center: Rick Lorenz (Senior Lecturer, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, UW), "Recent US Air Strikes in Syria: A Legal and Political Analysis."  Monday, May 7, 12:30-1:30PM in Thomson 317.

Center for Korea Studies: Heung-Kyu Kim (Visiting researcher at Georgetown University), "Rising China and Evolving ROK-China Relations." Tuesday, May 8, 3:30-5pm in Thomson 317

History Colloquium: Roneva Keel (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, UW), "Circuits of Empire: Filipino Workers and American Expansion in the Pacific." Tuesday, May 8, 3:30-4:30PM in Smith 320.

Jackson School Lecture Series: Liora Halperin (Associate Professor, Jewish Studies & History, UW), "Israel/Palestine." Tuesday, May 8, 4:30-6:20PM in Kane 220. Questions? Contact (206) 543-6001 or jsisadv@uw.edu​.

Environmental Health Seminar: Aseem Prakash (Political Science, UW) and Nives Dolsak (School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, UW), "Public Support for the Carbon Tax: Preliminary Evidence." Thursday, May 10, 12:30-1:20PM in the Magnuson Health Sciences Center, Room T435.

American Ethnic Studies: Jason De León (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan), "Soldiers and Kings: Violence, Representation, and Photoethnographic Practice in the Context of Human Smuggling Across Mexico." Thursday, May 10, 6-8pm in Thomson 101. Co-sponsors: American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Comparative History of Ideas, Geography, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

South Asia Center: Chitrangada Choudhury (Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor), "How to Steal a Forest: Mining, Bureaucratic Sabotage and India’s Forest Rights Act." Thursday, May 10, 4-5PM in Denny 313.

Asian Student Commission and Jackson School Student Association film screening: "Badass Beauty Queen" tells the story of Anastasia Lin, the former Miss World Canada in 2015/2016, who used the Miss World crown as her weapon to shed light on human rights abuse in China, her native country. Thursday, May 10, 6-8pm in Smith 120. RSVP here: https://goo.gl/GkganJ. Refreshment will be served.

Jackson School Lecture Series: Sabine Lang (Associate Professor of International and European Studies, UW), "European Union." Tuesday, May 15, 4:30-6:20PM in Kane 220. Questions? Contact (206) 543-6001 or jsisadv@uw.edu​.

Simpson Center: Charles W. Mills (Professor, Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center), "Black Radical Kantianism." Thursday, May 17 in Communications 202.

Ben Rabinowitz Lecture in Environmental Ethics: Nancy Tuana (Professor, Philosophy, Penn State University), "The Forgetting of Race in the Anthropocene." Friday, May 18, 3:30-5:30PM in Savery 264. 

Red May Seattle: Jodi Dean (Professor, Political Science, Hobart and William Smith College), "From Allies to Comrades." Saturday, May 19, 7-9pm in Communications 120.

Critical Thinking Huskies Open Discussion: "Gun Control: Violence, Freedom and Emotions." Sunday, May 20 at 2pm in Alder 106.

Jackson School Lecture Series: Scott Radnitz (Associate Professor, JSIS, UW), "Putin and Russia." Tuesday, May 22, 4:30-6:20PM in Kane 220. Questions? Contact (206) 543-6001 or jsisadv@uw.edu​.

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee film documentary: "Kosciuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time." Screening of the film will be followed by Q&A with director Alex Storozynski and leading actor Olek Krupa. Event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, May 23, 7pm in Thomson 101

JSIS Founders' Lecture in Comparative Religion: Heleen Murre-van den Berg (Director of the Institute of Eastern Christian Studies and professor of Eastern Christian Studies, Radbound University), "Language and Religion in the (Re)Making of Syriac Christian Communities." Thursday, May 24, 7pm in Thomson 101. Reception to follow.

Jackson School Lecture Series: Resat Kasaba (Jackson School Director and Stanley D. Golub Chair in International Studies, UW), "Kurds and General Discussion." Tuesday, May 29, 4:30-6:20PM in Kane 220. Questions? Contact (206) 543-6001 or jsisadv@uw.edu