Week of October 14, 2019

Department of Political Science Bulletin, October 14, 2019


What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Part II.  Tony Gill was busy getting something published that almost won an award; it was runner-up for best article in The Independent Review (in a contest on papers pertaining to social justice).  "An Exchange Theory of Justice: A 'Gains from Trade under Uncertainty' Perspective."  The Independent Review 24(1): 131-44.  The article is behind a paywall and the UW doesn't have access to recent issues of this journal, therefore send Tony an email if you want a copy (and tell him if you want the cover art too).

Tony Gill said stuff about the California law regarding college athletes and compensation over at the American Institute for Economic Research.  "California's Law on Paid Athletes Is Not a Free Market Reform."  The article was not universally loved.

UW Professor Emeritus Margaret Levi, who now runs the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, was named the 2019 recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science in March 2019. Levi accepted the prize and delivered her Skytte Prize speech on September 28, 2019 at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. The full text of that speech can be read here.

Aseem Prakash and Nives Dolšak have published the following commentaries this summer, including a commentary on Labor unions co-authored with political science undergrad, Sarah Tucker:


The Center for Environmental Politics and EarthLab present the first Doug and Maggie Walker Environmental Conversation of the year. Scott Montgomery will speak on “The Climate Challenge: Is It Time to Go Nuclear?” Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 4:00–6:00pm, Allen Library’s Petersen Room. A light dinner will be served at 4:00, followed by the talk. The Walker Conversations are free and open to the public, but you do need to reserve a spot. Please click on the link to reserve your seats: https://environmentalconversationsfall2019.bpt.me

The Bridges Center for Labor Studies Workshare Series presents Jake Grumbach (Assistant Professor, UW Political Science), “Labor Unions and White Racial Politics”. Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:30–2:00pm, Smith Hall, room 306. The presenter's paper will be circulated to registered attendees a week in advance of the workshare. Participants are expected to read the paper before the meeting and be prepared for a discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee will be served. RSVP: To register for the workshare and receive the paper, please e-mail hbcls@uw.edu .

“Normative Innovation, Human Rights & Democracy,” an international seminar organized by the Human Interactions / Normative Innovations (HI-NORM) Research Cluster of the University of Washington, will be held October 21–23, 2019, 8:30am–6:00pm, Olson Room (Gowen 1-A). Speakers will include Grace Reinke (University of Washington), Dennis Young (University of Washington), Amy Reed-Sandoval (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), and Michael Blake (University of Washington).

The Department of Political Science presents Rose Kapolczynski (President, American Association of Political Consultants) and Glen Bolger (Republican-Party political strategist and pollster), “Election 2020: Will the Candidate or the Strategy Win the Day?” Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:30–8:00pm, Gowen Hall, room 301.

The Simpson Center for the Humanities, with co-sponsorship from American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, CHID, English, Geography, Political Science, the Jackson School of International Studies, and the Harry Bridges Labor Center, present Jean Comroff (Harvard University) and Philip Mirowski (University of Notre Dame), “Neoliberalism and the (Dis)integration of the Political”. Thursday, October 24, 4:00–6:00pm, Communications Building, room 120.


The UW Committee on China-U.S. Dialogues presents a dialogue between Dr. Ezra Vogel (Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University) and Professor Kenneth Pyle (UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies) titled "Resuscitation: Insights into the Dynamics of China-Japan Relations", on Thursday, October 17, at Guggenheim Hall (GUG) 220. A ticket is required for this event, please click here for reservations on Eventbrite

The University of Washington Department of Classics presents Emily Greenwood (Yale University) “Thucydides on Diversity, and Vice Versa: Unlikely Dialogues”. Friday, October 18, 2019, 3:30pm, Paccar Hall, room 295. This paper opens up a dialogue between Thucydides’ analysis of ethnic stereotyping in the Atheno-Peloponnesian War and insights from the interdisciplinary field of diversity scholarship. At the heart of this dialogue are questions about the knowledge that is “proper” to individual academic disciplines, how disciplines reproduce themselves, and what it means to do diversity in the contemporary academy.

The Henry M Jackson School of International Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Germanics, the Department of French and Italian Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and the Goethe Insitut Pop Up Seattle – Wunderbar Together, present “Europe’s Future: A Celebration of 25 Years of European Studies at the University of Washington”:

  • Daytime panels (open to faculty, students, and invited guests), Friday, November 1, 2019, 2:00­–5:30, Petersen Room, Allen Library room 485.
  • Keynote address by John Keeler (Dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs), “The Drama of European Integration, the Threat of Disintegration, and the Challenges of Center Management”, with a reception to follow (open to the general public) Friday, November 1, 6:30pm, HUB 145.

The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences presents Abel Rodriguez (University of California, Santa Cruz), “Spherical Factor Analysis for Binary Data: A Look at the Conservative Revolt in the US House of Representatives”. Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:30–1:30 pm, Savery Hall, room 409.



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