Week of October 15, 2018

Department of Political Science Bulletin, October 19, 2018

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Rachel Cichowski was a visiting scholar at the University of Barcelona, Department of Constitutional Law and Political Science in June 2018. She gave a department lecture on interest and advocacy group use of the European Court of Human Rights and a seminar presentation on building databases on international litigation.

Rachel Cichowski hosted an Idea Lab at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, October 11–13, 2018. The Lab brought together a small group of comparative and international law and politics scholars including a broad set of methods, substantive and geographic expertise to develop and stimulate innovation and discovery across these fields. Through lightning presentations and breakout brainstorming, the Idea Lab sessions narrowed a broad theoretical question into actionable collaborative projects forging innovative research teams. The Idea Lab was funded by Cichowski's current NSF grant (SES 1748180), Building Dynamic Research Communities in Global Legal Studies, which is a collaboration with Jeff Staton at Emory University and Dan Brinks at University of Texas, Austin.

Tony Gill presented two – count ‘em two – talks to the Boise State Economics Association on Friday, September 7.  The first was “The Economic Origins of Religious Liberty,” held in the Chris Petersen Room in the  Micron Business Building.  (And, yes, it is that Chris Petersen.)  The second talk was “Tipping Points: An Economic Defense of Gratuities” but not on the Petersen Room as there was a large audience for this event.  Afterwards, Tony enjoyed the hospitality of Prof. Allen Dalton who took him to see the Broncos pummel the UConn Huskies in football, setting a record for most offense by a BSU team in school history. 

Nives Dolsak & Aseem Prakash. "The Politics of Climate Change Adaptation." Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 2018, 43(1): 1–25. 

Brian Greenhill, Nives Dolsak, and Aseem Prakash. "Don't Be Afraid to Talk about the Costs of Dealing with Climate Change." The Conversation, October 10, 2018.

DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor Niko Switek presented a lecture on Thursday, October 18, titled “The US and Germany in 2018: It’s Complicated”, as part of the Week on the Current State of Politics in Germany at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.


Job Talk: Emily Gade has been invited for a campus visit by Texas A & M, Utah State University, and the University of Southern California. She will be presenting her practice job talks on Friday, October 19, 1:30–3:00 pm in Smith 40A and again on Monday, 22 October, 12–1:30, Gowen 1A. The talk is titled: “Networks of Cooperation: Rebel Alliances in Fragmented Civil Wars.” 

University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC): Dominic Tierney (Swarthmore College), "The Negativity Bias in International Politics." Graduate student discussant: Bree Bang-Jensen (Political Science, UW). Friday, October 26, 12–1:20pm in the Olson Room (Gowen 1A).

The Center for Environmental Politics is hosting the first of three “Conversations with Sally Jewell” on October 30, 4:00–6:00pm, Allen Library, Petersen Room. This is co-sponsored by the EarthLab. Sally served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama. Before serving as Interior Secretary, Jewell was President and CEO of REI. She is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Washington College of the Environment. The October 30 Conversation will focus on Federal Government and Environmental Policy. The event is free but given the limited seating capacity, the audience will need to reserve their seat.  We are giving you the opportunity to reserve your spot before we open it to the public. You can reserve it here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3626363

Political Science Fall Faculty Panel: Professors Mark Alan Smith (Professor, Political Science, UW), Christopher Sebastian Parker (Professor, Political Science, UW), and Sophia Jordán Wallace (Associate Professor, Political Science, UW), "The 2018 Midterms and their Consequences" Thursday, November 1, 2018, 5:30–7:00pm, Johnson Hall, Room 102. Please visit our website for more details and to rsvp: https://www.polisci.washington.edu/

Center for Environmental Politics (CEP): Neil Lewis, Jr. (Assistant Professor, Communication and Social Behavior, Cornell University). “The Complex Relationship between Climate Change Beliefs and Sustainable Behavior”.  Friday, November 2, 2018, 12:00 to 1:30pm, Olson Room (Gowen 1A).

 Sawyer Seminar Capstone Conference “Histories of Racial Capitalism: Empire, Policing, and Resistance”. Invited Guests Include: Michael C. Dawson (University of Chicago), Iyko Day (Mount Holyoke College), Leah Wright Rigueur (Harvard Kennedy School), Alyosha Goldstein (University of New Mexico), Donna Murch (Rutgers), Justin Leroy (UC Davis). Friday, November 2, 9:30am–4:00pm, Peterson Room, UW Library.


 Politics of Identity: Nationalism(s) in Modern Spain: Cameron J. Watson (University of the Basque Country; Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno). On the anniversary of the Catalan Independence Referendum, a combination of processes within the last decade can be seen to herald a potential transformation in Spanish politics and the end of the consensus associated with the post-Franco transition to democracy. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 3:30–5:00pm. Communications, room 202/204. Sponsored by Comparative History of Ideas; European Studies; History; Spanish & Portuguese Studies.

America's Role in Global Peace-Building: Lessons from Rwanda to Syria, with U.S. Ambassador Rick Barton. Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 3:45–5:00pm. Thomson Hall, room 317. Sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Center for Global Studies at the UW.

Severyns-Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics (SR-SCP): Jowei Chen(Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Michigan), subject TBD.  Friday, November 9, 2018, 12:00 to 1:30pm, Olson Room (Gowen 1A).

BUNK: The Information Series: Brendan Nyhan (Professor, Public Policy, University of Michigan) “Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence from the Consumption of Fake News during the 2016 Presidential Campaign”. Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:30pm. Kane Hall, room 120. Sponsored by UW Graduate School, Office of the Provost, College of Arts & Sciences, and School of Public Health.





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