Week of September 26, 2016



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Political Science Annual Fall Reception, Wednesday, October 5th, from 4-6pm in the Curtain Room at the District Lounge.

Congratulations to Political Science staff member, Tamara Sollinger!! Tamara has completed ten years working at the University of Washington.

Faculty News:


-          Karen Litfin (Academic year)

-          Victor Menaldo (Academic year)


-          Chris Adolph (Spring 2016)

-          Lance Bennett (Fall 2015)

-          Rachel Cichowski (Academic Year, 2015-16)

-          Christine DiStefano (Academic Year, 2015-16)

-          Tony Gill (Spring 2016)

-          James Long  (Academic Year, 2015-16)

-          John Wilkerson (Fall 2015 & Spring 2016)

Please join us in welcoming Professors Caitlin Ainsley, Geoffrey Wallace, and Sophia Jordán Wallace:

Caitlin Ainsley joins the department as an assistant professor after completing her PhD at Emory University.  Her fields of interest are political economy, comparative political institutions, formal theory, and statistical methods.

Geoffrey Wallace received his PhD from Cornell University and joins the department as an associate professor from Rutgers University.  He works primarily in the areas of international security and international law with a focus on the conduct of actors during armed conflict. He also has interests in the design and effectiveness of international institutions as well as public opinion and foreign policy.

Sophia Jordán Wallace received her PhD from Cornell University and joins the department as an associate professor from Rutgers University. She specializes in Latino Politics, representation, social movements, and immigration politics and policy. She is also the Field Director for Latino Politics and Immigration at WISIR.


Congratulations to the following graduate students:

Autumn 2015:

Masters: Paige Sechrest, Vanessa Quince, and Nora Williams

Finals: Will Murg

Winter 2016:

Masters: Jennifer Driscoll, Chelsea Moore, David Lucas, and Jared Stewart

Finals: Yuting Li

Spring 2016:

Masters: Travis Nelson, Jose Ochoa, Kylie Clay, Will Gochberg, Emma Rodman, Kiana Juarez, Jonathan Beck, Rafeel Wasif, Anna Zelenz, and Christopher Colligan

Finals: Crystal Pryor, Kiku Huckle, Kendra Dupuy, Steven Zech, and Hannah Walker

Summer 2016:

Finals: Kassra Oskooii, Will D’Ambruoso, and Aaron Erlich


Please welcome the following new graduate students:

Bree Bang-Jensen, Jeff Grove, Sebastian Mayer, Christianna Parr, Grace Reinke, and Hanjie Wang

Visiting Graduate Students:  Niclas Glaser and Teresa Radatz


Lead TA: Jared Stewart 

Writing Center Director: Chelsea Moore


Meera Roy, Director of Academic Services, Smith 215B, 543-9456

Susanne Recordon, Graduate Program Assistant, Smith 215D, 543-1898

Tamara Sollinger, Academic Counselor, Smith 215C, 543-1824

Mark Weitzenkamp, Academic Counselor, Smith 215, 543-1824

Chelsea Moore, Director of PoliSci, LSJ and JSIS Writing Center, Gowen 109B, 616-3354

Stephen Dunne, Senior Computer Specialist, Smith 220C, 616-3896

Andrew Hedden, Associate Director, Center for Labor Studies, Smith M266/268, 543-7946

Jennifer Hopkins, Office Assistant, Gowen 101, 543-2780

Catherine Quinn, Administrative Coordinator, Gowen 101, 543-2780

Ling Fu, Fiscal Specialist, Gowen 123, 543-8189

Ann Buscherfeld, Administrator, Gowen 107, 543-2783


George Lovell, Chair, Gowen 106, 543-2780. To set up an appointment, please e-mail him at glovell@uw.edu.

Rachel Cichowski, Associate Chair

Rachel Cichowski, Undergraduate Program Committee Chair

Beth Kier, Graduate Program Committee Chair and Graduate Financial Aid Committee Chair

Chris Adolph, Graduate Admissions Committee Chair

Aseem Prakash, Graduate Placement Director


Political Science Ph.D. candidate, Carolina Johnson, was mentioned in the Seattle Times for her work in a UW summer fellowship program called Data Science for Social Good.


University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC): Paige Sechrest (PhD Student, Political Science, UW), “Violence by the People, for the People: Torture and Brutality in Democracies." Faculty discussant: Rachel Cichowski (Professor, Political Science, UW). Friday, September 30, 12-1:30pm in the Olson Room. Sponsored by: Severyns-Ravenholt Endowment, the Richard B. Wesley Graduate Student Fund for International Relations, the Department of Political Science, and the Center for Global Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Duck Family Environmental Politics and Governance Colloquium Series: Riley Dunlap (Professor, Sociology, Oklahoma State University), “How Climate Change Became Controversial." Friday, October 7, 12-1:30pm in the Olson Room. https://goo.gl/GSrCLS


JSIS and Center for Global Studies Panel: Panelists Reşat Kasaba, Daniel Chirot, Sabine Lang, Margaret O'Mara, and Anand Yang will discuss,"The Hot Summer: Europe, the Middle East and U.S." Monday, October 3 at 7pm in Thomson 101. The event is free and open to the public. More information available at: https://jsis.washington.edu/news/hot-summer-europe-middle-east-u-s/

University Book Store Book Talk: Robin Koerner (founder of WatchingAmerica.com) will be discussing his book "If You Can Keep It: Why We Nearly Lost It & How We Get It Back." Tuesday, October 4 at 7pm. at the U Book Store (4326 University Way, N.E.)

Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Bettina Cruz (defender of Indigenous land rights in Tehuantepec, Mexico), "Climate Change and Land Rights in Mexico." Wednesday, October 5 from 12:30-1:25pm in William H. Gates Hall Room 127. Sponsored by: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, American Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, Center for Human Rights, The Channel Foundation, International Human Rights Clinic and UW Law's "Global Monday" series.

Center for Human Rights Panel: Marian Amissah-Ocran (Gender and Land Consultant, Landesa, Accra, Ghana), Liu Meng (Social Work Professor and Vice President of China Women’s University, Beijing, China), and Satish Patnaik (Team Coordinator, Jashipur team, PRADAN, and Field Faculty for Ambedkar University, Delhi, Jashipur, Odisha, India), "Promoting Land Rights for Tribal Women in India and Ghana and Ethnic Minorities in China." Thursday, October 6, 12-1:20pm in Thomson 317. Light lunch will be provided. Panel will be moderated by Jennifer Duncan (senior attorney and land tenure specialist at Landesa). Event sponsored by: Landesa, Center for Human Rights, African Studies, South Asia Center, East Asia Center, Center for Global Studies, Law, Societies and Justice, Center for Public Service Law, Gates Public Service Law Program.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Linda Rabben (associate research professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland), "Freedom of Movement - a Human Right?" Thursday, October 6 from 4-6pm in Communications 120. Event sponsors: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UW Center for Human Rights, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington Press, and UW Graduate School.

Jackson School of International Science: Nicholas Burns (Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School), "Memo to the Next President: Challenges Facing the U.S. in a Complex World." Thursday, October 6, 7-9:30pm in Kane 220.

Qualitative Multi-Method Research Initiative (QUAL) Speaker Series: James Long, "Ethics and Data Transparency in Applied Social Science Research and Publishing." Wednesday, October 12, 12:30pm in Thomson 317.

UW Graduate School and the UWAA Equity & Difference Talk: Megan Ming Francis (Assistant Professor, Political Science, UW), "Race and Violence in American Politics." Wednesday, October 12, 7:30pm in Kane 120. Free admission, but advance registration is required.