Week of September 28, 2015




Political Science’s Health & Safety Plan is located on our website. Instructors and Teaching assistants should review the “Classroom Emergency Procedures Plan”.  Found at http://www.polisci.washington.edu/Resources/Admin_Forms/safetyforms.html

Political Science Annual Fall Reception, October 2nd, from 4-6pm at the UW Club Colleen Room.

Faculty Meeting for all faculty: October 16, 1:30-3pm.


-          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)


Congratulations to the following graduate students:

Autumn 2014:

Masters: Seth Trenchard, Daniel Yoo

Finals: Anne Frost, Ketty Loeb, Angela Day

Winter 2015:

Masters: David Lopez

Finals: Stephan Hamberg

Spring 2015:

Masters: JP Anderson, Sean Butorac, Emily Christensen, Walid Salem, Andreu Casas Salleras, Stephanie Stanley, Tyler Reny, Bryan Wilcox

Finals: Joannie Tremblay-Boire, Kyong Jun Choi, Hyo Won Lee, Kirstine Taylor

Summer 2015:

Finals: Sergio Garcia, Yoav Duman


Post-Doctoral Lecturers: Yoav Duman & Kirstine Taylor

Lead TA: Emily Christensen

Writing Center Director: Jennifer Driscoll


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

Jennifer Driscoll, Director of PoliSci, LSJ and JSIS Writing Center, Gowen 109B, 616-3354

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

Andrew Hedden, Program Coordinator, 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.

Jamie Mayerfeld, Associate Chair

Jamie Mayerfeld, Undergraduate Program Committee Chair

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

Victor Menaldo, Graduate Admissions Committee Chair

Jon Mercer, Graduate Placement Director


Yuko Kawato (POLS Grad Student, 2010) thanks Beth Kier, Jon Mercer, Susan Whiting and Robert Pekkanen for their continued support.  With their help and encouragement she successfully turned her dissertation into a book.  Protests Against U.S. Military Base Policy in Asia: Persuasion and Its Limits was recently published from Stanford University Press.

Jim Caporaso delivered a plenary address to the World Congress for Korean Politics and Society on August 26.  The title of his talk is "The Promise and Perils of Globalization".

Crystal Pryor is the recipient of a 2015-2016 Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellowship, which is awarded to one Japanese and one US citizen each year. She will be a resident fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu, and spend up to six weeks in Washington, DC, for fieldwork.

Lance Bennett delivered the following talks over the summer:

Oxford University, June 18-19 - Conference: "Learning from the Past: NGOs at the Crossroads.” Presented the paper: Digital Media and the Organization of Advocacy: Comparing Legitimacy and Public Engagement in National and EU-Level Environment and Fair Trade NGOs (with Sabine Lang and Alexandra Segerberg)

Alghero Sardinia, June 24-27 - Conference: "Protest Participation in Variable Communication Ecologies." Keynote Address: “The Political Economy of Ideas: Power, Institutions, and Disruption in Discourse Ecologies”

The Hague University - September 16, 2015. Public Lecture: “The Political Economy Of Ideas: A Discourse Analysis Showing How Unsustainable Economics Has Captured Contemporary Politics”

Free University of Amsterdam — September 18, 2015. Public Lecture:  “The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics”

Victor Menaldo and Daniel Yoo's paper, “Democracy, Elite Bias, and Financial Development in Latin America” was published in World Politics, volume 67, issue 04, pp. 726-759.


University of Washington International Security Colloquium (UWISC): Alexandra Scacco (Assistant Professor, Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University), "An Experimental Test of Social Contact Theory in Nigeria." Grad student discussant: Will Gochberg (Ph.D. student, Political Science, UW). Friday, October 2, 12-1:20 in the Olson Room (GWN 1A). Sponsored by the Severyns-Ravenholt Endowment, the Richard B. Wesley Graduate Student Fund for International Relations, the UW Political Science Department, and the Center for Global Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Duck Family Environmental Politics and Governance Colloquium Series: Arun Aggrawal (Professor, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan), “Governing Natural Resources: Incentives, Information, Institutions.” Friday, October 9, 12-1:20pm in the Olson Room (GWN 1A). More information available at: http://goo.gl/lM4qdP

Severyns-Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics (SR-SCP): Armando Razo (Associate Professor of Political Science, Indiana University), "Political competition and social spending in Mexico's municipalities: Spatial dimensions of social policies after political and economic liberalization." Grad student discussant: Kevin Aslett (Ph.D. student, Political Science, UW). Friday, October 30th, 12:00-1:20pm, in Olson Room (Gowen 1A).


Center for Human Rights: All day conference, "Access to Information as a Human Right." Keynote address by Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzón, other speakers include: Kate Doyle, Philippe Bourgois, Mirla Guadalupe Carbajal Amaya. Details & RSVP at humanrights.washington.edu. Monday, October 5, 12-9pm. Sponsored by: the Puffin Foundation, the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities and the UW School of Law. Co-sponsored by: the William H. Gates Public Service Law Program; the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; UW Libraries; the Law, Societies, & Justice Program; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; and the Information School. 

Jackson School: Philippe Bourgois (UCLA) and Robert Desjarlais (Sarah Lawrence College), "The Ethnography of Life and Death." Tuesday, October 6, 10-12pm, Communications 202. RSVP with Tony Lucero at jal26@uw.edu.  

Jackson School of International Studies: Panel discussion, "Focus on Syria: A Humanitarian Crisis." Panelists for the event include: Jennifer Butte-Dahl, Kathie Friedman, Neil McFarland, Mark S. Ward, and Reşat Kasaba as the moderator. Tuesday, October 6, 7-9pm in Thomson 101. 

UW Center for Human Rights and Landesa: Jacqueline Osiako Ingutiah (Senior Legal Counsel, Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya), Ran Hao (Associate Researcher and Vice Dean of the Social Law Office, Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China), and Ranja Das (Program Coordinator, Oxfam India, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India). "Access to Justice for Women in Agricultural Livelihoods." Thursday, October 15, 12-1:20pm in Communications 202/204. Sponsored by The Henry M. Jackson School's: Center for Global Studies, East Asia Center, South Asia Center, African studies and China Studies; and the Gates Public Service Law Program. 


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