People - Alumni

Ellen Ahlness
M.A. Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle. 2017. B.A. International Relations, Scandinavian Studies, MNSU Mankato. 2015.
Ellen Ahlness was a PhD student in the Department of Political Science and a graduate fellow in the Center for Environmental Politics, Washington Institute... Read more
Tim Burgess -- Distingiushed Alumni
2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Tim Burgess served 10 years at Seattle City Hall as a member of the City Council and as the city’s 55th Mayor. He was first elected city-wide in 2007 and won re-election in 2011 and 2015. Tim focused his work on issues related to improving the lives of Seattle’s children. Under his leadership,... Read more


Mathieu Dubeau earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science in 2021. He broadly studies the intersection of labor, ecology, and political theory to answer questions relating to justice, work, and the animal turn in the social sciences. In his dissertation, he explores how advances... Read more

Gary Duck - Distinguished Alumni
2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Gary received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 1973. His early work was with the U.S. Department of Education, where he served as an associate research analyst to assess the effectiveness of K-12 public education programs throughout the U.S. Gary then worked as... Read more

Bob Ferguson
2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Bob Ferguson is the Attorney General of Washington State.  He graduated from UW in 1989 with a major in political science and attended law school at New York University.  After working as a law clerk for Chief Judge W. Fremming Nielsen of the Federal District Court for Eastern Washington and... Read more

Bryon Gray
Ph.D Student, Socio-cultural Anthropology, Stanford University

Byron Gray is a triple threat, with three social sciences majors (plus a minor in Hindi) that inform his study of India, a country that first sparked his interest during a freshman year course. He has studied in India twice and crafted an honors project examining the politics of family law... Read more

Professor, Political Science, University of North Florida

I am a first year Phd Student in Political Science Department, My fields are comparative politics, political economy and political methods. My research interests are primarily Chinese politics, and I am particularly interested in China's political transformation and its development of grassroots... Read more