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January 14, 2021
John Wilkerson, Chair of the Department Political Science, responds to the current political landscape that we face and shares insights on the student response. Department of Political Science
January 14, 2021
The breakdown of the neoliberal consensus creates an opening for a more progressive China policy —while also increasing the danger of war. Daniel Bessner, associate professor of international studies at the UW, is quoted. The Nation
January 14, 2021
This week’s move by more than 200 workers at Alphabet to form a union is being seen as an alternative framework for organizing at other Silicon Valley giants. Margaret O’Mara, professor of history at the UW, is quoted. The Hill
January 12, 2021
“Death penalty advocates most frequently focus on deterrence [as a justification for the death penalty] — but as research including my own work shows, it has not been shown to be effective,” writes David Barash, professor emeritus of psychology at the UW. The Conversation
January 12, 2021
James Long, associate professor of political science at the UW, breaks down what’s happening in the House of Representatives regarding the effort to remove President Trump from office. King 5
January 11, 2021
Five prominent players in Washington state business are halting or reviewing some or all of their campaign contributions after last week’s U.S. Capitol riot and the refusal by some Republicans to certify the presidential election results. Jake Grumbach, assistant professor of political science at the UW, is quoted. The Seattle Times
January 11, 2021
The U.S. Constitution has a built-in mechanism that allows the president’s powers to be transferred to the vice president if the president becomes incapable of discharging them. In the wake of the U.S. Capitol riots, Democratic lawmakers have called on Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from power. Rebecca Thorpe, associate professor of political science at the UW, is quoted. The Independent
January 10, 2021
Couples hold it together for the holiday season, but call a lawyer in the new year, they say. A UW study is referenced. CBC
January 10, 2021
Both parents and adult children often fail to recognize how profoundly the rules of family life have changed over the past half century. Kristina Scharp, assistant professor of communication at the UW, is referenced. The Atlantic
January 10, 2021
Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have all cut ties with President Donald Trump, and now many of his followers are looking for more obscure sites to voice their views. Hanson Hosein, co-director of the UW’s Communication Leadership program, is interviewed. KING 5
January 10, 2021
“As scholars who study democracy historically and comparatively, we predict that the biggest threats to democracy Trump poses won’t emerge until after he exits the White House — when Biden will have to face the Trump presidency’s most serious challenges,” write the UW’s James Long, associate professor of political science, and Victor Menaldo, professor of political science. The Conversation
January 9, 2021
Democratic control of the White House and Senate will put pressure on the Supreme Court’s oldest justice, Stephen G. Breyer, to step aside so that President-elect Joe Biden can choose his successor. Scott Lemieux, assistant teaching professor of political science at the UW, is quoted. The Washington Post
January 9, 2021
Twitter’s decision Friday to join Facebook in permanently suspending President Trump’s account underscored the fundamental role of social media in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history. If it feels strange and unusual, that’s because there’s no historical precedent, neither in media nor the presidency. Margaret O’Mara, professor of history at the UW, is interviewed on the GeekWire podcast. GeekWire
January 9, 2021
A South African tip led to the discovery of mutations around the world. With infections skyrocketing, “it’s a race against time.” Carl Bergstrom, professor of biology at the UW, is quoted. The New York Times
January 8, 2021
“The choice of Garland is a good indication — both for better and for worse — of what can be expected of a Biden administration: competent governance that is more moderate than the progressive wing of the Democratic Party would prefer,” writes Scott Lemieux, assistant teaching professor of political science at the UW. NBC News
January 8, 2021
Activist and educator Jesse Hagopian and several other Black Washingtonians who witnessed the day’s events through computer or TV screens described frustration, hurt and anger at the contrast in police response to a mob overtaking the Capitol compared to their own and other Black Americans’ experiences with police. Alexes Harris, professor of sociology at the UW, is quoted. The Seattle Times
January 8, 2021
James Long, associate professor of political science at the UW, talks about the 25th Amendment, what the process for impeachment of President Trump might look like and what he would have told students if he was teaching this week. King 5
January 8, 2021
Our primate ancestors might have become “protomusical” to advertise their ability to perform death-defying leaps from tree to tree. David Schruth, a postdoctoral researcher in anthropology at the UW, is referenced. New Scientist
January 8, 2021
Teachers across the state waded into lessons about the attack on the U.S. Capitol and other conversations about racism and politics, seeing these events as opportunities for critical thinking and their classes as important spaces to tackle misinformation and hate speech. Jake Grumbach, assistant professor of political science at the UW, is quoted. The Seattle Times
January 8, 2021
Hanson Hosein, co-director of the UW’s Communication Leadership program, says that the President Trump’s use of social media to incite unrest is forcing social media companies to accept their role as media companies, accountable for the content that passes through their platforms. KOMO Radio
January 8, 2021
Last year, when it became clear that 2020 would be like no other, a group of University of Washington professors launched a program for freshmen called “2020: The Course.” The article links to a video of Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs; Karam Dana, associate professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences at UW Bothell; Hilary Godwin, dean of the UW School of Public Health; Sharon S. Laing, assistant professor of nursing and health care leadership at UW Tacoma; Kate Starbird, associate professor of human centered design and engineering at the UW; and Joe Janes, associate professor at the UW Information School. KUOW
January 7, 2021
James Long, associate professor of political science at the UW, says that President Trump has been riling up his supporters ever since he entered the political arena, so it's reasonable to be anxious about the two weeks until President-elect Biden's inauguration. KING 5
January 7, 2021
A politically charged mob, egged on by the sitting president, overran the U.S. Capitol and brought democracy to a halt. Members of our state's congressional delegation shares their experiences. Margaret O'Mara, professor of history at the UW, is interviewed. KUOW
January 7, 2021
Calls to invoke a never-before-used section of the Constitution’s 25th Amendment prior to President Donald Trump’s concession Thursday evening would have been a difficult task, local experts said. Margaret O’Mara, professor of history at the UW, is quoted. The Spokesman-Review
January 7, 2021
“The choice of Garland is a good indication — both for better and for worse — of what can be expected of a Biden administration: competent governance that is more moderate than the progressive wing of the Democratic Party would prefer,” writes Scott Lemieux, assistant teaching professor of political science at the UW. NBC News

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