Politics and Government

  • How streaming, mergers and other major changes are upending Hollywood

    Nearly a year after the Hollywood writers' strike started, the entertainment industry remains in flux. Daniel Bessner, assistant professor of international studies at the UW, says TV and film writers are feeling the brunt of the changes.
    04/26/2024 | NPR
  • ICE releases report on Tacoma detainee death but leaves out key detail

    More than a month after a man died at an immigrant detention center in Tacoma, federal officials released a report, as required by Congress. The report lacked one key detail: a cause of death. The UW's Phil Neff, project coordinator at the Center for Human Rights, and Angelina Godoy, professor of both international studies and law, societies and justice and the director of the Center for Human Rights, are mentioned.
    04/25/2024 | The Seattle Times
  • Rotary panel delves into PNW’s growing relationship with South Asia

    Rotarians gathered in April for an insightful panel discussion on the deepening connections between the Pacific Northwest and South Asia. The event boasted a distinguished lineup of speakers, including Radhika Govindrajan, associate professor of anthropology at the UW.
    04/23/2024 | Northwest Asian Weekly
  • China’s divided memory of the Cultural Revolution

    “3 Body Problem,” a Netflix adaptation of the popular Chinese sci-fi novel by the same name, is causing controversy in China for its depiction of the Cultural Revolution. How do the Chinese people see this crucial period of their history? Madeleine Dong, professor of history at the UW, is interviewed.
    04/10/2024 | WBUR
  • AAPI voter turnout involves many unseen obstacles

    You are voting for the first time. Your ballot arrives. But you can’t read it. The text is too small. And when you come to the candidates’ names, they look something like this: T *&%$@(“&^, T>>%@)%|\^^. Such was the experience—more or less—of many older residents of the Chinatown International-District (CID) before the Nov. 2023 elections, according to multiple organizations sponsoring a get-out-the vote event. Connie So, teaching professor of American ethnic studies at the UW, is quoted.
    03/26/2024 | Northwest Asian Weekly
  • Election may push people to move for cheaper homes, similar neighbors

    The 2024 presidential election will potentially trigger even more people to move both within and outside of the US. James Gregory, professor and associate chair of history at the UW, is mentioned.
    03/22/2024 | Business Insider
  • Analysis: Trump is no Navalny, and prosecution in a democracy is a lot different than persecution in Putin’s Russia

    "The death of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, announced on Feb. 16, 2024, lays bare to the world the costs of political persecutions. Although his cause of death remains unknown, the 47-year-old died while serving a 19-year sentence in a Siberian penal colony," writes James Long, professor of political science at the UW.
    02/22/2024 | The Conversation
  • For-profit Tacoma ICE center blocks health and labor inspections

    Conditions in the immigrant detention facility have garnered over 300 complaints, but a law to increase state oversight is still tied up in court. Angelina Godoy, professor of law, societies and justice and of international studies and director of the Center for Human Rights at the UW, is quoted.
    02/05/2024 | Crosscut
  • Should social media pay for addicting kids? Seattle schools lawsuit gains steam

    A year into Seattle Public Schools' lawsuit against social media companies, the case is gaining traction. More than 50 school districts in Washington state — and dozens more across the country — have joined Seattle’s lawsuit. Lucía Magis-Weinberg, assistant professor of psychology at the UW, is quoted.
    01/29/2024 | KUOW
  • Trump really could come back — activism against him might not

    The shock of 2016 spurred his critics to fight. A 2024 repeat could prompt flight instead. Megan Ming Francis, an associate professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.
    01/26/2024 | Politico
  • How are vice presidential picks usually selected?

    Historically, presidential candidates and their teams have weighed a number of factors — including public opinion and political experience — before making a decision on the number two slot sometime around the party conventions. Margaret O'Mara, professor of history at the UW, is quoted.
    01/24/2024 | Miami Herald
  • What happened to Seattle's relationship with Boeing?

    Boeing is still a force locally, both in influence and sheer numbers. The company still receives very generous tax benefits from Washington, notes Margaret O'Mara, professor of history at the UW. Yet its presence in the region isn’t top of mind for many anymore.
    01/19/2024 | Seattle Met
  • Professor John Findlay presents lecture on history of immigration and citizenship in Seattle

    In the first of the history department’s annual History Lecture Series, Professor Emeritus John Findlay presented “City and Citizens: Seattleites and Their Rights, 1850-2000,” reflecting on different groups that have immigrated to Seattle.

    01/17/2024 | The Daily UW
  • Iowa is an 89% match with US demographics & predicts 64% of Democratic nominees

    As the nation’s political attention now turns toward the Hawkeye state, WalletHub compared Iowa’s demographic likeness and public opinions with the U.S. using 22 key metrics. James Long, professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.
    01/10/2024 | WalletHub
  • WA’s Sudanese community suffering amid war that’s displaced millions

    You don’t interrupt your quiet life in a Seattle suburb and book a plane ticket to war-torn Sudan unless you have a really good reason. Not right now, in the middle of a brutal conflict between rival forces that’s killed more than 12,000 people and displaced 7 million. Christopher Tounsel, associate professor of history at the UW, is quoted.
    01/04/2024 | The Seattle Times