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Matt Barreto's new book, "Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation"

Prof. Peter May
has won the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Public Policy Section at APSA. The section established the award “to recognize sustained efforts by a senior scholar to encourage and facilitate the career of emerging political scientists in the field of public policy.”

Passing of Alex Gottfried, Prof Emeritus

Passing of George Modelski, Prof. Emeritus

Christopher Adolph wins 2014 Levine Book Award for "Bankers, Bureaucrats and Central Bank Politics"

The European Union Studies Association has Awarded Jim Caporaso its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in EU Studies

Prof. Christopher Parker on Scholars Strategy Network web site, "A Suicidal Republican Civil War"

Prof. Victor Menaldo in the London School of Economics site, "Capitalism
need not churn inexorably toward higher inequality; democracies can tame the disproportionate power of elites

Prof. Karen Litfin interviewed in UW Today for her new book, "Ecovillages: Lessons For Sustainable Community"

Prof. Victor Menaldo on The Washington Post's Monkey Cage, "How democracies are gamed for power and profit: an addendum to Piketty"
Prof. Rebecca Thorpe in UW Today for
her new book, “The American Warfare State: The Domestic Politics of Military Spending”
Prof. Christopher Parker on Salon.com, "Tea Party’s hot mess: Inside a noisy, disenchanted movement"
Prof. Wilkerson and CAPPP featured in UW Today, "Online ‘Legislative Explorer’ uses
big data to track decades of lawmaking
Prof. Tony Gill on Georgetown
University’s blog
, "Reformations, Enlightenments, and the Middle East:
A Response to Thomas Friedman"
Prof. Aseem Prakash in The Seattle Times, "Devyani Khobragade arrest created a U.S.-India rift"
Prof. Christopher Parker radio interview on ABC Classic FM (Australia) for discussion about Tea Party and their core beliefs. Prof. Matt Barreto in The Seattle
Weekly, "The Seattle Prof Who Is Changing the Conversation—and Law—Surrounding Voter I.D."
Prof. Victor Menaldo in The Seattle Times, "A Glimmer of Hope for Democracy in Egypt"
Prof. John Wilkerson on The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage blog, "Why bill success is a lousy way to keep score in Congress"
Angela Day, Political Science Grad,
answers questions for UW Today about her new book, "Red light to Starboard"
Prof. Aseem Prakash in openDemocracy.net, "Misplaced priorities? Global leadership and Indiaʼs domestic neglect of human rights"

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