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Department of Political Science News

Faculty in the political science department cover a broad range of specialties including American politics, public policy, public law, political theory, comparative politics, and international politics.

Current Political Science News

Campus News | September 15, 2020

UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.

People | August 11, 2020

A Scholarship Fund Honoring Regent Sam Lieberman Draws Community Support

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Campus News | August 6, 2020

As shutdowns threatened internships, various programs and employers have found creative workarounds for students to gain crucial workplace experience.

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Research | July 24, 2020

UNLV political science expert Tiffiany Howard examines the lag in U.S. Black business ownership and opportunities for closing the racial wealth gap.

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | May 19, 2020

The full effect of the crisis won't be known for some time, but right now donors are helping the university pivot to focus on emergency needs and mental health.

Political Science In The News

The Nevada Independent
September 18, 2020

The Declaration of Independence does not prescribe a particular form of government for the securing of our inalienable rights, but it leaves no doubt that government is necessary. The people may be the best judge of how the mask fits, but these days, can we do without masks?

September 14, 2020

Although we’ve seen a rise in Black-owned businesses in recent years, there’s still a major disparity when it comes to Black entrepreneurship rates compared to that of whites. To be specific, as of 2017, Black or African Americans owned 2.2% of the 5.7 million employer businesses in the United States. And while there are many factors that can be attributed to this figure, commercial banks play a huge role.

Las Vegas Sun
September 6, 2020

Redlining was a government-sanctioned discriminatory policy that designated most urban minority-majority neighborhoods as places banks should not offer home mortgages. The term originates in color maps developed in the late 1930s by Homer Hoyt, an economist with the Federal Housing Administration, to direct mortgage loans made by the Home Owner’s Loan Corp. Redlining refers to the map’s color-coded neighborhood types: red zones indicated high-risk investments; yellow zones medium risk; and green zones low risk.

The National Interest
September 4, 2020

On July 22, 2020, the State Department announced that it has directed China to close its consulate in Houston for the purpose of “protecting intellectual property and private information of U.S. citizens.”

Nevada Current
September 2, 2020

Nevada’s minority populations are the hardest hit by COVID-19 in terms of infection, hospitalization, and mortality rates, according to statewide data trends analyzed by the Guinn Center.

Radio Free Asia
September 1, 2020

Top academic publisher Springer Nature has once more sparked concerns over its censorship of topics regarded as politically sensitive by Beijing.

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Recent Political Science Accomplishments

September 24, 2020
Elizabeth Maltby (Political Science) published her article "Demographic Context, Mass Deportation, and Latino Linked Fate" in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. The article examines how immigration enforcement shapes the way native- and foreign-born Latinos feel about their ethnic identity.
September 21, 2020
David Fott (Political Science and Great Works Academic Certificate Program) wrote an essay for Constitution Day, "Natural Rights Do Not Entitle Us to Injure the Health of Others," which was published in the Nevada Independent earlier this month.
September 17, 2020
Olivia Cheche (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, and Honors College) and Joshua Padilla (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) recently co-authored, "Students Shortchanged by Lack of Oversight, Transparency at NSHE." Their Las Vegas Sun OpEd discusses the need to fix the culture within NSHE, citing current and past...
September 9, 2020
Robert Lang (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West), David Damore (Political Science), and Karen Danielsen (School of Public Policy and Leadership) recently had a guest column featured in the Las Vegas Sun. Their piece "Bluelining and its Consequences: Nevada Edition," discusses the demographic, economic, geographic, and political...
August 31, 2020
Kenneth Miller (Political Science) was interviewed on KTNV to discuss the increased importance of Latino voters in the upcoming presidential election, both in Nevada and nationally.
August 19, 2020
David Fott (Political Science) has been awarded a grant of $2,000 from the Jack Miller Center to host a guest lecture for Constitution Day. James W. Ceaser, professor of politics at the University of Virginia, will deliver the online lecture, "The Founder of Modern Founding," on Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. The lecture will be cosponsored by the Great Works...