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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

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Campus News | January 5, 2021

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.

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Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

Campus News | December 10, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.

Campus News | November 5, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s commitment to community, health care, and research.

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Research | October 15, 2020

UNLV research team explores the population and politics of 13 swing states, pushing beyond the old blue state-red state model and painting a new picture where changing suburbs influence outcomes.

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Campus News | October 9, 2020

Diversity, safety, and success become the foundation for UNLV.

Political Science In The News

Las Vegas Sun
January 19, 2021

There’s an unanswered question at the heart of the current political climate: Have Republicans won elections in the past four years because of President Donald Trump’s influence or in spite of him?

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 5, 2021

This year’s CES will look different than its predecessors, and not just because it’s going virtual — it’s also more diverse.

Las Vegas Sun
January 5, 2021

Two months after the 2020 elections, Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada is still in campaign mode. And she’s not even on a ballot.

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 18, 2020

For one retired California attorney hoping to live out his days in quiet, conservative isolation in Pahrump, Nevada’s democracy is something that must be rigorously stamped out.

Hoover Institution
December 14, 2020

During the Ma Ying-jeou presidency in Taiwan (2008-2016), confrontations over relations with the People’s Republic of China stressed the country’s institutions, leading to a political crisis. Nevertheless, as documented in Dynamics of Democracy in Taiwan, a new book edited by Kharis Templeman, Yun-han Chu, and Larry Diamond, its democracy proved to be resilient. In this discussion, several of the book’s contributors will reflect on the politics of this era, and what subsequent developments tell us about the enduring strengths and weaknesses of Taiwan’s democracy.

Public News Service
December 14, 2020

The Electoral College meets today, and Nevada's six electoral votes are set to go to President-elect Joe Biden, despite attempts by the Trump campaign to overturn the results.

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Recent Political Science Accomplishments

January 22, 2021
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and William Brown (Brookings Mountain West) collaborated with SRI International and RGC Economics on "Nevada's Plan for Recovery & Resliance," which was released by the Nevada governor's office of economic development as part of Gov. Steve Sisolak'...
January 19, 2021
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) collaborated on a cross-national psychological project, "COVIDiSTRESS Global Survey Dataset on Psychological and Behavioural Consequences of the COVID-19 Outbreak," which recently published in Scientific Data. This N = 173,426 project conducts a series of surveys in 39 countries and in 47 languages and...
January 11, 2021
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) was invited to give a speech, "Misinformation and the Political Convergence Effect on Social Media," last month at National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan. He shared his recent findings about how people may "migrate" across social media sites to find their echo chamber, which influences the spread of...
January 6, 2021
Kenneth Miller (Political Science) was interviewed by the Las Vegas Sun to talk about the implications of this week's Georgia Senate runoffs for Nevada senators' legislative efforts in the next Congress.
December 11, 2020
Aly Hiko and Austin Horng-En Wang (both Political Science) published the article "Out-of-Control COVID-19 Pandemic Hampers the Nationalism" in Political Studies Review. A survey experiment was conducted in the U.S. three months after the COVID19 outbreak and revealed that the priming of the outbreak in the U.S. significantly decreases the level of...
December 4, 2020
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West), and Fatma Nasoz (Computer Science) provide an analysis of voting on Question 1 and its consequences for higher education reform in their recent commentary piece "The Geography of Higher Education Reform" appearing in the Nevada Current.