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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

Representatives from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians wrap UNLV Marta Meana in a blanket as part of the tribe's gift announcement to the university.
Campus News | March 5, 2020

A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.

Campus News | February 18, 2020

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.

Photo of Martha Amaya standing in a crowded group of people.
Campus News | December 12, 2019

Honors College student Martha Amaya one of just 30 nationwide to receive Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.

football players look up at fireworks display
Campus News | December 2, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

A photo of Akaisha Cook delivering a speech at the 2019 UNLV Foundation Annual Dinner.
Campus News | November 22, 2019

Honors College student Akaisha Cook one of just 30 nationwide to receive 2020 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

A group of four UNLV nursing students work on a manikin at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.
Campus News | September 25, 2019

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement of UNLV’s campus in June, July and August.

Political Science In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 27, 2020

When Cassandra Raina first tried to file for unemployment online on March 15, a message popped up on her screen saying she would need to call the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation to complete the process.

Al Jazeera America
March 27, 2020

Independent theatre producer Lin Chihyu, 29, originally planned to travel to Vietnam with her maternal grandfather to attend a friend's wedding ceremony before Taiwan held general elections in January.

BBC News
March 5, 2020

Nevada made history when it became the first state in the US with a female-majority legislature, with women holding 51% of the seats, in December 2018.

San Francisco Chronicle
March 2, 2020

Bernie Sanders has a commanding lead in California polls coming into Super Tuesday. But there still could be delegates available to other candidates in the Democratic presidential primary.

Sunday Post
March 2, 2020

On the Democratic ballot paper for the first time will be media mogul Mike Bloomberg, who is the ninth-richest person in the world and has a $1 billion war chest to spend on defeating Trump.

February 26, 2020

Three hours after Precinct 7632 began its Democratic presidential caucus in a corner of the basketball court at Bob Miller Middle School in Henderson, Nevada, the precinct chair reached the right person on the phone from the party's operations center to resolve the vote-counting problem that bedeviled six precincts at the site — including hers.

Political Science Experts

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Recent Political Science Accomplishments

March 13, 2020
Rafael Oganesyan (Undergraduate Research) and Christian Jensen (Political Science) had an article, "Compelled Voters and Accountability in Australia," published in the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. The authors found that compelled voters are less likely to rely on pocketbook perceptions of the economy when voting for the...
February 28, 2020
Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), William Brown (Brookings), and David Damore (Political Science) recently had an op-ed that was featured in the Las Vegas Sun. Their article, "Winners and Losers from the Nevada Caucuses," examines the outcomes of the 2020 Nevada caucus and how "Nevada shaped this year’s presidential...
February 19, 2020
Rebecca Gill (Political Science) and her colleagues Jennie Sweet-Cushman (Chatham University) and Sondra Cosgrove (CSN) have been awarded the 2019 Carrie Chapman Catt special award for research on women in politics in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The award recognizes their work on “Nevada Bets on Women’s...
February 5, 2020
Tiffiany Howard (Political Science) in recognition of Black History Month was interviewed by Forbes Magazine for her research on the state of entrepreneurship in the African American community; and to celebrate and recognize black enteprises past, present, and future.
January 29, 2020
Kenneth Miller (Political Science) and Tasha Philpot (University of Texas at Austin) recently published "A New Face to the Race Card? Campaigns, Racial Cues, and Candidate Credibility" in Social Science Quarterly where they assess the effects of positive, inclusive racial imagery in campaign advertising. In the study they find that inclusive...
January 27, 2020
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) has published the article "Efficiency over Generosity? Evidence of Electoral Accountability from Typhoon Dayoff in Taiwan" in the Asian Journal of Political Science. This article shows that Taiwanese voters will reward the county mayors by votes after they made the correct decision on typhoon dayoffs....