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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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People | May 15, 2019

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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People | May 3, 2019

Alumna realized she could influence elected officials — before she could even vote. Here's how you can too.

Campus News | April 2, 2019

Participants hope to tap into pipeline leading to legal and public service careers.

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Campus News | November 30, 2018

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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People | October 23, 2018

Rebecca Gill’s experience is informing gender inequality research and inspiring other women to share their stories.

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Research | August 16, 2018

Professor Michael Bowers on writing the essential textbook on Nevada's political scoundrels and budget battles.

Political Science In The News

Associated Press
May 13, 2019

As Democratic presidential hopefuls hit the ground to woo voters in the early voting state of Nevada, many are touting how closely their home states align with the fast-growing tourist mecca. Few, though, can say it’s where they stop for mom’s home cooking.

April 18, 2019

Billionaire Guo Taiming announced on Wednesday that he will run for the president of Taiwan. He said that his election has been blessed by Mazu. The most well-known product of Guo Taiming's factory is the iPhone.

April 18, 2019

Western media has paid extensive attention to Guo Taiming’s announcement of his candidacy for Taiwan’s president. He said that although he has no political experience, he has a wide range of contacts as a successful businessman and has high-level contacts in Washington and Beijing. The precedent of US President Trump's business and excellent politics remains to be seen.

New York Times
April 17, 2019

The billionaire Terry Gou, whose company is best known for manufacturing iPhones, announced Wednesday he would run for Taiwan’s presidency, saying his bid had received a divine blessing — from a Chinese sea goddess.

April 17, 2019

Foxconn founder Terry Gou has claimed divine endorsement for his bid to become Taiwan’s president: support of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu.

BNN Bloomberg
April 16, 2019

Billionaire Terry Gou’s possible entry into Taiwan’s presidential race illustrates the dilemma facing the island’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen, as she prepares for an uphill re-election bid.

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Recent Political Science Accomplishments

May 8, 2019
Tiffiany Howard (Political Science) recently published the "State of Black Entrepreneurship in America."  The report evaluates the economic and entrepreneurial outcomes for African Americans in comparison to Black African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants, in order to provide a deeper examination of the influence social capital and immigrant...
April 19, 2019
Steven Landis (Political Science) presented “Food Price Volatility, Rebel Groups, and Civilian Victimization in Sub-Saharan Africa" as a part of the SMA General Speaker Series.  He addressed  concerns for the U.S. military due to the second-order effects of climate change, How food insecurity impacts rebel group capabilities and patterns of...
April 8, 2019
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) co-authored the article "Self-Defense in Taiwan: New Findings from Surveys" in the Pacific Forum. In this article, the authors conducted and analyzed a series of survey experiments to explore the psychological mechanism behind Taiwanese people's willingness to fight against invasion under different...
April 2, 2019
Rebecca Gill (Women's Research Institute of Nevada and Political Science) delivered the luncheon address at the 2019 Grassroots Lobby Days event hosted by the Nevada Women's Lobby in Carson City. Her talk centered on the ways in which the #MeToo movement has changed the way our institutions conceptualize and address sexual harassment in the...
March 26, 2019
Ashley Schobert (Brookings Mountain West, Economics, and Political Science), a student of the Brookings public policy minor program, wrote an opinion editorial, "Single-payer Health Care is a Worthy Goal for the US — Eventually," which was published in the Las Vegas Sun. The piece offers a response to the March 7 campus event, "The Great Debate," ...
March 25, 2019
Rebecca Gill (Political Science and WRIN) and co-author Valerie Sulfaro (James Madison University) published the article "Title IX: Help or Hindrance?" in the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy in its special issue on the #MeTooPoliSci movement. In the article, the authors provide practical guidance for those who have experienced sexual...