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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 | June 18, 2019

Triple-major Martha Amaya’s research explores the interactions between policing, public policy, and crowd science.

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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.

Political Science In The News

New York Times
July 15, 2019

A populist mayor in Taiwan who favors closer ties with China won the opposition party’s nomination to run against President Tsai Ing-wen, who has been sharply critical of Beijing’s attempts to pressure the island into unification.

Brookings
July 3, 2019

In the last 30 years, Nevada has evolved from a sparsely and homogenously populated rural outpost to one of the most urban and diverse states in the country. Nevada’s population is now majority-minority. The Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise Metropolitan statistical area with over 2.2 million residents is the 28th largest in the country and is home to nearly three out of four Nevadans. By 2060, the demographics of the rest of the United States are expected to look a lot like Las Vegas does today.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 1, 2019

The Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday launched its first Judicial Performance Evaluation since 2013.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 24, 2019

It was a common sight during the 2019 legislative session: Sen. Julia Ratti of Sparks, leaving the suite of Democratic leadership offices as the clock wound toward midnight.

Brookings
June 14, 2019

In the last 30 years, Nevada has evolved from a sparsely and homogenously populated rural outpost to one of the most urban and diverse states in the country. Nevada’s population is now majority-minority. The Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise Metropolitan statistical area with over 2.2 million residents is the 28th largest in the country and is home to nearly three out of four Nevadans. By 2060, the demographics of the rest of the United States are expected to look a lot like Las Vegas does today.

Bloomberg
June 14, 2019

China’s heavy-handed tactics in Hong Kong could be also hurting its cause in neighboring Taiwan.

Political Science Experts

An expert on Latin American politics, with a focus on NAFTA and the Mexican and North American automobile industry.
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An expert on voting behavior, East Asia, and political psychology.

Recent Political Science Accomplishments

July 2, 2019
Rebecca Gill (Political Science) presented at the Faculty and Staff Sexual Misconduct Conference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In her presentation, "The Role of Professional Societies in Addressing Misconduct," she discussed the largely untapped power of professional associations to combat and disincentivize sexual misconduct while...
June 26, 2019
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) received a $2,000 grant from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence, which is a division of the American Psychology Association, for the research project "War, Collective Action, and Nation-building." The research project focuses on how the experience of collective action during the...
June 17, 2019
David Damore (Political Science and Brookings Mountain West) recently authored an essay featured on the Brookings Institution blog, FixGov. His work discusses how the Nevada Legislature, which meets for a 120 day session every two years, "exemplifies how institutional constraints challenge effective policy making." The piece was originally...
June 11, 2019
John Tuman and Hafthor Erlingsson (both Political Science) have published a study of foreign direct investment flows in the Mexican automobile industry. The article appears in the journal Growth and Change Erlingsson is a doctoral student.
May 29, 2019
Rebecca Gill (Political Science and the Women's Research Institute of Nevada) and Kate Eugenis ,'17 PhD Political Science, have published their article "Do Voters Prefer Women Judges? Deconstructing the Competitive Advantage in State Supreme Court Elections" in State Politics & Policy Quarterly. In this article, the authors find that women...
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...