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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 | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

Graduates seated in red caps and gown during a previous UNLV commencement
People | May 10, 2021

An enduring commencement tradition continues this spring as UNLV president honors seven outstanding students who exemplify the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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Campus News | April 20, 2021

As UNLV plans for a fall semester with in-person classes, faculty reflect on the improvements they'll make thanks to their year with remote teaching.

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Campus News | April 20, 2021

New political science student organization builds membership by tapping into the need to connect.

vice president kamala harris watches unlv student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

Political Science In The News

The Nevada Independent
July 26, 2021

Maria Nieto Orta was driving home to Las Vegas last week from a family vacation in Utah when she found out about a federal judge’s decision to close the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, to first-time applicants.

Yahoo!
July 26, 2021

The food experience of most Taiwanese includes "desktop breakfast shops" all over the streets, among which omelets and breakfast shop milk tea are classic items.

Deutsche Welle
July 15, 2021

After the conclusion of the BioNTech vaccine procurement case between TSMC and Hon Hai, Taiwan's representatives in Germany and the Presidential Palace have revealed some political obstacles and struggles in the negotiation process.

William Yang
July 15, 2021

All sides begin to pay attention to the political maneuvering behind the negotiation between BioNTech and two of Taiwan's biggest tech companies after they signed the deal last weekend.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 12, 2021

If approved, the change would ban smoking — including the use of electronic cigarettes — and tobacco products such as chewing tobacco in all university spaces, both indoors and outdoors. It would apply to students, employees, contractors and vendors, and visitors.

Nevada Today
July 1, 2021

The Guinn Center’s senior team members and their areas of research and expertise are summarized below.

Political Science Experts

An expert in political philosophy, and the intersection of politics and religion.
An expert in polling, campaign finance, political communication, and elections.
An expert on voting behavior, East Asia, and political psychology.
An expert on Latin American politics, with a focus on NAFTA and the Mexican and North American automobile industry.
An expert in the politics of Europe and other democracies.
An expert on politics, elections, and the American party system. 

Recent Political Science Accomplishments

July 6, 2021
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) was invited to talk in the roundtable titled "The future of Asia-Pacific Order after the US-EU and US-Russia summits" hosted by the Association for Asian Political Economy and Peace. His talk discusses the recent polls in many countries about people's perception of China and the competition between the One-...
June 14, 2021
Olivia Cheche (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had a paper published in the Governance: The Political Science Journal at UNLV. Her paper, "Calls for Accountability: Redefining the Culture of Policing in Las Vegas" explores the culture of policing in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, specifically within the...
June 8, 2021
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored op-ed, "Celebrity, Social Media and Disputes Over Taiwan's Sovereignty," in the E-International Relations. This article crawled and analyzed 15,000 #TaiwanIsACountry tweets which were trending after May 25 as a response to WWE wrestler John Cena's apology. The result shows that most...
June 1, 2021
David Fott (Political Science) has received a research grant of $5,000 from the Institute for Humane Studies. He is writing a book on Cicero, Hume, and the future of liberal democracy.
May 24, 2021
Michelle Kuenzi and John Tuman (Political Science), along with Hafthor Erlingsson, '19 PhD Political Science, published an article, "The Role of International Factors in Electoral Volatility in Latin America: An Examination of Structural Adjustment," in the journal Sage Open . Focusing on 18 Latin American countries during the period of 1982 to...
May 24, 2021
The Great Works Academic Certificate (GWAC) program has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from the Teagle Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to make core texts in the humanities more widely read by UNLV students. The grant program is called Cornerstone: Learning for Living. Co-principal investigators on the project are David...