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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 | September 22, 2022

For Emily Powers, some of her most important experiences at UNLV happened outside of the classroom — through the Honors College.

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

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Business and Community | August 18, 2022

UNLV political science expert explains the history of the region, why the recent U.S. political visits anger China, and the influence of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

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People | July 19, 2022

Vincent Nava, ’19 MA Public Administration, works at the governor's office of new Americans.

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

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Research | June 16, 2022

UNLV Brookings Mountain West and Lincy Institute scholars review Silver State’s economic development efforts of the past decade and present agenda for the next five years.

Political Science In The News

September 29, 2022

Nevada knows how to put on a good show. But in a year of buzzy U.S. Senate races, the Silver State is far from the top of the list.

September 27, 2022

With reports of heightened energy tensions following the escalation of the war in Ukraine, UNLV professor Christian Jensen is a perfect source for answers.

September 26, 2022

We are about a month and a half away from the midterm election. One of the groups with rising voting numbers are Latinos.

September 26, 2022

Early voting is less than a month away, and the balance of power in Congress could rest solely on Nevada.

Automotive World
September 21, 2022

With its origins dating back to the early 1900s, Mexico's automotive industry has since made impressive progress towards establishing itself as a globally competitive manufacturer. In 2021, the country's passenger car market recorded revenue of more than US$51.4bn, up by over a quarter of its 2020 revenue, according to Statista.

Las Vegas Sun
September 20, 2022

Post COVID-19, Southern Nevada’s attention must turn to balancing growth and economic diversification while mitigating the effects of climate change and a decreasing water supply.

Political Science Experts

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 on environmental security, economic development, and political violence.
A political scientists specializing in international relations, security, and terrorism.
An expert in competitive debate, policy debate, argumentation and persuasion, and presidential and political debates.
An expert in the politics of Europe and other democracies.

Recent Political Science Accomplishments

September 19, 2022
Nerses Kopalyan published an article in the Times of Israel on the relationship between Israel's arms sales to Azerbaijan, and the implications of this policy in light of Azerbaijan's growing anti-Americanism. 
September 19, 2022
Nerses Kopalyan published an article in Le Figaro, one of the most prestigious publications in France, on the energy deal between the European Union and Azerbaijan, and the geopolitical implications of Europe enabling oil-rich autocracies. 
September 16, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) was invited to the virtual roundtable "Technology and the security of democratic societies" hosted by the Brookings Institution. In the roundtable, Dr. Wang shared his observation on the information operations from the authoritarian regimes and their possible developments in recent years. He also discussed…
September 7, 2022
Zachary Billot (Political Science) was appointed to the Juvenile Justice Services Advisory Committee by the Clark County Commission. This committee is responsible for overseeing unique policy solution creation and presentation for unique problems that affect the population of justice impacted youth throughout the state. The term lasts for three…
September 6, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored article, "Public support for the use of force in non-Western and non-major powers: The case of a China–Taiwan war," in the International Political Science Review. This article argues that the calculation in the willingness to fight and war tolerance are different for people living in…
September 6, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored article, "Predictors of enhancing human physical attractiveness: Data from 93 countries," in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. Wang collaborates with a group of psychologists around the world and examines the make-up usage across the countries. This article shows that the…