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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 4, 2019

Inspired by a '00s movie and a grandfather she never met, Alexis Hilts found her path to medical school.

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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.

Political Science In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 12, 2019

UNLV kicks off its University Forum lecture series next week with a talk about immigration in El Paso, Texas.

September 11, 2019

Heading into 2019, Tsai Ing-wen looked at risk of becoming Taiwan’s first one-term president. Then came the unrest in Hong Kong.

Austin American-Statesman
August 30, 2019

Julián Castro cuts a slight figure at 5-foot-8 and 155 pounds. He’s lost 10 pounds in the eight months he has been running for president.

Maryland Matters
August 29, 2019

It should come as no surprise that the Bread and Roses Party, a socialist leaning self-described utopian group, announced Jerome Segal as its 2020 presidential nominee this week — during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The Hill
August 28, 2019

Twelve years after Nevada debuted as one of the four states that sets the tone and tempo of a presidential nominating contest, party strategists are working to boost their visibility in a Democratic primary that has so far disproportionately focused on the other three early states.

Las Vegas Review Journal
August 26, 2019

Less than a week remains for Clark County lawyers to rate judges in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Judicial Performance Evaluation.

Political Science Experts

An expert on Latin American politics, with a focus on NAFTA and the Mexican and North American automobile industry.
An expert on voting behavior, East Asia, and political psychology.
An expert on American politics, campaigns and elections and public policy.
An expert on judges, judicial selection, and race and gender bias.
An expert in competitive debate, policy debate, argumentation and persuasion, and presidential and political debates.
An expert in political philosophy, and the intersection of politics and religion.

Recent Political Science Accomplishments

September 6, 2019
Rebecca Gill (Political Science) has been elected to the American Political Science Association (APSA) Council. APSA is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 11,000 members in more than 100 countries. The council serves as the APSA governing body, setting the strategic direction and vision of...
September 3, 2019
Rebecca Gill (Political Science) and her colleagues, Nadia Brown (Purdue), Libby Sharrow (UMASS), Stella Rouse (U of Maryland), and the #MeTooPoliSci Collective, have been given the the 2019 Jane Mansbridge Award for service to women in the discipline of political science by the Women's Caucus for Political Science.
August 30, 2019
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) has published the single-author article "The Myth of Polarization among Taiwanese Voters: The Missing Middle" on Journal of East Asian Studies. This article analyzes the history and current development of the political polarization in Taiwan, and the importance of non-partisans to understanding Taiwan...
August 26, 2019
Nerses Kopalyan and Jeremy Bowling (both Political Science) published "Review of CFR College and University Educators Workshop" in the Journal of Political Science Education. The article reviews the Council on Foreign Relations 2019 College and University Educators workshop, with selective comparisons to the same workshop organized in 2017. The...
August 26, 2019
Rebecca Gill (Political Science) and Kate Eugenis, '17 PhD Political Science, have published in the London School of Economics American Politics and Policy blog. In their essay, they discuss the findings of their recent article "Do Voters Prefer Women Judges? Deconstructing the Competitive Advantage in State Supreme Court Elections," which was...
August 14, 2019
Kenneth Miller (Political Science) published an article "The Divided Labor of Attack Advertising in Congressional Campaigns" in The Journal of Politics showing that candidates outsource the role of negative advertising to Super PACs and other outside groups, and as a result of the substitution campaigns become more issue-based and less focused on...