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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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Campus News | September 25, 2019

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement of UNLV’s campus in June, July and August.

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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.

Political Science In The News

U.S. News & World Report
November 15, 2019

More than half its population is non-white, including a third of residents who are Latino. It has huge masses of rural space but is still the third most urbanized state in the nation. Its growing senior population raises concerns about retirement security, while speedy growth is putting a crunch on affordable housing. Immigration, labor unions, education and health care are all major issues here.

Washington Post
November 15, 2019

Former wrestler and Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura says he’s interested in the Green Party’s presidential nomination. Ex-coal magnate Don Blankenship is seeking the Constitution Party nod. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, despite her denials, is prompting fears among Democrats that she will launch her own third-party run. No one knows what Rep. Justin Amash will do.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 15, 2019

Here is the 2019 Judicial Performance Evaluation’s full report, prepared for the Las Vegas Review-Journal by Rebecca Gill and Nancy Downey on behalf of the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 15, 2019

Only one municipal judge serves all of North Las Vegas, and he is tasked with handling cases that range from traffic violations to the collection of unpaid utility bills.

U.S. News & World Report
November 15, 2019

More than half its population is non-white, including a third of residents who are Latino. It has huge masses of rural space but is still the third most urbanized state in the nation. Its growing senior population raises concerns about retirement security, while speedy growth is putting a crunch on affordable housing. Immigration, labor unions, education and health care are all major issues here.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 15, 2019

In sports, a player who is not performing well is benched. But in court here in Nevada, local and state judges can stay in play for about six years at a time, regardless of whether they seem to be performing well or not.

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Recent Political Science Accomplishments

November 13, 2019
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) co-authored the article "Is Free Speech Being Crushed by the U.S.-China Confrontation?" on The National Interest. This article discusses how citizens and even celebrities may be influenced by the exertion of sharp power and its implication to the future of democracy.
November 5, 2019
David Damore (Political Science) received the Allan Saxe Best Paper on State and Local Politics Award at last week's 99th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in San Diego, for "Red State, Blue Metro:  The Case of Nevada," which was presented at the 2018 meeting in Orlando. 
October 23, 2019
Tiffiany Howard (Political Science), Brach Poston (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Stephen D. Benning (Psychology) have published a paper on the neurocognitive process of radicalization given individual exposure to digital extremist propaganda. "The Neurocognitive Process of Digital Radicalization: A Theoretical Model and Analytical...
October 21, 2019
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) has published the single-author article "Do Social Movements Encourage Young People to Run for Office? Evidence from the 2014 Sunflower Movement in Taiwan" in the Journal of Asian and African Studies. This article shows that a student-led movement did not enhance the attractiveness of young candidates in...
October 21, 2019
Tiffiany Howard (Political Science), Marya Shegog (Environmetal and Occupational Helath and Lincy Institute), and co-authors Mikayle Lowery and Dea'Jiane' McNair, former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation interns and graduates of UC San Diego and UC Berkley, respectively, have published a health policy report on the connection between health...
October 16, 2019
The Department of Political Science and Pi Sigma Alpha (both Political Science) have published the 2019 volume of Governance: The Political Science Journal at UNLV. The publication showcases the latest undergraduate research in the various subfields of political science. Pi Sigma Alpha is the political science honor society. Nerses Kopalyan serves...