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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 | May 19, 2020

The full effect of the crisis won't be known for some time, but right now donors are helping the university pivot to focus on emergency needs and mental health.

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Campus News | May 14, 2020

An enduring UNLV end-of-semester tradition is to highlight exceptional students who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

professor in empty classroom
Campus News | April 24, 2020

As instruction moves online, educators and students adapt

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Research | April 15, 2020

UNLV political expert David Damore on presidential politics amid COVID-19, and how the pandemic has shifted the political picture as election day draws closer.

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Campus News | March 5, 2020

A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.

Campus News | February 18, 2020

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.

Political Science In The News

El Tiempo
June 22, 2020

UNLV removed the Hey Reb! Statue that stood in front of the Tam Alumni Center on Tuesday, June 16, after protests by student groups, including the Association of Native American Students.

New York Times
June 18, 2020

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has removed a statue of its “Hey Reb!” mascot from in front of its alumni center following outcry from student groups, including the Native American Student Association.

Yahoo!
June 17, 2020

Recently, Taiwan has been under the spotlight in international media for three main events: passing a same-sex marriage act in May 2019, Tsai winning a reelection in January 2020, and the outstanding performance in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The statehood of Taiwan, however, is not as clear as the above achievements.

The National Interest
June 16, 2020

Recently, Taiwan has been under the spotlight in international media for three main events: passing a same-sex marriage act in May 2019, Tsai winning a reelection in January 2020, and the outstanding performance in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The statehood of Taiwan, however, is not as clear as the above achievements. While numerous international media outlets tend to Taiwan as a self-ruled island-state, others often avoid using the term “country” to describe Taiwan due to the chagrin of Beijing. The duality of reporting exemplifies the dilemma of Taiwan’s statehood.

CNN
May 26, 2020

In a critical mark of the shifting political landscape, Democrats in November could secure a clean sweep of the Senate seats from the four key Southwestern states -- a milestone the party hasn't reached in nearly 80 years.

Vox
May 22, 2020

Chancellor Angela Merkel began her March 18 speech to the German people by acknowledging their pain.

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Recent Political Science Accomplishments

June 25, 2020
John Tuman (Political Science) has had an article, "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Labor Market Conditions in Nevada: A Preliminary Assessment," accepted for publication in the Journal of Labor and Society.  
June 23, 2020
Tiffiany Howard (Political Science), Congressional Black Caucus Foundation senior research analyst Naomi Smith, and foundation intern Uju Nwaigwe of Georgetown University have published "Banks and the Black Community: What Can Major Commercial and Retail Banking Institutions Do to Better Support Black Entrepreneurs and Businesses in the U.S.?" ...
June 16, 2020
Vanessa Booth (Political Science),  Peter Grema (Economics), and Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) each received the Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Undergraduate Research Funding Scholarship for Summer 2020. With this funding, these students can continue their research on important public policy issues and scientific studies. 
June 12, 2020
Kristian Thymianos (Political Science) recently co-authored "To Add Value to Black Communities, We Must Defund the Police and Prison Systems," a piece featured in the Brookings Institution's How We Rise blog, which focuses on "policy solutions to upend structural racism and create a more equitable society for all." Kristian is a summer research...
June 1, 2020
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) has been awarded a scholar grant of $7,100 from Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. The project, titled "Collective Action, Simultaneity, and Nation-Building," will investigate how the perceived collective action during military conflict may shape the national identity. He also...
May 21, 2020
John Tuman (Political Science), and Hafthor Erlingsson, '19 PhD Political Science, have published an article, "The Determinants of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment Flows in Mexican States, 2004-2014." The article appeared in the journal Latin American Policy.