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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

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield at commencement
People | May 10, 2022

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

UNLV Football players entering Allegiant Stadium
Campus News | May 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

An illustration of Ukraine and Russia flag colors on cracked concrete
Campus News | March 3, 2022

As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to escalate, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

books inside the UNLV Bookstore
Campus News | February 10, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine graduates line up to cross the commencement stage
Campus News | December 30, 2021

A collection of 2021 headlines highlighting medical school milestones, a steady stronghold on diversity and research rankings, student success, and media mentions featuring faculty experts.

Political Science In The News

Business Mayor
May 20, 2022

A deadly church shooting in California has spotlighted a politically active Presbyterian congregation that is spread across the U.S. and closely associated with supporters of Taiwan independence.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 15, 2022

Nearly all of the Republicans seeking to be elected Nevada secretary of state share a common goal: roll back voter access laws to improve “security” and “integrity.”

Las Vegas Sun
May 8, 2022

Reno attorney and former boxer Joey Gilbert received the Nevada Republican Party’s endorsement for governor, just a couple of days after Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo received former President Donald Trump’s endorsement.

Las Vegas Sun
May 5, 2022

Miles from the bright lights, jangling slot machines and crush of tourists on the Las Vegas Strip, a project is under construction that some economists believe represents the future of the region.

Las Vegas Sun
May 1, 2022

Now that Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo has an endorsement from Donald Trump in the Nevada governor’s race, it will be interesting to see how he handles the campaign moving forward.

Fox 47 News
April 29, 2022

Independent voters will have a lot of power during the midterm election. They outnumber Republicans and Democrats.

Political Science Experts

An expert on voting behavior, East Asia, and political psychology.
A political scientists specializing in international relations, security, and terrorism.
An expert on environmental security, economic development, and political violence.
An expert on politics, elections, and the American party system. 
An expert in political philosophy, and the intersection of politics and religion.
An expert on Latin American politics, with a focus on NAFTA and the Mexican and North American automobile industry.

Recent Political Science Accomplishments

April 26, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) was invited to host a virtual roundtable, "The Study of Taiwan Politics Overseas: The New Frontier," which was sponsored by the Center for Taiwan Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. This roundtable invited six scholars to discuss their experience and expectation in the studies of Taiwan politics.…
April 25, 2022
Abraham Lugo (Political Science) represented the United States and Make the Road Nevada, a local nonprofit that empowers working class immigrant communities, at the United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum. Engaging in dialogue with other member states during the 2022 UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development, Lugo had…
April 6, 2022
Olivia Cheche (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute), Peter Grema (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute), Blanca Peña (Criminal Justice), and Nicole Thomas (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) co-wrote a recent Op-Ed titled, "Students, Taxpayers Once Again Robbed by Higher…
March 27, 2022
Kenneth Miller (Political Science) was interviewed for the Nevada Independent story, "Federal Abortion Protections at Risk in High Stakes Congressional, Senate Races," to provide context of public opinion on the issue of abortion and how public views on the issue within each party affects how Republican and Democratic candidates campaign on the…
March 23, 2022
Vanessa Marie Booth (Political Science, The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West) has been selected to receive the 2022 Sam Lieberman Regents’ Scholar Award, announced this month by NSHE. Administered by the NSHE Board of Regents, the scholarship is awarded to only nine students — one undergraduate and graduate student from each Nevada…
March 21, 2022
Nerses Kopalyan (Political Science) and Anna Ohanyan's (Stonehill College) article examines the issue of democratic breakthroughs in highly geopoliticized, fractured regions in the post-Soviet space. While recognizing the political challenges of democratic transitions in such regions, it investigates specific conditions conducive to effective…