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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

Campus News | February 18, 2020

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

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Campus News | December 12, 2019

Honors College student Martha Amaya one of just 30 nationwide to receive Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.

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Campus News | December 2, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

A photo of Akaisha Cook delivering a speech at the 2019 UNLV Foundation Annual Dinner.
Campus News | November 22, 2019

Honors College student Akaisha Cook one of just 30 nationwide to receive 2020 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

A group of four UNLV nursing students work on a manikin at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.
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.

Political Science In The News

Las Vegas Sun
February 24, 2020

Today’s Nevada caucuses will be the first chance for the candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination to prove themselves in a state with a racially diverse electorate.

USA Today
February 22, 2020

A smiling Sen. Bernie Sanders told supporters he would go on to win not only the Democratic primary, but the general election against President Donald Trump just after being declared the victor in Nevada’s caucuses.

February 22, 2020

The check-in process has begun at caucus sites across the state. Caucusing won’t begin for about another hour, but voters can start the process.

Al Jazeera America
February 21, 2020

The next stage of the US presidential election process comes on Saturday, when voters in Nevada choose their preferred Democrat to oppose President Donald Trump.

NBC News
February 21, 2020

With all eyes on Nevada ahead of tomorrow's presidential caucuses, congressional candidates in the state are also revving up their campaigns.

The Globe and Mail
February 21, 2020

In the blazing sun of the Las Vegas desert, throngs of white and Latino university students gathered to hear Bernie Sanders offer promises of free college tuition and a higher minimum wage. Metres away in a university lecture hall, Pete Buttigieg was being grilled by an association of black law students over his record on race relations.

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 in competitive debate, policy debate, argumentation and persuasion, and presidential and political debates.
An expert in polling, campaign finance, political communication, and elections.
An expert in the politics of Europe and other democracies.
An expert in international security, immigration and refugee policies, and political violence.

Recent Political Science Accomplishments

February 19, 2020
Rebecca Gill (Political Science) and her colleagues Jennie Sweet-Cushman (Chatham University) and Sondra Cosgrove (CSN) have been awarded the 2019 Carrie Chapman Catt special award for research on women in politics in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The award recognizes their work on “Nevada Bets on Women’s...
February 5, 2020
Tiffiany Howard (Political Science) in recognition of Black History Month was interviewed by Forbes Magazine for her research on the state of entrepreneurship in the African American community; and to celebrate and recognize black enteprises past, present, and future.
January 29, 2020
Kenneth Miller (Political Science) and Tasha Philpot (University of Texas at Austin) recently published "A New Face to the Race Card? Campaigns, Racial Cues, and Candidate Credibility" in Social Science Quarterly where they assess the effects of positive, inclusive racial imagery in campaign advertising. In the study they find that inclusive...
January 27, 2020
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) has published the article "Efficiency over Generosity? Evidence of Electoral Accountability from Typhoon Dayoff in Taiwan" in the Asian Journal of Political Science. This article shows that Taiwanese voters will reward the county mayors by votes after they made the correct decision on typhoon dayoffs....
January 2, 2020
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a policy report exploring the psychology of national defense among Taiwanese people. In the report, Wang conducted and analyzed survey experiments to estimate multiple factors linking to the rational and irrational calculation on the potential military conflicts. Military experience, nationalism,...
November 25, 2019
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) and his colleagues, Fang-Yu Chen (Michigan State University), Charles K.S. Wu (Purdue), and Yao-Yuan Yeh (University of St. Thomas), were awarded $10,000 on the project "War, Collective Action, and Nation-building" by Global Taiwan Institute, a D.C.-based think tank. The project aims at using survey...