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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 | April 20, 2021

As UNLV plans for a fall semester with in-person classes, faculty reflect on the improvements they'll make thanks to their year with remote teaching.

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Campus News | April 20, 2021

New political science student organization builds membership by tapping into the need to connect.

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Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

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Campus News | March 29, 2021

U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top graduate and professional schools ranks 26 UNLV programs within nation’s top 100.

Campus News | March 11, 2021

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

Campus News | February 3, 2021

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

Political Science In The News

April 2, 2021

There has been a series of recent developments in the relationship between the United States and Taiwan, including the signing of the memorandum of maritime patrol by the United States and Taiwan, and the first public visit to Taiwan by the US ambassador in 43 years. It is reported that the Biden administration is preparing to publish guidelines to relax restrictions on the exchanges between US and Taiwan officials. Analysis believes that this is not only a continuation of Trump's Taiwan policy, but also a symbol of the Biden administration's tough policy line toward China. Beijing continues to react fiercely.

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 24, 2021

Las Vegas Councilwoman Michele Fiore, who had reported contributing just $500 to her political action committee Future for Nevadans since 2017, recently disclosed she actually loaned the PAC more than $41,000.

El Tiempo
March 24, 2021

Las Vegas Councilor Michele Fiore, who had reported that she contributed just $ 500 to her Future for Nevadans Political Action Committee (PAC) since 2017, recently revealed that she actually loaned more than $ 41,000.

March 18, 2021

Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nerses Kopaylan, speaks on how a truth commission would work with regards to the Second Karabakh War. Professor Kopaylan furthermore explains how objectivity would be maintained, how Armenians can help set this up, and whether there is a precedent for this kind of commission in the region.

U.S. News & World Report
March 17, 2021

She needed no introduction, but the vice president offered one anyway.

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March 10, 2021

A few months before Taiwan’s local elections in 2018, a tropical storm hit the city of Chiayi, killing at least six people and displacing thousands of others. President Tsai Ing-wen traveled to Chiayi to show her support for the flood victims, but soon after, an innocuous photo of the president riding in an armored vehicle became a nationwide scandal. The image was cropped and cast in black and white, and a caption was added, falsely suggesting that she came with armed gunmen and was smiling cruelly at the misfortune of a nearby man biking through knee-high floodwaters.

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Recent Political Science Accomplishments

April 13, 2021
Nadia Eldemerdash (Political Science) presented "The Effects of Remittances on Voter Turnout in New and Developing Democracies, 1991-2018" at the 2021 International Studies Association Conference. The paper explores how remittance inflows affect political participation in new and developing democracies. She is a doctoral student.
April 13, 2021
Olivia Cheche (Political Science) and Peter Grema (Economics) presented their research at the 2021 Western Regional Honors Council Virtual Conference, last week. Cheche's research on "The Culture of Policing in Las Vegas" presents national and local data on disparities related to the racial, social, and fiscal aspects within the Las Vegas...
April 13, 2021
Darrell Carter (Political Science) presented "Built for Brokering: The Impact of IGO Institutionalization on Cooperation" at the 2021 International Studies Association Conference. The paper explores how the structure of an intergovernmental organization, through different levels of institutionalization, impacts cooperation between its members. He...
April 6, 2021
Kenneth M. Miller (Political Science) and coauthor Brandice Canes-Wrone (Princeton University) published their article "Out-of-District Donors and Representation in the US House" in Legislative Studies Quarterly. In it they show that when the national donor base of a congressperson's party prefers one position and that member's constituents prefer...
April 6, 2021
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored article, "The Non‐consensus 1992 Consensus" in Asian Politics & Policy. This article analyzed an original survey conducted in Taiwan in 2019 and showed that Taiwanese people have a diverse understanding of the 1992 Consensus — one of the most important policies in Taiwan-China...
April 5, 2021
Dan Lee and Sean Goff (both Political Science) published an article, "A Sum of Its Parts: Party Fit and Party Change in the U.S. House" in American Politics Research. Using social network analysis on bill cosponsorship networks, they track the transformation of the parties in the U.S. House of Representatives since the 1970s. Party centrality...