Accomplishments: Department of Political Science

October 26, 2020
Kenneth M. Miller (Political Science) was interviewed by two media outlets on the upcoming presidential election, discussing the increasing impact of Latino voters in Nevada elections with KTNV-TV and the significance of Democrats' advantage in registered voters in Pennsylvania with the Bucks County Courier Times (Philadelphia).
October 22, 2020
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and Karen Danielsen (Public Policy and Leadership) wrote an op-ed titled "Blue Payback? Major Metropolitan Areas in Red States Could Swing the Senate to Democrat" for USA Today. Based upon their recently published book, Blue Metros, Red States, the authors examine how suburbs in traditionally Republican voting states may swing a number of U.S. Senate seats to the Democrats in 2020.
October 19, 2020
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published the co-authored article "Measuring ‘Closeness’ in 3-Candidate Elections: Methodology and an Application to Strategic Voting" in Electoral Studies. The article discusses three axioms in measuring strategic voting, suggests a set of new measurements, and examines the measures through the case of the United Kingdom and Canada.  
October 15, 2020
Marie Falcone (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) is the lead author of "Ending Corporal Punishment of Preschool-age Children," a public policy paper published on the "Brown Center Chalkboard," a Brookings Institution blog. The paper discusses the prevalence of corporal punishment within 23 states and its effects on children, urging the need for legislative action. Falcone was a 2020 summer research intern for the Brown Center on Education Policy at the...
October 8, 2020
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and Karen Danielsen (Public Policy and Leadership) published Blue Metros, Red States: The Shifting Urban-Rural Divide in America's Swing States (Brookings Institution Press). The book, which includes contributions from William Brown (Brookings Mountain West) and John Hudak and Molly Reynolds of the Brookings Institution, analyzes the demographic, economic, geographic, and political divisions between...
October 7, 2020
Kristian Thymianos (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) recently had their op-ed, "Nation Critically Needs More Women in Leadership" published in the Las Vegas Sun. In their piece, Thymianos discusses the underrepresentation of women in politics and the crucial role they play in "addressing inequalities not only in leadership but in the workplace and throughout society." Thymianos is pursuing a major in both political science and German, and is a student in the...
October 7, 2020
Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), William Brown (Brookings Mountain West), and David Damore (Political Science) gave the plenary address "Economic Impacts of COVID-19 and Nevada's Roadmap to Economic Recovery" at the American Planning Association, Nevada Chapter 2020 State Conference.  The presentation focused on their work with the governor's office of economic development, including an analysis of Nevada's economic geography, governance and policy modernization,...
September 24, 2020
Elizabeth Maltby (Political Science) published her article "Demographic Context, Mass Deportation, and Latino Linked Fate" in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. The article examines how immigration enforcement shapes the way native- and foreign-born Latinos feel about their ethnic identity.
September 21, 2020
David Fott (Political Science and Great Works Academic Certificate Program) wrote an essay for Constitution Day, "Natural Rights Do Not Entitle Us to Injure the Health of Others," which was published in the Nevada Independent earlier this month.
September 17, 2020
Olivia Cheche (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, and Honors College) and Joshua Padilla (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) recently co-authored, "Students Shortchanged by Lack of Oversight, Transparency at NSHE." Their Las Vegas Sun OpEd discusses the need to fix the culture within NSHE, citing current and past occurrences where "the system has failed to condemn the mistreatment of women in the workplaces it oversees." Cheche is pursuing a major in political...
September 9, 2020
Robert Lang (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West), David Damore (Political Science), and Karen Danielsen (School of Public Policy and Leadership) recently had a guest column featured in the Las Vegas Sun. Their piece "Bluelining and its Consequences: Nevada Edition," discusses the demographic, economic, geographic, and political divisions between Northern and Southern Nevada. They analyze this further in their forthcoming book, Blue Metros, Red States: The Shifting Urban-Rural...
August 31, 2020
Kenneth Miller (Political Science) was interviewed on KTNV to discuss the increased importance of Latino voters in the upcoming presidential election, both in Nevada and nationally.