Accomplishments: Department of Political Science

June 21, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published the article "PM Me the Truth? The Conditional Effectiveness of Fact-Checks Across Social Media Sites" in the journal Social Media + Society. This article conducts survey experiments and analyzes representative surveys to show that fact-checking is less effective on private platforms (like Line/…
June 15, 2022
Zachary Billot (Political Science; Honors College, The Lincy Institute; Brookings Mountain West) recently had his Op-Ed, "CCSD and the Potential of Mental Health Services," published in the Nevada Current. Billot's piece discusses the rise of violence in Clark County School District (CCSD) schools and suggests that "rather than relying solely upon…
June 1, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored article, "Understanding the #MilkTeaAlliance Movement," in 2021-22 Wilson China Fellowship - Essays on China and U.S. Policy. This article implements a big-data approach and analyze 3 million #MilkTeaAlliance tweets between April 2020 and December 2021, trying to disentangle how East…
May 27, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored op-ed, "Why Was Taiwan Left Out of the US-Led IPEF?" in The Diplomat. This article discusses the decision-making of the Biden Administration regarding the IPEF and its Indo-Pacific strategy, and argues the pros and cons for not including Taiwan into the IPEF. To be specific, IPEF may…
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…
March 13, 2022
Steven T. Landis (Political Science) was interviewed by the Reno Gazette Journal to discuss the risks of Nevada being a target for a possible Russian nuclear strike. 
March 11, 2022
Tiffiany Howard (Political Science), Brach Poston (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and April Lopez (University of Texas, Austin) recently published the paper, "Extremist Radicalization in the Virtual Era: Analyzing the Neurocognitive Process of Online Radicalization." Their article appears in the latest issue of the journal, Studies in…