Accomplishments: Department of Political Science

September 14, 2021
Rebecca Gill (Political Science), with co-editors Nuno Garoupa and Lydia Tiede, have published High Courts in Global Perspective: Evidence, Methodologies, and Findings in the University of Virginia Press "Constitutionalism and Democracy" series.  High Courts in Global Perspective pulls back the curtain on the interlocutors of court systems internationally. This book creates a framework for a comparative analysis that weaves together a collective narrative on high court behavior and the...
September 8, 2021
Nadia Eldemerdash (Political Science), a doctoral student, was awarded the American Political Science Association's Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for the 2020-2021 academic year.
September 8, 2021
Jeremy Bowling (Political Science) recently published, "Signaling Woman and Leader: Navigating the Double Bind as a Foreign Policy Decisionmaker" in The Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy along with co-author Courtney Burns of Bucknell University. Bowling and Bucknell examine the role that women chief executives, defense ministers, and foreign affairs ministers play in both conflictual and cooperative foreign policies. They asked whether women foreign policy leaders are more likely to enact...
August 20, 2021
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored op-ed, "Lee Tung-hui's leadership legacy", on East Asian Forum, a peer-reviewed foreign policy discussion forum. This article analyzes representative surveys ranking all four elected presidents in Taiwan since the democratization in 1996. The result shows that the former president Lee Tung-hui, who was elected in 1996 and passed away in July 2020, enjoyed cross-partisan support and is ranked top one in the eyes of Taiwanese voters...
August 6, 2021
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published "#MilkTeaAlliance No More?" on Asia Dispatches under The Wilson Center. This article analyzes 62000 #MilkTeaAlliance tweets posted during the protests in Thailand and Myanmar on July 18, and showed the change in both the number and composition of the hashtags. Data also reveals that most #MilkTeaAlliance tweets now are not from the old members of the alliance such as Taiwan or Hong Kong, but from the established democracies including the U.S.,...
August 3, 2021
Kenneth Miller (Political Science) and co-author Brandice Canes-Wrone of Princeton University were featured in the Washington Post Magazine article "America's Hidden Crisis of Power and Place." The article by David Fontana describes how the political elite in both parties are disproportionately connected to a few neighborhoods in a few metropolitan areas that are distant and different from the places they are supposed to understand and govern. As part of the article, the author highlights...
July 6, 2021
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) was invited to talk in the roundtable titled "The future of Asia-Pacific Order after the US-EU and US-Russia summits" hosted by the Association for Asian Political Economy and Peace. His talk discusses the recent polls in many countries about people's perception of China and the competition between the One-Belt-One-Road and Build Back Better World (B3w) launched by G7. 
June 14, 2021
Olivia Cheche (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had a paper published in the Governance: The Political Science Journal at UNLV. Her paper, "Calls for Accountability: Redefining the Culture of Policing in Las Vegas" explores the culture of policing in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, specifically within the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, to examine the racial, social, and fiscal aspects between the years 2016 and 2020.
June 8, 2021
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored op-ed, "Celebrity, Social Media and Disputes Over Taiwan's Sovereignty," in the E-International Relations. This article crawled and analyzed 15,000 #TaiwanIsACountry tweets which were trending after May 25 as a response to WWE wrestler John Cena's apology. The result shows that most of the tweets came from United States Twitter users, but a considerable proportion of the tweets were from many countries in the Milk Tea Alliance,...
June 1, 2021
David Fott (Political Science) has received a research grant of $5,000 from the Institute for Humane Studies. He is writing a book on Cicero, Hume, and the future of liberal democracy.
May 24, 2021
Michelle Kuenzi and John Tuman (Political Science), along with Hafthor Erlingsson, '19 PhD Political Science, published an article, "The Role of International Factors in Electoral Volatility in Latin America: An Examination of Structural Adjustment," in the journal Sage Open . Focusing on 18 Latin American countries during the period of 1982 to 2016, found that IMF adjustment programs was associated with higher "within-system" volatility in legislative elections in the region. Erlingsson now is...
May 24, 2021
The Great Works Academic Certificate (GWAC) program has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from the Teagle Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to make core texts in the humanities more widely read by UNLV students. The grant program is called Cornerstone: Learning for Living. Co-principal investigators on the project are David Fott of political science, director of GWAC, and John Hay of English. GWAC is advised by a committee of 13 faculty, whose names may be found on the...