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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 | February 10, 2023

More internships on the horizon for students interested in sports entertainment careers, thanks to a privately funded program.

Hoover Dam
Campus News | December 30, 2022

The problems facing our world and how UNLV helped find solutions.

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

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People | December 14, 2022

Five UNLV graduates will be recognized by President Keith E. Whitfield during winter commencement for their combination of academic excellence and service to the community.

Scarlet and Gray, “REB's Glitter Squad”, Lester Cruz and Isabel Ferguson, take pictures and hype up students and families during the October 2022 homecoming football game.
Campus News | November 8, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made headlines locally, regionally, and internationally.

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Campus News | October 4, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

Political Science In The News

March 19, 2023

Democrats are gearing up for another hard-fought Senate race in Nevada next cycle after the state narrowly decided who would control the upper chamber in the midterms.

News Nation
March 19, 2023

Democrats are gearing up for another hard-fought Senate race in Nevada next cycle after the state narrowly decided who would control the upper chamber in the midterms.

Voice of America
March 12, 2023

Amid ongoing tensions between China and Taiwan, people here in Taipei may at times strike outsiders as blasé about the threat of Chinese attack.

Japan Times
March 9, 2023

Outgoing Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has softened his rhetoric over issues related to Taiwan, avoiding further backlash from the self-governed island while trying to thaw frozen cross-strait relations.

March 4, 2023

Nevada Democrats are grappling with turmoil in their ranks ahead of a critical state party chair election this weekend, sparking fears that the divisions could hinder them as they head into 2024.

Las Vegas Sun
March 3, 2023

Infighting between the moderate and progressive factions of the Nevada State Democratic Party may come to a head Saturday after weeks of public squabbling in the run up to leadership elections that will decide who leads the organization into a pivotal 2024 election cycle.

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Recent Political Science Accomplishments

February 4, 2023
Zachary Billot (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, Lincy Institute) was recently named a recipient of the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute Fellowship. Competing nationally, he was awarded a competitive spot among a cohort of 30 at Carnegie Mellon University. He will spend seven weeks engaging in rigorous…
January 4, 2023
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored article, "High-Level Visit and National Security Policy: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in Taiwan," in International Interactions. This article exploits a rare opportunity when three U.S. senators visited Taiwan while a representative telephone survey was collecting data in June…
December 7, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang and Nadia Eldemerdash (both Political Science) published an article, "National identity, willingness to fight, and collective action," in the Journal of Peace Research. This article challenges the theory of mobilization, arguing that the calculation of the collective action will be salient among citizens without a strong…
December 1, 2022
John Tuman (Political Science) and Hafthor Erlingsson, '19 Ph.D. Political Science, have published an article titled, "Autocratic Union Organization and Foreign Direct Investment in the Mexican Automotive Parts Sector, 2004-2018." The article appeared in the Journal of Labor and Society.
November 30, 2022
Zachary Billot (Political Science) has been selected as one of 60 U.S. students to participate in the prestigious, state-department sponsored, U.S.-Africa Green Leaders Fellowship, an eight-month fellowship designed to train and connect emerging environmental leaders in the United States and Africa.
November 17, 2022
David. Damore (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Political Science) published an analysis titled, "Blue metros, red state politics in the 2022 Nevada midterm elections," on the Brookings Institution's FixGox blog examining state and regional voting patterns in the recently completed 2022 midterm elections. The analysis finds that…