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The Department of Political Science is dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our students learn and receive mentorship from faculty members who specialize in various subjects including American politics, comparative politics, international politics, political theory, public law, and public policy.

Current Political Science News

Josh Hawkins, UNLV
Campus News |

News highlights featuring UNLV students and staff who made (refreshing) waves in the headlines.

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People |

The program will help Alejandro Rios prepare for career in immigrant and refugee advocacy.

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Business and Community |

Leya Dagher knew she wanted to start a business and with the help of UNLV resources, she established Swalty Mediterranean.

Members of the UNLV Runway Rebels student fashion club pose on the steps of the Carol C. Harter Classroom Building complex
Campus News |

Group offers opportunities for exploration and growth of Las Vegas fashion industry — and themselves.

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People |

He was named the 2024 Junior Administrative Faculty of the Year.

Madison Montellano
People |

Madison Montellano knows what it means to take the road less traveled, embracing each twist and turn through her academic adventure.

Political Science In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3

The political fallout continues Thursday following Joe Biden's COVID diagnosis which has led to more calls for him to step aside as the Democratic nominee for president.

ABC News Australia

Christine Cloud never thought her life would end up like this. At age 63, she's been forced to move back home to live with her 83-year-old widower father. "I can't afford to pay rent on my own, and he can't afford to make his house payment on his own," she says.

Las Vegas Sun

Both Republicans and Democrats have stressed the paramount importance of Nevada’s role in the upcoming presidential election, but several election watchers are predicting the Silver State’s voter turnout will drop below 70% for November’s general election.

LiveNOW Fox

For many U.S. states that consistently vote red or blue in presidential elections, the outcome is no surprise. But for some states, the electoral votes remain very much up for grabs.

Nevada Current

U.S. Rep. Susie Lee says Democrats need to discuss their future as some in the party call for President Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race because of concerns about his mental acuity. But Lee’s colleagues in the Nevada delegation who responded to the Current are standing with Biden.

Yahoo!

U.S. Rep. Susie Lee says Democrats need to discuss their future as some in the party call for President Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race because of concerns about his mental acuity. But Lee’s colleagues in the Nevada delegation who responded to the Current are standing with Biden.

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Recent Political Science Accomplishments

Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) was invited by the Radio Taiwan International in Taiwan to have a talk on July 2 titled, "Media Resilience and Geopolitics." In this talk, Wang discussed the definition of cognitive warfare and its conflict with the freedom of speech. Wang then shared examples of cognitive warfare in Taiwan and showed…
A co-authored paper by Andrew Lugg (Political Science), "The Politics of International Peace and Security: Introducing a New Dataset on the Creation of United Nations Security Council Subsidiary Bodies," was recently published in International Studies Quarterly. The paper examines newly collected data on the creation of "subsidiary bodies" by…
Andrew Lugg (Political Science) recently presented his co-authored paper, "Connecting Regimes: Preferential Trade Agreements and the Management of the Intellectual Property Rights Regime," at the plenary session of the 16th Annual Political Economy of International Organizations (PEIO) conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The paper develops a theory…
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) was invited by the Academia Sinica in Taiwan to have a talk on June 21, titled "How the Large Language Model (LLM) may help advance quantitative studies" In this talk, Wang shared the recent development of ChatGPT and Copilot and explained the advantage and limitation of their advanced data analysis…
Naseem Benjelloun (Political Science) presented "Disproportionately Unrepresentative: The effects of Proportional Representation on the election of LGBT Parliamentarians" at the Southern Political Science Association Summer Virtual Conference 
Maryam Raja (The Lincy Institute; Brookings Mountain West; Political Science) recently attended the 2024 Annual Meeting of the Western Governors’ Association, representing Nevada as part of the Western Governors' Leadership Institute (WGLI). The WGLI is a prestigious program developed by the Western Governors' Association to…