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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 | November 8, 2022

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

Dancers with the UNLV Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

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

woman poses between rows of books in library
People | September 22, 2022

For Emily Powers, some of her most important experiences at UNLV happened outside of the classroom — through the Honors College.

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Sunset from the outskirts of Taipei, Taiwan. (Thomas Tucker)
Business and Community | August 18, 2022

UNLV political science expert explains the history of the region, why the recent U.S. political visits anger China, and the influence of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

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People | July 19, 2022

Vincent Nava, ’19 MA Public Administration, works at the governor's office of new Americans.

Political Science In The News

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
November 30, 2022

Nevada Democrats want the Silver State to be the first in the nation to choose the party's 2024 presidential nominee.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 30, 2022

Nevada’s Democrats want the Silver State to be the first in the nation to pick the party’s 2024 presidential nominee.

National Interest
November 30, 2022

Voters turned against the ruling DPP due to their dissatisfaction with the party’s domestic performance, not because of their love for China.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 23, 2022

Despite efforts by Republicans to make inroads with Nevada’s Latino voters, early CNN exit polls show that outreach was largely unsuccessful.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 21, 2022

It didn’t take long for Nevada Democrats’ redistricting maneuvering to pay off. A year after the Democrat-controlled Legislature redrew the state’s political boundaries, Democrats defended all three of the competitive congressional districts in Southern Nevada while also expanding their majorities in both chambers, including regaining a supermajority in the state Assembly.

November 21, 2022

All of Nevada's Democratic congressional delegation, in a joint statement, called on the Democratic National Committee to put Nevada's Primary Election first on the calendar in coming years.

Political Science Experts

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An expert on politics, elections, and the American party system. 
An expert in international security, immigration and refugee policies, and political violence.

Recent Political Science Accomplishments

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…
November 16, 2022
Zachary Billot (Political Science, Honors College, The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West) recently had his Op-Ed titled, "Stuck Like Glue: Eating Meat in the Modern Era," published by the Institute for Youth in Policy. His piece discusses the contemporary societal implications of meat eating and the impacts of factory farming has across the…
November 16, 2022
The UNLV chapter of the National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, hosted Life After College, a panel series about career pathways after undergrad. Elizabeth Maltby (Political Science), Jared Oestman (Political Science), Brian Wall (Law), and Gerard Gosioco, J.D. ('12 BA), discussed potential careers in policy, academia, and law.   
October 27, 2022
Jorge Ardon Garcia (Political Science) was recognized as an Outstanding Emerging Leader for his work founding the political science club and his commitment to fostering virtual connections among students throughout the pandemic. 
October 21, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) was invited by Hoover Institution at Stanford University to have a talk titled, "How The Ukraine Crisis Shapes Taiwan’s Public Opinion — And Beyond." Wang presented his research on Taiwan politics and its potential impact to the U.S.-China-Taiwan relationships. Through a series of survey, survey experiment…
October 11, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored article, "Media literacy and partisan convergence across social network sites" in the Social Science Journal. This article argues that people with different partisanship tend to rely on different social media; this tendency, therefore, influences the spread of misinformation as well…