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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

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.

Graduation cap with "22" tassle
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.
 

UNLV cheerleaders during 2022 homecoming
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.

Political Science In The News

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
February 2, 2023

With the Republican National Committee redoubling its efforts to pass anti-abortion laws at the state and federal level, could the future success of Republican candidates in the disputed state of Nevada be at risk?

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
February 2, 2023

With the Republican National Committee redoubling its efforts to pass anti-abortion laws at the state and federal level, could the future success of Republican candidates in the disputed state of Nevada be at risk?

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 2, 2023

With the Republican National Committee doubling down on passing anti-abortion legislation in states and at the federal level, could the future success of Republican candidates in the battleground state of Nevada be at risk?

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 2, 2023

With the Republican National Committee doubling down on passing anti-abortion legislation in states and at the federal level, could the future success of Republican candidates in the battleground state of Nevada be at risk?

Las Vegas Sun
February 1, 2023

Nevada U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen may be among the most vulnerable senators seeking reelection in what’s shaping up to be an uber-competitive national campaign cycle ahead of next year’s presidential election, according to political forecasts released this month.

Las Vegas Sun
January 29, 2023

If there’s a blueprint to compromise in the upcoming session of the Nevada Legislature, lawmakers simply need to look at Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval’s eight-year tenure leading Nevada from 2011 to 2019.

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Recent Political Science Accomplishments

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…
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…