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Department of Political Science News

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

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News |

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

The Las Vegas strip as seen on Super Bowl weekend (Josh Hawkins/UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories and highlights featuring UNLV students and faculty.

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

The Sphere on the Las Vegas Strip.
Campus News |

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

Students at Pida Plaza on the first day of classes (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News |

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

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Arts and Culture |

The free event will open on Sept. 28 with a reading by the film's writer and narrator — activist and Oglala Lakota poet Layli Long Soldier.

Political Science In The News

Nevada Independent

Almost a year after major pharmacy chains began waffling at the prospect of filling mifepristone prescriptions, Walgreens and CVS began dispensing the abortion pill in Nevada during the last few weeks. The decision comes after a concentrated push by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), who called on the chains to follow through with Food & Drug Administration (FDA) guidance updates finalized in 2023 allowing mifepristone to be dispensed and sold at pharmacies.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Nevada residents are paying more for groceries than residents of almost any other state, and home prices continue to rise. The state’s unemployment rate continues to be one of the highest in the country, and inflation increased by 9 percent between May 2020 and June 2022. But the state’s labor force is growing, its unemployment rate is slowly decreasing, and the inflation rate has dipped from 9 percent to 3.2 percent in February 2024.

KUN.UZ

During an international reporting tour titled ‘Democracy is More Than Election Day’, arranged by the Global Public Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State, through its Foreign Press Centers and in cooperation with the Meridian International Center, a lecture was organized at the University of Nevada with Dr. David Damore, Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West. In his lecture, Dr. Damore spoke about the political landscape in Nevada, including election cycles and electoral candidates as the state is preparing for upcoming presidential elections in the U.S. in November 2024.

The Paradise

In recent years, millions of people across the United States have moved from Democratic cities to Republican suburbs, complicating the politics of swing states in a pivotal election year, according to a Stateline analysis.

South Carolina Daily Gazette

In recent years, millions of people across the United States have moved from Democratic cities to Republican suburbs, complicating the politics of swing states in a pivotal election year, according to a Stateline analysis.

New Jersey Monitor

In recent years, millions of people across the United States have moved from Democratic cities to Republican suburbs, complicating the politics of swing states in a pivotal election year, according to a Stateline analysis.

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Recent Political Science Accomplishments

Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published the article, "Strategic Ambiguity, Strategic Clarity, and Dual Clarity," in Foreign Policy Analysis. In this article, Wang and others conducted a survey experiment to examine the underlying psychological assumptions behind the strategy ambiguity policy that the US designed for handling…
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) was invited by the University of St. Thomas at Houston to have a talk on April 6, titled "Taiwan’s 2024 Presidential and Legislative Election: Trends from Polls and Election Results" in the conference "The 2024 Taiwanese General Elections and the Next Phase of Trilateral Relationship between Taiwan,…
Andrew Lugg (Political Science) recently published an article titled, "Why is there no investor-state dispute settlement in RCEP? Bargaining and contestation in the investment regime," in the journal Business and Politics. Available here: Open Access. The article seeks to understand why investor state dispute settlement, which was…
Andrew Lugg (Political Science) published the article "Re-contacting intergovernmental organizations: Membership change and the creation of linked intergovernmental organizations" in the journal Review of International Organizations.
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) was invited by the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore to give a talk, titled "Taiwan's 2024 Presidential and Legislative Elections: Explanations and Implications," on Jan. 17. In this talk, Wang analyzed the result of the 2024 Taiwan Presidential election, which suggests that…
Graduate students Darrell Carter, Maddison Westcott, Ruth Boitel (Political Science), and assistant professor Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published an article, "Puppet Anchors and China’s YouTube Information Operation," in the Journal ofTaiwan Politics. This article tracks and analyzes more than 2000 "puppet anchor" machine-…