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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

man in paneled room with seal of Nevada behind him
People | July 19, 2022

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

Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

Map highlighting three distinct regions in Nevada
Research | June 16, 2022

UNLV Brookings Mountain West and Lincy Institute scholars review Silver State’s economic development efforts of the past decade and present agenda for the next five years.

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield at commencement
People | May 10, 2022

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

UNLV Football players entering Allegiant Stadium
Campus News | May 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

Political Science In The News

August 4, 2022

U.S. companies with Taiwan-based operations are panicking about the impact of possible Chinese military aggression toward the self-governing island.

August 3, 2022

With the Supreme Court now overturning Roe vs. Wade, what does this mean for abortion access here in Nevada?

Washington Post
August 2, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) arrived in Taiwan on Aug. 2, a trip that had sparked earlier warnings from Beijing that China’s military “won’t sit idly by” if the visit occurs. A day earlier, the White House urged China not to overreact to Pelosi’s likely visit. And while President Biden went to great lengths to clarify to Chinese President Xi Jinping that Congress acts independently from the White House, the U.S. administration had expressed reservations about Pelosi’s plans.

Las Vegas Sun
July 31, 2022

Some notable Republicans in Nevada are supporting Democratic candidates over those in their own party in November’s midterm elections.

Fox News
July 29, 2022

Washington Post columnist Henry Olsen gave a dire warning to Democrats that Latino voters in Vegas are leaving the Democratic Party.

Washington Post
July 27, 2022

National polls suggest that Latinos are moving sharply away from the Democratic Party. If that plays out in the midterms, it’s likely no place will be impacted more than here in Nevada’s fastest-growing metropolitan area. And that could wipe out much of the advantage Democrats have built in this blue-trending state.

Political Science Experts

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An expert in competitive debate, policy debate, argumentation and persuasion, and presidential and political debates.
An expert on Latin American politics, with a focus on NAFTA and the Mexican and North American automobile industry.

Recent Political Science Accomplishments

July 19, 2022
Dan Lee (Political Science) published a co-authored article, "Permeable Boundaries: The Interplay between Major Party Primaries and Non-major Party Candidacies," in Party Politics. A theoretical model of candidate entry shows how competitive primary elections can funnel candidates to instead pursue the non-major party route onto the general…
July 11, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored article "Comparing Stress and Behavioral Coping Strategies during the Early Stages of the COVID‑19 Crisis among Domestic and Overseas Taiwanese" in the journal Scientific Reports. This article compares the level of stress and the coping strategies between domestic and overseas…
June 21, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published the article "PM Me the Truth? The Conditional Effectiveness of Fact-Checks Across Social Media Sites" in the journal Social Media + Society. This article conducts survey experiments and analyzes representative surveys to show that fact-checking is less effective on private platforms (like Line/…
June 15, 2022
Zachary Billot (Political Science; Honors College, The Lincy Institute; Brookings Mountain West) recently had his Op-Ed, "CCSD and the Potential of Mental Health Services," published in the Nevada Current. Billot's piece discusses the rise of violence in Clark County School District (CCSD) schools and suggests that "rather than relying solely upon…
June 1, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored article, "Understanding the #MilkTeaAlliance Movement," in 2021-22 Wilson China Fellowship - Essays on China and U.S. Policy. This article implements a big-data approach and analyze 3 million #MilkTeaAlliance tweets between April 2020 and December 2021, trying to disentangle how East…
May 27, 2022
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) published a co-authored op-ed, "Why Was Taiwan Left Out of the US-Led IPEF?" in The Diplomat. This article discusses the decision-making of the Biden Administration regarding the IPEF and its Indo-Pacific strategy, and argues the pros and cons for not including Taiwan into the IPEF. To be specific, IPEF may…