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Current Brookings Mountain West News

Blue Metros, Red States book cover
Research | October 15, 2020

UNLV research team explores the population and politics of 13 swing states, pushing beyond the old blue state-red state model and painting a new picture where changing suburbs influence outcomes.

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Research | October 6, 2020

Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute student researchers embrace remote learning and engage in public policy research to benefit UNLV and the region.

Kyle Catarata holding a folder
Campus News | October 2, 2020

Junior Kyle Catarata looks to create new opportunities for aspiring law students.

A man stands in front of Greenspun Hall with his arms folded
Campus News | August 6, 2020

As shutdowns threatened internships, various programs and employers have found creative workarounds for students to gain crucial workplace experience.

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

Eight UNLV graduates pose for a photo in their graduation attire.
Campus News | June 11, 2020

A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.

Brookings Mountain West In The News

USA Today
October 21, 2020

In 2016, nearly all major metropolitan areas voted for Hillary Clinton, including the counties that generate nearly two-thirds of the U.S. economy. In 2018, voters in the nation’s big blue metros returned Democrats to the majority in the House and drove the party’s senate pick-ups in Arizona and Nevada. They also secured gubernatorial victories in several other states. Suburbs in particular played an outsized role in the blue shift.

USA Today
October 21, 2020

In 2016, nearly all major metropolitan areas voted for Hillary Clinton, including the counties that generate nearly two-thirds of the U.S. economy. In 2018, voters in the nation’s big blue metros returned Democrats to the majority in the House and drove the party’s senate pick-ups in Arizona and Nevada. They also secured gubernatorial victories in several other states. Suburbs in particular played an outsized role in the blue shift.

Newswise
October 16, 2020

A U.S. map peppered with red and blue has become the unofficial logo of the presidential election in recent years. But it hasn’t always been that way, and, like much in politics, it’s a bit more complicated.

Newswise
October 16, 2020

A U.S. map peppered with red and blue has become the unofficial logo of the presidential election in recent years. But it hasn’t always been that way, and, like much in politics, it’s a bit more complicated.

Nevada Current
October 16, 2020

Unidentified hackers recently stole thousands of children’s private information from Clark County School District computers and we know little or nothing of how this happened. This theft of sensitive personal information raises questions as to the security vulnerabilities created by the five tech giants (Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft) and their hold over consumers’ data.

Brookings
October 15, 2020

Over the last several years, education policymakers and school leaders have worked to rein in excessively punitive school discipline practices. Motivated by concerns about disproportionality in discipline rates and the consequences of harsh discipline, they have limited the use of suspension and expulsion, especially for young children. It’s been among the most active areas of state and district education policymaking, while also attracting the attention of federal policymakers.

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Recent Brookings Mountain West Accomplishments

October 20, 2020
Eshaan Vakil (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute) and Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) recently co-authored, “Feds Aren’t Protecting You From Tech Giants,” published in the Nevada Current. Their story highlights the need for the Nevada Legislature to step up and follow in the footsteps...
October 15, 2020
Marie Falcone (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) is the lead author of "Ending Corporal Punishment of Preschool-age Children," a public policy paper published on the "Brown Center Chalkboard," a Brookings Institution blog. The paper discusses the prevalence of corporal punishment within 23 states and its effects...
October 8, 2020
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and Karen Danielsen (Public Policy and Leadership) published Blue Metros, Red States: The Shifting Urban-Rural Divide in America's Swing States (Brookings Institution Press). The book, which includes contributions from William Brown (Brookings Mountain...
October 7, 2020
Kristian Thymianos (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) recently had their op-ed, "Nation Critically Needs More Women in Leadership" published in the Las Vegas Sun. In their piece, Thymianos discusses the underrepresentation of women in politics and the crucial role they play in "addressing inequalities not only in...
October 7, 2020
Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), William Brown (Brookings Mountain West), and David Damore (Political Science) gave the plenary address "Economic Impacts of COVID-19 and Nevada's Roadmap to Economic Recovery" at the American Planning Association, Nevada Chapter 2020 State Conference.  The presentation focused on their...
September 29, 2020
Saha Salahi (Communication Studies, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) along with Santiago Gudino-Rosales, '20 BS Biology, and Yanneli Llamas, '20 BA English and Criminal Justice, were featured in "Our Nation of Immigrants," a new Brookings Cafeteria Podcast series on immigration policy that launched Sept. 21 and is led by John...