Department highlights and announcements

Ph.D. student Jordyn Green publishes an article in Review of Policy Research

Political Science Department Ph.D. student Jordyn E. Green is lead author on an article published in a major public policy journal, Review of Policy Research. The article, "Coordinating school improvement: Understanding the impact of state implementation approach on coordination in multilevel governance systems," analyzes the effects of different modes of education policy implementation on policy coordination and inclusion of stakeholders across and within multiple levels of governance. Ms. Green’s co-author, Dr. Elizabeth Koebele, is Associate Professor of Political Science.

Nevada Department of Education Director Amber Reid wins State Leadership Award

Political Science Ph.D. student Amber Reid has won the national State Leadership Award from the National Association for Federal Education Program Administrators. As the Nevada Department of Education states in their press release, the national State Leadership Award "is presented to an outstanding educational leader who has made significant contributions to the administration of federal education programs in their state". Ms Reid is Director of Nevada's Department of Education Office of District Support Services in the Student Investment Division.

Dr. Jeffrey Griffin to lead Summer Honors series discussion

In a recent student poll, Dr. Jeffrey A. Griffin, Lecturer and Political Science Undergraduate Advisor, was nominated by Honors College students as an especially engaging professor. As such, he has been invited to participate in the “Summer Honors” series, leading a focused discussion with new Honors College students. 

Political Science articles in Nevada Today

Lahontan Reservoir Dam in 2014
University awarded nearly $1.8M for collaborative research project to study rural perception of climate change

NSF’s EPSCoR RII Track-2 program funds 11 projects in highly-competitive process

Head shot of Jelena Subotic.
Religious Studies Committee presents Jelena Subotic for Kutten lecture

Departments of Political Science and Gender, Race and Identity collaborate to host guest speaker, Jelena Subotic

Nevada Election Survey Project poll finds 52% of Nevadans plan to vote for Cortez Masto

University of Nevada, Reno election poll shows Sisolak and Lombardo in a close race for governor, Cortez Masto leading Laxalt for U.S. Senate

Nevadans begin to vote in state and national competitive races

Three students - one boy and two girls (from left to right) - dressed in professional attire standing in front of a building and some bushes.
Students and faculty member return from Brussels after German Marshall Fund Forum

University of Nevada, Reno represented as one of two American universities at the forum

Three student attendees pose for a photo in front of the German Marshall's Fund Brussels Forum event sign.
Students Travel to German Marshall Fund’s annual Brussels Forum to Discuss a Changing World

Photo of the trees on the Quad with Assistant Professor Ingram's office nearby.
University students and professor travel to annual German Marshall Fund in Brussels

University-funded trip allows group to witness and participate in global policy development

Joe Lombardo with a 33 point lead in the Republican governor’s primary

New University of Nevada, Reno election poll shows Lombardo and Laxalt with big leads

Poll suggests competitive November races loom, polarization on abortion and election issues

Group of award winners stand on stage during ceremony while holding up awards
College of Liberal Arts celebrates extraordinary achievements

The College of Liberal Arts recognized deserving individuals at annual awards ceremony

Students sit around a table inside with headsets on debating other students on computers
International Affairs students show their leadership chops at Model United Nations competition

Students represent four countries at intercollegiate simulation of a United Nations Conference

Elizabeth Koebele stands next to Truckee River
University of Nevada, Reno political science faculty selected for Regents’ Rising Researcher Award

College of Liberal Arts Assistant Professor Elizabeth Koebele earns NSHE system-wide honor

Panoramic view of University of Nevada, Reno campus from above
Political science Ph.D. students earn prestigious fellowships

Jones Center building
Political science major recipient of 2021 Henry Albert Senior Public Service Award

Paulina Pride completes over 1,000 hours of community service

Elizabeth Koebele stands next to river
Political scientist among the ranks of National Science Foundation CAREER award winners

Elizabeth Koebele to research collaborative water sustainability policymaking as part of NSF award

Front of Lincoln Hall during summer
College of Liberal Arts lecture series bring topics of diversity, politics, society and more

Departments and programs in the College of Liberal Arts host weekly, biweekly and monthly lectures throughout spring semester

A collection of international flags
Are female leaders better during a pandemic?

University of Nevada, Reno Political Science Associate Professor Robert Ostergard and colleagues examined 175 countries for recent article

Student sits in living room with a cap and gown on with the University of Nevada, Reno commencement program on the television.
The resilient class of 2020

'We faced hardship and some disappointments along the way, but we all made it through in the end'

"At no time in recent history have we been confronted with a vaccine process that has been possibly influenced by politics" - Robert Ostergard

Soft power and military involvement in vaccine distribution

Elizabeth Koebele
Faculty Spotlight – Elizabeth Koebele

Angled view of the front of the Knowledge Center library during summer day
Second Tuesdays with Political Science

"Recapping the 2020 Election: What Happened and What’s Next"

Front-side view of the Knowledge Center
“Second Tuesdays with Political Science” Continued in October with Discussion of What to Expect from the 2020 Election

Laura Blume
Faculty Spotlight – Laura Blume

Jeremy Gelman book jacket for Losing to Win
Why does congress get nothing done? – It’s complicated

Morrill Hall on the quad during summer
Another cohort of liberal arts faculty and staff join the University

The College of Liberal Arts hired 28 new faculty and staff members in the last year

Up-close image of a person wearing a face mask
New survey focuses on COVID-19 behaviors and beliefs

University of Nevada, Reno assistant professor in political science part of multidisciplinary team of scholars dedicated to informing risk messaging and public policy

Coronavirus cells
What does successful pandemic and epidemic control look like?

Political leadership during COVID-19

“We have substantially declined in aspects of our liberal democracy that we have been historically proud of as Americans." - Sawyer Barnett

Nevada Undergraduate Research Award names social sciences winner

Political science and economics major researching factors that weaken government democracy

Kayla Samuels
Graduating senior Kayla Samuels wins the 2020 Dean's Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Studies

College of Liberal Arts dual-major used education to examine technology and its effects on social behavior and institutions

Anthony Martinez
Graduating senior Anthony Martínez wins the 2020 Henry Albert Senior Public Service Award

Triple-major in the College of Liberal Arts wins service award for extracurricular activities

Tyler Harris is the 2020 Herz Gold Medalist.
Tyler Harris selected as Spring 2020 Herz Gold Medalist

Dual major in accounting and political science, minor in philosophy, is Wooster High School graduate

Ian Hartshorn sitting outside holding a sign that reads "you represent the best."
Ian M. Hartshorn awarded the 2020 Liberal Arts award for teaching excellence

Assistant professor in political science awarded at annual awards ceremony

"I am particularly interested in how using more collaborative approaches to solving environmental problems can improve both policymaking processes and environmental outcomes." - Elizabeth Koebele

College of Liberal Arts announces 2020 Mousel-Feltner Award

Assistant Professor in Political Science, Elizabeth Koebele is this year’s awardee for her policy research

Everyone gains when women vote

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Front view of outside of the White House
What is the impeachment process?

U.S. government political scientist breaks down the impeachment process

Ronald Reagan and Paul Laxalt shaking hands
Paul Laxalt U. S. Senatorial Papers now open, available for research

Collection provides research opportunities for users wanting to understand Laxalt’s former legislative role

Elizabeth Koebele
$1.5 million NSF Grant awarded to political science professor and team

University of Nevada, Reno Assistant Professor Elizabeth Koebele awarded significant National Science Foundation Grant to study urban water systems and water planning with interdisciplinary group

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Political science department welcomes new chair

Carolyn Warner is the new chair and Vail Pittman Professor of political science

Brendan Henry
International affairs major earns top scholarship for study abroad experience

Sophomore, Brendan Henry, will travel to Israel to study Arabic and Middle Eastern culture

Cameron Strang
Assistant Professor Cameron Strang wins the Summerlee Book Prize for ‘Frontiers of Science’

Books from College of Liberal Arts professors Strang, Xiaoyu Pu and Ian Hartshorn make their debut and earn honors

Lake Mead
Research shows Nevada working as a partner on Colorado River sustainability efforts

Political science researcher Elizabeth Koebele shows states working together to conserve water rather than fighting for it

President Marc Johnson and Henry Neeman at CI Day 2019
Researchers, technology providers, and leadership discuss vision for University Cyberinfrastructure

Cyberinfrastructure Day 2019 highlighted where we are and where we are going with research technology support

Evans article in front of a brick background
Political scientist dispels belief that Russian steelworkers didn’t protest in 1990s

Assistant professor Allison Evans publishes “Labour protest and industrial peace: Russian steelworkers’ encounters with economic reforms and unravelling social protections”

Map of the heart of Paris with a dot for every tweet captured during the 2017 French elections
Professor uses Twitter data to compare real-time violence with tweets

Assistant Professor Steven Wilson uses tweets to understand the motivation behind social media

Jamie Palmer, James Albrecht, Guadalupe Escobar, Aaron Hill, Nasia Anam, Tyler Brownlow-Calkin
New Colleagues Join the College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts hires 26 new faculty members for the fall semester

University of Nevada, Reno students pose for a photo each showing their winning certificate after the 2018 Model Arab League competition
University hails as three-time champions

Three years, three titles for the University's political science Model Arab League Team

History and political science departments’ news worth celebrating

Multiple University professors and doctoral candidates awarded for successes

University of Nevada, Reno aerial photo
Political science professor’s research acknowledged

Ian M. Hartshorn’s newest article on takfir practices in the Middle East gets published

Katie Lou Hickman in Hiliard Plaza
Part of the Pack: giving back with public service

University student on her White House internship and more

University of Nevada, Reno campus
The Graduate School Honors Graduate Dean’s Award Winners

Friendly USAC participant sits with a mother and two children
Four University professors set to teach abroad in 2017-2018

Selections allow University professors to teach their own students as well as others overseas

Laxalt and Reagan
Special Collections Project Archivist contributes to Political History of Nevada Book

Edan Strekal’s section is titled, “The 'First Friend': The Political Bond of Ronald Reagan and Paul Laxalt”

2017 UNR Model Arab League Team
University's Model Arab League garners most conference awards

Political Science Department held West Coast Model Arab League Conference last weekend

Grace Miller and Daniel Armbrust at tournament in Colorado
Listen: Senior debater finishes first and captures Nevada’s second national debate trophy

Grace Miller’s accomplishments in debate lead to successful final year at the University of Nevada, Reno

Sophomore student, Hannah Jackson
Fall 2016 Silver Paw Award recognizes the spirit of engagement

University sophomore double majoring in secondary education and journalism, Hannah Jackson, recognized

Senator Harry Reid
Sen. Harry Reid's papers find a home in Special Collections

'I always knew in my heart what I was going to do' with papers, Sen. Reid says

University honors 2016 Spring Senior Scholar recipients

Colleges recognize students with top grade-point average at banquet May 11

University students represented the Delegation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela during the 66th Annual Session of Model United Nations.
University students receive honorary recognition in the 66th Annual Session of Model Nations of the Far West

This year’s session included 500 students, a third of which were international, from universities around the United States and Philippines

The Nevada Model Arab league
University Model Arab league team received Overall Outstanding Delegation

The Model Arab League program strives to teach students about the politics and history of the Arab World

Pick up a book for someone special this holiday season

Add books written by University professors, students and faculty or printed by the University Press to your wish list this year

Grad schools, programs ranked among the nation’s best

University of Nevada, Reno earns four graduate school, 23 graduate program rankings

Driggs, influential political science professor, passes away

For more than three decades, Don Driggs influenced scores of students

NevCAN monitoring station
Tracking socio-environmental systems of mountain areas topic of international meeting

University of Nevada, Reno chosen for first-of-its-kind scientific gathering

University shares 'Big/Little' moment with 'Biggest Little City' movement

Eight regional entities, including University, pledge support for community pride movement

Terawatt Facility
Grad programs ranked among the nation’s best

University of Nevada, Reno earns four graduate school, 24 graduate program rankings

International University student receives scholarship

Lin Xing continues his political science studies with award

Faculty Media Impact Project ranks University as a top school in faculty outreach

Of economics departments ranked, University of Nevada, Reno topped the list; Economics professor interviewed on local public affairs show just this week

International relations students find success at Model United Nations competition

Students represent five countries; first time in a decade all five delegates take home awards

Public-private-science partnerships crucial to saving Tahoe

Tahoe Summit brings agencies, elected officials, researchers and public together for 16th annual event

Renewable energy, public policy graduate certificate offered to professionals

Enrollment now open for new spring semester online courses

Max Alderman
'Intense calm' leads to Marshall Scholarship

First University student to receive prestigious scholarship

Political science professor honored with national Henry Salvatori Prize

John Marini surprised at joining past prominent recipients – George Will, William F. Buckley

Poly Sci students take 1st runner-up at National iOMe Challenge

Summer, Soccer and Lifelong Memories

The 2010 World Cup provided memories of a lifetime for three University of Nevada students

The politics of growth

A crash course in politics, international relations, and growth