UW Tacoma professors work with Tacoma minimum wage task force

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland recently announced the formation of a task force to consider Tacoma’s minimum wage. According the News Tribune, her announcement came a day after the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber wrote her a letter to ask for a “right-sized local solution” to raising the minimum wage in Tacoma to $15 an hour. The task force will convene this week.

PPPA Professor Katie Baird, along with Doug Wills, a professor from the Milgard School of Business, will act as Economic Consultants to the Tacoma Minimum Wage Task Force, providing a conceptual overview of the economics of wage support policies specific to Tacoma’s size, employment composition, and potentially competing locations. Continue reading

PPPA faculty to present their work at LSA meeting in Seattle

Seattle_logo_250_tmThree PPPA faculty will present their work at the Law and Society Association (LSA) annual meeting at the Seattle Westin Hotel, May 28-31, 2015.

With the 2015 theme, Law’s Promise and Law’s Pathos in the Global North and Global South, examining the accomplishments of law in both domestic and transnational contexts, Elizabeth Bruch, Sarah Hampson and Turan Kayaoglu will  present their work and take part in discussions with other scholars. Annual meetings are open to both members and non-members of the LSA. Continue reading

PPPA summer courses

Are you looking for a great summer course that will fulfill your VLPA or I&S requirement? LookEthics in Society no further! Dr. Jeramy Gee is teaching Ethics in Society (TPHIL 361) during A-term this summer quarter. This popular course examines many of the moral issues that we face daily in our society and develops the tools to help us negotiate our way through them. The class will meet MWF @ 9-12:20 pm in DOU 260. See you there!

Interested in applying to law school?

Pre-Law Party_Flyer (1)Come find out all about the application process! On Friday, May 22nd, 12:30-2 pm in SNO 153, the UWT Pre-Law Society is hosting an important information session about law school applications. Pre-Law Society president Tia Squires will discuss her recent experiences with applying to law schools, and lead a discussion about how to navigate the application process, how to study for LSATs, the costs involved in applying, how to get letters of recommendation, and much more! The Society will also be organizing an LSAT summer study group, so come and get in on the action! Free snacks will also be provided.

Svetlana Slobodchikova – ‘2015 PPPA Paper Prize’ winner

Svetlana Slobodchikova photoSvetlana Slobodchikova, graduating next month with a double major in PP&E and Accounting, is eager to find out what life after school will be like. Not one to sit around and wait, though, she’s already planning ahead.

“Grad school, for sure,” she said when asked about her future—but she’ll be taking some time off first. Aside from continuing her work at a local accounting firm, she looks forward to spending time with family and friends, and maybe even taking a few “little trips.” With her last quarter in college quickly drawing to a close, she also hopes to find the time for other things she enjoys—like to watching movies and reading a few good books, particularly those by her favorite author, C.S. Lewis.

But once she’s had some time to rest and regroup a little, Slobodchikova will get back to the books, planning to first get an MA in Accounting,  then “a PhD in Economics—or something along those lines.” Continue reading

PPPA Paper Prize presentation

Please join us Wednesday, May 13th at 12:30 pm in the Lucien Room (GWP 320) as Svetlana Slobodchikova presents her PPPA prize-winning paper “Economic Convergence and Income Inequality: Cases of Argentina, Brazil, and China, ”  written for Prof. Michael Forman’s PP&E capstone class.

We will also be recognizing the rest of the nominees for this annual PPPA honor, including:

Brianna Trafton, “ Breaking the Silence of Atrocity: Navigating the Liminal Space in post-Apartheid  Society” (Prof. Rob Crawford)

Kyle Palmer, “The Secular State Contradiction: How Secular States Fostered Religious Parties” (Prof. Turan Kayaoglu)

Samuel Ranslem, “Domestic Drones: The Politics of Privacy” (Prof. Ann Frost)

Eric Williams, “A Tale of Two Schools” (Prof. Ann Frost)


Mab Huang – guest speaker at Philosophy Roundtable

mab huangimagesProfessor Mab Huang—from Soochow University in Taipei, China—will be at UW Tacoma on Thursday, May 7th, speaking to the Philosophy Roundtable at 5:30 pm in the Lucien Room (GWP 320). He will be talking about “100 Years of Entanglement: Human Rights in China, Taiwan, and the World.” If you are interested in learning more about human rights in China, this is a great opportunity. Please contact Kristie Weishart (kristieweishart@gmail.com) if you plan to attend.