Announcing “253 Economics,” a Collaborative Blog from PPPA

UW Tacoma’s Division of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs (PPPA) has started a new blog, 253 Economics, that features students’ voices on contemporary issues and debates within economics, including those occurring here in the 253 area code. The purpose of 253 Economics is to show how economic reasoning applies to real world issues, and to do so in non-technical language that a general audience can understand. Sample topics include economics of education, health, immigration, labor, trade, and urban policies. The blog is a collaborative effort among economics faculty and students, and gives students an opportunity to share insights gained through their coursework and experience.

253 Economics is managed by UWT’s economics faculty and edited by Seyed Karimi ( Bookmark for easy access to new posts!


Congratulations! Dr. Jane Compson and Dr. Will McGuire Receive Tenure

Congratulations to Dr. Compson and Dr. McGuire! Celebrate these newly tenured faculty by getting to know them a little better, including a preview of their current and upcoming projects.

Dr. Jane Compson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Dr. Compson has taught at UW Tacoma since 2012. Her specialties are applied philosophy, environmental ethics, philosophy of religion and the environment, comparative religion, and Buddhist thought (phew!).

Developing new work with the community is a big priority Continue reading

Intern Insights: Winter 2018 (2 of 2)

This quarter, PPPA students have been hard at work in the community through their internship placements. In this final post, we share updates from three more of our interns.

Gabi Gutierrez (L) and Autumn Nguyen (R), pictured with Glenn Glover, Chief Investigator at the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel.

Autumn Nguyen
Major: Law and Policy ’18
Placement: Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel

“Interning at the Department of Assigned Counsel has been an amazing experience for me. When I first became a part of this internship I did not know a lot about how our Criminal Justice System function daily; let alone ever even set foot in a courtroom! This internship allows me to see all types of career opportunities and the more I learn the more inspired I am to apply for law school. I have met a lot of people in this internship that has given me a lot of good advice and opportunities to better myself as an individual as well as a future law school student studying criminal law. Working at my internship I do see that our Criminal Justice System is very broken, but it only inspires me more to finish school and to be able to start making a difference in our community along with others who share the same passion.” Continue reading

Intern Insights: Winter 2018 (1 of 2)

This quarter, PPPA students have been hard at work in the community through their internship placements. In this first of two posts, we share updates from four of our interns.

Lily Wong, pictured with Congressman Denny Heck.

Lily Wong
Major: Law and Policy, Human Rights minor
Placement: Office of Congressman Denny Heck

“I’m really enjoying the internship. Continue reading

Dr. Eric Bugyis Doesn’t Have the Answers

Dr. Eric Bugyis

Dr. Eric Bugyis, lecturer in religious studies for IAS, is on a fool’s errand.

He could have been a doctor. In his first month of medical school and with his whole future planned out ahead of him, he had what he now describes as “one of those 3am ‘what am I doing with my life?’” epiphanies.

It had started innocently enough – he was just taking a few religion classes alongside his pre-med curriculum – when suddenly, as he puts it, “I was kind of converted to the humanities. [Those] questions were just so much more interesting to me than what we were doing in my science classes.” Continue reading