Introducing New Assistant Professor Justin Beaudoin

New faculty member Justijustinn Beaudoin is coming to PPPA from Colgate University, where he spent the 2015-16 academic year as a visiting faculty member after completing his PhD at the University of California, Davis in 2015. Justin obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of British Columbia. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies at UC Davis, he worked for two years as an economic consultant in Toronto, Canada, with an emphasis on projects relating to transportation issues for the Canadian Federal and Provincial governments.

Justin’s research primarily focuses on regional economic issues related to transportation and the environment. His dissertation focused on evaluating the effect of public transit investments on traffic congestion and air quality. One theme of this line of research is how public infrastructure investment decisions are affected by other related government policies and regulations that are in place. In the future, Justin plans to continue researching transportation and the associated environmental aspects, while also integrating other urban economic issues such as housing markets and land-use effects. Justin is particularly excited about UWT’s role as an urban-serving university and the potential for integrating his research with questions of interest to local residents and policymakers.

Spring Quarter Medical Ethics Conversation Coming Up!

Tuesday, May 17th – 6pm-8pm – Dougan 160

This quarter’s topic:  “Do No Harm: Navigating Cultural Differences”

Free and open to the public but please register at:


Join an interactive panel discussion with members of the West Pierce/Mary Bridge Ethics in a fascinating exploration how ethics and law enter into discussions regarding the proper medical treatment for a patient while navigating cultural divides.

Primum non nocere – first do no harm. Medical professionals are obligated to do no harm to patient, but as medical technologies advance and different cultures interact, the understanding of harm can change. What may be seen as a standard of Western medicine may be an unacceptable harm to the patient because of his/her culture and values. Join us as we discuss how we decide and define: What is harm? This forum will engage the audience in exploring challenging medical ethics situations with members of the MultiCare West Pierce/Mary Bridge Medical Ethics Committee and a UW Tacoma faculty ethicist.

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Learning the Middle East from Japanese Scholars


Turan Kayaoglu, Associate Professor of International Relations, PPPA

On March 18, 2016, I chaired a side-event panel in New York during CSW60—the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The panel’s title was “Women’s Social Lives and Changing Values in the Middle East: Beyond the Framework of Religion, Culture, and Tradition.” Organized by the Tokyo-based Turkey-Japan Cultural Dialog Society and the New York-based Peace Islands Institute, the panel featured three ethnically Japanese scholars affiliated with Japanese universities. These scholars had much insight to offer about the Middle East; they also had many astute observations about the process of studying the Middle East.

The dominant view in the US public sphere is that, grounded in Islam, Middle Eastern values are fairly stable and uniformly hostile on the subject of women’s lives and rights. This view both neglects how the socio-economic and politics status of Middle Eastern women has experienced dramatic changes and ignores the voice and agency of women in these changes. Focusing on women’s voices and agency, the panelists discussed examples from three issue areas and countries across the Middle East: religious reinterpretation in Egypt, reconstruction of the notion of honor (namus) in Turkey, and political participation during and after the Arab Spring in Tunisia. Continue reading