Date01 September 2020
Published date01 September 2020
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Political Research Quarterly
2020, Vol. 73(3) 755
© 2020 University of Utah
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DOI: 10.1177/1065912920948635
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Western Political Science
Western Political Science Association (WPSA)
Heads to Seattle for 2021 Meetings
The 2021 meeting of the WPSA will be held at the new
Hyatt Regency Hotel in Seattle, Washington, from April 1
to 3. The conference hotel is located within easy walking
district to Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and other
popular tourist destinations. With a Link Light Rail station
within a five-minute walk, the location is easily accessible
to the airport and other parts of the city, allowing partici-
pants to get around without relying on automobiles. Ricardo
Ramirez, University of Notre Dame, is the Program Chair
for this meeting. The University of Washington is serving
as the local host. Laura Evans (Evans School of Public
Affairs) and Becca Thorpe (Department of Political
Science) are serving as local arrangements co-chairs. This
is the first time we have been in Seattle since 2014. It is a
great city and lovely hotel for the meeting.
Proposals for the meeting are strongly encouraged. The
DEADLINE for submission of paper proposals/program
participation forms is September 25, 2020, right after the
virtual American Political Science Association (APSA)
meeting. The theme for the 2020 meeting is “Populism,
Nativism, Democratic Backsliding, and Pandemic Politics.”
While proposals are welcome from all subfields in political
science, the Program Chair is particularly encouraging pro-
posals that assess the ways in which political science and
scientists have engaged the causes and consequences of the
rise of populism and nativism during the last four years.
Details about the conference, its theme, the Call for Papers,
and proposal instructions, including the deadline, appear on
the WPSA website:
The WPSA annual meeting not only offers the oppor-
tunity for traditional research presentations and round-
table discussions, but it has also grown into a popular
venue for interested groups to schedule mini-confer-
ences, workshops, receptions, and other special events.
If you are part of a research or educational community
that is interested in holding a meeting or event in the
spring, we can probably accommodate your group by
coordinating a conference within the WPSA annual
meeting. Participants in these mini-conferences are
required to pay the regular conference fee, but we are
able to provide the space and some administrative sup-
port to your group without charge. The Association has
developed a great track record in developing mini-con-
ferences and workshops with outside organizations and
groups of interested scholars. For information about
these opportunities, please contact Richard Clucas,
WPSA Executive Director, at
New WPSA Officers and Council Members
Future officers and council members were elected through
a membership vote in June. Pei-te Lien, University of
California, Santa Barbara, was elected to the position of
vice president and program chair, 2021–2022. She will
oversee the program for the 2022 meeting in Portland,
Oregon, when the association celebrates its 75th anniver-
sary. She will serve as president of the association during
the subsequent year. Michael Bowers, University of
Nevada, Las Vegas, was elected Treasurer for a three-year
term beginning in 2021. In addition, the following indi-
viduals were elected at the business meeting to serve as
council members from 2021 to 2024: John Meyer,
Humboldt State University; Sara Sadhwani, California
Lutheran University; Brent Boyea, University of Texas,
Arlington; and Elsa Dias, Pikes Peak Community College.
These new council members will assume their posi-
tions just prior to the April 2021 meeting in Seattle,
The Western Needs You
The WPSA is looking for an individual or team of indi-
viduals to edit the association’s newsletter, The Western.
The newsletter was created to provide a forum for schol-
arly conversations on political science teaching, research,
and political events focused on, but not limited to, the
western region. Under the thoughtful guidance of the first
two teams of editors, The Western has become an impor-
tant part of the WPSA. The publication includes news
about the association, announcements from our members,
sections dedicated to research and education, and more.
The association would like to find someone who can
continue to help the newsletter grow both in content and
in visibility. The position provides a great opportunity for
someone with creative vision, who would like to build a
publication and become more closely involved with the
For more information on the position and how to
apply, please contact WPSA Executive Director Richard
Clucas (
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