2016 Conference

2015 Papers


2015 Awards

Search Site


Spacer Image



The Western


Call for New Editors
Politics, Groups, and Identities

The Western Political Science Association announces the search for new editors for the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities, an official journal of the Association.

The association is seeking nominations of qualified individuals who would edit the journal from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2020. This four-year term is renewable for a single two-year optional extension.

Nominations and self-nominations are both welcome. The WPSA encourages nominations of women, members of ethnic minorities, and self-identified LGBT persons. Submissions from individuals or from teams of co-editors, either at a single or multiple campuses, are also welcome.

About Politics, Groups and Identities

Politics, Groups, and Identities is an official journal of the Western Political Science Association. It presents the best scholarship on social groups, exploring the politics of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, class and other dimensions of identity and structural disadvantage. The journal publishes work across all subfields of political science, as well as the social sciences and humanities more generally. The journal publishes research on any country or region of the world, including work that is global or international in scope as well as work that is national or local, or examines connections between these levels.

Politics, Groups, and Identities is interdisciplinary in focus. The journal is open to a wide range of analytic approaches, including interpretive, ethnographic, historical, statistical, experimental, and multi-method analyses. In addition to publishing original research articles, the journal publishes integrative review essays as well as symposia on specific topics or dimensions of the politics of social groups. It also welcomes proposals that promote discussion among scholars on innovative topics and projects, including but not limited to sets of pieces tackling a common question or debate, research articles with several responses and a rejoinder, and research workshops in which novel methodologies or analytical approaches are presented and critiqued.

Responsibility of Editors
The editors are responsible for the substantive content of the journal. This includes, but is not limited to, advancing the journal’s mission and reputation, soliciting articles, overseeing the peer review process, working with authors, consulting with and managing the editorial board, and collaborating with the publisher to increase the journal’s visibility and readership.

Nominations and Inquiries:
Nominations and/or requests for more information should be submitted to:

Melissa R. Michelson
Professor of Political Science
Menlo College

PGI Editor Selection Committee:
Melissa R. Michelson, Menlo College (chair)
Lonna R. Atkeson, University of New Mexico
Louis DeSipio, UC Irvine (Incoming WPSA President)
Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, UCLA
Jane Junn, University of Southern California
David Leal, University of Texas at Austin
Todd Shaw, University of South Carolina
Richard Clucas, WPSA Executive Director (ex officio)

Financial Arrangements:

Historically, editors of WPSA journals receive support from both the editor’s home institution and from the press.

Support from the home institution has typically included graduate assistant support, reduced teaching assignment, clerical support, office space, and operational funds. Editorial subvention from the press (Taylor and Francis) will consist of a total of $5,000 as well as use of electronic submission software. Annually, the editors provide an invoice outlining their intended use for the subvention. Expenses have typically included: PGI related travel, office supplies, receptions at conferences, telecommunications, postage, and editorial assistants. Copy editing and printing are handled by Taylor and Francis.

Candidates are also welcome to communicate directly with the search committee of WPSA Executive Director for further details.

Application Process:
Applications must be accompanied by:
• a curriculum vitae
• a candidate’s letter expressing his/her goals for the journal including any proposed changes to the journal
• a letter from the appropriate administrative office of the nominee’s university, at the level of Dean or above, indicating that institution’s willingness to commit appropriate support.

Candidates may also submit proposals for joint or team editorships, collaborating either with colleagues in their own departments or across universities. For joint/team editorships, applications should include curriculum vitae from each individual, a joint letter expressing goals and any proposed changes, and letters of support from each university, as appropriate.

For full consideration, please submit nominations by November 15, 2015, when the committee will begin its review. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please email the letters and c.v. to both Committee Chair Melissa R. Michelson (melissa.michelson@menlo.edu) and WPSA Executive Director Richard Clucas (hprc@pdx.edu).

It is anticipated that interviews of final candidates will be conducted the day prior to the 2016 WPSA meeting in San Diego, on March 23. A final recommendation will then be forwarded to the Executive Committee for a decision at the council meeting the next day (March 24). The new editor(s) will start on January 1, 2017.

Call for Editors of The Western Newsletter

The Western Political Science Association is looking for a new editor or team of editors for The Western, the WPSA’s official newsletter. When the publication was launched in 2008, it was envisioned as a means not only to serve our members, but to evolve into an important contribution to the discipline, while providing an additional source of revenue for the association. Under its current editors, The Western has done exceedingly well, growing both in content and visibility. The Association would like to find an editor or team of editors who can help the newsletter continue to grow while bringing creative vision to the tasks involved. This is a great opportunity for an individual or a group of individuals who would like to build and reimagine the publication.

The term of the current editors will expire after the publication of the April 2015 edition. The Association is seeking nominations of qualified individuals who would edit the newsletter from April 1, 2015, through March 30, 2019. This four-year term is renewable for two-year optional extensions. Nominations and self nominations are both welcome. The WPSA encourages nominations of women and members of ethnic minorities. The editor(s) is selected by the WPSA president. Contact WPSA Executive Director Richard Clucas at hprc@pdx.edu for more information.

Help Honor Your Colleagues and Friends

The WPSA Executive Council approved its first two endowments in April as a way to honor the contributions of two of its long-time members. The first of these endowments is for an award honoring Betty Moulds, who served for 25 years at the chief administrator for the WPSA. The Betty Moulds Lifetime Service Award will be given to individuals who have made a long history of service and an extraordinary contribution to the WPSA. A second endowment is to honor Joel Olson, an associate professor of political theory at Northern Arizona University and a long-time WPSA member who passed away unexpectedly in March 2012. The Joel Olson Award will be given to activist-scholars whose work is at the creative intersection of radical political theory and practice. The awards honoring Betty Moulds and Joel Olson will be funded entirely by their endowments, so your support is essential for them to get off the ground. Please consider making a donation before the end of the tax year. The WPSA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization; as such, your contributions are fully tax-deductible, as permitted by law. To make a donation to these and other funds, please visit the WPSA website at http://wpsa.research.pdx.edu/about/donate.php.


2016 Request to Participate Form

2016 Meeting

2015 Program

2015 Papers

2014 Papers

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Future Meetings

Our Supporters