April 6 - 8, 2023, Hyatt Regency Hotel at Embarcadero
San Francisco, California

The Western Political Science Association will host its 2023 annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. Please make plans to attend and encourage others to join us!

In May, the association will distribute a call for papers. The DEADLINE for submission of paper proposals/program participation forms will be September 26, 2022.

If you are interested in shaping the content of the program by serving as a section chair, please contact:

2023 WPSA Program Chair
University of Houston

Theme: Unity in the Midst of Disunity: The Role of Political Science in Democracy

Returning to the city by the bay, San Francisco in the state of California, the 2023 conference location will once again provide the opportunity for WPSA to reconvene after the 75th Anniversary celebration held in Portland, Oregon in 2022. San Francisco is a familiar location for WPSA conferences, and will be an opportunity for political scientists from all over the world to meet in person after several years of meeting primarily through virtual connections. This annual meeting will be held in the aftermath of a trying time in our world, most especially the multiple challenges of economic insecurity, inequality, climate change, public health, democratic instability, and international conflict.

Given these and myriads of other challenges not only in the United States but across the world, the WPSA is excited about reconvening scholars from all types of institutions to come together and explore where we have been and examine political problems from multiple perspectives, including historical, analytical, quantitative, qualitative, interpretive, normative, and empirical points of view. What are some examples of how division has impacted our political discourse and what role can we political scientists play, as individuals and as members of an association to help find ways to foster unity and coalescence around shared principles? How can our research and teaching contribute to fostering unity in the midst of disunity? What does unity mean for WPSA and its members? Under what circumstances can we realistically achieve unity in the midst of disunity?

We invite proposals that discuss the many ways we can think of unity in the midst of disunity from the points of view of our very diverse range of sections to help realize a renewed understanding and appreciation of the democratic pluralism that undergirds our society. We encourage members to submit proposals that explore how feasible and achievable unity is in the midst of such polarized division and in what ways division and disunity have affected and will affect the endurance of the American experiment in constitutional self-governance.

Please note: All participants in the program are required to preregister for the 2023 WPSA meeting by December 31, 2022.