March 28 - 30, 2024
Political Backlash and Its Consequences

Program Chairs

2024 WPSA Program Chair
University of California, Los Angeles

Section 1: Comparative Politics

Section Chair:

Constantine Manda
University of California-Irvine

The Comparative Politics section welcomes papers and panels on a broad range of substantive topics, including the study of democracy, dictatorship and regime transitions, accountability and representation, civil war, comparative political institutions (political parties, party systems, electoral rules, legislatures, courts, and central banks, etc.), political behavior (participation, voting, and social movements), and comparative political economy. We are also interested in soliciting papers that interpret the mandate of 'comparative politics' in new ways, i.e., that step outside the traditional canon of established subjects. We encourage papers from a variety of methodological perspectives.

Section 2: Critical Perspectives on Higher Education

Section Chair:

Jonathan Benjamin Alvarado
Texas Christian University

This section invites papers that examine higher education from any perspective or methodological approach, but especially encourages papers that examine the many perils and opportunities currently facing higher education, including diminished resources, online and alternative methods of instruction, increased dependence on adjuncts, expanding administrations, issues surrounding academic freedom, junior faculty support, faculty governance, research funding, and peer review or any other relevant topic facing higher education.

Section 3: Environmental Political Theory

Section Chairs:

Didier Zuniga
University of Alberta

The section gathers together activists and scholars who are interested in what political theory can contribute to larger policy debates and intellectual discussions about environmental issues. The goal is to connect theory with practice. The numbers at EPT events have been growing for the past few years, and participants consistently are enthusiastic about the significant benefits of developing this important intellectual community. We seek proposals which employ the tools, texts, or insights of political theory to improve our understanding of the environment, the human-nature relationship, contemporary environmentalist research agendas, academic pedagogy, public policies, and ethical concerns.

Section 4: Environmental Politics

Section Chair:

Juliet Carlisle
University of Utah

The section invites papers that focus on the politics of environmental problems and/or the processes by which they are addressed. Proposed papers and panels that emphasize comparative environmental politics are encouraged, as are papers that emphasize theory building and empirical testing with cutting-edge political methodology. Of particular interest are papers that use environmental policy as a critical research setting to address core questions in political science and public policy.

Section 5: Executive Politics

Section Chair:

Maruice Mangum
Jackson State University

This section welcomes papers that deal with executive politics, whether in terms of internal development or with respect to linkages to other institutions and phenomena. We welcome papers that address specific controversies and questions relating to the current U.S. presidential administration as well as papers that signify theoretical development in the study of executive politics. Potential panel topics include, but are not limited to: staffing and administrative politics, rhetoric and public engagement, post-9/11 institutional evolution, inter-branch linkages and unilateral action.

Section 6: Gender, Race and Intersectionality

Section Chair:

Christian Phillips
University of Southern California

Intersectionality has attracted substantial scholarly attention since the 1990s. Rather than examining discourses and structures such as gender, race, colonialism, class, sexuality, (dis)ability, nation, religion, and transnationalism as separate and distinct dimensions of political life, we seek proposals which examine how they mutually construct one another. We welcome paper and panel proposals that draw on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as a variety of social groups and contexts within the US and beyond. We especially encourage submissions on: ways to further develop and push against existing disciplinary, epistemological, methodological and theoretical boundaries; the relationship between theories of intersectionality and institutional, community, and activist practices; Indigenous worldviews and intersectionality; intersections between faith/spirituality and other categories; how intersectionality operates in the production and organization of normalized and deviant bodies; and the role of intersectionality at the transnational and global level.

Section 7: (Im)migration and Citizenship

Section Chair:

Sam Acuña
Calfornia State University-Channel Island

Alfredo Carlos
California State University, Dominguez Hills

The last four decades have witnessed a dramatic increase in international migration throughout the world, raising important political questions in many countries. We seek paper and panel proposals from a wide range of scholars studying and analyzing the overlapping subjects of international migration and politics, immigration policy, immigrant integration policies and their implementation, political incorporation and "citizen-making," and the changing meanings and practices of "citizenship" in an era of heightened international migration. We seek proposals from scholars studying these overlapping subjects in a variety of settings, including global, national, sub-national, regional, municipal, using a variety of approaches, from single-state to comparative, and drawing on a variety of methodologies and methods. We would also welcome expressions of interest from those planning to attend the meeting who are not submitting papers on this topic this year but who have an interest and research background in it and would like to be involved as session chairs or discussants.

Section 8: International Relations

Section Chairs:

Dongkyu Kim
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Jonathan Ring
University of Tennessee Knoxville

This section welcomes papers that address the international dimensions of political relations. Research should examine interactions between units in the international system. Papers may focus on any subfield of international relations, including (but not limited to) international organizations and law, international conflict and security, foreign policy interactions, terrorism, international institutions and regimes, global environmental relations, technology, and international political economy. A broad mix of papers is encouraged, including a variety of methods and theoretical perspectives.

Section 9: Interpretation and Method

Section Chair:

Liza Taylor
Cal Poly Pomona

The Interpretation and Methods Section engages the methodological grounding for interpretive empirical research, as well as the implications for research methods. Those methods are informed, explicitly or implicitly, by presuppositions deriving from phenomenology and hermeneutics, plus parts of critical theory, feminist theory, critical race theory, critical legal studies, pragmatism, symbolic interaction theories, and ethnomethodology. What all of these share is a concern with meaning-making at the center of their understanding and explanation of political phenomena. Although diverse in their modes of generating and analyzing data, research processes in the interpretive tradition are united by an empirical and normative prioritizing of the lived experience of people in research settings.

Interpretive methods are used in many empirical subfields (e.g., public policy, public administration, IR, comparative politics). The section invites submissions for papers, panels, and roundtables on a broad range of interpretive methodologies, methods, and modes of analyses. The latter include, among others, ethnography, discourse analysis, narrative analysis, semiotics, visual analysis, oral history, intersectional feminist analysis, hermeneutics, phenomenological research, and participatory action research. Given these orientations, this means that the section is not a good home for variables-based research or traditional political theoretical interpretations of canonical and contemporary texts. Papers may critically analyze the theoretical and philosophical traditions and presuppositions that inform interpretive empirical inquiry, address the practical challenges of conducting interpretive empirical research, or examine the interpretive methodological questions and assumptions or interpretive methods procedures raised by a specific political topic. Papers may also examine how interpretive inquiry can provide valuable insight into current pressing political matters, e.g. state, racial, and sexual violence, global health pandemics, environmental policy and politics, cyberpolitics, political polarization, and the political mobilization, organizing, and representation of marginalized communities. We also invite individuals to indicate their willingness to serve as session chairs and/or discussants even if they do not submit paper or panel proposals.

Section 10: Judicial Politics, Legal Politics and Public Law

Section Chair:

Rebecca U. Thorpe
University of Washington

The section welcomes papers or panels that investigate the role of legal actors and legal institutions in the United States or comparative contexts as well as those that explore how politics, institutions, and ideas shape and constrain the law's development. We particularly encourage proposals that address the theme of the conference.For example, in what ways are legal actors and institutions responsive to the challenges and opportunities posed by COVID, emerging social movements and contentious politics, and the new Roberts Court? We hope to receive proposals with diverse theoretical, practical, and methodological perspectives using a variety of approaches, from the conventional to the creative. The section welcomes panel proposals that offer opportunities for participation by a mix of senior scholars, early career scholars, and graduate students. When proposing book panels, consider submissions that include more than one book, and submissions that link the work of an established scholar with the work of an emerging scholar.

Section 11: Legislative Politics

Section Chair:

Matthew Mendez Garcia
California State University, Long Beach

The section welcomes papers on any topic related to the study of the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, or other legislative institutions. Topics might include congressional parties, committees, representation, leadership, rules, procedure, reform, policy making, budgeting, floor behavior, historical development, and race/ethnicity in legislative institutions. Individually, what determines the choices that legislators make, and how do the tough votes that they cast affect their electoral fortunes? How do legislative and governmental institutions shape the contours and outcomes of these policy debates, and do decisions made in hard times have a reciprocal effect on the shape of institutions? Proposals that take advantage of variation across countries, across time within a single legislature, or across sub-national legislatures will be especially welcome as well as papers analyzing the influence of lobbyists, executive branch, or bureaucracies.

Section 12: Media and Political Communications

Section Chair:

Meredith Conroy
California State University, San Bernardino

The section invites proposals for innovative and original research at the intersection of politics and communication, broadly conceived. The section welcomes all research methods and analytical approaches that advance understanding of the practices, processes, and policy implications of political communication in all its forms. Preference will be given to proposals that connect research with fundamental questions about politics. This includes but is not restricted to: investigations of structural and economic influences on political news content, media and campaign effects, the relationship between mass media communication and elite communication, comparative examinations of media and media systems, inter-institutional communication, regulation of the media, discrepancies between news reporting and real world events, and the impact of new media on political knowledge and behavior. Proposals for papers or panels tackling methodological and theoretical challenges in the study of political communication are of particular interest.

Section 13: Parties, Interest Groups and Social Movements

Section Chair:

Natasha Altema
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

We seek proposals that address new methodological and theoretical challenges in the study of parties and partisanship, interest groups, and social movements and mobilization. We are also interested in proposals that focus on the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity and partisanship, especially with regard to theories of representation and mobilization. We encourage proposals that examine these questions in a wide variety of settings.

Section 14: Political Theory and Its Applications

Section Chairs:

Inés Valdez
John Hopkins University

Michelle Rose
California State University-Chico

This section welcomes papers at the intersection of theory and practice, including work that fosters a critical dialogue between the two. What do our theories reveal about the world – activities, practices, institutions, stories, structures, discourses, times, places? What, in turn, does the world tell us about our theories? What new ideas and categories does that world yield on its own terms? Especially welcome are papers that engage with the experiences and activities of historically marginalized groups, look beyond prevailing sites of political inquiry, use unexpected or unconventional source materials, and situate new or emerging events within a broader theoretical framework and/or historical timeline.

Section 15: Political Theory: Critical and Normative

Section Chairs:

Philip Yaure
Virginia Tech

Emma Rodman
UMass Lowell

The Political Theory: Critical and Normative Theory section of the WPSA welcomes proposals in all areas of contemporary political theory including but not limited to feminist theory, democratic theory, liberalism, Marxism, political aesthetics, comparative political theory, legal theory, critical race theory, queer theory, cultural studies, critical geography, and environmental political theory. This section also encourages proposals that adopt normative-philosophical and/or critical-theoretical approaches to major topics in political science including, among others, multicultural politics, neoliberalism, nationalism, transnationalism and globalization, state power, technologies of security, civil society, social movements, representation, democratic governance and citizenship, and political identity. Papers that develop a contemporary perspective on enduring theoretical concepts, such as equality, justice, domination, sovereignty, rights, the subject, civic virtue, and moral judgment, are also welcome. Finally, the section would be especially interested in panel proposals that address ongoing controversies within the field of political theory.

Section 16: Political Thought: Historical Approaches

Section Chairs:

Tejas Parasher
University of California-Los Angeles

Vicki Hsueh
Western Washington University

The "Political Thought: Historical Approaches" section of the WPSA seeks papers that interpret and theorize the canon, other political literatures, archives from all periods, and that explore the political dimensions of artistic and cultural products in historical perspective. Papers that adopt critical, transformative, and/or comparative perspectives on these historical materials are welcome, as well as those that address the political dimensions of classical and modern themes of intellectual history. Such themes may include freedom, equality, justice, authority, modernity, liberalism, individual rights, republicanism, virtue and private interest, enlightenment, science and reason, democracy, race, gender, federalism, libertarianism, populism, nationalism, power, sexuality, luxury, sovereignty, representation, punishment, revolution, friendship, and so on. Papers that focus on specific political thinkers are also welcome.

Section 17: Politics and History

Section Chair:

Susanna Schwartz
Swarthmore College

The section welcomes proposals for papers or panels covering the broad scope of the study of politics, policy and institutions using historical perspectives to address issue areas of contemporary concern. In particular, the section encourages submissions from scholars whose work focuses on developmental themes related to major political processes including institutional reform and policy change and concepts, such as democratization, citizenship, political representation, and political parties. We especially encourage research that locates American political development in comparative and historical frameworks and that addresses the intersection of major group identities, such as race, class, gender, and religion.

Section 18: Politics, Literature, and Film

Section Chair:

Robert E. Watkins
Columbia College Chicago

This section welcomes proposals at the intersections of politics and aesthetics broadly conceived. We are especially interested in papers and panels that examine the connections between democratic representation and aesthetic representation. We also welcome papers that explore particular texts or films either as forms of political rhetoric or in conversation with political theory or other forms of political expression. The theme of this year's conference, "peril and opportunity" seems especially suited to literary and filmic representation. Why is this so? Is political art in permanent tension with politics as "the slow boring of hard boards"? Are some particular genres of art (film, television, literature) better suited to political engagement than others? What is the nature of aesthetic power in politics and what are its limits?

Section 19: Politics and Sexuality

Section Chair:

Mzilikazi Koné
College of the Desert

The section welcomes proposals that address the conference theme by considering the changing status of sexuality and gender identities in the United States and globally. We are especially interested in papers that take an intersectional approach to the location of LGBTQI people at the fault lines of recent political contests, especially as they have been disproportionately impacted by the populism, nativism, democratic backsliding, and politics that have marked the twin pandemics of Covid-19 and anti-Black racism as well as the resurgence of the far-right globally. Among the wide range of topics worthy of exploration are the ever-shifting terrain of LGBTQI rights developments (e.g., anti-trans legislation in the U.S.), fluctuations in societal attitudes toward sexuality and gender, LGBTQI movement organizing, backlash and opposition to such movements/rights (e.g., the growing momentum of “gender ideology” around the world), the nature of sex work in the global political economy, and public health crises and their disproportionate impact on queer communities. Additionally, work exploring new frontiers in pedagogy and research that centers sexuality and gender identity in the profession is also welcome.

Section 20: Public Administration

Section Chair:

AJ Rice
University of California-Santa Barbara

This section invites paper proposals that address questions related to public administration, public management, and governance. This includes scholarship engaging questions about networks, collaboration, policy implementation, governance relationships, citizen engagement in public affairs, public workforce diversity, technology, the role of nonprofits in service delivery, administrative ethics/dissent/resistance, and other similar questions. Transnational administrative questions and/or comparative studies of public administration are welcomed. Finally, we invite studies of the institutional and administrative foundations of inequality, inequity, marginalization, oppression, and exploitation—and how to address them. The section encourages and will highlight diverse research epistemologies, methodologies, and methods.

Section 21: Public Opinion and Political Psychology

Section Chair:

Nathan Chan
Loyala Marymount University

The section welcomes proposals that are related to the political perspectives and preferences of members of the public. This includes but is not restricted to investigations of the sources of public opinion, processes of opinion formation, the relationship between context and public opinion, the relationship between public opinion and public policy, and the relationship between public opinion and elite behavior and decision making. We also seek proposals that use a psychological lens to examine political decision-making and behavior as well as proposals that examine political phenomena in the service of developing and enhancing psychological theory. Proposals that focus on information processing, identity formation and its consequences, the role of emotion and affect, personality at the elite or mass level, socialization, media and campaign effects, intergroup relations, and leadership are welcome as well.

Section 22: Public Policy

Section Chair:

Elizabeth Maltby
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

This section invites paper proposals in all areas of public policy studies, including but not limited to: theory-based research on the processes of policy making and change, and public engagement in those processes; and practically oriented policy analyses and program evaluations. In all cases, authors are encouraged to incorporate empirical, theoretical, and normative concerns in their papers. Keeping with the conference theme, papers addressing recent and future policy issues, and those incorporating interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary perspectives and methods are strongly encouraged. All policy issues will be considered, as will all levels of policy making from the local to the international arena.

Section 23: Race, Ethnicity and Politics

Section Chairs:

Angie Gutierrez
University of California-Austin

Marcela Garcia-Castanon
San Francisco State

In recent years the central questions of REP scholarship have become, more than ever, critical features of the nation’s political discourse. For this year’s WPSA conference, we invite proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables, as well as other, innovative presentation formats which demonstrate the power, significance, and broad diversity of our work.

We welcome proposals, for example, which focus on the electoral mobilization and political empowerment of racially marginalized communities; on the political consciousness and policy views of individuals within those communities; on gendered systems of racialized power; on the rise of Black, Latinx, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and Indigenous leaders; on patterns of intra- and inter-racial policy conflict, as well as racial disparities in labor markets, housing, professions, education, health care, criminal injustice, electoral access, environmental risk, immigration, and other key policy arenas; on the politics and practices of social movements to end police violence, dismantle patriarchal systems, protect immigrants, and build community power; on the presence (or absence) of racial themes in popular culture, literature, and media; on racial political history; and on other topics which center the politics of race and ethnicity, in local, national, and international contexts.

We have no methodological restrictions or preferences (all are welcome), and we actively solicit work from a wide range of theoretical, substantive, and normative approaches. We also welcome papers and panels which facilitate engagement with advocates and practitioners from outside the academy. We value the insights and contributions of emerging scholars, and welcome proposals from students, as well as from established scholars at all ranks. Finally, we invite contributions which explore innovative pedagogies and modes of classroom/community engagement, and others which focus on the particular needs, strengths, and contributions of first-gen, non-traditional, veteran, and recovering students.

Section 24: State, Local and Urban Politics

Section Chair:

Erik Hanson
University of Southern California

Past WPSA meetings have been characterized by especially rich work in the area of state, local, and urban politics. We hope to continue and expand upon that tradition for this year’s meeting. This section welcomes papers on a wide variety of topics, addressing different types of questions, using varied methods, and specifying different units of analysis. We strongly welcome work that is comparative in nature or addresses larger questions of federalism, but these are not requirements. Given the conference theme we especially encourage research on sub-national politics that might shed light on conflict and consensus in the arena of the Politics of Identity and Intergroup Bias.

Section 25: Teaching, Research, and Professional Development

Section Chair:

Renée Van Vechten
Univeristy of Redlands

The section welcomes proposals on all topics related to educating both undergraduate and graduate students. Proposals could explore such topics as: advising, assessment, civic engagement, curriculum development, diversity within the classroom, educational goals, experiential learning, applied learning, internships, pedagogic responsibilities, service learning, simulations, teaching strategies, and technology. The focus may be on pedagogic practice or the scholarship of teaching and learning. Qualitative, interpretive, quantitative, theoretical, or philosophical approaches will all be considered.

Section 26: Undergraduate Research Posters

Section Chair:

Peter Burns
Soka University

Undergraduate students are invited to present posters on research they are conducting under the supervision of their Political Science faculty advisors. Any topic appropriate to the political science discipline - broadly conceived - is welcome.

Section 27: Voting and Elections

Section Chair:

Isaac Hale
Occidential College

The section welcomes panels and papers on topics related to important theoretical, substantive, and/or methodological issues dealing with electoral behavior in the United States and in comparative perspective. Among others, topics could include campaign effects, election forecasting, campaign finance reforms, alternative voting technologies, voter registration, mobilization, and turnout. This section welcomes panels and papers on topics related to campaigns and electioneering in the United States and in comparative perspective with particular attention to whether and how the behavior of candidates affects outcomes. Topics include campaign effects writ large, advertising, mobilization and get-out-the-vote efforts, strategy, primary election campaigns, and media coverage of campaigns. Proposals examining the role of fundamentals in relation to campaign efforts are especially welcome, along with proposals that highlight the use of new or novel data, observational or other, that are well-suited to study campaign efforts.

Section 28: Women and Politics

Section Chair:

Sara Angevine
Whittier College

Backlash against feminism has long been a part of the political landscape but, in the past few years, this political backlash has exponentially expanded. How and why have anti-feminist political objectives been so successful? When and how are women and the issues that disproportionately affect women targeted as platforms for mobilizing backlash? How do other issues and political agendas intersect, conflict, and overlap as components of political backlash? Gender politics scholars have much to offer to help us address these critical questions. We embrace the 2024 theme of this conference and hope to see numerous Women and Politics papers and panels that speak to the points raised in the theme statement: "As political scientists and, more generally, social scientists, we are in a unique position to examine the root causes, contours, and consequences of political backlash...We invite panels and paper proposals that broadly assess the various formations of backlash and how it affects different parts of society, culture, and politics, and what long-term consequences will be for organizations, institutions, and identities." In addition, this section welcomes papers and panels that examine the interaction of gender and power in political institutions, social movements, and textual encounters (theoretical, legal, literary, visual, or mass media). Proposals from scholars at all stages in their careers, methodological traditions, and cross-disciplinary approaches are invited to submit their work.

Section 00: Program Chair's Section: Political Backlash and Its Consequences

Section Chair:

Lorrie Frasure
University of California-Los Angeles

This section includes panels and roundables related to the conference theme, organized by the WPSA Program Chair.


Section 29: Miniconference: Asian Pacific American Politics

Section Chairs:

Nicole Filler
University of Massachusetts Boston

Fan Lu
Queen's University

Tanika Raychaudhuri
University of Houston

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Caucus (APAC) and the WPSA Status Committee for Asian Pacific Americans in the Profession invites you to submit proposals to the mini-conference on Asian and Pacific Islander American politics (typically held on Friday).

We especially encourage submissions from scholars whose work centers the lived experiences of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders in America and transnationally, as well as works that are attentive to the intersectionalities of race, ethnicity, indigeneity, immigration history and status, gender, sexuality, class, religion, and/or other dimensions of identity and structural inequality across various topics in political science. Scholarship that works with and for the communities interrogated is also encouraged.

To submit your proposal, please select “Mini-Conference: Asian Pacific American Conference” as your first choice in the drop-down menu of the Request to Participate form. We welcome proposals for individual paper, full panel, and/or roundtable discussions as well as volunteers for chairs and discussants. Please also kindly inform us if you have submitted a proposal on APA politics but did not check the mini-conference as your first choice.

Section 30: Miniconference: CMPS Scholars Research Network

Section Chairs:

Nazita Lajevardi
Michigan State University

Tabitha Bonilla
Northwestern University

Jamil Scott
Elizabethtown College

The CMPS Scholars Research Network will host a mini-conference at WPSA featuring papers that delve into the results of the Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS) 2020. Original researchers and collaborators on the CMPS 2020, and their coauthors, will present their research from this comprehensive survey. The opportunity to present offers a valuable platform to share your findings, engage in constructive discourse, and contribute to the broader scholarly conversation, along with other contributors. A list of collaborators and contributors can be found here

Section 31: Miniconference: Community College

The WPSA Community College Mini Conference Call for Proposals

Greetings Community College Colleagues,

The WPSA Community College Mini Conference announces its open calls for proposals for the 7th Annual Mini Conference. Submissions for participation in the mini conference are due no later Monday, November 4, 2023.

The theme for the 7th Annual Community College Mini-Conference: “Engaging in the Discipline - The Community College Connection and Why it Matters” explores how community college faculty are engaging with the Political Science discipline at a time of renewal and political backlash. The past few years have been a tremendous challenge to faculty and students, but as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also re-invigorated areas in politics, including civic-engagement and new approaches to teaching in the discipline. As we reflect on the challenges and opportunities, we commit ourselves to not only learn from the past but to actively reinvigorate the future of education to promote student success. This Community College Mini Conference, therefore, embarks on a transformative journey where participants will engage in topics such as faculty wellness, high impact learning practices, with a keen focus on both faculty professional development and well-being

The 7th Annual Community College Mini-Conference will take place during the 2024 meeting of the Western Political Science Association at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, BC, Canada, from March 28 to March 30. The exact time and day of the mini conference is TBD.

The Mini Conference will be organized around 3 major sub-topics:

  1. What Does Faculty Professional Development Look Like in Times of Political and Social Turbulences?
  2. What Does Innovative Pedagogy Look Like to Engage Students in Times of Social-Political Turbulences.
  3. Roundtable – Poli Sigh: Navigating the Challenging Environment of Community Colleges During an Era of Political Backlash.

We welcome all proposals that broadly fit into any of the above sub-topics and/or the main mini-conference theme: “Engaging in the Discipline – The Community College Connection and Why it Matters.”

Some additional topics that will be especially welcomed are:

  • Exploring OER: Ideas, Practices, and Benefits for use in Community College Political Science courses.
  • The Benefits of High Impact Learning Practices, including Undergraduate Research, Study Abroad, and Service Learning at Community Colleges.
  • Infusing equity into remote synchronous learning: Pedagogy and Praxis.
  • The benefits of Supplemental Instruction in political science courses.
  • Faculty Wellness and Growth.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Initiatives.

Please submit your proposals via email to the Community College Committee at wpsaminiconference@gmail.com no later than Monday, November 4, 2023.

Finally, please remember to register for the WPSA Annual Meeting. We cannot emphasize enough the need to register for the conference. Registration is required to participate, but more importantly it assists with the WPSA’s efforts to support the Community College Mini Conference. The committee is counting on you to ensure a robust turnout!

The Community College Mini Conference is supported by the Western Political Science Association. The Community College Committee members are:

Rogelio Garcia, Co-Chair: garciar3@elac.edu

La Della Levy, Co-Chair: ladella.levy@csn.edu

Dino Bozonelos: dino.bozonelos@vvc.edu

Tony Wohlers: twohlers@harford.edu

Kelly Velasquez: velasqkm@elac.edu

Look for information about community colleges, our WPSA Community College Committee, the Mini-Conference, and much more to come.


Section 32: Miniconference: Undemocratic Politics

Section Chair:

Xiaojun Li
University of British Columbia

The Undemocratic Politics mini-conference welcomes theoretical and empirical papers on a broad range of substantive topics, including the study of democracy, dictatorship and regime transitions, state repression, social movements, authoritarian institutions, and propaganda and censorship. We encourage papers from a variety of methodological perspectives.
Deadline for Submissions to the miniconference is (TBA)