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The Western


The Politics of Peril and Opportunity
March 24 – 26, 2016 – Manchester Hyatt, San Diego, California

Planning for the 2016 Meetings of the Western Political Science Association is now in its final stages. President Louis DeSipio welcomes your participation and attendance. The meetings will be held at the Manchester Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California, Thursday, March 24, through Saturday, March 26, 2016. The theme for this year's conference is “The Politics of Peril and Opportunity."

Preregistration for meeting is currently on site only.

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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.

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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.


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