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The Western


The Politics of People in Motion
April 2 – April 4, 2015 – Caesars Palace Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

President Victoria Farrar-Myers welcomes your participation and attendance at the 2015 WPSA meetings. Tiffiany Howard and Mark Lutz, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, are serving as the Local Arrangements Co-Chairs.

Program Chair Louis DeSipio and the Program Section Chairs have assembled a broad and inclusive program. In addition to the regular panels, there are five conferences taking place within our conference:

Section 28 - Abolotionist/Decolonial Politics;
Section 29 - Teaching and Learning Political Science
Section 30 - APSA’s REP Section, 20th Anniversary Retrospective; and
Section 31 - Asian Pacific Americans and Politics.

Also, as in previous years, there will be workshops on Environmental Political Theory, Feminist Theory, Interpretive Methods and Methodologies, and Latino Politics on Wednesday, April 1 and a new workshop Political Science in the Public Arena: Communication Strategies for Scholars sponsored by the American Political Science Association on Friday, April 3, from 8:30 - Noon

2015 Preregistration Form

2015 WPSA Program

Special Meetings and Events - 2015

2015 Papers

2015 Childcare Information

Las Vegas Local Guide (prepared by our local arrangements chairs Tiffiany Howard and Mark Lutz from UNLV)

Hotel Information

Section Chairs' Listing

Schedule an Event at our Annual Meeting

My First Conference? A Question and Answer Guide

Wednesday Pre-Conference Workshops

Role of Chair/Discussant

Instructions for Undergraduate Research Posters

Undergraduate Research Posters


The WPSA has signed an agreement again this year with Alaska Airlines to provide members with reduced rates for our annual meeting. If you book your flight with Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air, you will receive a 7% discount off the lowest published fare (the deal excludes companion and other promotional fares). In addition, the program provides financial benefits for the association, so we encourage members to fly Alaska. The discount applies from March 30 to April 7, 2015. Unfortunately, the discount does not apply for the holiday weekend dates of April 3 to 5. However, the Association still receives credit if you fly on those days, so please still use the discount code. Las Vegas is served by many airlines, but consider taking Alaska.

To receive the discount, book your tickets online at http://www.alaskaair.com/ and input the Discount Code when searching for flights. You can also book your flight through the Alaska Airlines Group desk at 1-800-445-4435, though a $15.00 per person ticketing fee will apply for phone reservations. The discount code is: ECMV818.

In addition, if you purchase an Alaska Airline ticket to attend the conference but do not use the code, please send a note to Richard Clucas (hprc@pdx.edu) letting him know. Include the names of the travelers and their ticket numbers in your note. The association can still receive credit for your travel.

As with any deal, there is some small print. If you change or cancel your flight after ticketing, a service charge will likely apply. The discount is available from any U.S. or Canadian city served by Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air, excluding Hawaii and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.


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