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2018 WPSA MEETINGS
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
AT THE HYATT REGENCY HOTEL IN EMBARCADERO

MARCH 29-31, 2018

WPSA President Stephen Nicholson and Program Chair Jane Junn are planning the 2018 Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for March 29 - 31, 2018. Information regarding the program and additional WPSA information may be found at https://wpsa.research.pdx.edu/meet/

Opportunities for Workshops, Mini-Conferences, and Special Events

The annual meeting not only presents an opportunity for traditional research presentations and panels, but also a place for interested groups to schedule special events and workshops. On the Wednesday right before the conference begins, there may be some space available to accommodate groups who wish to hold workshops or offer short courses. In addition, if you are part of research community that is interested in holding a meeting in the spring, we may be able to accommodate your group by coordinating a mini-conference within the conference. The association does not charge for providing the space and support for these mini-conference, though the attendees are required to register for the WPSA meeting. There is also the opportunity to host receptions, business meetings, and special events. For information about these opportunities, please contact Richard Clucas, WPSA Executive Director, at hprc@pdx.edu.

From the WPSA President
NEW PRQ EDITORS ANNOUNCED

The Western Political Science Association would like to announce the selection of new editors for the Political Research Quarterly:

Seth C. McKee, Texas Tech University
Editor in Chief, American Politics Field Editor

Toby J. Rider, Texas Tech University
International Relations Field Editor

Frank C. Thames, Texas Tech University
Comparative Politics and Gender Politics Field Editor

Sophia Jordán Wallace, University of Washington
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Field Editor

David Lay Williams, DePaul University
Political Theory and Philosophy Field Editor

The McKee team was approved by the WPSA Executive Council at its August meeting in San Francisco, California. The team will be replacing Jeanette Mendez (Oklahoma State University), James Scott (Texas Christian University), and Clarissa Hayward (Washington University) at the conclusion of their term in July 2018. The association would like to thank Jeanette, James, and Clarissa for their service as PRQ editors. During their tenure, the three editors oversaw a continued expansion in the quality and reputation of the quarterly. Their work has been stellar, and the association is very appreciative of all that they have done.

The association would also like to thank Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh, University of Connecticut, for chairing the PRQ Editor Search Committee, and the other members of the committee:

Mark Button, University of Utah
Val Martinez-Ebers, University of North Texas
Gary Segura, University of California, Los Angeles
Richard Clucas, WPSA Executive Director

Finally, I would personally like to thank all the applicants for the editor position. The WPSA and PRQ could not succeed without the support of individuals like you. I thank you for applying and hope to continue seeing you play an important role in the association.

Congratulations, Seth, Toby, Frank, Sophia, and David. All of us involved in the association look forward to working with you.

Stephen Nicholson, WPSA President
University of California, Merced


WPSA MOVES 2019 CONFERENCE OUT OF TEXAS

The Western Political Science Association’s 2019 conference was originally scheduled to be held in San Antonio, Texas. In June, however, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra placed a ban on state-funded travel to Texas because of the state’s discriminatory LGBT laws. The WPSA Executive Council voted at its meeting in August to respond to the ban and to Texas’s discriminatory policies by relocating the conference to California. Last month, the association cancelled its 2019 contract with the Hyatt Regency San Antonio and signed a new contract with the Manchester Hyatt in San Diego. The conference in San Diego will be held on April 18 to 20, 2019.

WPSA STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM

There is no principle more central to our work as intellectuals than academic freedom. Academic freedom protects the integrity of our classroom and the integrity of our laboratories. It exists, not to protect our ability to speak popular opinions, but to protect our ability to offer unpopular opinions, to swim against the stream, to challenge existing orthodoxies and received knowledge.

Drexel University's decision to place Professor Ciccariello-Maher on administrative leave, ostensibly in response to threats of violence against him for controversial remarks he made about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, comes at the expense of academic freedom. The Western Political Science Association stands firmly behind Professor Ciccariello-Maher's freedom to communicate and express ideas, both in public forums and classrooms. We are alarmed that Drexel restricted a professor from promoting inquiry, communicating knowledge, and exchanging ideas in the classroom. We are also greatly concerned that Drexel's actions might have a chilling effect on academic freedom by discouraging other academics from engaging audiences outside the university. Although threats to Professor Ciccariello-Maher and his campus community must be taken seriously and those making them held responsible, we are adamantly opposed to Drexel's actions becoming a common response to similar circumstances.

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