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On the day before the start of the annual meeting, four WPSA-affiliated groups hold workshops to share research and address issues of common interest. The four workshops are (full descriptions may be found by clicking on the links below):

1) Environmental Political Theory
2) Feminist Theory
3) Interpretive Methods and Methodology
4) Latina/o Politics

If you are associated with a group of scholars who would like to hold a workshop during the WPSA meetings, please contact Elsa Favila at favilaej@csus.edu.

Announcing the Fifteenth Annual
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 -
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Waterfront C, D & E
Subject to Change and Refinement

9:30-9:45 – Greetings and Announcement of 2017 EPT Paper Award

— Roundtable on publishing in EPT:

Joel Kassiola presenting opportunities to contribute to the
forthcoming Handbook on Environmental Political Theory (Palgrave)
Discussion with academic journal editors, Theory and Event

11:00-12:30 — Intersections of science and politics:

Discussion with Dr. Ignacio Chapela (Berkeley) and Dr. Naomi Oreskes (Harvard)

LUNCH 12:30-2:00

2:00-3:15 – Art and EPT, guest TBA

3:15-4:10 - Creativity and Social Transformation: Presentation and discussion with local artist-activists

4:15-5:00 – Conference sustainability and planning for next year

GROUP DINNER, 6:30pm, at Greens

BEFORE/AFTER DINNER: Enjoy a walk around and enjoy Ft. Mason art galleries, museums, and waterfront. Join us at The Interval for cocktail hour.


EPT Workshop: First proposed in 2001 at the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Environmental Political Theory(EPT) group gathers together activists and scholars, who are interested in what political theory can contribute to larger policy debates and intellectual discussions about environmental issues. Since 2002, this group has held a daylong workshop in conjunction with Western Political Science Association annual meetings. Participants in the
EPT Workshop have created a lively intellectual community, and each workshop features a diverse gathering of university administrators, younger faculty members, senior academics, full-time environmental activists, and graduate students. We come together mostly from all across the U.S. and Canada, but EPT workshops also typically have a number of international participants. The EPT workshops themselves focus upon research
agendas, academic pedagogy, public policies, and ethical concerns. Their goals are connecting theory with practice. The number of participants at EPT events have been growing in recent years, and participants consistently are enthusiastic about the significant benefits of developing this important intellectual community. To join the EPT listserv please visit the following page: http://www.cddc.vt.edu/ept/.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 1:00 - 6:45 PM,
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Garden A & B

1:00 pm: Introductions

1:30-3:30 pm: First Session

Author: Lori Marso, Union College
Book: Politics with Beauvoir: Freedom in the Encounter (Duke University Press, 2017)

3:30-3:45 pm: Break

3:45-5:15 pm: Second Session

Author: Heath Fogg Davis, Temple University
Book: Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? (New York University Press, 2017)

5:15-5:30 pm: Break

5:30-6:45 pm: Teaching in Dangerous Times (and planning for next year's conference)


Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 2:00 - 5:00 PM,
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Pacific H

Participants in this workshop gather to discuss research approaches that foreground questions regarding the meanings that political actors make of events, processes, movements, problems, institutions, and power-relations. Political scientists and political theorists from all subfields with interests in ethnographic fieldwork, participatory-action and socially-engaged research, discourse analysis, and other qualitative methods are warmly encouraged to attend. Part of our 2018 WPSA workshop will be devoted to discussing the book Meaningful Resistance: Market Reforms and the Roots of Social Protest in Latin America by Erica S. Simmons (Cambridge Univ. Press 2016), so participants should read this book prior to the workshop. In addition, in light of the passing of Dr. Lee Ann Fujii, who made numerous contributions to the field of interpretive methods, we will spend the last hour discussing Lee Ann's work. We will be discussing two of her articles, the details of which are listed below, to start our conversation and then from there move on to thinking about how Lee Ann's work has impacted our approach to research. Lee Ann has helped many of us understand how to undertake ethical research with marginalized communities; she also helped us think more deeply about why interpretive methodology is just as valid and just as rigorous as other political science methodologies.

Fujii, Lee Ann. (2015). “Five Stories of Accidental Ethnography: Turning Unplanned Moments in the Field into Data.” Qualitative Research 15(4): 525-539.

Fujii, Lee Ann. (2010). “Shades of Truth and Lies: Interpreting Testimonies of War and Violence.” Journal of Peace Research 47(2): 231-241.

The workshop offers an opportunity for scholars engaged in interpretive projects to share ideas and experiences about methodological questions, dilemmas, and successes, in the hope of fostering a more intellectually diverse culture among those who study political phenomena.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:00-6:00pm

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Pacific I, J & K

1:00-1:15 - Welcome, Introductions, Announcements

1:15-2:30 PM - Session One: Grad Student Showcase

Step by Step: Developing a More Profound Understanding about Latinas/os as Candidates and Voters

Chinbo Chong – PhD Candidate at University of Michigan – “Do Ethnic and Pan-Ethnic Appeals Activate Political Participation? An Investigation of the Persuasiveness of Ethnic and Pan-Ethnic Appeals on Latino Electorates”

Melina Juarez – PhD Candidate at University of New Mexico – “The Case for Latinx: Analyzing Differences in Political Behavior Among Latinxs in the U.S.”

Raul Madrid – PhD Candidate at Claremont Graduate University – “Differently Toned News: How Tone and Demographic Changes Influence Opinions on Immigration”

Lisa Pringle – PhD Candidate at Claremont Graduate University – “Latina/o Representation in California”
Moderator: Ivy Cargile, CSU-Bakersfield

2:30-2:45 PM - Break

2:45-4:00 PM - Session Two: Race, Immigration and Politics under Trump

Matt Barreto, UCLA-CMPS and Latino public opinion
Taeku Lee, UC-Berkeley-NAAS and Asian American public opinion
Moderator: Bernard Fraga, Indiana University

4:00-4:15 PM - Break

4:15-5:00 PM - Session Three: PROFESSIONALIZATION-Latinos in the Profession

Angela Ocampo, UCLA
Marcela García-Castañon, San Francisco State University
Melissa Michelson, Menlo College
Moderator: Chris Zepeda-Millán, UC-Berkeley

5:00-6:00 PM - Session IV- Speed Mentorship

Moderator: Marcela García-Castañon, San Francisco State University



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