2018 Conference

2017 Papers


2016 Awards

Search Site


Spacer Image



The Western


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 five workshops are (full descriptions may be found by clicking on the links below): This year, we are also offering a workshop on Thursday starting at 10 sponsored by the American Political Science Association. A description of this workshop follows below:

1) APSA Public Engagement Roundtable (to be held on Thursday at 3:15 PM)
2) Environmental Political Theory
3) Feminist Theory
4) Interpretive Methods and Methodology
5) 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 Fourteenth Annual
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - Vancouver Hyatt Regency - Plaza B
Preliminary Schedule, Subject to Change

8:30 - 9:00 - Arrival and caffeination
9:00 - 9:30 - Welcome and Introductions
9:30-10:30 — Publishing in EPT Roundtable

John Meyer, Editor with Environmental Politics
Pieter Martin, Senior Editor with University of Minnesota Press
Alyssa Battistoni, Environmental Politics Editor with Jacobin Magazine

10:45-12:15 — Roundtable on “Solidarity and Climate Justice” featuring local activists and analysts, but designed to engage the larger EPT group in collective discussion

Harsha Walia, No One Is Illegal-Vancouver, Author of Undoing Border Imperialism
Shannon Daub, The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Corporate Mapping Project
Cliff Atleo Jr, Resource and Environmental Management Program, Simon Fraser University


1:45-3:15 - Roundtable on “Decolonizing Environmental Political Theory” (select readings will be circulated in advance)

Jaskiran Dhillon, author of Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization and the Politics of Intervention
Sarah Marie Wiebe, author of Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada's Chemical Valley
Glen Coulthard, author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition

3:30-4:10 - Creativity and Social Transformation (more details to come)

4:10-5:00 - Planning for next year.

Workshop organizers: James Rowe (jkrowe@uvic.ca) and Sarah Marie Wiebe (swiebe@uvic.ca)

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, April 12, 2017, 1:00 - 6:15 PM
Vancouver Hyatt Regency - Georgia A and B, Second Floor

1:00 PM: Introductions

1:30-3:30 PM: Discussion of a Recent Book:

AUTHOR: Shatema Threadcraft, Rutgers University
BOOK: Intimate Justice: The Black Female Body and the Body Politic (Oxford University Press, 2016)
DISCUSSANT 1: Ainsley LeSure, Occidental College
DISCUSSANT 2: Christine DiStefano, University of Washington

3:30-3:45 PM: Break

3:45-5:15 PM: Discussion of Work in Progress/Recently Published Work:

AUTHOR: Sara Angevine, Whittier College
ARTICLE: Aborting Global Women's Rights: The Impact of Antifeminism on American Foreign Policy
DISCUSSANT: Mary Hawkesworth, Rutgers University

5:15-6:15 PM: The Future of Feminist Theory in the New Administration (and Planning for next year’s conference)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 1:00 - 6:00 PM
Western Political Science Association Latino Caucus
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Plaza A, Second Floor

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

1:15-2:30 PM - Session One: Graduate Student Research Presentations

Angie Gutierrez, University of California, Los Angeles
Roberto Carlos, University of Chicago
Maria Livaudais, University of New Mexico
Vanessa Cruz Nichols, University of Michigan

Moderator: Rene Rocha, University of Iowa

2:30-2:45 PM - Break

2:45-4:00 PM - Session Two: Latinos in the 2016 Election

Gabe Sanchez, University of New Mexico
Francisco Pedraza, University of California, Riverside
Jason Morin, California State University, Northridge
Mia Livaudais, University of New Mexico

Moderator: Ivy Cargile, California State University, Bakersfield

4:00-4:15 PM - Break

4:15-5:00 PM - Session Three: Immigration Policy: What’s Ahead in the Trump Administration

Sophia Jordán Wallace, University of Washington
Celeste Montoya, University of Colorado, Boulder
Rene Rocha, University of Iowa

Moderator: Rene Rocha, University of Iowa

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

Moderator: Marcela García-Castañon, San Francisco State University


Interpretation and Methods Seminar @ WPSA 2017, Vancouver
Wednesday April 12, 2:15-5:00 p.m. - Windsor, Third Floor

Ethnography in the Context of Transparency Angst:
Reading Matthew Desmond’s Evicted

Wednesday @ WPSA afternoon seminars are intended to gather a group of ‘interpretivists,’ broadly cast, to talk about methodological topics of interest. The fifth meeting of the seminar will once be organized by Peregrine Schwartz-Shea (University of Utah) and Samantha Majic (John Jay College/City University of New York).

Following 2016’s very successful and invigorating conversation about Alice Goffman’s On the Run, we will discuss another ethnography that has been getting scholarly and public attention: Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016, NY: Crown Publishers). For example, on the dustcover of the hardback, former APSA president Robert Putnam of Bowling Alone fame writes: “This sensitive, achingly beautiful ethnography should refocus our understanding of poverty in America on the simple challenge of keeping a roof over your head.”

Whether Desmond’s book will face the same criticisms that were focused on Goffman’s text and person remains to be seen but in the context of what might be called the transparency angst or replication hysteria roiling some parts of the social sciences, we can repeat the same questions as in 2016:

1) Is ethnography trustworthy? Is it—and by extension, other interpretive—research is insufficiently transparent;
2) that such research is not replicable, thereby casting doubt not only on its claims, but also on its character as science;
3) that it is advocacy masquerading as science.

And by April 2017, as well, we should have some of the draft Community Transparency Statements (CTSs) produced by the QTD Process (Qualitative Transparency Deliberations). See https://www.qualtd.net/page/about. In particular, there is a working group on Ethnography and Participant Observation.

To help us plan the session, please let us know by March 1 if you will attend: psshea@poli-sci.utah.edu; smajic@jjay.cuny.edu . We would also be happy to answer questions about the session.

Previous meetings of the Interpretation and Methods seminar @ WPSA
2016 (San Diego): “Why Should We Believe You? Evidence and “Proof” in Field and Other Interpretive Research,” organized by Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea
2015 (Las Vegas): “Digesting the Public Sphere,” organized by Natasha Behl and Sarah Marusek
2014 (Seattle): “Comparing Meaning,” convened by Amy Cabrera Rasmussen and Betsy Super
2013 (Hollywood): “Abduction,” organized by Dvora Yanow and Peregrine Schwartz-Shea

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 3:15 - 5:00 PM
Engaging with the Public about Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary America
Location: Windsor, Third Floor

This session will convene a panel of political scientists active in public engagement around issues of race and ethnicity in America. Panelists will discuss how they participate in public conversations about race and ethnicity and share approaches for conveying academic research to non-academic audiences through venues including public lectures, media interviews and appearances, and blogging. Panelists also will discuss ways in which race and ethnicity (including as both relate to immigration) have been framed in the media and other public fora within the past year. The roundtable is sponsored by the APSA Public Engagement Program and will include an overview of program resources available for both scholars already active in public engagement and those new to this area.


Kara Abramson
American Political Science Association


Marcela García-Castañon, San Francisco State University
Valerie Martinez-Ebers, University of North Texas
Vanessa Tyson, Scripps College
Tom Wong, University of California, San Diego



Request to Participate Form

2018 Registration Form

The Western, Spring 2017

2018 Program

2017 Program

2017 Meeting

Posting Papers

Future Meetings

Our Supporters