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Annual Meeting

Call for papers: The 2020 Meeting of the Association due to be held in Portland, Oregon, has been postponed until 2021.

Under the current circumstances, a virtual conference will take place on Saturday November 7, 2020, via Zoom.  The day will include panel discussions, a poster session (open to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students), and one or two of the roundtables that many of you enjoy each year. We will also hold our usual membership meeting, and our hope is that will also be a social time to enable many of you to catch up. If there is enough interest, we may also include panels on the Sunday, or hold concurrent panels on the Saturday. Each panel will have a single chair/discussant, who will also be responsible for moderating questions.

If you would like to present, or act as chair/discussant, please email Richard Elgar with your proposal as soon as possible, but at the latest by Monday October 26. If you already submitted a proposal to a section chair, please resubmit it. Please also indicate if which major subfield your paper fits, e.g. American, comparative, IR, Theory.

Registration: The online registration process is available at Brown Paper Tickets. If your paper is accepted, please register there. The nominal fee to participate is $20 for faculty, and $10 for students. There is also an option to support the association with a donation. All monies go directly to supporting the association. There is no fee to attend the online conference if you are not participating as a presenter or chair/discussant.

Elections: Typically, we would hold elections at our membership meeting. Given the peculiar constraints under which we are operating this year, the Executive Council has proposed that we maintain the status quo for this one year, extend all council positions for that one year, and then hold elections at what will hopefully be our in-person conference in Portland in 2021. If you have any concerns about this, please forward your comments via email to

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No printed program will be available

The program is available here.


2020 PNWPSA Panels and Section Chairs

American Politics
Todd Schaefer
Central Washington University

Assessment & Pedagogy
Erin Richards
Cascadia Community College

Comparative Politics
Season Hoard
Washington State University

Environmental Politics 
Erika Wolters
Oregon State University

Gender & Politics
Laci Hubbard-Mattix
Washington State University

Indigenous Politics
Shane Day
Portland State University


International Relations
Ross Burkhart
Boise State University

Law & Courts 
Rorie Spill Solberg
Oregon State University

Media & Public Opinion
Travis Ridout
Washington State University

Peace & Conflict Studies
Edwin Taylor
Missouri Western State University

Political Psychology 
Kylee Britzman
Lewis-Clark State College

Political Theory
Thomas Hawley
Eastern Washington University


Poster Session proposals
Edwin Taylor
Missouri Western State University

Provincial, State & Local Politics
Kevin Pirch
Eastern Washington University

Public Policy
Season Hoard
Washington State University

Race, Ethnicity & Politics
Martín Meráz García
Eastern Washington University

Voting & Elections
Priscilla Southwell
University of Oregon

Other proposals
Robert Harbaugh
College of Western Idaho