The Foley Institute is proud to have a distinguished group of associated faculty members, both at WSU and further afield.
The Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Policy
Travis Ridout Washington State University
Travis Ridout is the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Policy and Associate Professor in the school of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University, where he teaches courses in American Politics, Elections, Media & Politics, Research Methods, and Statistics. He also serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the WSU School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs. In addition, he is co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, which has tracked all political ads aired in the United States during the 2010 and 2012 election seasons.
His broad areas of research interest include political communication, voting, elections and campaigns, political participation, presidential nominations, and survey methodology.
Foley Graduate Student Fellowships are awarded each summer.
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Senior Foley Fellows
Todd Donovan Western Washington University
Todd Donovan professor of political science, and has carried out extensive research on elections and representation, mass political behavior, and direct democracy.
He is co-author of the books Why Iowa? How Caucuses and Sequential Elections Improve the Presidential Nominating Process and State and Local Politics: Institutions and Reform and is widely published in his areas of interest.
Clive Thomas holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the London School of Economics. Besides being a Senior Fellow at the Foley Institute, he is a visiting professor at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. From 1980 to 2012 he taught at the University of Alaska in Juneau where he developed and ran the University’s Legislative Internship Program for 25 years.
He has been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to conduct research in Brussels, Latin American, Slovakia and England and has taught and lectured in several other countries. His publications include ten books and over 60 articles and chapters in books on interest groups in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Latin American politics, and U.S. state politics.
Over the years he has worked to apply political science to a better understanding of everyday practical politics and so has engages in extensive public service. This includes political commentary for radio, TV and newspapers, and conducting workshops on various aspects of politics and political advocacy for groups, organizations and the general public. He also runs the political consulting firm PAS—Political Advocacy Strategies—which provides advice on lobbying strategies and tactics.
Foley Research Fellows
Kimberly A.Christen Withey Washington State University (2013/15)
Kimberly Christen Withey, associate director of the digital technology program in the Department of English, was formerly associate professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University. Her work explores the intersections of cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights, the ethics of openness, and the use of digital technologies in and by indigenous communities.
Christopher Faricy is assistant professor of political science and public policy at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research areas include public policy, political economy, political institutions, and public opinion. His research interests include understanding the relationship between the state and the economy, issues of social justice, and how public policy affects economic inequality.
David Pietz is an associate professor of Chinese History and the UNESCO Chair of Environmental History in the University of Arizona’s department of East Asian studies. His current research focuses on 20th-century Chinese economic and environmental history. He is the coeditor of State and Economy in Republican China (Harvard, 2000. Some of his recent publications include Engineering the State: The Huai River and Reconstruction in Nationalist China, 1927-37.