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The Foley Institute PNWPSA


Pacific Northwest Political Science Association

PNWPSA logoThe Foley Institute is the host organization for this regional political science group that holds its annual meeting in the fall. 

The aim of the Association is to encourage the study and effective teaching of Political Science in this region; to promote closer relations between academic political scientists and public officials; and to achieve greater utilization of political scientists as experts in the field of government.

You can read a history of the association, compiled by Don Balmer, Eliot Dickinson, and Curtis Johnson here.

Contact the Foley Institute’s Assistant Director, and Executive Director of the Association, Richard Elgar by email, or call 509-335-3477.

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PNWPSA Officers

President 2018 & 2019 meetings

Kevin Pirch, Eastern Washington University

Area of interest: U.S. politics



President-elect 2018 & 2019 meetings

Robert Harbaugh, College of Western Idaho

Area of interest: American Politics, with a special emphasis on Congress and interest groups.



Ex-oficio 2018 & 2019 meetings

Edwin Taylor, Missouri Western State University

Area of interest: The role of women in foreign policy and conflict resolution.




Alison Gash, University of Oregon

Area of interest: Constitutional rights and the court system.


Executive Council

Lori Hausegger, Boise State University

Area of interest: comparative courts, judicial selection, judicial decision-making and court-Congress relations.

Term ends after 2019 meeting



Leif Hoffmann, Lewis-Clark State College

Area of interest: Market integration and liberalization in the United States and the European Union.

Term ends after 2021 meeting



Martín Meráz García, Eastern Washington University

Area of interest: international relations, revolutionary movements, and U.S. – Mexico relations.

Term ends after 2020 meeting



Travis Ridout, Washington State University

Area of interest: Political communication, campaigns, political advertising, and public opinion.

Term ends after 2020 meeting



Priscilla Southwell, University of Oregon

Area of interest: Everything from gender in the election process to the mail-in ballot system.

Term ends after 2019 meeting



Erika Wolters, Oregon State University

Area of interest: Environmental politics and policy

Term ends after 2021 meeting



Executive Director

Richard ElgarRichard Elgar, Washington State University


Area of interest Latin American politics, gender, and comparative politics.


Annual Meeting

The 2019 meeting will be held at the Grove Hotel in Boise, ID. Click here for more details.

Past Programs

2018Bend, OR

2017 – Seattle, WA

2016 – Portland, OR

2015 – Boise, ID

2014 – Bend, OR

2013 – Vancouver, B.C.

2012 – Portland, OR

2011 – Seattle, WA

2010 – Spokane, WA

2009 – Victoria, B.C.

2008 – Portland, OR