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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.

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


PNWPSA Officers

President 2016 & 2017 meetings

Edwin Taylor, Missouri Western State University

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



President-elect 2016 & 2017 meetings

Kevin Pirch, Eastern Washington University

Area of interest: U.S. politics




Ex-oficio 2016 & 2017 meetings

Rorie Spill Solberg, Oregon State University

Area of interest: Judicial politics.




Alison Gash, University of Oregon

Area of interest: Constitutional rights and the court system.


Executive council


Robert Harbaugh, College of Western Idaho

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

Term ends after 2018 meeting



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 2018 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 2017 meeting



Justin Vaughn, Boise State University

Area of interest: American political institutions, especially the presidency.

Term ends after 2017 meeting


Executive Director

Richard ElgarRichard Elgar, Washington State University


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


Annual Meeting

The 2017 meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Seattle, October 12-14.

Full details here.

Past Programs

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