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The Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service

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 2021 & 2022 meetings

Robert Harbaugh, College of Western Idaho

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


President-elect 2021 & 2022 meetings

Priscilla Southwell, University of Oregon

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


Ex-officio 2021 & 2022 meetings

Kevin Pirch, Eastern Washington University

Area of interest: U.S. politics, elections, state and local politics.


Secretary-Treasurer

Edwin Taylor, Missouri Western State University

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

Term ends after 2023 meeting


Executive Council

Kylee Britzman, Lewis-Clark State College

Area of interest: American political behavior: political communication, political psychology, women and politics, and democratic citizenship.

Term ends after 2023 meeting


Season Hoard, Washington State University

Area of interest: comparative public policy and gender and politics.

Term ends after 2023 meeting


Lief Hoffman.Leif Hoffmann, Lewis-Clark State College

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

Term ends after 2022 meeting


Travis Ridout, Washington State University

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

Term ends after 2024 meeting


Erika Wolters, Oregon State University

Area of interest: Environmental politics and policy

Term ends after 2022 meeting


Executive Director

Richard ElgarRichard Elgar, Washington State University

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

Annual Meeting

Our 2021 meeting will be held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel (previously Hotel Monaco) in Portland over the second weekend in November. Please see more information on the Annual Meeting page.

Past Programs

2019 – Boise, ID
2018 – Bend, 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