CELEBRATING WPSA'S 75 YEARS' OF HISTORIES
Since the first meeting of the Western Political Science Association
(WPSA) was held on the University of Utah campus in November 1947, the
association has grown into one of the largest political science associations
in the nation. Today, the association represents a dynamic group of scholars
from a wide range of backgrounds and with diverse scholarly interests.
More than 1,000 political scientists participate in the association's
annual meeting, where they share research, coordinate activities with
colleagues, reconnect with friends, and peruse exhibits set up by publishers
and others. The two official journals of the association, Political
Research Quarterly and Politics, Groups, and Identities
are among the most respected publications in the discipline. The association
has expanded its presence online, especially through its Virtual Communities,
which brings scholars together virtually for panels, colloquia, workshops,
reading or writing groups, pedagogy discussions, and other events. The
WPSA can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
One individual who has played a particularly important role in this history
is Elizabeth (Betty) Moulds, who served as Secretary Treasurer from 1985
to1998 and Executive Director from 1998 to 2009. In December 2009, Political
Research Quarterly published a short article by Betty on the changes in
the association from its creation through the end of her tenure as Executive
Director. Betty's insightful history of the association is available through
SAGE publications at: Click
here to view the article.
To learn more about the association's history, and those of affiliated
groups, follow these links:
WPSA Historical Timeline
Doing "Interpretations and Methods" @
WPSA: Nevertheless, they persisted!
WPSA Feminist Theory Workshop
WPSA Women's Caucus History
Keep checking back as we add to the stories all year.
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