On the day before the start of the annual meeting, the WPSA reserves a few meeting rooms at the conference hotel for affiliated groups to hold workshops in which they share research and address issues of common interest. Four groups have traditionally held workshops on these Wednesdays:

1) Environmental Political Theory:


John M. Meyer Cal Poly Humboldt Jason Lambacher University of Washington Bothell


The Environmental Political Theory (EPT) group gathers together scholars and activists who are interested in what political theory can contribute to larger debates and intellectual discussions about environmental challenges. Since 2002, we have hosted a daylong workshop (generally, 9am-5pm) on the Wednesday before the WPSA annual meeting begins. Workshop sessions enable participants to share their projects and scholarship, to discuss pedagogy, and to address shared challenges. Past workshops have also invited local authors and activists to share their work and hosted walking tours and other forms of community engagement. A detailed agenda will be posted in advance. A group dinner will be planned for Wednesday evening.

For more information, please contact the 2025 workshop organizers:
John Meyer, Cal Poly Humboldt,
Jason Frederick Lambacher, University of Washington Bothell,

2) Feminist Theory


Vicki Hsueh Western Washington University Lisa Beard Western Washington University


We invite nominations for books and/or recent or forthcoming articles for discussion at the Feminist Theory Pre-Conference Workshop in April 2025. Our workshop embraces a wide range of approaches in feminist theory, including explorations of race, gender, sex, migration, decolonization, environment, sexuality, ability, and class in discussions of freedom, justice, order, sovereignty, autonomy, kinship, rights, democracy, liberalism, nationalism, the state, militarization, war, peace, and other topics.

To nominate an article and/or book, please submit the author/title of your nomination and brief rationale to AND You can make multiple nominations in one email.

3) Latina/o/x Politics:


Chris Olds Fort Hays State University


New Theme Statement for 2025. The Latina/o/x Politics Pre-Conference Workshop affords an opportunity for robust discussion on intriguing research puzzles surrounding Latina/o/x Politics, as well as professional mentoring opportunities for scholars engaging in research on Latina/o/x Politics.

The Workshop embraces methodological and substantive diversity. Normative political theory, mixed methods, and qualitative or quantitative empirical research presentations are encouraged.

In alignment with the 2025 WPSA program theme, research that analyzes the 2024 election cycle, discrimination, hate crimes, marginalization of undocumented or unhoused individuals, misinformation and disinformation facilitated by technological change, and democratic engagement with an emphasis on the current Latina/o/x social and political experience will assist in learning about challenges that warrant continued exploration. Research that explores questions tied to the study of heterogeneity along aspects like language, distance from country of origin (generational effects), growing up during specific periods of time (cohort effects), sexual orientation, gender identity, economic/financial health, and education can continue a fruitful dialogue about multiple areas of opportunity in exploring Latina/o/x Politics.

Along with original research, a mentoring session will be held where graduate students and non-tenure-track faculty can discuss topics surrounding teaching, research, and service with tenure-track and tenured faculty. The Workshop will welcome the opportunity to host panels on professional development and career opportunities for scholars with specialization in Latina/o/x Politics.

The workshop will be held Wednesday, April 16th in-person at the Seattle WPSA. Please send your presentation or panel ideas, mentoring session interest, and general questions to Christopher Olds at