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On the day before the start of the annual meeting, three WPSA-affiliated groups will hold virtual workshops to share research and address issues of common interest. The three workshops (full descriptions may be found by clicking on the links below):

1) Environmental Political Theory
2) Feminist Theory
3) Latina/o Politics

Announcing the Twentieth Annual
Wednesday, March 31, 2020 - 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM PACIFIC TIME
Organizers: Andrew Scerri and Amy T. Linch

Donors are exerting undue influence on colleges and universities nationwide to further a corrupt agenda that benefits corporations and roll backs progress on climate change, social and economic justice, K-12 education, and more. From funding university-affiliated research centers and state-based think-tanks to making sure that desired politicians are seated in legislatures across the country, networks of large donors pioneered by the Koch Foundation are fueling an atmosphere of obstruction and disruption in university classrooms.

In response, the Environmental Political Theory Organized Section and the Western Political Science Association present a pre-conference lecture and workshop on March 31st 2021, beginning at 1030am-100pm (Pacific Time), featuring Jasmine Banks, Executive Director of UnKoch My Campus

In order to cover costs and lend support to the vision of UnKoch My Campus—to preserve our democracy through protecting higher education from actors whose expressed intent is to place private interests over the common good—you may make a donation via the WPSA registration form when registering at indicating your donation to go towards the “EPT Speaker Event: UnKoch my Campus 2021” (suggested amount $USD25.00). If you forget to donate when you register, please donate directly to UnKoch My Campus at

A link to the pre-conference open lecture will be distributed in the weeks prior to the event.

Wednesday, March 31 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Organizers: Zein Murib, Cricket Keating, Marla Brettschneider

The Feminist Theory Workshop is an annual pre-WPSA conference event where invited scholars present feminist book projects and articles. Discussants are selected to provide critical feedback to presenters. The presenters' articles/books are circulated in advance, and participants are expected to have read this work in preparation for the workshop, the majority of which is dedicated to communal discussion. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Organizer: Brad Jones


9:00 - 9:10 am - Introduction -

Brad Jones, University of California, Davis

9:10-10:00 - PANEL 1: Graduate Student Research in Latina/o/x Politics

Who is Worthy: Public Opinion of Immigrants in a Time of Uncertainty
Maricruz Osorio, University of California, Riverside

Alienating or Mobilizing? The Effects of Carceral Experiences on Political Participation
Romelia Solano, University of Notre Dame

Dissent and Deportation: Political Repression in American Immigration Enforcement
Ramon Garibaldo Valdez, Yale University

Moderator: Angela X. Ocampo, University of Michigan

10:00-10:50 - PANEL 2: 2020 Election and Latina/o/x Politics

Political Threats Among Latinxs: How the (De)Mobilized Counter Fear Narratives
Vanessa Cruz Nichols, Indiana University

The Diverse Latino Vote in 2020, Reality or Fiction?
Sergio Garcia-Rios, Cornell University

Latinos, Racial Identity, and the 2020 Presidential Elections
Yalidy Matos, Rutgers University

Moderator: Claudia Sandoval, Loyola Marymount University

11:00-11:55 - PANEL 3: Publishing Research on Latina/o/x Politics

Anna Sampaio, Santa Clara University
Former PGI editor and Temple UP series editor on Intersectionality

Celeste Montoya, University of Colorado, Boulder
Current APSR editor, former PGI editor, and Temple UP series editor on intersectionality

Alfonso Gonzalez, University of California, Riverside
Oxford University Press series editor on Subaltern Latino/a Politics

Sophia Jordán Wallace, University of Washington
Moderator and Field Editor at Political Research Quarterly

12:00-12:55 - PANEL 4: Mentoring Session

Bernard Fraga, Emory University
Eric Juenke, Michigan State University
Melissa Michelson, Menlo College
Gabe Sanchez, University of New Mexico
Ricardo Ramirez, University of Notre Dame
Ines Valdez, Ohio State University
Sophia Jordán Wallace, University of Washington

12:55-1:00 - Concluding Remarks

The Latino/a Politics workshop is an annual pre-WPSA workshop featuring scholarship on Latina/o Politics. The workshop consists of research presentations by graduate students, followed by roundtable discussions with junior and senior scholars alike on a variety of topics pertaining to the Latina/o community. We will close off the event with our signature speed-mentoring session. All are welcomed to attend.