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From the WPSA President

The Western Political Science Association would like to announce the selection of new editors for the Political Research Quarterly:

Seth C. McKee, Texas Tech University
Editor in Chief, American Politics Field Editor

Toby J. Rider, Texas Tech University
International Relations Field Editor

Frank C. Thames, Texas Tech University
Comparative Politics and Gender Politics Field Editor

Sophia Jordán Wallace, University of Washington
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Field Editor

David Lay Williams, DePaul University
Political Theory and Philosophy Field Editor

The McKee team was approved by the WPSA Executive Council at its August meeting in San Francisco, California. The team will be replacing Jeanette Mendez (Oklahoma State University), James Scott (Texas Christian University), and Clarissa Hayward (Washington University) at the conclusion of their term in July 2018. The association would like to thank Jeanette, James, and Clarissa for their service as PRQ editors. During their tenure, the three editors oversaw a continued expansion in the quality and reputation of the quarterly. Their work has been stellar, and the association is very appreciative of all that they have done.

The association would also like to thank Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh, University of Connecticut, for chairing the PRQ Editor Search Committee, and the other members of the committee:

Mark Button, University of Utah
Val Martinez-Ebers, University of North Texas
Gary Segura, University of California, Los Angeles
Richard Clucas, WPSA Executive Director

Finally, I would personally like to thank all the applicants for the editor position. The WPSA and PRQ could not succeed without the support of individuals like you. I thank you for applying and hope to continue seeing you play an important role in the association.

Congratulations, Seth, Toby, Frank, Sophia, and David. All of us involved in the association look forward to working with you.

Stephen Nicholson, WPSA President
University of California, Merced

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Political Research Quarterly (PRQ) is a refereed scholarly journal publishing original research in all areas of political science. Published quarterly in association with the Western Political Science Association, PRQ is one of the top ranked journals in the field. The journal publishes scholarly research of exceptionally high merit that covers the entire range of topics and subjects in political science, including

* American politics
* International relations
* Comparative politics
* Public policy and public administration
* Political theory and philosophy
* Public law
* Gender and sexuality
* Race and ethnicity

In addition to original research articles, collections of articles on a common theme or debate, to be published as short symposia, are welcome. Symposia submissions will undergo the same review process as individual manuscripts. Important debates between scholars or responses to controversial articles will also be published.

Under new editorship in 2007, PRQ will continue its tradition of excellence by publishing high-quality research that makes substantive contributions to our understanding of politics. The journal especially encourages research that is problem-driven and that utilizes multiple methodological and theoretical frameworks to address major political problems or puzzles. More generally, the new editors seek to make the quarterly better reflect the diversity of the discipline of political science and to better serve the full range of political science scholars as a meaningful arena for discussions about leading research and scholarship. For more information go to or contact the Editorial Office.

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