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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs


Welcome to the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University.  The School offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses leading to the B.A. degrees in Political Science, in Philosophy and in Public Affairs (on our Vancouver campus), the M.A. degree in Political Science (including a Certificate in Global Justice and Security Studies), and a Ph.D. degree in Political Science.  Students who graduate from our programs are imbued with a desire to engage in life-long learning and are also very competitive on the job market.

In addition to teaching and public service, faculty and graduate students engage in problem-oriented research addressing some of the most pressing political and philosophical issues of our time including global climate change and environmental policy, bioethics, health policy, national security and international terrorism, political communication, global justice, and political psychology. Many of the faculty embrace interdisciplinary research programs that allow for a multi-dimensional approach to addressing societal issues and problems.

Travis Ridout


PPPA Good News

February 2021


Graduate student Furkan Cakmak and Travis Ridout have a short paper forthcoming in the Forum section of the journal Political Communication.  The paper examines the impact of the introduction of digital political ad libraries on media coverage of online advertising.

Joe Campbell gave a public lecture titled, “Apology for Free Will” at the Malcolm Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium at the University of Idaho.

Trish Glazebrook was first author on a paper called Gender and sustainability: Learning from women’s farming in Africa, published in the journal, Sustainability (impact factor 2.576), in collaboration with Emmanuela Opoku from the University for Development Studies, Navrongo, Ghana.

Trish Glazebrook’s entry on “Wissenschaft” has been published in The Cambridge Heidegger Lexicon, edited by Mark Wrathall and published by Cambridge University Press.

Trish Glazebrook is Senior Personnel on a $3.5 million NSF proposal titled Growing Convergence Research: Precision Microbiome Engineering at the Confluence of Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, Engineering and Environmental Philosophy, and submitted on January 29th.

On January 14, Trish Glazebrook gave a Zoom paper at Edinburgh University called Ecofeminism: Then and Now.

Season Hoard and Amy Mazur received a revise and resubmit from the American Political Science Review for their article, “Payments and Penalties for Democracy: Gendered Electoral Financing in Action Worldwide,” with Ragnhild Muriaas ( University of Bergen).

Bill Kabasenche has the following publication forthcoming: “Community Based Participatory Research and its Potential Role in Supporting Diversity in Genomic Science,” (with May, Bogar, Dick, and Spellacy), Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (forthcoming 2021).

Bill Kabasenche’s publication “Forgetting Myself: Self-regarding ethical responsibilities in the use of memory modifying technologies,”is forthcoming in the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience.

Claudia Leeb published “The Right Extremist Identitarian Movement in Europe: A Critical Theory Analysis,” in Azimuth: An International Journal of Philosophy (Volume 8, Number 16, 2020), 71-88.

Claudia Leeb’s manuscript, “Castration Anxiety, Covid, and the Far Right: a Psychoanalytic Critical Theory Perspective,” is forthcoming in Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought.

Claudia Leeb’s publication, “Adorno and Freud meet Kazuo Ishiguro: The Rise of the Far Right from a Psychoanalytic and Critical Theory Perspective,” was published in Jeremiah Morelock (ed.) How to Critique Authoritarian Populism: Methodologies of the Frankfurt School (Leiden: Brill Press).

Claudia Leeb’s publication, “Austria’s Repressed Guilt in Theory and Practice: Personal Encounters,” will appear in Vincenzo Pinto (ed.) Vergangenheitsbewältigung (Mastering the Past) (Leiden: Brill Press).

Amy Mazur launched a new Project on Penalty and Gender Equality Policy with Ana Pena Ballesteros and Maria Bustelo.

Amy Mazur will be submitting the final manuscript to Oxford University Press of an edited volume titled: Gender Equality and Policy Implementation in the Corporate World: Making Democracy Work (edited with Isabelle Engeli of the University of Exeter).

Tom Preston published “The Nuclear Standoff Between the United States and North Korea:  Searching for Progress During the Obama and Trump Administrations,” in a volume edited by Ralph G. Carter titled Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From National Security to Human Security.  Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2021.

Tom Preston’s book chapter, “Deterrence, Compellence, and Containment in the Trump Foreign Policy:  Comparing Present and Past Strategies of American Leadership,” was published in Stanley Renshon and Peter Suedfeld’s edited volume, The Trump Doctrine and the Emerging International System, New York:  Springer, 2020.

Tom Preston edited the forthcoming Oxford Research Encyclopedia on Crisis Analysis with Eric Stern, Daniel Nohrstedt, Denis Fischbacher-Smith, and Sanneke Kuipers.

Tom Preston published “Advisory Systems and Crisis” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia on Crisis Analysis.

Travis Ridout and family welcomed Linus, a cat, to their home in December.

Travis Ridout’s conference paper, “Political Advertising Online and Offiline,” (with Erika Franklin Fowler, Michael M. Franz, Gregory S. Martin and Zachary Peskowitz), won the Best Paper Award from the Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association in September 2020.

Travis Ridout’s manuscript (with Erika Franklin Fowler and Michael M. Franz) was accepted for publication in the Journal of Information Technology and Politics.  The manuscript is titled, “The Influence of Goals and Timing: How Campaigns Deploy Ads on Facebook.”

Travis Ridout’s paper, titled “Spending Fast and Furious: Political Advertising in 2020” (with Erika Franklin Fowler and Michael M. Franz) was accepted for publication in The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics.

Mark Stephan was interviewed by Troy Brynelson from Oregon Public Broadcasting, and the story got picked up by NPR’s Weekend Edition for NPR for national broadcast.  List to Mark   speak about the impact of the Trump impeachment vote on Rep. Herrera Beutler:

Congratulations to all!