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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

August 2020

A paper titled “Libet Experiments & Free Will Denialism,” co-written by Joe Campbell and Kenji Lota (a former WSU student) has been accepted for presentation at the 2020 Science of Consciousness Conference sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona.

 A set of papers on Keith Lehrer’s work, edited by Joe Campbell, was accepted for publication in Grazer Philosophische Studien. Authors include Lehrer, Campbell, J. Angelo Corlett, Michael McKenna, and Robyn Waller.

Graduate student Tim Chatburn became a dad (again) when Milo Sage Chatburn was born on June 1st.  Congratulations, Tim!

Trish Glazebrook’s article, “Heideggerian Ecofeminism” appeared in Ekstasis: Journal of Hermeneutics and Philosophy, a Brazilian journal, in both English and Portuguese.

Trish Glazebook published “Ihde’s revolutions: From Paris to Science, Rock, and Radical Architecture” in the volume Reinventing Ihde: Origins, Interplay, and Extensions in Springer’s Philosophy of Engineering and Technology series. The book is a tribute to Don Ihde who is a world leader in philosophy of technology and has written over 20 books, not including edited volumes.

Trish Glazebrook and Jeff Gessas (University of North Texas) published the chapter “Standing Rock: Water Protectors in a Time of Failed Policy,” in volume The Wonder of Water: Lived Experience, Policy and Practice, edited by Ingrid Stefanovic (Emerita, University of Toronto) and published by the University of Toronto Press.

In April, Trish Glazebrook set up and hosted a conference in a Zoom webinar for the Society for Women in Philosophy—PNW that had ten speakers and more than 130 attendees from as far away as Saudi Arabian and Yemen, as well as Puerto Rico and several locations in Europe, and strong representation from Canada and the U.S., including some of our students.

Trish Glazebrook and Jill McCluskey (CAHNRS) received a USDA/NIFA: AFRI Foundational Program grant.  The two-year grant of $442,346 is for a project entitled Social Interaction and Consumer Acceptance of Gene Editing in Domestic Livestock.

Claudia Leeb published, “The Hysteric Rebels: Rethinking Socio-Political Transformation with Foucault and Lacan,” the journal Theory and Event (Vol. 23, No. 3, 2020), 607-640.

Claudia Leeb published, “Towards a Politics of Feelings of Guilt: A Response to McIvor and Rensmann,” in a review symposium on her book The Politics of Repressed Guilt: The Tragedy of Austrian Silence.  Claudia’s piece appeared in Critical Horizons (Vol. 21, No. 1, 2020), 36-79.

Claudia Leeb received two grants (a WSU Arts and Humanities Fellowship and and ADVANCE WSU External Mentorship Grant) to fund her research project, “Analyzing the Far Right: A Psychoanalytic and Feminist Critical Theory Perspective.”

Claudia Leeb served as a member of the selection committee for the Leo Strass Award for the best dissertation in Political Philosophy, given by the American Political Science Association.

Jacob Lewis’s manuscript, “Signals, strongholds, and support: Political party protests in South Africa,” has been published in the journal Politics.

Samantha Noll, Trish Glazebrook and Emmanuela Opoku of Ghana’s University of Development Studies in Navrongo, published “Gender Matters: Climate Change, Gender Bias, and Women’s Farming in the Global South and North” in the journal Agriculture, which has an impact factor of 2.072. This was a special issue of the journal on Productivity, Efficiency, and Sustainability in Agriculture.

Travis Ridout had a manuscript titled “Political Advertising Online and Offline” (with Erika Franklin Fowler, Michael Franz, Gregory Martin, and Zach Peskowitz) accepted for publication in the American Political Science Review

Travis Ridout and co-authors Michael Franz and Erika Franklin Fowler published “Accessing Information about Interest Group Advertising Content,” in a special issue of the journal Interest Groups and Advocacy.

Michael Ritter has a book forthcoming in October (with Caroline Tolbert). The Oxford University Press book is titled Accessible Elections: How the States Can Help Americans Vote.

Mike Salamone had an article accepted at the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. The piece, with Christopher D. Kromphardt, is titled, “’Unpresidented!’ or: What Happens When the President Attacks the Federal Judiciary on Twitter.”

Matt Stichter published a piece with Ellen Fridland titled “It Just Feels Right: An Account of Expert Intuition,” in Synthese, Special Issue on Minds in Skilled Performance (2020).

Matt Stichter also published a piece (with Grace N. Rivera, Matthew Vess, Rebecca J. Brooker, and Jenae M. Nederhiser) titled,” Exploring Relations between Beliefs about the Genetic Etiology of Virtue and the Endorsement of Parenting Practices,” in the journal Parenting: Science and Practice,

Congratulations to all!