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PPPA Recruitment Corner

21647362201_990c4fbbcc_oWSU has many recruitment events that are tailored for future students. As a new advisor, Program Coordinator, Kelly Demand has attended two of these events, Future Cougar Day and Fall Preview. First, she attended the Future Cougar Day academic fair which took place in September at Beasley Colosseum. Attended by many High school sophomores and juniors, this was an opportunity to share facts about our majors. Similar to Future Cougar Day, Fall Preview, held in October at the CUB, also housed an academic Fair. In both instances, Kelly was able to talk to students about their academic interests and how those interests were relevant to majors in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. These academic fairs are be important events, as students are given the opportunity to talk to Advisors, student ambassadors and faculty members. Pictured above, Kelly looks on as a student ambassador talks to a student about her pursuit of a global politics degree and how it will impact her future career goals. We can all agree that being a Coug is a unique and powerful experience. Often, the impact we have on students at these events can help determine if they will later enter our program to not only be a Coug, but even better, a PPPA Coug!

Staff Spotlight!

Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs PortraitsOn October 1st, 2015, our Academic Advisor, Teresa Woolverton, celebrated her 30th Anniversary at WSU! Teresa’s WSU career began 1985 in the Housing Department. She discovered a passion for working with students in a number of different settings early on in her career. After gaining experience and education, she began her journey in the Office of Admissions in 1997, wearing many different hats throughout her time there. She knew being able to make a difference in an individual’s life is what would keep her motivated.

In 2007 Teresa began working in the College of Pharmacy. In her five years there, she gained some wonderful professional experience as an academic coordinator, working with student pharmacists and the nutrition and exercise physiology majors.
In November 2011, Teresa joined the staff in General Studies as an academic advisor and in May 2013, moved to the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs as an academic advisor in Political Science. Teresa provides students with rewarding advising experiences and helps to guide them through some of the most exciting years of their lives. In fact, one student shares her experiences working with Teresa. She writes,
“Teresa has been a saving grace. Her calm (yet sassy) demeanor has never failed to put me at ease or provide me with a smile. She has become so integral to my undergraduate career that I often visit her office for advice on my courses, my academic load, life after graduation, and how to manage the interpersonal connections that I have made at Washington State University. She has guided me through one of the most challenging and rewarding years of my academic career and I am awed by the support she provides.”

Thanks, Teresa, for all you do for us and our students!

Graduate Student Spotlight!

Many of PPPA’s Graduate students presented at the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association annual meeting that took place in Boise, on October 15th-17th. Two of our graduate students, Pip Sherwood and Julia Pusateri, won awards for their posters. Congratulations to you both! Pip Sherwood shares her account of recent conference attendances. She writes,
“In the past four months I have had the pleasure of representing Washington State University and PPPA at three different conferences, the International Society of Political Psychology Annual Meeting in San Diego, sherwood posterthe American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, and most recently, the Northwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Boise. At each conference I presented solo-authored work, either in a paper presentation or a poster session. While every conference is fun and exciting, I especially enjoyed the PNWPSA, where I won an award for best poster presentation for my poster, “Psychological Appeals in Terrorist Recruitment: Examining White Supremacists.” It was wonderful to see so many other PPPA graduate students presenting there as well. The critiques and feedback that I received at these conferences will be of great help in Pusateri posterthe year ahead, as I continue to work toward completing my dissertation.”

Conference Presentations:
Pacific Northwast Political Science Association Annual Meeting: October 2015

Joshua Munroe. “Public v Private (donors): Message Consistency in Presidential Primary Speeches.”
Hayden Smith. “A Realist/Idealist Typology of Foreign Policy Decision-Makers.”
Fernanda Buril Almeida. “Afterlife Beliefs and the Distortion of Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Evolutionay Approcah to the Logic of Religious Extremism.”
Brittany Wood. “The Effects of Traveling Abroad on Political Behavior.”
Andrew Flint. “Three-Dimensional Social Science: The Critical Theorhetical Orientation of Karl Marx.”
Samuel Rhodes. “Hotshots: Investigating the Challenger/Incumbent Dynamic in Attorney General Campaign Advertisements.”
Orion Yoesle and Rick Davis. “Force Relations in Physician Assisted Suicide: An Intersection of Care and Medical Ethics.”
Hayden Smith. “Khamenei and the Bomb: An Inside View Using Operational Code and Image Theory.”
Season Hoard and Richard Elgar. “What is Success? Feminist Policies in Europe and South America.”
Julia Pusateri. “The New Conservative? Utilizing Operational Code and Psychobiography to Understand British Prime Minister David Cameron.”
Pip Sherwood. “Psychological Appeals in Terrorist Recruitment: Examining White Supremacists.”
Travis Ridout, Samuel Rhodes, Michael Franz, and Erika Franklin Fowler. “Thirty Seconds over America: Exploring the Mitigative Effects of Dark Money Disclosure.
Season Hoard and Richard Elgar. “What is Success? Feminist Policies in Europe and South America.”

Other Accomplishments:
Graduate Student and Assistant Director of the Foley Institute, Richard Elgar serves as Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association.

Faculty Spotlight!

What do faculty do on their sabbatical? Every six years faculty have the opportunity to apply for a one or two semester professional leave. Here is what two of our faculty members did during their sabbatical leave last year.

Amy G. Mazur C.0. Johnson Distinguished Professor, What I did on my sabbatical ……
My leave year was divided into three “chapters”.

I spent the Fall as a Research Fellow at Birkbeck College at the Humanities Institute in London. There I worked on the Gender Equality Policy in Practice Project ( GEPP), which I co convene with Joni Lovenduski and Isabelle Engeli, through a Working Group for which we were able to secure funding through Birkbeck’s Social Science Institute.
GEPP’s goal is to conduct a systematic cross-national study of the implementation and impact of gender equality policies in western post industrial democracies. Over 80 researchers cover 24 countries across seven policy sectors (care, equal employment, gender-based violence, higher education, immigration, intimate citizenship, and political representation). We seek to collectively answer the crucial question of whether the past 30 years of policies that formally promote women’s rights and gender equality have actually achieved these goals in practice, outcomes and results. Data collection is being launched in 2016 and the group’s aim is to have findings in all of the issue areas and a capstone multi methods analysis published in 2020.
While at Birkbeck, our working group planned and held, in December, a two day meeting of GEPP’s executive council. There, we decided to formally establish 7 issue networks; provided feedback on member research proposals; developed a recruiting plan for additional team members and a funding application strategy to secure largescale network and research grants.

IMG_0298I also served as an opponent, the external examiner, on a Ph.D. dissertation defense at the University of Stockholm in December.

I came back to the USA from January through March. I continued work on a new measurement to actually assess gender equality policy success, with four GEPP colleagues, and presented papers on our approach at Arizona State University to the gender and politics group of the School of Global Studies and at a meeting at Florida IMG_4023International University in Miami on Gender Equality Assessment worldwide.

From April to June, I went back to Europe, at the European Studies Center at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Sciences Po Paris) where I have held a visiting researcher position since 2011. During my three month stay there, I continued my work on GEPP, further developing our measurement and presenting our paper, with Isabelle Engeli, at the European Conference on Gender and Politics in Uppsala, Sweden. I also worked on building the French Team for GEPP and was able to recruit French and British researchers to cover all 7 of the policy areas in GEPP. As a team, we were able to meet with members of the French Women’s Rights Ministry to develop research contacts and potential funding.
Also at the ECPG in Uppsala we held some crucial meetings with the GEPP executive board and over 45 research members to move ahead the research.

IMG_4953Throughout the year, but also while in Paris, I continued my work as co editor on the Oxford University Press Handbook on French Politics with Robert Elgie and Emiliano Grossman – a 32 chapter book on the state of the study of French politic, begun in 2012. The three of us were able to meet in Paris to discuss the final stages of the project, including the specific division of labor on co authoring the introduction and conclusion. We will be submitting the final manuscript to the publisher before Christmas this year. I also was able to put the finishing touches on a chapter I co authored with Anne Revillard, also at the CEE, on Gender Policy Studies in France.

My sabbatical year was incredibly useful for me and helped us to significantly advance the various projects with which I am involved. Thanks to this year of collective work, GEPP is well on its way to conducting a large-scale international study on an important area of public policy and our OUP Handbook project is now nearly completed. Many thanks to the School and the College of Arts and Sciences for providing me with such an amazing opportunity to develop professionally, rarely seen outside of the academic world.

Mark Stephan Associate Professor, What I did on my sabbatical ……

Mark Stephan focused his sabbatical year on a new project about climate Stephanqrisk governance across the US States. Working with colleagues at Western Washington University and at the University of Kansas, he spent the year further developing the group’s theoretical framework, began the qualitative data collection for the project, and gave presentations at five different universities across the US. Highlights included a presentation at the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University and the opportunity to see the University of Kansas men’s basketball team at historic Allen Fieldhouse (go Jayhawks!). Weeks before the sabbatical began Mark learned he had received a three-year NSF grant for his planned research. The timing could not have been better.

Publications by PPPA Faculty:

Ridout, Travis N., Erika Franklin Fowler, John Branstetter and Porismita Borah. 2015. “Politics as Usual? When and Why Traditional Actors Often Dominate YouTube Campaigning.” Journal of Information Technology and Politics 12(3): 237-251.
Ridout, Travis N. and Annemarie Walter. 2015. “Party System Change and Negative Campaigning in New Zealand.” Party Politics. 21(6): 982-992.

Hoard, Season. 2015. Hoard, Season. Does Gender Expertise Matter? Toward a Theory of Policy Success. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Conference/Workshop Presentations:

31st Cultural Studies Dialogue: Knowledge, Expertise, and Wisdom, Vienna Austria.
Patricia Glazebrook. Nov. 2015. “ Wisdom and Happiness: On Knowing Oneself.”
18th Civil-Military Relations Conference, Vienna Austria:
Patricia Glazebrook. Nov. 2015. “The Walking Dead: Environmental and Climate Impacts on Identity.”

Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting:
Season Hoard and Richard Elgar. “What is Success? Feminist Policies in Europe and South America.”
Travis Ridout, Samuel Rhodes, Michael Franz, and Erika Franklin Fowler. “Thirty Seconds over America: Exploring the Mitigative Effects of Dark Money Disclosure.

Research and Methods Symposium

Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs PortraitsThe Research and Methods Symposium is an informal venue for faculty and graduate students to present their research, with a particular focus on methodological issues. It provides an opportunity for researchers to get feedback on their work from a friendly audience and offers department members an opportunity to learn what their colleagues are doing and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in social science methodology. On Monday, October 19th, Dr. Amy Mazur gave a talk as part of PPPA’s Research and Methods Symposium. Her presentation is titled, “Toward a Feminist Measure of Gender Equality: Initial Lessons from the Gender Equality Policy in Practice Project.” She presented an in-progress measurement for assessing implementation and impact success in the area of gender equality policy in western post industrial democracies. It is being developed in the context of an international comparative research project on gender equality policy.

PPPA Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

Fall 2015 brought many new and exciting changes to PPPA. We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new faculty and Staff. This Fall, we welcomed new Faculty member, Dr. Ashly Townsen, Assistant Professor of Political Science and new Staff member, Stephanie Ficca, Secretary Senior.

Welcome to our new faculty member, Ashly Townsen, who joined The WSU faculty in August 2015. He comes to us freshly minted from the University of Illinois. Welcome to the Palouse, Ashly! Great to have you on board!.Townsen

Learn more about Dr. Townsen:

Research and teaching interests: Civil war, rebel groups, conflict management, post-conflict negotiation, peacekeeping, political psychology, spatial methodology, experimental methodology, and understanding which individuals join rebellions and why

Previous post: University of Illinois

Education and training: PhD, Political Science, University of Illinois; BS, Political Science, Sam Houston State University

Honors and achievements: “Hot Spot Peacekeeping,” with Bryce W. Reeder and Matthew Powers, in International Studies Review 18(1): 69-91 (2015)

Outside of work, I enjoy, traveling, hiking with my lab-mix (“Charlie”), concerts, camping, cooking new dishes, and watching baseball.

PPPA would also like to Welcome our newest staff member, Stephanie Ficca. Stephanie is our new Secretary Senior and also does all of the financials for PPPA. Stephanie has worked at WSU since December, 2012. She has worked in various departments across campus, before joining the PPPA Family in August 2015. Stephanie has lived on the Palouse all of her life. Welcome to PPPA, Stephanie! We’re happy you’re here!

Learn More about Stephanie:
Previous WSU Experience: University Receivables, Conference Management, Dining Financial Services

Outside of work, I enjoy, reading, riding horses, shooting guns, and spending time with family.

Faculty Spotlight

PPPA Faculty have a wide range of research and teaching interests, and these interests are often highlighted through their publications and achievements. Our faculty often facilitate in the planning of conferences that they attend.
Michael Goldsby is currently organizing the Inland Northwest PhilosAPA Pictureeeeeeeeeeeophy Conference (INPC) that will be held this coming April. This year’s topic is the philosophy of global climate change. Confirmed speakers include William McKibben (A leading environmental activist and author of The End of Nature), Stephen Gardiner (University of Washington) who authored A Perfect Moral Storm, and Andrew Light (George Mason University) who is part of the Paris climate talk’s negotiation team.
Dr. Goldsby’s participation in the implementation of the INPC is just one example of the outstanding faculty accomplishments that take place at PPPA. Others are highlighted through publication and conference presentations, to name a few.

Publications by PPPA Faculty:


Campbell, Joe. “Strawson’s Free Will Skepticism” accepted for publication in International Journal for the Study of Skepticism.
Campbell, Joe. “The Consequence Argument” completed and submitted for publication to the Routledge Companion to Free Will, edited by Meagan Griffith, Neil Levy, and Kevin Timpe.

Campbell, Joe. “Racial, Sexual Identities Aren’t Sudden Things” Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Baker, Dana Lee., Audrey Anna Miller, and Todd Bratton. “E’s Are Good: Standards of Quality in Public Administration as Reflected in Discourse on Canadian Public Policy Design.” July, 2015. Teaching Public Administration.

Strach, Patricia, Katherine Zuber, Erika Franklin Fowler, Travis N. Ridout and Kathleen Searles. 2015. “In a Different Voice? Explaining the Use of Men and Women as Voiceover Announcers in Political Advertising.” Political Communication. 32(2): 183-205.

Ridout, Travis N., Michael M. Franz and Erika Franklin Fowler. 2015. “Sponsorship, Disclosure and Donors: Limiting the Impact of Outside Group Ads. Political Research Quarterly 68(1): 154-66.

Myers, Michael. “Monotheism, Nondualism and Henotheism: A Reply to Ramakrishna Puligandla” accepted for publication by Indian Philosophical Quarterly.

Lopez, Anthony C. “Evolution of War: Theory and Controversy” accepted for publication by International Theory
Goldsby, Michael., and William P. Kabasenche. “Uncertainty, Bias, and Equipoise: A New (Old) Approach to the Ethics of Clinical Research.” 2015 Theoretical and Applied Ethics.

Goldsby, Michael., and W. John Koolage. “Climate Modeling: Comments on Coincidence, Conspiracy, and Climate Change Denial,” Fall (2015) Environmental Philosophy.


Cottam, Martha., Beth Dietz-Uhler, Elena M. Mastors, & Thomas Preston. Introduction to Political Psychology. 3rd Edition, Routledge, 2015.

Cottam, Martha ., Joe Huseby, and Bruno Baltodano. Confronting al Qaeda: The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy in al Anbar, accepted for publication by Rowman-Littlefield.

Conference/Workshop Presentations:

American Political Science Association:

Michael M. Franz, Erika Franklin Fowler, Ken Goldstein and Travis N. Ridout. 2015. “The Long-Term and Geographically-Constrained Effects of Political Advertising on Political Polarization.”

Fowler, Erika Franklin, Michael M. Franz and Travis N. Ridout. 2015. “Interest Group Issue Strategies: Advertising in the 2014 Elections.”
Society for Military History:

Michael Myers. 2015 “The Thesis of Japan’s Inevitable Defeat: Tracing the Roots.”

NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Evolution and Warfare:

Anthony C. Lopez 2015. “Immaterial Causes of War: A Taste for Revenge?”

Other Achievements:

Martha Cottam and WSU PhDs Martin Garcia (2008) and Bruno Baltodano (2015) conducted field research in Nicaragua in August 2015 on female revolutionaries.

Travis Ridout is serving as the chair of the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association.
Amy Mazur has been selected as the Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professor in Political Science 2015-18.

Joe Campbell signed a contract to edit the Blackwell Companion to Free Will, with contributions by Marilyn McCord Adams, Sara Bernstein, Laura Ekstrom, Brian Leftow, Al Mele, Shaun Nichols, Derk Pereboom, Saul Smilansky, Manuel Vargas, Kadri Vihvelin, and others.

Instructor, Rick Davis, will be presenting, “Force Relations in Physician-Assisted Suicide: An Intersection of Care and Medical Ethics,” co-authored with Orion Yoesle. Davis’s research interests include Political, Legal and Moral Philosophy, Issues in Constitutional Law, and the philosophies of John Dewey and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Graduate Student Spotlight

Graduate Students are given the opportunity to publish and present their research at conferences. One PPPA Graduate Student, Orion Yoesle, presented along with faculty member Dr. Michael Salamone. Yoesle explains:
053454“From September 1st – September 6th, I stayed in San Francisco to attend the American Political Science Association (APSA) annual meeting. There I presented, along with Dr. Mike Salamone, research related to campaign messaging in State Supreme Court advertising.”
“Ideology and Television Advertising in Judicial Races” Michael F. Salamone & Orion Yoesle
Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Republican Party v. White, judicial candidates have been free to make ideological statements in their campaigns since 2002. However, judicial candidates may feel constrained by professional norms from engaging in overtly, political campaign speech. Using data compiled by the Wesleyan Media Project, we employ WordFish, a computational text analysis technique for ideological scaling, to attempt measure the relative political positions of judicial candidates using their television advertisements. We begin evaluate the reliability of this technique as a measurement of judicial candidate ideology. To this end, we compare this measure to an alternative measurements of ideology. If judicial norms constrain campaign behavior, we do not expect the two measures to correlate, particularly when deriving our measure only from candidate sponsored ads. We also test to if different campaign factors, such as the degree of competitiveness and whether the race is partisan, predict different measures of ideology. Though our preliminary results are mixed, we find some promising paths for subsequent analysis.”

Religious ViolencePPPA Graduate Student, Fernanda Almeida Buril, also shares her recent experiences in attending a conference and a workshop. She writes:

“Last July, I presented a paper at the Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary, during a summer course in Religious Violence. My paper was on how the belief in an afterlife can distort individuals’ calculations of costs and benefits.
Now, in September, I attended a workshop in the Evolution of Warfare organized by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. An interdisciplinary workshop attended by many prominent scholars using evolutionary Evolution of Warfareapproaches to the understanding of conflict and war in Political Science, Psychology, Anthropology, Mathematics, Physics, among other disciplines.”

Many other PPPA graduate students have conference presentations and other accomplishments, which are noted below. These experiences help prepare graduate students for the work-force and further publication.

Conference Presentations:
American Political Science Association:
Pip Sherwood. 2015. “Psychological Appeals in Terrorist Recruitment: Examining White Supremacists” pip presentation
International Political Science Association Annual Meeting:
Pip Sherwood. 2015 “Who Joins and Why? An Examination of White Supremacist Recruitment”

Other Accomplishments:
Congratulations to our Graduate Students who received travel grants through PPPA, Pip Sherwood, Andrew Flint, Taewoo Kang, and Orion Yoesle.

Undergraduate Spotlight

We take pride in the successes of our undergraduate students and their accomplishments after graduation. Two such graduates, Breanna Gocha and Nicole Smolinski, have both pursued their education since graduating with their BA’s and have gone on to have great experiences.
IMG_7922Breanna Gocha, a Philosophy major with minors in both French and Ethics, graduated in the winter of 2012. She went to pursue a Masters Degree in International Development at Richmond University in London, which she completed this September. While here, she travelled to Spain, Portugal, SwedeDSCF05181n (stayed at The Ice Hotel), Iceland, Mallorca, and Greece! Now she is in Olympia working for the Heath Care Authority. She is charged with increasing supplier diversity, and in particular with increasing the involvement of minority and women owned business with the Health Care Authority.
Nicole Smolinksi shares her endeavors since graduating first-hand. She writes:
“I graduated from WSU in Spring ’13 with 3 BA’s…Political Science, Philosophy and Asian Studies. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Southeast Asian Studies, focusing on gender and public policy, from the University of Michigan. I was awarded a Boren Fellowship for the 2015/16 academic year and enrolled in inCIMG3853tensive Thai language classes while also conducting field work in Chiang Mai, Thailand. My MA thesis will address how gender creates boundaries for female Burmese migrant workers as they navigate the visa obtainment processes in Thailand. My thesis aims to categorize ways in which female Burmese migrant workers interact and understand administrative bureaucracy, and the underlying policy decisions influencing implicit or explicit barriers. Furthermore, I explore how these understandings and boundaries negatively affect women’s access to obtaining migrant worker visas, as well as the health and human services provided with the visa.”

Grad Students Kick off Year with Speaker

The School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs Graduate Student Association kicked off the year with a pair of lectures given by Professor Leslie McCall on August 31. Professor McCall, a Professor of Sociology and Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, spoke to graduate students from our program and sociology on the complexities and difficulties of studying inequality in the United States.
After the methods symposium, Professor McCall gave a public Coffee & Politics lecture in the Foley Institute, where she discussed her book The Undeserving Rich: American Beliefs about Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution. Professor McCall emphasized the lack of data on mass opinions of inequality, while showing that the measures that are available indicate Americans want less inequality than they think exists.
Professor McCall’s talks were both well attended, and the public lecture filled the Foley Speaker’s Room to capacity. Professor McCall’s book, The Undeserving Rich, is available from the Cambridge University Press. The Graduate Student Association looks forward to another year of strong programming and is currently planning a spring semester speaker’s event.