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Richard Elgar

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Bryan Hall 316
Phone: (509) 335-3477

Richard Elgar has lived and worked as an administrator, teacher, writer/journalist, program director and advocate within organizations on three different continents. He currently serves as Assistant Director of the Foley Institute, where he has worked since 2006, and as Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association.

Ph.D. Washington State University, 2019, Political Science
M.A. Washington State University, 2010, Political Science
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Cambridge,1998, English
BA (Hons) University of Ulster, 1988, English

Research Interests:
Latin American politics, gender, inequality, global politics.

POL S 435      Politics of Developing Nations
POL S 497      Political Science Internship
POL S 498      Public Policy Internship
POL S 597      Graduate Internship


  • Thomas, C.S. and Elgar, R., 2018. Interest Groups in Washington in Clayton, C.W., Donovan, T. and Lovrich, N.P. (eds). Governing the Evergreen State: Political Life in Washington. WSU Press.
  • Elgar, R., 2014. Women’s rights in transition: the collision of feminist interest groups, religion and non‐governmental organizations in three Latin American countries. Journal of Public Affairs, 14(3-4), pp.359-368
  • Clayton, C.W. and Elgar, R., (eds). 2012. Civility and democracy in America: A reasonable understanding. WSU Press.
  • Thomas, C.S. and Elgar, R.,2011, Interest Groups in Washington State: The Political Dynamics of Representation, Influence, and Regulation in Clayton, C.W., and Lovrich, N.P. (eds). Governing Washington: Politics and Government in the Evergreen State, WSU Press.