College of Arts and Sciences

School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

School Leadership

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Thomas Preston

Professor & Director
tpreston@wsu.edu | 509-335-5225
Johnson Tower 801A, WSU Pullman
Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Within political psychology and foreign policy analyses, Dr. Preston has explored how the individual characteristics and styles of political leaders affect the ways in which they structure their advisory systems, use information and advice, or make policy decisions. In the security field, his focus has been upon homeland security issues, bio-terrorism, and current trends in nuclear and biological weapons proliferation.

     

Faculty

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Dana Baker

Associate Professor
bakerdl@wsu.edu | 360-546-9125
MMC 202N, WSU Vancouver
Curriculum vitae

Research Interests: Dr. Baker's primary research interests are in disability, health, and scientific policy with a North American comparative focus. She has a special interest in policies addressing neurological differences and neurodiversity.

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Joe Campbell

Professor 
josephc@wsu.edu | 509-335-9106
Johnson Tower 339, WSU Pullman Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Dr. Campbell's research interests include metaphysics, epistemology, history of modern philosophy, and philosophy of science.

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Cornell Clayton

Professor
cwclayton@wsu.edu | 509-335-2427
Johnson Tower 818, WSU Pullman
Curriculum vitae

Research Interests: Dr. Cornell Clayton is the Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, where he also serves as the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government.  A prolific author, he publishes widely on American government, politics and law.  Dr. Clayton currently serves as editor of Political Research Quarterly and as a Section Chair of the American Political Association.  He received a Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford University.  Past distinctions include Fulbright and Truman Scholarships, the C.O. Distinguished Professorship, and the Wayne N. Aspinall Chair.  He has been a visiting fellow and lecturer at institutes and universities around the world. 

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Martha Cottam

Professor
cottam@wsu.edu | 509-335-7997
Johnson Tower 813, WSU Pullman
Curriculum vitae

Research Interests: Dr. Cottam's research interests include political–psychological factors in decision-making, international politics, U.S.–Latin American relations, and North-South conflict and cooperation.

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Michael Goldsby

Assistant Professor 
michael.goldsby@wsu.edu
509-335-0942
Johnson Tower 824, WSU Pullman Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Dr. Goldsby's research interests are in the fields of philosophy of science (esp.  biology and ecology) and epistemology, with an emphasis on how scientists use models to make predictions and explain phenomena. Additionally, he has an interest in environmental ethics/ policy and how to deal with predictive uncertainty in policy decisions regarding the environment.

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Bill Kabasenche

Assistant Professor 
wkabasenche@wsu.edu
509-335-8719 
Johnson Tower 814, WSU Pullman Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Dr. Kabasenche's research interests include bioethics and ethics (virtue ethics, moral psychology).

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Claudia Leeb

Assistant Professor
claudia.leeb@wsu.edu
509-335-8701
Johnson Tower 808
Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Dr. Leeb's areas of interest include contemporary political theory and philosophy, 19th- and 20th-century continental political thought, feminist political theory, Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, psychoanalysis, democratic theory, and history of political thought.

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Carolyn Long

Associate Professor
coelong@vancouver.wsu.edu
360-546-9737
MMC 102A, WSU Vancouver
Curriculum vitae

Research Interests: Dr. Long's research interests include public policy, the American constitution, civil liberties, judicial process, and legislative process.

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Anthony C. Lopez

Assistant Professor
anthony.c.lopez@wsu.edu
360-546-9284
MMC 202X, WSU Vancouver
Curriculum vitae

Research Interests: Dr. Lopez is broadly engaged in research at the intersection of international conflict, political psychology, and evolutionary theory. He is particularly interested in the investigation of war (or coalitional aggression in general) as a product of an evolved coalitional psychology, as well as the seemingly intimate relationship between inter-group conflict and within-group cooperation.

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Amy Mazur

Professor
mazur@wsu.edu | 509-335-4615
Johnson Tower 822, WSU Pullman
Curriculum vitae

Research Interests: Dr. Mazur's interests focus on comparative feminist policy issues with a particular emphasis on France. She is coeditor of Political Research Quarterly and coconvener of the Research Network on Gender Politics and the State. Her most recent books include The French Fifth Republic at Fifty: Beyond Stereotypes (coedited, Palgrave, 2008) and Politics, Gender, and Concepts: Theory and Methodology (coedited, Cambridge University Press, 2008), and she has recently published articles in European Political Science, Review of Policy Research, French Politics, and Politics and Gender.

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Michael W. Myers

Professor 
myers@wsu.edu | 509-335-8036 
Johnson Tower 823, WSU Pullman Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Dr. Myers's research interests include philosophy of religion and Indian and comparative philosophy.

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David Nice

Professor
dnice@wsu.edu | 509-335-8320
Johnson Tower 707, WSU Pullman
Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Dr. Nice's research interests include the presidency and legislative behavior, American politics, state and local politics, public budgeting, research methods, and political parties.

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Nathan Nicol

Clinical Assistant Professor
ncnicol@wsu.edu | 509-335-1377
Johnson Tower 826, WSU Pullman Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Dr. Nicol specializes in ethics and ancient philosophy, with additional research and teaching interests in Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic philosophy.

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Travis Ridout

Associate Professor & Grad Director
tnridout@wsu.edu | 509-335-2264
Johnson Tower 816, WSU Pullman
Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Dr. Ridout's research interests include presidential nominations and campaign effects, political communication, political participation, and political methodology.

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Michael Salamone

Assistant Professor
michael.salamone@wsu.edu
509-335-7569
Johnson Tower 812, WSU Pullman
Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Dr. Salamone specializes in judicial politics, American government, and inter-branch relations. He is interested in how the public, news media, and elected officials respond to U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

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David Shier

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Studies Director
shier@wsu.edu | 509-335-1415 
Johnson Tower 825, WSU Pullman Curriculum vitae

Research Interests: Dr. Shier specializes in philosophy of language and history of analytic philosophy, with additional research and teaching interests in logic, philosophy of mind, and epistemology.

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Steven Stehr

Associate Professor 
stehr@wsu.edu | 509-335-8929
Johnson Tower 819, WSU Pullman
Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Dr. Stehr's primary teaching and research areas are public administration, public policy, and disasters and emergency management.

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Mark Stephan

Associate Professor
stephanm@wsu.edu | 360-546-9467
CLS 208V, WSU Vancouver
Curriculum vitae

Research Interests: Dr. Stephan's research interests include environmental policy, American politics, political behavior, bureaucratic politics, and democratic theory.

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Matt Stichter

Associate Professor
mstichter@wsu.edu | 509-335-7121
Johnson Tower 817, WSU Pullman Curriculum vitae
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Research Interests: Dr. Stichter's research interests include ethical theory and applied ethics.

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Paul Thiers

Associate Professor
pthiers@wsu.edu | 360-546-9466
MMC 102S, WSU Vancouver
Curriculum vitae

Research Interests: Dr. Thiers's research focuses on political issues relating to globalization, international trade (especially food trade), and social and environmental justice, with a specific emphasis on rural China and a regional emphasis on the Pacific Rim. Recent research projects have focused on Chinese pesticide policy, China's integration into international organic food markets, and China's accession to the World Trade Organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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