Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Engaging our statewide community

Over the course of the next four weeks, four WSU researchers will share their work and expertise with communities across the state of Washington. They are members of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau and the initial cohort of WSU Foley Fellows. Speakers Bureau talks are free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in […]

Alumna’s gift will keep on giving

What do you give someone for Christmas that not only helped you navigate college, but gave you everything to ensure your success? For Akanna Poor, a recent WSU Tri-Cities first-generation graduate, the answer was simple. Give a gift that will continue to give to others – all in the name of the individuals who helped […]

Buckin’ hunger

In September, competitors in northeast Oregon’s 109th Pendleton Round-Up took part in one of the world’s most famous and colorful rodeos. Set in a wide valley pressed up against the Blue Mountain foothills, the small city of Pendleton has hosted the Round-Up since 1910, a rodeo voted best in the United States for four years […]

WSU political media expert on BBC

Several hotly contested government seats and the likely fate of Brexit were all up for grabs in the Dec. 12 general election in the UK. To find out how social media and other digital campaign tactics are being used to influence—or manipulate—British voters, BBC World Service invited Travis Ridout, WSU political science professor and political […]

First-generation scholar shines, represents college at commencement

Hilary Zuniga dreams of someday working for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, earning her doctoral degree in international development studies, and enjoying a fulfilling career with the United Nations. This month, the determined 22-year-old took one giant step closer to her goals by graduating from WSU with two bachelor’s degrees and a record of […]

Student regents: Where are they now?

It’s been 20 years since the state legislature created the student position on the Board of Regents, WSU’s governing body. It’s a big deal; the 10-member board, appointed by the governor, sets policy and provides guidance for University administration. the student regent holds the same voting rights and responsibilities as other regents—with only one exception: […]

Auvil Fellowships support undergraduate research

The WSU Office of Undergraduate Research announced three College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students will receive Auvil Fellowships to support of mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities for the 2019-20 academic year. “Undergraduate resarchers contribute in meaningful ways to WSU’s standing as a top research university

Taking the LEAD in fostering student democratic engagement

In recognition of WSU’s high level of student engagement, the university has been selected as a 2019 LEAD Initiative Institution by NASPA, a national organization for student affairs professionals. The honor recognizes colleges and universities that are committed to making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. WSU is the […]

Center for Arts and Humanities fellowship awards

The WSU Center for Arts and Humanities (CAH) and the Office of Research awarded  2019 fellowships to eight faculty representing fine arts, history, and music, as well as politics, philosophy, and public affairs, and design and construction. Each award supports faculty professional goals and advances university‑wide arts and humanities initiatives. The fellowships will support exhibitions, […]