Cameron University to host annual meeting of Oklahoma Political Science Association

Cameron University will host "The 2012 Election: Revisiting the State of the Republic," the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Political Science Association (OPSA) on Thursday and Friday, November 8-9. The annual OPSA conference provides an intellectually stimulating forum to understand and discuss politics and foster dialogue among faculty, students, and members from the community. In addition, a number of well-known practitioners, scholars, and experts will offer their insights.

"It is a privilege to host this annual meeting of the Oklahoma Political Science Association," says Dr. Tony Wohlers, Associate Professor of Political Science and OPSA Vice President and Program Chair. "The opportunities to foster dialogue across the various subfields in political science and among faculty, practitioners and students make this meeting a vital part of our collective endeavor to strengthen the discipline of political science within the State of Oklahoma and beyond."

Keynote speakers for the conference are David Blatt, Director, Oklahoma Policy Institute, and Dr. William Howell, Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics, Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Blatt will speak about “The Great Tax and Budget Debates of 2012” on Friday at noon in the CETES Conference Center. Blatt helped found the Oklahoma Policy Institute, serving as Director of Policy before becoming the organization’s Director in 2010. His work involves conducting research, writing papers, and giving public presentations on state budget and tax policy, poverty, asset development, and other topics. He is recognized as one of the state’s leading experts on fiscal policy and was selected as one of the Tulsa World’s five “Oklahomans to Watch” in 2011. He previously served for seven years as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and for three years as a budget analyst for the State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. 

During his keynote address, Howell will present “An Argument on Behalf of a Stronger U.S. Presidency” on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. In addition to being a member of the University of Chicago faculty, Howell is co-director of the university’s Program on Political Institutions, which focuses on the domestic and international institutions that create and implement public policy. He has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. Before coming to the Harris School, Howell taught in the government department at Harvard University and the political science department at the University of Wisconsin. In 2000, he received a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University.

The Oklahoma Political Science Association, the professional organization of Oklahoma political scientists, serves the teaching and research interests of its members. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the state's politics.

 For more information, contact Dr. Tony Wohlers at 580-581-2496 or


November, 1, 2012

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