Director: Cornell W. Clayton
Cornell W. Clayton is the Claudius O. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science and has been the director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service since 2008. He earned his D.Phil. in politics from Oxford University in 1990 and joined the WSU faculty in 1992. His research focuses on American political institutions, law, and judicial politics, and he is currently working on a book entitled The Supreme Court and the Political Regime, to be published by the University of Chicago Press. Previous books include: Washington State Government and Politics (WSU Press, 2004), The Supreme Court in American Politics (University of Press of Kansas, 1999), Supreme Court Decision-Making (University of Chicago, 1999), Government Lawyers (University of Press of Kansas, 1995), and The Politics of Justice (M.E. Sharpe, 1992). Clayton currently also serves as the co-editor of Political Research Quarterly, the journal of the Western Political Science Association.
Assistant Director: Richard Elgar
Richard Elgar has been with the Foley Institute since 2006.
He received his MA in Political Science from Washington State University in 2010, and is currently enrolled part-time in that department’s Ph.D. program. He also received a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cambridge in 1998, and a BA (Hons) from the University of Ulster in 1988.
He has 25 years of communications, management and cultural exchange experience including roles as an administrator, writer/journalist, teacher, program director and advocate within organizations on three different continents. Settings include a successful department of education, an international information and exploration organization, a newspaper and a community outreach educational program.
Secretary Senior: Vanessa Corwin
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