Richard A. Clucas (Ph.D. 1990, University of California, Santa Barbara) is professor of Political Science, and Executive Director of the Western Political Science Association. He teaches courses in American politics, including state and local politics, Congress, and interest groups. Professor Clucas also serves as the coordinator for the Political Science Division's internship program. His capstone course, Engaging Democracy, places students inside the Oregon Legislative Assembly while the legislature is in session. His research focuses on legislative politics and Oregon politics. His books include Oregon Politics and Government: Progressives versus Conservative Populists (co-edited with Brent Steel and Mark Henkels), Readings and Cases in State and Local Politics (editor), and About State Government: An Encyclopedia of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches (set editor). Among other places, his work has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and The Oregon Law Review.