William L. Niemi, is serving Western as the interim Vice President for Academic Affairs since July 1, 2013.
Dr. Niemi's scholarship is primarily in the area of political theory and is focused on questions about democratic theory and democracy's historical development. His teaching interests are in the areas of history of political thought and constitutional law. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California - Los Angeles. He received a B.A. in Politics from U.C. Santa Cruz, and an M.A. in Political Science from U.C. Santa Barbara.
Dr. Niemi served as Chair for the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences for four years through 2010-2011. He joined the Academic Affairs staff in 2011.