PULLMAN, Wash. — An expert on congressional politics and policymaking will discuss “Filibuster Strategies, Veto Threats and Public Relations Wars: The President, Congress and Policymaking” Feb. 19 at Washington State University.

Barbara Sinclair, a professor of political science and the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at the University of California Los Angeles, will present her public lecture at 3 p.m. in Todd Hall, Room 216.

Sinclair will discuss how the character of American public policy is affected by the political strategies and games played by the U.S. Congress and members of the executive branch.

Sinclair’s primary research focuses on Congress. She is specifically interested in policy formation and the shaping of institutional change. She is the author of several books including “Majority Leadership in the U.S. House,” “Legislators, Leaders and Lawmaking” and “Unorthodox Lawmaking: New Legislative Processes in the U.S. Congress.” She also has been published in many top political science journals.

Sinclair is vice president of the American Political Science Association’s Program Council, member of the National Science Foundation Political Science Advisory Panel and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She sits on the editorial boards of several journals.

Sinclair teaches both graduate and undergraduate political science courses at UCLA. She received her bachelor’s from Rice University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Rochester in New York.

The presentation is sponsored by WSU’s Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service.

Foley is presenting two other major offerings this month. Public policy scholar Bryan Jones will discuss “Information Processing and Public Policy: Thinking Through the Enron Fiasco” at 3 p.m., Feb. 12, in Todd Hall, Room 120.

An expert in the growing use of biotechnology in human societies, Thomas J. Hoban, will discuss “Public Perceptions of Biotechnology” at 4 p.m., Feb. 20, in Todd Hall, Room 331.

For more information, contact Edward Weber at the Foley Institute, (509) 335-2455.