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Michael J. Gaffney

Mike Gaffney HeadshotMichael J. Gaffney is the Acting Director of WSU Extension and former Director of Washington State University’s Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS), a joint outreach effort of the College of Liberal Arts and WSU Extension that provides applied research, consultation, and training for governmental agencies throughout the Northwest.

Before joining WSU 12 years ago, Mike was an attorney in both private practice and the U.S. Air Force. His research interests include emergency response, social capital, volunteerism, crime prevention, disaster preparedness, research methodology, ethics, biased policing and profiling, democratization, alternative dispute resolution, community oriented policing, hazard mitigation planning, and citizen-government interaction. He is also a principal in WSU’s partnership with the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety (WRICOPS). WRICOPS has worked in five western states and with tribes across the country to advance community policing and innovative public safety practices.

Gaffney earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics as well as his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho. He is in the process of completely is doctoral degree in political science at Washington State University.


Last updated January 20, 2017