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The APSA national office is supported by 24 staff professionals, guided by 3 senior directors and the executive director. The APSA Council and committees govern association programs and activities. The APSA national office is located in an historic rowhouse in Dupont Circle, in Northwest Washington, DC.

Executive Director: Steven Rathgeb Smith

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American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036-1203

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Executive Management

Steven Rathgeb Smith

Steven Rathgeb Smith
Executive Director

Steven Rathgeb Smith is the executive director of the American Political Science Association. Previously, he was the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He also taught for many years at the University of Washington where he was the Nancy Bell Evans Professor of Public Affairs at the Evans School of Public Affairs and director of the Nancy Bell Evans Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy. In addition, he has taught at Georgetown, Duke, American University, and Washington University in St. Louis. From 1997 to 2004, he was editor of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and, from 2006 to 2008, president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Dr. Smith has authored and edited several books including, Nonprofits for Hire: The Welfare State in the Age of Contracting (with Michael Lipsky), Governance and Regulation in the Third Sector: International Perspectives (co-edited with Susan Phillips) and, most recently, Nonprofits and Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) (co-edited with Robert Pekkanen and Yutaka Tsujinaka). He is currently president of the International Society for Third Sector Research. Email ››  View CV ››

Betsy Super

Betsy Super
Deputy Director

Betsy Super serves as Deputy Director. She oversees and leads development of programs supporting research excellence and broadening participation in the profession, including APSA awards, the Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion Programs, International Programs, small research grants and travel grants. She also leads APSA’s research on the profession and supports a number of governance committees, including the Nominating Committee, the Committee on Professional Ethics, Rights and Freedoms, and Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Reform. Prior to joining APSA, Super worked at the University of Edinburgh on an ESRC-funded project investigating party positioning on immigration and EU membership, and was the first project officer of the Public Policy Network. Her research has been published in Scandinavian Political Studies, Acta Politica, and Environmental Politics, among others. Super received her BA in Government with honors from Dartmouth College and PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Email ››

Kara Abramson

Kara Abramson
Senior Director, Academic Programs, Professional Development, and Congressional Fellowship Program

Kara Abramson is the senior director of academic programs, professional development, and the congressional fellowship program. Kara oversees APSA's programs in teaching and learning, professional development, departmental services, government relations, and public engagement, and she directs the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program. Kara joined APSA in 2014. From 2005 to 2012, she served as Senior Counsel and Advocacy Director at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a US government organization mandated to monitor human rights and the rule of law in China. Most recently, Kara was a visiting fellow at the University of Tokyo, where she conducted research on political conditions in western China. She also taught international law and human rights law as an adjunct professor of law at Temple University Law School’s Tokyo campus. Kara received a JD from Harvard Law School and AB from Princeton University. Email ››

Accounting

Helen Marshall

Helen Marshall
Finance Director, Finance and Administration

Helen Marshall is the finance director of the finance and administration team, overseeing the day-to-day accounting transactions of the association. Before joining APSA, she was senior staff accountant at ASAE, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. She has a BS in Business Administration and an MA in Management and Accounting. Helen likes to read mystery and detective books. Email ››

Tianrui Cai

Tianrui Cai
Senior Accountant

Tianrui (Rina) Cai is the Staff Accountant II on the finance and administration team. She is responsible for supporting the accounting manager in carrying out the responsibilities of the finance department. Prior to joining APSA in 2015, she worked as a tax preparer at DC EITC Campaign (IRS VITA Program) and a finance intern at Relief International. She earned an MA in Accounting from the George Washington University in 2015 and a BA in Business Administration from the Ocean University of China. Rina keeps an open mind and enjoys travelling, cooking, yoga and classical music. Email ››

Communications & Marketing

Dan Gibson

Dan Gibson
Director, Communications and Marketing

Dan Gibson serves as APSA director of communications and marketing. He is responsible for APSA media/press relations, branding, and web communications. He is a veteran communications and marketing professional. He has worked primarily in the association field for more than 20 years using his expertise to deliver clear, consistent messaging and promote the interests of organizations and their memberships. His travels include the IEEE Computer Society, United Rentals, the American Gas Association, the National Association of Workforce Boards, the International Franchise Association, and the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals. He received a BA Communications from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland and has received numerous awards in marketing and communications. Email ››

Grant Mukai

Grant Mukai
Web Services and System Support Specialist

Grant Mukai joined APSA as the Web Services & System Support Specialist who currently helps manage the content on APSA’s website. Prior to joining APSA, he helped manage web content and develop email marketing communications for Georgetown University and the National Institutes of Health. Grant graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next three years reporting on local issues around the Boston area. A native of Northern Virginia, Grant has previously lived in Japan, South Korea, Belgium and France where he was producing multimedia content for a French political website. He currently resides in the District of Columbia and is active in the region’s lindy hop and blues dance scenes. Email ››

Karima Scott

Karima D. Scott
Manager, Marketing and Communications

Karima Scott is the manager of the marketing and communications department. She assists in supporting APSA social media channels and marketing efforts, membership staff and member services, the publishing of web content and member newsletter, as well as serving as one of the association’s layout and design specialist. Prior to joining APSA in late 2013, Karima served as an AmeriCorp Public Ally after receiving her BA from George Mason University where she studied media, sociology and theater. Karima is a Washington, D.C. native, and enjoys live entertainment, traveling and painting.Email ››

Diversity & Inclusion

Kimberly Mealy

Kimberly Mealy
Director, Diversity and Inclusion Programs

Kimberly Mealy is director of diversity and inclusion programs. Kimberly supported two presidential task forces, Political Science in the 21st Century (2010) and Negotiating Agreement in Politics (2013). Prior to joining APSA in 2007, Kimberly taught in the political science department at Wellesley College, as a teaching fellow and a visiting assistant professor. Kimberly earned her PhD in political science and public policy in 2004 from Indiana University, where she also directed mentoring and professional development programs for the Office of the Dean for Women’s Affairs and taught courses in political science. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys visiting the monuments in DC and photography. Email ››

Annalisa Dias-Mandoly

Annalisa Dias-Mandoly
Program Coordinator, Diversity and Inclusion Programs

Annalisa Dias-Mandoly serves as program coordinator for diversity and inclusion programs. She coordinates the Minority Fellowship Program, Ralph Bunch Summer Institute application cycle and marketing, Minority Student Recruitment Program, Fund for Latino Scholarship, APSA Mentoring Program, and assists with several of APSA’s Status Committees related to diversity and inclusion in the discipline of political science. Prior to joining APSA in 2016, Annalisa worked for 5 years in intercultural programs at The Catholic University of America. Outside of her work at APSA, Annalisa works professionally in theatre as a playwright, director, and performer. Her work, which focuses largely on the performance of identity, race, and power, has been staged nationally and internationally. Annalisa is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of the DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice, and was selected as one of Theatre Communications Group’s Rising Leaders of Color in 2016. Annalisa holds an MA in Theatre History and Criticism from The Catholic University of America and a Dual BA in English and Religion from Boston University. Email ››

Human Resources

Morgan Johnson

Morgan Johnson
Executive Assistant, Operations Administrator

Morgan Johnson is the executive assistant to the Executive Director and operations administrator. She provides administrative support on various tasks related to the operations of the association and assists with administrative, research, and clerical tasks. Morgan is a graduate of Howard University with her degree in English. She is a Los Angeles native who enjoys volunteering, traveling, and exploring in the treasures found in and around the Nation's Capital. Email ››

International Programs

Andrew Stinson

Andrew Stinson
Associate Director, International Programs

Andrew Stinson manages the day-to-day operations and planning for APSA's Africa and MENA Workshops programs. He also provides direct support to other projects and initiatives of the international programs department, including workshop alumni networks and small grants programs. Before joining APSA in 2011, Andrew was an English teacher in Kazakhstan through the US Peace Corps and worked for a non-profit organization in Washington DC that promotes American volunteerism in Muslim-majority countries. He has a MA in International Studies from Rhodes University in South Africa and a BA in Political Science and History from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. Andrew currently lives in Boulder, Colorado where his partner is pursuing a PhD in Sociology. Email ››

Meetings

Ashley Vande Bunte

Ashley Vande Bunte
Director, Meetings and Events

Ashley Vande Bunte is the director of Meetings and Events. She works with publishers and education industry vendors to showcase their products and services to political science professionals through exhibit space, sponsorships, and advertising. In addition, she assists with meeting planning for the Annual Meeting and the Teaching & Learning Conference. Prior to joining APSA in 2013, Ashley managed exhibits and registration at the Retail Industry Leaders Association for four years and studied International Relations at Grand Valley State University. Ashley is originally from the Great Lakes State, so she likes getting outside to enjoy nature, whether it is hiking in Shenandoah National Park, kayaking or camping. Email ››

Membership

Teka Miller

Teka K. Miller
Director of Member Services

Teka K. Miller is the Director, Member Services, responsible for managing the implementation of strategies, plans and programs that result in membership recruitment growth, retention, and superior member service. Teka joined the association in 2014, bringing with her over ten years of association experience that includes an emphasis on membership recruitment and retention, event and strategic planning. Teka received her BA from North Carolina Wesleyan College where she studied psychology and English. Teka is a native Washingtonian who loves to read and travel during her spare time. Email ››

Steven Eson

Steven M. Eson
Coordinator of Member Services

Steven Eson is the Coordinator of Member Services. Steven works closely with the membership team to aid in membership recruitment, growth, retention and superior member service. Prior to joining APSA in 2014, he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2008, with a focus in digital art and design. Since then, he continues freelance work as an artist, designer and writer in the Washington, DC area. Email ››

Casey Harrigan
Program and Administrative Assistant for Member Services

Casey Harrigan is the Program and Administrative Assistant for Member Services. Prior to joining APSA in 2017, Casey received a BS in Political Science from Towson University and an MPA, with a focus in health policy, from Baruch College. Casey is originally from New York, in her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and refinishing antique furniture. Email ››

Professional Development Programs

Laura Leddy
Program Assistant, Academic Programs, Professional Development, and Congressional Fellowship Program

Laura Leddy provides administrative and logistical support to academic programs, professional development, and the congressional fellowship program. Prior to joining APSA in 2017, Laura received a BA in History from the University of Virginia and worked as a legal assistant in her home state of New York. In her spare time, Laura enjoys hiking, frequenting museums, and appreciating DC’s many dogs. Email ››

Abby Paulson

Abby Paulson
Coordinator, Government Relations and Public Engagement

Abby Paulson is coordinator for government relations and public engagement. Abby joined APSA in 2016 after completing her MSc in Politics and Communication at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to her graduate studies, Abby worked with a coalition of organizations dedicated to government accountability and transparency. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Ithaca College, where she also found a love of rowing. Email ››

Julia Schwarz

Julia Schwarz
Program Coordinator, Academic and Professional Development Programs

Julia Schwarz serves as program coordinator for academic and professional development programs. Prior to joining APSA in 2015, Julia was a teaching and research assistant at Georgetown University, where she specialized in political theory. She also worked at Cambridge University Press. Julia received a BA in political science from the University of Chicago and PhD in government from Georgetown. Email ››

Publications

Barbara Whitehall

Barbara Walthall
Director of Publications

Barbara Walthall is the Director of Publications. Barbara’s 30 years in journals and book publishing for several nonprofit organizations includes the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Learning Systems Group for the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice. She has authored and coauthored several articles, and as a production editor/manager she has completed nearly 150 titles. She cofounded and directed another nonprofit, the award-winning Firebelly Productions and won support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Arlington County (VA) for this theatre company. Barbara earned a BS from Wheelock College and completed coursework at George Washington University's Publications Specialist Program in editing, layout, and graphic design. Elsewhere, she received certificates in effective communication and grant writing. Email ››

Drew Meadows

Drew Meadows
Editorial and Publications Assistant

Drew Meadows works for the director of publications and the editors of PS: Political Science and Politics. As APSA enters the digital age with the association’s prodigious publications, Drew helps catalog, maintain, and digitize various APSA publications. Having a knack for writing, editing, and graphic design, he assists the director of publications with this exciting transition. For the PS editors, Drew gathers, edits, and lays out quarterly news from APSA and the discipline for the back of the journal. Formerly, Drew worked in admissions at Pensacola Christian College (2011–2013), where he received his BA in commercial writing. Drew enjoys meeting all kinds of people, traveling to new places, skipping lunch to walk through the city, and reading good books, especially regarding history. Email ››

Celina Szymanski

Celina Szymanski
Managing Editor, PS: Political Science and Politics

Celina Szymanski is the managing editor of PS: Political Science and Politics. She has worked as journal assistant under interim editors Phillip Ardoin and Paul Gronke of Appalachian State University since August 2014. Formerly, she worked as journal assistant to New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture. She graduated from Frostburg State University in 2013 where she served on the President’s Leadership Circle. She will graduate from Appalachian State University in May with a master’s degree in political science concentrating in environmental politics and policy. Celina enjoys travelling as well as kayaking and hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Email ››

Research & Development

Barbara Whitehall

Patrick French
Program Assistant, Research and Development 

Patrick French is the Program Assistant to the research and development department at ASPA. He is responsible for analyzing data, assisting in the design of APSA data collection instruments, composing data reports, and various administrative tasks. Prior to joining APSA Patrick attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where he received his B.A. in Public Policy. While pursuing his undergraduate degree Patrick volunteered at local foodbanks, the UNC Children’s hospital, and served as the Vice President of the co-ed community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. In his spare time Patrick enjoys practicing yoga, volunteering, and cooking. Email ››

Amanda Meyers
Manager, Research & Development

Amanda manages the day-to-day implementation and application of APSA research initiatives and policies, coordinating the design of data collection instruments, analyzing data, and presenting the results in reports found on our Data on the Profession page. Prior to joining APSA in early 2013, Amanda was a research assistant on Department of Defense research projects and at the National Defense University. She received her B.S. in political science from Jacksonville University and a MPP from George Mason University. A native of Kentucky, Amanda lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, and can be relied on for a steady supply of recipes, useless Star Trek trivia, and the score of the most recent Nationals game. Email ››

Connie Sinclair

Connie Sinclair
Coordinator, Research and Development

Connie Sinclair is the coordinator for research and development at APSA. Her responsibilities include the association's award and research great programs, particularly those offered through the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs. She also supports the association's broader development initiatives. Connie worked in the legal sector before joining APSA in 2015, with prior experience in both the corporate and government spheres. She received a B.A. in History from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her spare time, Connie enjoys Dodgers baseball and special events volunteering for cultural and charitable institutions around the D.C. Metropolitan area. Email ››

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