Ben Ansell, University of Oxford
Ben Ansell received his PhD in Government from Harvard
University in 2006. He is Professor of Comparative Democratic Institutions at
Nuffield College and the University of Oxford and was previously Associate
Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He is currently
Comparative Political Studies and the
Principal Investigator of the European Research Council project WEALTHPOL: The
Politics of Wealth Inequality. His work spans a wide array of topics in political
economy, from the politics of education, to inequality and democratization, to
more recent work on housing, wealth, and populism. His first book
the Ballot to the Blackboard: The Redistributive Political Economy of
(Cambridge University Press, 2010) won the William H. Riker
award for best book in political economy and his second book, coauthored with
Inequality and Democratization: An
won the Riker award and the Woodrow Wilson
award for best book in political science in 2014. He has published in many
International Organization, World
, Comparative Political Studies, and the American Political
He is currently a member of the Max Planck
Scientific Advisory Board,
and was made Fellow of the British
Academy in 2018.
Statement of Views: I strongly believe in encouraging the breadth of
intellectual work in political science and in its leading journals and my time
on APSA Council, if elected, would be devoted to that end. As a scholar based
in Europe, I am also keen for APSA to continue to serve as a hub for
international political science, including especially less well-resourced
countries and regions. As one of the editors of
, I hope to bring some of that experience to APSA's stable of journals.
Erik Bleich, Middlebury College
Erik Bleich received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 1999 and is Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Middlebury College. His scholarship focuses on race and ethnic politics in Europe and North America, and on the role of ideas in politics. He is the author of The Freedom to Be Racist? How the United States and Europe Struggle to Preserve Freedom and Combat Racism (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Race Politics in Britain and France: Ideas and Policymaking since the 1960s (Cambridge University Press, 2003), as well as the editor or co-editor of three collections of essays. He has published articles in journals such as Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and World Politics. He has also contributed to public discussions in Al Jazeera English, the Atlantic, the Financial Times, the Guardian, and the Washington Post/Monkey Cage. He teaches survey courses on comparative politics and European politics, as well as courses on Free Speech versus Racist Speech in the United States and Europe, and the Politics of Diversity in Europe. He is the director of the Media Portrayals of Minorities Project, which uses computer-assisted techniques to analyze tens of thousands of newspaper articles about particular groups. He is currently working on a co-authored book about media portrayals of Muslims in comparative perspective. Bleich is the 2019-2021 chair of the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies.
Statement of Views: I would be honored to be part of the APSA Council. I have been able to serve the discipline as a member of the Steering Committee of the two-year long Qualitative Transparency Deliberations and was co-chair for the Advanced Industrialized States section selection process for the 2016 APSA Annual Meeting. Based on my experience as a faculty member of a liberal arts college, I would bring a perspective that focuses equally on our roles as scholars and teachers of political science. As someone who uses both qualitative and quantitative techniques, and who has co-authored and published across the disciplinary boundaries as well as with undergraduate students, I believe I could serve as a bridge builder linking multiple groups. I would strive to include all perspectives in our collective governance.
Alexandra Filindra, University of Illinois at Chicago
Alexandra Filindra is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Chicago.She specializes in American immigration policy, racial prejudice and its effects on policy preferences, public opinion, and political psychology.Dr. Filindra received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and served as a post-doctoral researcher at Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions and the Center for the Study of Human Development. Her work has appeared in Political Behavior, Policy Studies Journal, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, Harvard Education Review, Migration Studies, International Migration and other scholarly journals. Her research has been supported by grants from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Pew Center for the States, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rhode Island Foundation. She is the recipient of three best paper awards from the American Political Science Association and the Lucius Barker Award from the Midwest Political Science Association.
Statement of Views: As a newly minted journal editor, I cannot help but notice the difference in quality of paper submissions between graduate students and many junior scholars, especially those submitting solo work, and more experienced faculty authors, as well as within junior scholars from different types of institutions.From reading these papers, it is clear to me that what most people who are entering the job market (or who are in their first job) don’t lack in good ideas but have not had rather sufficient mentorship and support that would allow them to develop the proper skills required for publishing articles.Because of rejections, many younger scholars may get discouraged and withdraw from publishing or the profession altogether. This is likely to exacerbate gender and race biases already existent in the profession. If elected, I would like to work with the board and the APSA journals to address this problem.I would like to start a discussion of how to better support the new generation of scholars while respecting the standards and editorial discretion afforded to journals.
Rebecca Gill, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Rebecca Gill is the Director of the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her recent research focuses on gender, politics, and courts. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to study gender and race bias in performance evaluations of state judges. Her work on judges and judicial institutions focuses on courts in the United States and Australia. Gender and intersectional equity in academia is also an important part of Dr. Gill’s current work. She is currently collaborating with scholars from across the discipline to combat harassment and work toward a more diverse, inclusive academic environment in political science and beyond.
Dr. Gill is the co-author of Judicialization of Politics: The Interplay of Institutional Structure, Legal Doctrine, and Politics on the High Court of Australia (Carolina Academic Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in scholarly outlets including Law & Society Review; State Politics & Policy Quarterly; Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy; Politics, Groups, and Identities; the Ohio State Law Journal; and the Georgetown Law Journal. Her work has been featured in a number of popular outlets, like the Washington Post, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.
Statement of Views: It is an honor to be nominated to serve on the APSA Council. I believe that a welcoming discipline achieves diversity and inclusion in part through the cultivation of norms of professionalism and respect. These goals can be realized by professional associations that actively encourage the development of a sense of shared purpose among members. If elected, I will support APSA’s ongoing efforts to encourage broad-based participation and the equitable distribution of power and resources in the discipline. I am particularly interested in fostering pathways and processes that increase accessibility for traditionally underrepresented scholars, including parents and caregivers and those working across academic roles. For me, this work requires a commitment to scholarship evaluating how hierarchies are maintained and how institutions can be reformed to eliminate structural inequities that hinder individuals from fulfilling their potentials. It is important to me that we extend these discussions beyond the boundaries of our discipline to engage our departments, our colleges and universities, and our communities. I believe that APSA and its members have a duty to participate thoughtfully in broader discussions about intellectualism and inclusiveness in public life.
Soo Yeon Kim, National University of Singapore
Soo Yeon Kim is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. She is a former Fellow of the Transatlantic Academy, based at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (Washington, DC), and of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Soo Yeon Kim holds a PhD in Political Science from Yale University and BA in Political Science and International Relations from Yonsei University. Her current research focuses on production networks, multinational firms, and the politics of free trade agreements in Asia; the politics of compliance in WTO disputes; and rising powers in the global economy. Soo Yeon Kim’s recent publications include “Global Value Chains and the Political Economy of WTO Disputes,” (2019, with Gabriele Spilker), 2019, Review of International Organizations; “The Regime Complex for Investment Governance: Overlapping Provisions in PTAs and BITs” (with Clara Lee), in Manfred Elsig, Michael Hahn, and Gabriele Spilker, Eds., The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming); and and “ Yin and Yank: Public Opinion in Europe Toward the United States and China” (with Sophie Meunier and Zsolt Nyiri), 2016, Comparative European Politics.
Statement of Views: I am a US-trained political scientist based in Asia. In the eight years that I have been at the National University of Singapore, I have maintained my visibility in the field and have been a regular participant at APSA meetings. I have also developed strong networks that link Singapore with other institutions of higher learning in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the United States. I am committed to the internationalization of political science, contributing to the growth of an international, regionally diverse community of scholars whose research engages the important debates of our times. In 2018, I joined the APSA Asia Workshop Committee and its efforts to reach out to Political Science scholars studying and working in Asia and on Asia. We will be holding our first Asia Workshop in Penang in June 2019. I very much share the vision of the APSA Asia Workshop Committee to ensure that the community of political scientists outside the United States is represented and well-integrated into the discipline. If elected to the APSA Council, my main contribution would be in this same direction, to increase awareness of Asia and its scholarly community within APSA and to assist in expanding APSA’s international outreach activities.
David Leal, University of Texas, Austin
David L. Leal is Professor of Government and Director of the Immigration Studies Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin.His primary academic interest is Latino politics, and his work explores questions involving public policy, political behavior, and public opinion. He has published four dozen articles in political science and interdisciplinary journals and is the co-editor of nine volumes on Latino politics and immigration policy. He has served as Co-Chair of the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession (2004-06) and in 2017 received its Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Undergraduate Latino/a Students. He was a member of the APSA Task Force on Religion and American Democracy from 2006-2008 and an APSA Congressional Fellow from 1998-99.He is currently an Associate Member of Nuffield College (University of Oxford) and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution (Stanford University), and he was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Japan in July of 2014. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University in 1998 and was named a Distinguished Alumni Scholar by Stanford University in 2013.
Statement of Views: We live in a time when higher education in general, and political science in particular, face significant questions and criticisms. Is political science a “real” discipline?Should the federal government fund social science research?Should students major in something more “practical”?
While this environment can be challenging, it is also an opportunity to demonstrate the value of the social scientific study of politics to our many stakeholders.With a foundation of methodological and substantive pluralism, our discipline is well positioned to bring a wide variety of useful perspectives to bear on contemporary politics and policy.We have a persuasive case to make about the unique value of political science for educating students, enriching public debates, and enhancing democracy – but we must vigorously make it. As a council member, I will encourage APSA efforts to explain our educational and research contributions and to work jointly with other social science associations to advance our common interests. More than ever, we need to reach the students, parents, taxpayers, donors, voters, politicians, and trustees whose support is essential to the advancement of the modern university and the social science disciplines.
Suzanna Linn, Pennsylvania State University
Suzanna Linn is Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science at Penn State University and member of the graduate faculty in Social Data Analytics. She received her PhD from the University of Iowa in 1994. She is a Fellow and president-elect of the Society for Political Methodology. Professor Linn has endeavored to develop methods that facilitate applied time series analysis. Recently her interest has focused on identifying the consequences of decisions analysts face when conducting text analysis and explicating strategies for making good choices. Her substantive research seeks to better understand the dynamics of American public opinion and election outcomes, particularly in the context of the increasingly disparate economic conditions, health outcomes and opportunities facing Americans. Her work has appeared in a number of journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Statistics in Medicine, and the Journal of Politics. Her book The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence with Frank Baumgartner and Amber Boydstun was awarded the Gladys M. Kammerer Award by the American Political Science Association for the best book on US national policy in 2008.
Professor Linn has contributed to the discipline in many capacities. She has served as a member of the Executive Council of the Midwest Political Science Association and the Council of the APSA Political Forecasting Group and has worked on numerous committees within both the APSA and MPSA. She has twice been associate editor of Political Analysis and has been on numerous editorial boards as well as NSF advisory panels in Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics, EITM, and Political Science. She has worked to promote diversity within political methodology and is an officer in Visions in Methodology, whose goals include supporting the research, teaching, networking, and mentoring of women in methodology.
Statement of Views: I am honored to be nominated to serve on the APSA Council. If elected, three priorities would guide my efforts on the Council: enhancing opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in under-represented groups that contribute to individual success as well as diversity in the profession; building connections between academic political scientists and the practitioners faced with the challenges of governance, and; fostering integrative approaches to teaching and research that bring together scholars from diverse subfields of political science and across disciplines to provide answers to the complex public policy questions facing society. I look forward to working with APSA staff and fellow council members.
Melanye Price, Prairie View A&M University
Melanye Price is Endowed Professor of Political Science at Prairie View A&M University and principle investigator for their African American Studies Initiative, which is funded the Mellon Foundation. Her research/teaching interests include black politics, public opinion, and political rhetoric. She is the author of two books: The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race (NYU, 2016) and Dreaming Blackness:Black Nationalism and African American Public Opinion (NYU, 2009).
Dr. Price completed her B.A. magna cum laude in geography at Prairie View A&M University and her MA and PhD in political science at The Ohio State University. Before returning to Prairie View, she was an associate professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Rutgers University—New Brunswick.She was the 2017 Black History Month lecturer for US Embassy in Germany. Price provided commentary for the 2016 election season on Philadelphia’s NBC 10. She was one of the contributors to Stanley Nelson’s documentary, Obama: Through the Fire, which aired on BET. She has also done political commentary for The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, Hartford Courant, Vox, Pacifica and NYC and CT Public Radio.
Statement of Views: APSA provides a space for those interested in the systematic study of politics to create community with like-minded scholars. As a member of the Council, I am committed to a professional organization that values rigorous scholarship in all forms and that use diverse intellectual and methodological frameworks. I will work to make sure that this community is welcoming and inclusive for all of its members, to support efforts that mentor and empower new scholars and create policies and practices that meet the needs of scholars throughout their life span in the profession.