Officers & Council Members

APSA is governed by 31 elected Council Members and Officers, while everyday operations are overseen by the Executive Director and supported by APSA staff. The Council serves as the APSA governing body, setting the strategic direction and vision of the association, monitoring its ongoing operation, making policies, approving appointments and budgetary decisions, and generally providing oversight, guidance, and advice.



  • Lisa Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • Mark Warren, University of British Columbia


  • John Ishiyama, University of North Texas

Vice Presidents (2022-2023)

  • Andy Aoki, Augsburg University
  • Maria Escobar-Lemmon, Texas A&M University
  • Brett Ashley Leeds, Rice University

Treasurer (2020-2023)

  • David Lublin, American University

Council (2020 - 2023)

  • Menna Demessie, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Terry Gilmour, Midland College
  • Catherine Guisan, University of Minnesota
  • Nancy Hirschmann, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nahomi Ichino, Emory University
  • Tamara Metz, Reed College
  • Ido Oren, University of Florida
  • Jillian Schwedler, Hunter College 

Council (2021 - 2024)

  • Khalilah Brown-Dean, Quinnipiac University
  • Scott Desposato, University of California, San Diego
  • Raymond Foxworth, First Nations Development Institute
  • Terri Givens, McGill University
  • Eileen M. Hunt, University of Notre Dame
  • Mary McHugh, Merrimack College
  • Sara Mitchell, University of Iowa
  • Costas Panagopolous, Northeastern University

Council (2022 - 2025)

  • Jason Casellas, University of Houston
  • Pearl Dowe, Emory University
  • Leigh Jenco, London School of Economics
  • Susan McWilliams, Pomona College
  • Aseem Prakash, University of Washington
  • Bassel Salloukh, Doha Institute
  • Christina Schneider, University of California, San Diego
  • Erica Townsend-Bell, Oklahoma State University

Executive Director

  • Steven Rathgeb Smith