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Officers & Council Members

APSA is guided in its activities by its bylaws and governed by an elected 31-person council, with the Council-appointed Executive Director serving as a non-voting ex-officio member. 


President (2019-2020)

  • Paula D. McClain, Duke University

President-Elect (2019-2020)

  • Janet Box-Steffensmeier, The Ohio State University

Past-President (2019-2020)

  • Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania

Vice Presidents (2019-2020)

  • Kerstin Hamann, University of Central Florida
  • Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton University
  • Melissa Williams, University of Toronto

Treasurer (2017-2020)

  • Thomas Pepinsky, Cornell University

Council (2017 - 2020)

  • Joseph Carens, University of Toronto
  • Lisa Garcia-Bedolla, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lilly J. Goren, Carrol University
  • Simon Jackman, University of Sydney
  • Matthew Kocher, Johns Hopkins University
  • Erin Richards, Cascadia College
  • Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, Purdue University
  • Laura Sjoberg, University of Florida

Council (2018 - 2021)

  • Adam Berinsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ann O’M. Bowman, Texas A&M University
  • Julia Jordan-Zachery, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Lori Marso, Union College
  • Alberto Simpser, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
  • Charles Smith, University of California, Irvine
  • Rocio Titiunik, Princeton University
  • Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago

Council (2019 - 2022)

  • Ben Ansell, University of Oxford
  • Erik Bleich, Middlebury College
  • Alexandra Filindra, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Rebecca Gill, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Soo Yeon Kim, National University of Singapore
  • David Leal, University of Texas, Austin
  • Suzanna Linn, Pennsylvania State University
  • Melanye Price, Prairie View A&M University

Executive Director

  • Steven Rathgeb Smith