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.



  • Mark Warren, University of British Columbia


  • Taeku Lee, Harvard University


  • Lisa Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Vice Presidents (2023-2024)

  • James Druckman, Northwestern University
  • Lilly Goren, Carroll University
  • Cameron Thies, Michigan State University

Treasurer (2023-2026)

  • Sara Wallace Goodman, University of California, Irvine

Council (2021 - 2024)

  • Khalilah Brown-Dean, Quinnipiac University
  • Scott Desposato, University of California, San Diego
  • Raymond Foxworth, Henry Luce Foundation
  • 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

Council (2023 - 2026)

  • Julia Azari, Marquette University
  • Michael Goodhart, University of Pittsburgh
  • Alice Kang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Alison McCartney, Towson University
  • Tamir Moustafa, Simon Fraser University
  • Daniel Nielson, University of Texas at Austin
  • Candice Watts Smith, Duke University
  • Shatema Threadcraft, Vanderbilt University

Executive Director

  • Steven Rathgeb Smith