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.



  • Janet Box-Steffensmeier, The Ohio State University


  • John Ishiyama, University of North Texas


  • Paula D. McClain, Duke University

Vice Presidents (2020-2021)

  • Michelle Deardorff, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • Mala Htun, University of New Mexico
  • John Sides, Vanderbilt University

Treasurer (2020-2023)

  • David Lublin, American University

Council (2020 - 2023)

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

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