Staff Directory

The APSA national office is supported by 24 staff professionals, guided by 3 senior directors and the executive director. The APSA Council and committees govern association programs and activities. The APSA national office is located in an historic rowhouse in Dupont Circle, in Northwest Washington, DC.

Executive Director: Steven Rathgeb Smith

General Inquiries

American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036-1203

Phone: (202) 483-2512
Fax: (202) 483-2657
Email: [email protected]


Executive Management


Steven Rathgeb Smith
Executive Director

Steven Rathgeb Smith is the executive director of the American Political Science Association. Previously, he was the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He also taught for many years at the University of Washington where he was the Nancy Bell Evans Professor of Public Affairs at the Evans School of Public Affairs and director of the Nancy Bell Evans Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy. In addition, he has taught at Georgetown, Duke, American University, and Washington University in St. Louis. From 1997 to 2004, he was editor of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and, from 2006 to 2008, president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Dr. Smith has authored and edited several books including, Nonprofits for Hire: The Welfare State in the Age of Contracting (with Michael Lipsky), Governance and Regulation in the Third Sector: International Perspectives (co-edited with Susan Phillips) and, most recently, Nonprofits and Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) (co-edited with Robert Pekkanen and Yutaka Tsujinaka). He is currently president of the International Society for Third Sector Research. Email ››  View CV ››


Betsy Super
Deputy Director

Betsy Super serves as Deputy Director. She oversees and leads development of programs supporting research excellence and broadening participation in the profession, including APSA awards, the Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion Programs, International Programs, small research grants and travel grants. She also leads APSA’s research on the profession and supports a number of governance committees, including the Nominating Committee, the Committee on Professional Ethics, Rights and Freedoms, and Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Reform. Prior to joining APSA, Super worked at the University of Edinburgh on an ESRC-funded project investigating party positioning on immigration and EU membership, and was the first project officer of the Public Policy Network. Her research has been published in Scandinavian Political Studies, Acta Politica, and Environmental Politics, among others. Super received her BA in Government with honors from Dartmouth College and PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Email ››


Kimberly Mealy
Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion Programs

Kimberly Mealy is senior director of diversity and inclusion programs. Kimberly supported two presidential task forces, Political Science in the 21st Century (2010) and Negotiating Agreement in Politics (2013). Prior to joining APSA in 2007, Kimberly taught in the political science department at Wellesley College, as a teaching fellow and a visiting assistant professor. Kimberly earned her PhD in political science and public policy in 2004 from Indiana University, where she also directed mentoring and professional development programs for the Office of the Dean for Women’s Affairs and taught courses in political science. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys visiting the monuments in DC and photography. Email ››


Dan Gibson

Senior Director, Communications and Marketing 

Dan Gibson serves as APSA senior director of communications and marketing. He is responsible for APSA media/press relations, branding, and web communications. He is a veteran communications and marketing professional. He has worked primarily in the association field for more than 20 years using his expertise to deliver clear, consistent messaging and promote the interests of organizations and their memberships. His travels include the IEEE Computer Society, United Rentals, the American Gas Association, the National Association of Workforce Boards, the International Franchise Association, and the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals. He received a BA Communications from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland and has received numerous awards in marketing and communications. Email ››



Larry Burner
Director, Finance & Administration

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Tianrui Cai
Assistant Director, Finance

Tianrui (Rina) Cai is the Staff Accountant II on the finance and administration team. She is responsible for supporting the accounting manager in carrying out the responsibilities of the finance department. Prior to joining APSA in 2015, she worked as a tax preparer at DC EITC Campaign (IRS VITA Program) and a finance intern at Relief International. She earned an MA in Accounting from the George Washington University in 2015 and a BA in Business Administration from the Ocean University of China. Rina keeps an open mind and enjoys travelling, cooking, yoga and classical music. Email ››

Nicole Price 
Accounting Manager
Nicole Price supports APSA’s financial processing, analysis, reporting, and policy functions in her role as Accounting Manager. She brings fifteen years of nonprofit finance, contracts and operations experience, working under a variety of funding environments, from other Washington, DC-based nonprofit organizations including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Environmental Working Group, and Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Nicole enjoys gardening, theater, true crime podcasts, and spending time with her pit bull, Gidget, and two cats, Pop and Iggi. She holds a BA in Government and Politics, with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of Maryland. Email ››


Meghan McConaughey
Governance Manager

Meghan McConaughey serves as APSA Fellow and Program Associate in the Executive Director’s office. She provides support for APSA governance logistics and organization, contributes to research and analysis in developing APSA policies, and provides research support for the Executive Director. Meghan has a PhD in political science and an MPP from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys learning more about the world, especially through travel and cooking. Email ››

Centennial Center


Amanda Grigg, 
Director, Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs

Amanda Grigg serves as the Associate Director of the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs. She leads all aspects of the Centennial Center mission, operations, and program development, including Centennial Center research grants, Visiting Scholar and Pracademic Fellowship Programs, and teaching workshops in Washington, DC, as well as supporting the New Partnerships for Progress presidential task force. Prior to joining APSA, she taught in the political science department at the University of Michigan, where she worked closely with first generation student programs. Her research has been published in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory,and Politics, Groups, and Identities, among others. Amanda earned her BA with high honors in Political Science and Women’s Studies from The University of Michigan and her PhD in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Email ››

Contact Vinaya Bharam, Program Assistant, Teaching & Learning and the Centennial Center for questions on the Centennial Center Department Email ›› 

Communications & Marketing


Karima D. Scott
Director, Communications & Marketing

Karima Scott serves as the Director of the Communications and Marketing department. She is responsible for all communications and marketing efforts of the association including branding and promotion of APSA program initiatives, managing and monitoring of the association website and social media channels, implementation of new marketing materials and campaigns, as well as serving as one of the association’s layout and design specialist. She supports and collaborates with all departments and teams to best serve APSA members. Prior to joining APSA in late 2013, Karima served as an AmeriCorp Public Ally after receiving her BA from George Mason University where she studied media communications, sociology and theater. Karima is a Washington, D.C. native. She enjoys live entertainment, traveling, art, and painting. Email ››


Clarissa Westphal Nogueira
Communications & Web Services Specialist

Clarissa Westphal Nogueira is the Communications & Web Services Specialist. She serves as technical support to staff and members, providing both web and database maintenance for the APSA Website as well as related pages. As part of the Communications team, she works and assists on projects relating to this area. Prior to joining APSA in 2018, she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank as the Web Editor Assistant for the Retirees Association, in charge of website updates, graphic design projects and translations. Clarissa earned her degree in Graphic, Web and Industrial design at Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL) in Florianopolis, Brazil. Born in D.C and growing up in Argentina, she considers many cities to be her home and enjoys reading, scrapbooking and videogames. Email ››



Jason Sapia
Development Director

Jason Sapia works with APSA members and institutional partners who wish to support the Association’s programs. He has worked primarily in the association field and joined APSA from the Society for Neuroscience. Contact Jason with any questions about donating to APSA or becoming an exhibitor, advertiser, or sponsor at the APSA Annual Meeting.   Email››


Julia Walters
Awards and Development Manager

Julia Walters provides administrative support to a wide range of APSA awards, grants, and fellowships. She acts as the primary contact for travel grants to the APSA annual meeting and TLC. Prior to joining APSA in 2017, Julia received a BA in Public Policy and Peace, War, and Defense from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Julia is a native Arlingtonian who enjoys food trucks and college basketball. Email ››

International Programs


Andrew Stinson
Director, International Programs

Andrew Stinson leads APSA’s efforts to engage with political science communities across the world. This includes management and planning for the Asia and MENA Workshops, as well as various collaborative projects with other national political science associations, area-studies associations, universities, research institutes, and scholars. Before joining APSA in 2011, Andrew taught English in Kazakhstan as a Peace Corps Volunteer and supported several non-profit efforts in early-childhood education and American voluntourism. He has a MA in International Studies from Rhodes University in South Africa and a BA in Political Science and History from Gettysburg College, PA. Andrew currently lives with his family in Guilford, CT.  Email ››

Meetings & Events


Ashley Vande Bunte
Director, Meetings and Events
Ashley Vande Bunte is the Director of Meetings and Events. She organizes and executes the Annual Meeting and the Teaching & Learning Conference. Prior to joining APSA in 2013, Ashley managed exhibits and registration at the Retail Industry Leaders Association for four years and studied International Relations at Grand Valley State University. Ashley enjoys traveling,  learning new languages, reading about meteorology, and exploring the local area with her husband and son Email ››



Kristin Kessler
Meetings Manager

Kristin Kessler serves as the Meetings Manager. Her responsibilities include programing and logistics for APSA’s Annual Meeting, conferences and small meetings. Prior to joining APSA in 2019, Kristin managed various meeting logistics, including exhibits and the call for abstracts, at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for five years. She received a BA in Sociology from Elon University. A native to the DC metro area, Kristin enjoys live music, rock climbing and traveling. Email>>



Casey Harrigan
Director, Member Services

Casey Harrigan is the Associate Director for Member Services. Prior to joining APSA in 2017, Casey received a BS in Political Science from Towson University and an MPA, with a focus in health policy, from Baruch College. Casey is originally from New York, in her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and refinishing antique furniture. Email ››


Kristy Silva
Program Assistant, Member Services

Kristy Silva is the Program Associate for Member Services. Prior to joining APSA in 2018, Kristy served two years as an AmeriCorps Member and Team Leader with City Year Sacramento. Kristy is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and received a BS in Political Science with a minor in Social Work from Northern Arizona University. In her spare time, Kristy enjoys reading, board games, and visiting amusement parks. Email ››

Professional Development Programs & Services


Tanya Schwarz
Director, Teaching & Learning

Tanya Schwarz is the associate director of academic and professional development. She manages APSA’s programs in teaching and learning, professional development, and departmental services. Before joining APSA in 2018, Schwarz was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hollins University. From 2016-2017, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She has authored a book, Faith-Based Organizations in Transnational Peacebuilding and published journal articles on religion and international relations, critical interpretivism, and pedagogy. Schwarz received a PhD in political science from the University of California, Irvine and a BA and MA in political science from the University of California, Riverside. Email ››


Abby Paulson
Manager, Government Relations & Public Engagement

Abby Paulson is coordinator for government relations and public engagement. Abby joined APSA in 2016 after completing her MSc in Politics and Communication at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to her graduate studies, Abby worked with a coalition of organizations dedicated to government accountability and transparency. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Ithaca College, where she also found a love of rowing. Email ››

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Vinaya Bharam
Program Assistant, Teaching & Learning and the Centennial Center

Vinaya Bharam provides administrative and organizational support to Teaching and Learning, Professional Development, Centennial Center and Public Engagement Programs. She is originally from Pune, India. Before joining APSA in 2019, she attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where she received her BA in International Affairs with a minor in Economics. At Lewis & Clark College, she worked as a Special Collections Assistant at the Watzek Library from 2015 to May 2019. During her time at Lewis & Clark, she served as the President for International Student Government from 2017 to 2018. She also co-chaired the 56th Lewis & Clark International Affairs Symposium. She enjoy dancing, cooking and travelling. Email ››

Journals & Publications


Jon Gurstelle
Director of Publishing

Jon Gurstelle has spent over a decade in academic publishing at Blackwell Publishing, Springer, and most recently, John Wiley & Sons. He spent many years as a book and journal editor in Political Science at Springer and was most recently an Executive Editor for Statistics at Wiley. He has been a regular attendee at the Annual Meeting since 2008 and was active in several publishing industry groups including the AAP’s Professional and Scholarly Publishing division. Jon is based at the APSA Headquarters and oversees the 21 APSA and affiliated journals as well as the other association publications including books and brochures. Email ››



Celina Szymanski
Senior Managing Editor, PS: Political Science and Politics

 Celina Szymanski is the managing editor of PS: Political Science and Politics. She has worked as journal assistant under interim editors Phillip Ardoin and Paul Gronke of Appalachian State University since August 2014. Formerly, she worked as journal assistant to New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture. She graduated from Frostburg State University in 2013 where she served on the President’s Leadership Circle. She will graduate from Appalachian State University in May with a master’s degree in political science concentrating in environmental politics and policy. Celina enjoys travelling as well as kayaking and hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Email ››


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Henry Chen
Publishing Associate, PS: Political Science and Politics

Henry Chen is the Publishing Associate for PS: Political Science and Politics. Before joining APSA in 2019, he conducted independent research in Durban, South Africa through The Fulbright Program. He holds a BA in History from Northwestern (2018), where he also studied Asian American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Henry is originally from Denver, Colorado, and enjoys hiking, cooking, and illustrating in his spare time.  Email ››




Erin McGrath
Research Manager

Erin McGrath began in February 2019 as Research Manager for APSA. She leads research efforts for APSA, coordinating research on all aspects of the profession, and supporting research efforts across all departments and programs at APSA. Prior to joining APSA, McGrath was a post-doctoral researcher in computational social science at the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) on an NSF-funded project to predict contentious activity using non-traditional sources of data on grievances (e.g. social media data, unstructured text data). Research on this project has been published by the Journal of Conflict Resolution (2018) and in outlets in other disciplines, e.g. computer science and data science. McGrath completed her Ph.D. (2015) in Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Her training in Turkish, in-depth fieldwork in Turkey, and dissertation research on authoritarianism and Turkish constitutional politics was funded by a State Department scholarship (2009) and is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press (2019). McGrath has an MPP (2005) from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she focused on social policy in old and new Europe, and a BBA (2000) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she focused on corporate social responsibility. She lives in Cleveland Park with her partner Paul, their four children, and a GSP puppy named Blitzen. Email ››


Megan Davis
Program Research Assistant

Megan Davis serves as the program assistant to the research and development team. She cleans and analyzes data for use in reports, online dashboards, and other outputs, as well as provides administrative support to the Deputy Director. Prior to joining APSA in 2018, Megan attended the College of William and Mary, where she majored in Public Policy, and minored in Economics. While at William and Mary, Megan was involved in undergraduate research at AidData and the Center for African Development and worked part-time at The Cedars Bed and Breakfast. In her free time, Megan loves to hike, camp, and travel. Email ››