Nominations Committee for the MPSA Council

This standing committee has five members. Nominations for officers are solicited from the membership, and the nominations committee selects a slate of officers, including all elected positions and any other vacancies on the Council. Learn more about the Nominations Committee and other committees of the MPSA here.

The election of officers occurs at the Business Meeting at the MPSA Conference or by a ballot sent to members if required.

2020-2021 Nominations Committee:

Kristin Kanthak (Chair), University of Pittsburg
Raul Pacheco-Vega, FLASCO
Kentaro Fukumoto, Gakushuin University
Maggie Penn, Emory University
Noam Lupu, Vanderbilt University

Election of Officers and Council Members

Balloting to elect the new cohort of MPSA Council Members and Officers will begin soon, and the balloting will close thirty days after opening. The 2020-2021 Nominating Committee’s slate of nominees is available below for your review. The committee selected the slate of nominees after careful deliberation and attention to the diversity of the discipline. In the coming weeks, MPSA members will receive an email from, a secure online voting platform. The slate of officers must receive more “for” votes than “against” in order to be elected to the MPSA Council.

Slate of Nominees:

President-Elect, 2021-2024: Melanie Manion, Duke University

Vice President, 2021-2024: Bernard Fraga, Emory University

Council Members, 2021-2024:

  • Fred Boehmke, University of Iowa
  • David Darmofal, University of South Carolina
  • Matthew Lebo, Western University
  • Efrén Pérez, UCLA
  • Monica Schneider, Miami of Ohio

Learn more about current MPSA leadership.