Duties of MPSA Officers

President. The president serves a one-year term. S/he chairs all MPSA Council meetings and appoints ad hoc committee members as needed.

President-Elect. The president-elect serves a one-year term before assuming the presidency. S/he nominates all the members of the standing committees by February.

Immediate Past President. The immediate past president serves a one-year term following their term as president. S/he or is a voting member of the MPSA Council.

Vice Presidents. Vice presidents are voting members of the MPSA Council and serve on the Finance Committee (formerly the Investment Committee). The senior vice president chairs MPSA Council meetings if the president is unable to do so.

Treasurer. The Treasurer assists the Chief Financial Officer (Executive Director) in the financial affairs of the Association and serves as the alternate signatory on financial instruments owned by the Association.  The Treasurer also chairs the Finance Committee.

Executive Director. The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer and the Secretary of the MPSA and is responsible for its day-to-day operation. The Executive Director is appointed by the Council and is an Ex Officio member of the Council.

Editor(s). This appointed position serves from three to four years. The editor(s) appoints the AJPS Editorial Board, which is approved by the MPSA Council. The editor(s) oversees the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). Editor(s) serve as Ex Officio members of the Council.

Conference Program Chair(s). The Conference Program Chairs appoint the Section heads who help select papers and organize sessions for the conference. The Program Chairs are appointed by the President, serve a one-year term, and are ex officio members of the Council.

Council Members. The Council shall have charge of the general activities of the Association, arrange for the annual meeting, create committees with appropriate powers, receive gifts and bequests, authorize the expenditure of money, and provide for auditing the accounts of the Association.

Current MPSA Officers

President: Melanie Manion, Duke University (2022-2023)

Melanie Manion is the Vor Broker Family Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Duke University. Her research focuses on contemporary authoritarianism, with empirical work on bureaucracy, corruption, information, and representation in China. Her most recent book, Information for Autocrats (Cambridge University Press, 2015), studies representation in Chinese local congresses, analyzing data from an original survey of some 5,000 local congressmen and women and their constituents. Previous publications include Retirement of Revolutionaries in China (Princeton University Press, 1993), Corruption by Design (Harvard University Press, 2004), and the co-edited Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her articles appear in journals including American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and China Quarterly. She is an award-winning teacher.

President-Elect: Eleanor Neff Powell, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2022-2023); President (2023-2024)

Treasurer: Kyle Saunders, Colorado State University (2022-2023)

Kyle L. Saunders is Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences at Colorado State University. Professor Saunders' studies and interests include American politics, with particular emphases on political parties, political behavior, public opinion, elections, public policy, and research methodology; as such he has written on myriad topics including polarization, misinformation and conspiracism, public interest in politics, sustainability and many other important issues that affect public policy. Saunders has authored or co-authored over 35 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters, work that can be found in some of the most highly visible journal outlets in the discipline of political science, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, the British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies.

Past President: Rick Wilson, Rice University (2022-2023)

Professor Wilson is interested in human behavior. In the past his work focused on political history and the design of political institutions -- especially the U.S. Congress in the pre-Federal and early-Federal period. His current work focuses on human cooperation and conflict. Of special interest are the evolutionary, biological, and neurological foundations of human behavior. He has designed experiments that explore the development of cooperation in numerous bargaining games. This research has a strong cross-disciplinary cast and is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and is facilitated by the Rice University Behavioral Research Laboratory. He is the co-author of Congressional Dynamics: Structure, Coordination and Choice in the First American Congress, 1774-1789 (1994, Stanford University Press), and has published articles in a wide range of scholarly journals. Wilson is past Editor of the American Journal of Political Science.

Executive Director

Meegan Isenhour, CAE, Executive Director

 

Meegan Isenhour, CAE joined MPSA in 2013 and has been serving in the role of Executive Director since 2022. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the MPSA including staff management and coordination, human resource management, policy and procedure development and implementation, project management, and governance committees.

A graduate of Indiana University, Meegan is a Certified Association Executive® with more than twenty years of non-profit association management experience.

In her spare time, Meegan enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and dogs.

AJPS Co-Editors (2019-2023):

Kathleen Dolan, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Kathleen Dolan is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Co-Editor in Chief of American Journal of Political Science. She received her Ph.D from the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on gender politics, public opinion, elections, and voting behavior, with a specific focus on how the public evaluates women candidates. Dolan is the author of two books: When Does Gender Matter? Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Voting for Women: How the Public Evaluates Women Candidates (Westview Press, 2004). Her work has also appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals. She has served as co-editor of the journal Politics & Gender and as a member of the board of the American National Election Studies.

Jennifer L. Lawless, University of Virginia

Jennifer L. Lawless is the Commonwealth Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where she’s also the Department Chair. Prior to joining the UVA faculty, she was a Professor of Government at American University and the Director of the Women & Politics Institute. Before that, she was an assistant and then associate professor at Brown. Jen’s research focuses on political ambition, campaigns and elections, and media and politics. She is the author or co-author of six books, including Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era (with Danny Hayes) and It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office (with Richard L. Fox). Her research, which has been supported by the National Science Foundation, has appeared in numerous academic journals, and is regularly cited in the popular press. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Politics Science, and holds an appointment as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Jen graduated from Union College with a B.A. in political science, and Stanford University with an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science. In 2006, she sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Rhode Island’s second congressional district. Although she lost the race, she remains an obsessive political junkie.

Conference Program Co-Chairs (2023):

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Vice Presidents

Suzanna Linn, Penn State University (2020-2023)

I am a Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science at Penn State University and a member of the Graduate Faculty for the Program in Social Data Analytics. I study political methodology, with a focus on time series methods, and the dynamics of American public opinion and elections. My current research includes developing tests for long run equilibria in time series analysis; addressing methodological challenges in estimating tone from text; and explaining the role of media coverage on economic attitudes and vote choice. I am a Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology and president of the Society. My work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Statistics in Medicine, and the Journal of Politics. My book The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence (Cambridge University Press, 2008, with Frank Baumgartner and Amber E. Boydstun) was awarded the Gladys M. Kammerer Award by the American Political Science Association for the best book on US national policy.

Bernard Fraga, Emory University (2021-2024)

Bernard L. Fraga is associate professor of political science at Emory University. He studies American elections, focusing on racial/ethnic politics, voter turnout, and the impact of election laws on voters and politicians. His award-winning book The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America (Cambridge University Press, 2018) provides a comprehensive analysis of race and voter turnout, examining White, Black, Latinx, and Asian American turnout and voting patterns from the 1800s to the present. Fraga’s research has also been published in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Politics, Groups, and Identities, and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. Findings from his work on race and elections have been featured in national and international media outlets, and Fraga is the recipient of awards including the APSA Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Best Book Award, the MPSA Lucius Barker Award, and the MPSA Latina/o Caucus Early Career Award. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2013, and was an assistant and then associate professor at Indiana University from 2013-2021.

Lisa García Bedolla, UC Berkeley (2022-2025)

Lisa García Bedolla is Berkeley's Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, and a Professor in the Graduate School of Education. She uses the tools of social science to reveal the causes of political inequalities in the United States, considering differences across the lines of ethnorace, gender, class, geography, et cetera. She has used a variety of social science methods – participant observation, in-depth interviewing, survey research, field experiments, and geographic information systems (GIS) – to shed light on this question.

She has published six books and dozens of research articles, earning five national book awards and numerous other awards. She has consulted for presidential campaigns and statewide ballot efforts and has partnered with over a dozen community organizations working to empower low-income communities of color. Through those partnerships, she has developed a set of best practices for engaging and mobilizing voters in these communities, becoming one of the nation’s foremost experts on political engagement within communities of color.

Professor García Bedolla earned her PhD in political science from Yale University and her BA in Latin American Studies and Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

Council Members (2020-2023):

William Bernhard, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Bill Bernhard (Ph.D., Duke University) is Professor of Political Science and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Legislative Style (with Tracy Sulkin, University of Chicago Press, 2018) and Pricing Politics (with David Leblang, Cambridge University Pres, 2006) as well as numerous articles. His work has been recognized with several best paper award, including the 2015 Patrick J. Fett Award and the 2014 Jewell-Lowenberg Award.

Caroline Hartzell, Gettysburg College

Caroline Hartzell is a Professor in the Political Science Department and was the founding director of the College's Globalization Studies program. Professor Hartzell teaches courses in International Relations. Her specialization is in international political economy with an emphasis on issues of conflict and conflict management, development, and globalization.

Professor Hartzell's research focuses on cross-national civil war settlements and the effects institutions, both domestic and international, have on social conflict. She has published numerous journal articles on the effects that power-sharing settlements of civil wars have on the duration and quality of the peace, as well as co-authored and co-edited books on those topics. Professor Hartzell's research has been supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, the National Science Foundation, and Folke Bernadotte Academy. Hartzell’s most recent research uses survey experiments to examine citizens’ opinions of and reactions to the terms of civil war peace settlements.

Professor Hartzell recently ended a term as editor of the journal CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND PEACE SCIENCE, the journal of the Peace Science Society (International). She also serves on the editorial boards of the journals ETHNOPOLITICS and FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS.

Linda Trautman, Ohio University Lancaster

Dr. Linda Trautman is a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio University Lancaster. She has taught at Ohio University since 2005. Prior to teaching at Ohio University, she was a faculty member at Wellesley College in Boston, MA. She completed her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University with a specialization in American Politics.

Her areas of expertise in American politics include national and state legislative politics, mass political behavior, race and ethnic politics, and urban policy and governance. Dr. Trautman has published works on the politics of partisan representation in American voting and the dynamics of racial advocacy and bill sponsorship in state legislatures. Her scholarship on electoral politics chronicles the lack of party representation in the United States as a key factor explaining low levels of citizen participation and American voter turnout. She recently completed research on contemporary electoral disenfranchisement and election turnout. Currently, Dr. Trautman is conducting research on voter identification laws and suppression, and identity politics.

Dr. Trautman is an active member in several professional associations in Political Science. Through her professional affiliation with the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), she is an active participant in a national scholarly community dedicated to Voting Rights Advocacy and Justice. Further, through a collaboration of the MPSA and the Consortium for Social Science Associations (COSSA), Dr. Trautman is also involved in advocacy work on Capitol Hill to encourage federal lawmakers to support specified levels of funding for social science research.

Vera Troeger, University of Warwick 

Vera Troeger is professor of Comparative Political Science at the University of Hamburg. Between 2007 and 2011 she was Director of the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis. Currently she serves as president of the European Political Science Association. She is the founding editor-in-chief of the flagship journal of the EPSA – Political Science Research and Methods, and she will take over as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Politics, one of the top 3 journals in Political Science, in 2020. Her research interests lie at the intersection between international and comparative political economy, labour economics, as well as applied quantitative data analysis and political methodology.

Jessica Weeks, University of Wisconsin

Her research has appeared in journals including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, International Organization, and World Politics. Her book, Dictators at War and Peace, explores the domestic politics of international conflict in dictatorships, and was published in 2014 in the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs Series at Cornell University Press. Weeks is the 2018 recipient of the International Studies Association Karl Deutsch Award, recognizing the scholar under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the study of international relations. Professor Weeks received her B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University in 2001, a Master’s degree in international history from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2003, and a PhD in political science from Stanford University in 2009. Prior to joining the Wisconsin faculty, Professor Weeks was an Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University.

Council Members (2021-2024):

Fred Boehmke, University of Iowa

Fred Boehmke received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 2000 and is currently Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa where he also directs the Social Science Research Center. His research focuses on the diffusion of public policies across the American states, the consequences of direct democracy on state politics, and quantitative political methodologies and has appeared in numerous journals including the American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, political Analysis and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. He is the author of The Indirect Effect of Direct Legislation: How Institutions Shape Interest Group Systems.

David Darmofal, University of South Carolina

David Darmofal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. He has research interests in political behavior, American political development, and political methodology. Much of his research examines how political geography and spatial interactions shape the behavior of political actors. His methodological research interests include spatial analysis, survival analysis, and time series analysis. He is the author of Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences (published by Cambridge University Press) and co-author, with Ryan Strickler, of Demography, Politics, and Partisan Polarization in the United States, 1828–2016 (published by Springer). His research has also been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Geography, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and the Journal of Peace Research.

Matthew Lebo, Western University

Matthew Lebo is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Western University. Prior to that, he was Professor and Chair of Political Science at Stony Brook University and the Founder and Director of the Center for Behavioral Political Economy there. His research focusses on national level politics in the United States - political parties in Congress, the presidency, and elections. He also writes about time series analysis, public opinion, and British politics. He is the coauthor with Gregory Koger of Strategic Party Government: Why Winning Trumps Ideology (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and over 30 articles in outlets that include the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis. He was the 2020 winner of the Society for Political Methodology's Excellence in Mentoring award and the 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Education. He has held positions as a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto and Nuffield College. He earned a PhD from the University of North Texas and a post-doctoral fellowship from Harvard University.

Efrén Pérez, UCLA

Monica Schneider, Miami University of Ohio

Council Members (2022-2025): 

Laurel Elder, Hartwick College

Laurel Elder is a Professor of Political Science at Hartwick College in New York where she teaches courses in American politics. She received her PhD from The Ohio State University and her BA from Colgate University. Her research, which has received national attention, explores the relationship of parenthood and politics; public perceptions of candidate spouses; women's continued underrepresentation in U.S. elective offices; and abortion attitudes in a post-Roe America. She has authored or co-authored three books and dozens of peer reviewed articles and book chapters on these topics. In her work in and out of the classroom, her overarching goal is to help promote informed and engaged citizenship.

Gbemende Esubiyi Johnson, Hamilton College

Zaryab Iqbal, Penn State University

Jason Roberts, University of North Carolina

Rocío Titiunik, Princeton University

Rocío Titiunik is Professor of Politics at Princeton University, where she is also an associated faculty with the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning, the Program in Latin American Studies, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, and the Research Program in Political Economy. She specializes in quantitative methodology for the social and behavioral sciences, with emphasis on quasi-experimental methods for causal inference and program evaluation. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, political science, statistics, and data science, particularly on the development and application of quantitative methods to the study of political institutions. Her recent methodological research includes the development of statistical methods for regression discontinuity (RD) designs. Her recent substantive research centers on democratic accountability and the role of party systems in developing democracies. She received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Political Methodology in 2016, which honors a young researcher who is making notable contributions to the field of political methodology, and was elected as fellow of the Society for Political Methodology in 2020. She is currently associate editor for Science Advances and a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science.