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: Rick Wilson, Rice University (2021-2022)

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.

President-Elect: Melanie Manion, Duke University (2021-2022); President (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.

Treasurer: Kyle Saunders, Colorado State University (2019-2022)

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: Diana Mutz, University of Pennsylvania (2021-2022)

Diana C. Mutz holds the Samuel A. Stouffer Chair in Political Science and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where she also serves as Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics.

She has published articles on public opinion, political psychology and the media in a wide variety of academic journals. Her books include Impersonal Influence: How Perceptions of Mass Collectives Affect Political Attitudes (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative Versus Participatory Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Population-based Survey Experiments (Princeton University Press, 2011) and In-Your-Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media (Princeton University Press, 2015).

In 2011, Mutz received the Lifetime Career Achievement Award in Political Communication from the American Political Science Association. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. Most recently she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015, and a Carnegie Foundation Fellowship in 2016 to study the impact of globalization on American public opinion.

Executive Director

William Morgan, Ph.D, Executive Director

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Dr. William Morgan has served as the executive director of MPSA since 2000. During this time, the MPSA experienced growth, with number of conference presenters increasing by 250% and the number of members increasing by almost 300%. The membership has also changed, with the percent of international members increasing from 4% to 20%.

While at the MPSA, Will has served as a Board member of the Council of Social Science Associations, a Program Committee member for the Society for Scholarly Publishing, an Academic Society Advisory Committee member for Wiley Publishing, and a member of the Association Research Committee for the American Society of Association Executives. During this time, the MPSA received the “Power of Associations” award from the American Society of Association Executives, and the “Award for Excellence” from the Indiana Society of Association Executives.

Prior to serving as Executive Director for the MPSA, Will was co-director of the Center for Participation and Citizenship. In 2001, will received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University and he authored or coauthored articles that have appeared in The American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, and Social Science Quarterly.

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 (2022):

Kim Yi Dionne, University of California, Riverside

Candis Watts Smith, Duke University

Vice Presidents

Christina Wolbrecht, University of Notre Dame (2019-2022)

Christina Wolbrecht is professor of political science, director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, and C. Robert and Margaret Hanley Family Director of the Notre Dame Washington Program. Her most recent book, A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage (with J. Kevin Corder, Cambridge 2020), examines how women voted across the first 100 years since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Wolbrecht also is the co-author of Counting Women's Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage Through the New Deal (Cambridge 2016) and the author of The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change (Princeton 2000), both of which were recognized with political science book awards. Wolbrecht has authored or co-authored articles on such topics as women as political role models, the representation of women, and partisan position-taking on education policy. She is co-editor, with Susan Franceschet, of the journal Politics & Gender, and a founding executive board member of WomenAlsoKnowStuff, an initiative to advance women experts in political science.

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.

Council Members (2019-2022): 

Mala Htun, University of New Mexico

Mala Htun is Professor of Political Science, co-PI and deputy director of ADVANCE at UNM, and special advisor for inclusion and climate in the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She works on women’s rights, social inequalities, and strategies to promote inclusion and diversity. Htun is the author of three books, most recently The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women’s Rights around the World, co-authored with Laurel Weldon (Cambridge Press, 2018), and numerous scholarly articles. She serves as chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession of the American Political Science Association and co-chaired the Presidential Task Force on Women’s Advancement. In 2015, she was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She has been a fellow at the Kellogg Institute of the University of Notre Dame and the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard, and held the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Japan. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard and a A.B. in international relations from Stanford. She was an assistant and then associate professor at the New School for Social Research from 2000-2011.

Jessica Trounstine, University of California Merced

Jessica Trounstine earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from UC San Diego in 2004 and now serves as the Foundation Board of Trustees Presidential Chair of Political Science at UC Merced. Before joining UC Merced in 2009, Professor Trounstine served as an Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Policy at Princeton University. She is the author of 19 peer-reviewed articles, 6 book chapters, and two award winning books, Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities (Cambridge University Press) and Political Monopolies in American Cities: The Rise and Fall of Bosses and Reformers (University of Chicago Press). Professor Trounstine’s work studies the process and quality of representation in American democracy. She is focused on the ways in which formal and informal political institutions enhance or limit the ability of residents to achieve responsive government. Professor Trounstine’s scholarship is mixed-method; reliant on historical analysis, case studies, experiments, and large-n quantitative analyses. She has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice, city governments, and various community organizations; and serves on numerous editorial and foundation boards. As the 4th political scientists hired at UC Merced, Professor Trounstine has played a crucial role in helping to build the university.

Elizabeth Zechmeister, Vanderbilt University

Elizabeth J. Zechmeister is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and Director of LAPOP Lab at Vanderbilt University. She is a scholar of comparative political behavior and public opinion. Her research includes studies of voting, ideology, political parties, representation, charisma, and crisis. She has published over thirty articles and two books: Democracy at Risk: How Terrorist Threats Affect the Public (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Latin American Party Systems (Cambridge Press, 2010). She is co-editor of The Latin American Voter (University of Michigan Press, 2015). Her research on public opinion in times of crisis has won grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Political Science and serves on the board of several academic journals and projects. She is chair of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) project and president of APSA’s Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section. Dr. Zechmeister has received Vanderbilt’s Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Vanderbilt’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. In her work as Director of LAPOP Lab, she is responsible for the AmericasBarometer – a regular regional survey of democracy and public opinion in 34 countries.

Peter Bjerre Mortensen, Aarhus University

Peter B. Mortensen is a Professor of Political Science at Aarhus University, Denmark. His research and teaching interests lie in the fields of public policy, policy agenda setting, and public administration. Dr. Mortensen’s work has appeared in American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and other journals. He is the Co-Director of the Danish Policy Agendas Project, and an active participant in the Comparative Agendas Project network. In 2016, Dr. Mortensen was a visiting research professor at UT at Austin, and earlier he was a visiting research scholar at University of Washington.

Currently, he is the principal investigator of a large project on the causes and consequences of policy agenda setting. Using local government data, the project focuses on why societal problems gain or lose attention on the political agenda and how this agenda-setting process matters for policy decisions. In recent years, Dr. Mortensen has also been researching various regulatory questions in projects funded by the Danish national parliament, and in the fall of 2020, he will be part of an expert inquiry of the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in Denmark.

Peter B. Mortensen obtained the PhD degree in political science from Aarhus University in 2007.

Graeme Auld, Carleton University

Graeme’s research focuses on comparative environmental politics and policy, global environmental governance, and the rise of private governance and authority. Much of his work examines the formation, evolution, and impacts of non-state and hybrid forms of global governance across economic sectors. He also researches the design and efficacy of policy aimed at tackling global problems such as climate change.

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 of Ohio