Slate of Nominees
The Nominations Committee has recommended the following slate of candidates for MPSA Officers and Council Members. The online election will be held Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 through Thursday, August 13th, 2020.
President-elect (2020-2021) President (2021-2022)
Rick Wilson, Rice University
Vice President (2020-2023)
Suzanna Linn, Penn State University
Council Members (2020-2023):
Vera Troeger, University of Warwick
Linda Trautman, Ohio University Lancaster
Jessica Weeks, University of Wisconsin
Caroline Hartzell, Gettysburg College
William Bernhard, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Council Member (2020-2021):
Chris Karpowitz, Brigham Young University
Areas of Interest:
Major areas of research include the historical evolution of Congressional institutions and experimental studies of strategic behavior.
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.
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.
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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.
Professor of Political Science and H. Douglas Weaver Chair in Diplomacy and International Relations, University of Wisconsin—Madison
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.
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.
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.
Christopher F. Karpowitz is Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy (CSED) and Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He has received the International Society of Political Psychology’s Erik Erikson Award for Early Career Achievement and the Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association. In 2015, he was a Senior Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Prior to arriving at BYU, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Democracy and Human Values at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values.
Professor Karpowitz has published several books, including most recently Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums: Improving Equality and Publicity (with Chad Raphael, Cambridge University Press) and The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation, and Institutions (with Tali Mendelberg, Princeton University Press). The Silent Sex received several awards, including the David O. Sears Award for the best book in the field of mass politics (International Society of Political Psychology), the Robert E. Lane Award for the best book in political psychology (APSA’s Political Psychology Section), and the Best Book Award for a book using experimental methods (APSA Experimental Research Section). He has also published chapters in a variety of edited volumes and scholarly articles in the American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, The British Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Political Communication, Politics & Society, and others.
Professor Karpowitz’s research interests include political psychology, political behavior, political communication, gender and politics, and political participation. Much of his research explores how citizens participate in and experience democratic institutions and processes, with special attention to democratic and deliberative theory. His research employs a variety of research methods, including lab, survey, and field experiments. He is a co-founder of the CSED Research Lab at BYU.
Professor Karpowitz received a B.A. in political science and M.A. in American Studies from Brigham Young University. He completed a certificate of graduate studies in political theory at Duke University prior to receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. in American politics at Princeton University.