Thomas J. Volgy, ISA Executive Director (1995-2015)

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Thomas J. Volgy is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona and the Executive Director of the International Studies Association. He recieved his MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota. His teaching covers undergraduate, honors, and graduate levels and focuses primarily on international politics. He received his college's Outstanding Teaching Award for his efforts.

Dr. Volgy's research interests focus on the international system as well as both formal and informal international structures. In his current ongoing research program, he is leading an effort to reconceptualize and remeasure both major power status and regional power status in recent (post-World War II to the present) international politics. He has authored nearly 50 articles and chapters with work appearing in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, International Interactions, Social Science Quarterly, Journalism Quarterly, Journal of International Relations and Development, Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, British Journal of Political Science, American Prospect, Harvard Business Review, and New Republic, among others.

He has also co-authored or edited numerous books including An Exploration Into Status Attribution in International Politics (2013), Major Powers and the Quest for Status in International Politics (2011), Intergovernmental Architecture and the Development of the Post-Cold War World Order (2009), and International Politics and State Strength (2003).

Apart from his research and teaching interests, he has been active in the local and global community. He served in office for 14 years, including as Mayor of Tucson, and he assisted in democratization and public policy training programs in East Europe and Central Asia between 1989 and the present.

Executive Directors of ISA

Mark A. Boyer

2015-2020
University of Connecticut

Thomas J. Volgy

1995-2015
University of Arizona

W. Ladd Hollist
1990-1995
Brigham Young University

William A. Welsh
1985-1990
University of South Carolina

James A. Kuhlman
1979-1985
University of South Carolina

Carl Beck
1973-1978
University of Pittsburgh

John E. Turner
1968 - 1973
University of Minnesota

Vincent Davis
1959 - 1968
University of Denver

Role of the Executive Director

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 6 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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