ISA 2020-2021 Annual Election

President (one position)

The President serves a one year term and works during that time to propose programs and policies designed to advance the best interests of the Association. He or she convenes and presides over meetings of the Executive Committee, the Governing Council, and the Annual Business Meeting while overseeing the work of the Executive Office.
Helen Milner, Princeton University

Candidate Statement from Helen Milner

I am greatly honored to be nominated for President of the International Studies Association. ISA is a truly international and interdisciplinary organization and this makes it very important. The study of global politics, economics, and society is ever more valuable these days. I hope that I can make a large positive contribution to ISA.

I have been involved with ISA for many years because I wanted to support and help the association. ISA brings together a diverse group of scholars, from different nationalities, different disciplines, different research interests, and different methodologies. This diversity is an important strength. My own research in international and comparative political economy has delved into many different topics looking at different regions and using different methods. ISA has always been appealing since it fosters such heterogeneity of perspectives and approaches through its large conventions, smaller meetings, and many journals.

As a member of ISA, I have attended its annual convention for many of the thirty years I have been in the profession. Early in my career (1988-89), I served on the ISA Committee on Rights and Responsibilities. Later (1989), I served on the ISA committee on awarding grants for European Community studies. In 2001, I was a vice president for ISA and served on the council. More recently (2011), I served on the nominating committee for ISA. I have also been the fortunate recipient of several awards from ISA. Last year the IPE section of ISA presented me with the distinguished scholar award for the field. This year the Society for Women in International Political Economy (SWIPE) of the ISA's International Political Economy section selected me to receive the 2019 SWIPE Award for Mentoring Women in International Political Economy. It has been my great pleasure to serve in these different roles to support ISA. I have served in a number of other professional roles in associations related to the social sciences.

My central interest has been in fostering the development of social science around the globe, but especially in the developing world where democratization and globalization have touched many countries recently. Associations that can help scholars around the world to maintain academic freedom, enhance teaching, collect and analyze data, and facilitate publishing high quality research from all over the planet are critically important. To help promote these goals, I have served on the board of a number of organizations. I was the APSA representative elected to the International Political Science Association (IPSA) for about ten years (2006-15), serving as a member of the executive committee, then vice president, and finally president and past president. As a member of IPSA, I was nominated to serve on the board of the Global Development Network (GDN) and have been part of their executive committee for close to six years (2013-19). I have also been a member of the board of directors of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) since 2012, serving on various committees there. In addition, I was a member of the steering committee for the International Political Economy Society (IPES) from its early days and recently ended my term as chair of its steering committee (2013-17). Finally, I have been very fortunate to be the founding director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG) at Princeton University since 2005. In all of these roles, I have desired to advance the creation of social science research and to help strengthen the infrastructure for conducting such research around the world.

As ISA president, I want to continue to promote these goals. Many critical issues confront social science these days. Academic freedom and higher education institutions are under attack in countries across the globe. Funding for social science research and universities has been cut back in many countries. The value of expertise in many field is often questioned today, while fake news, conspiracy theories, and rumors abound. Democracy and the open society are often challenged by illiberalism and autocratic tendencies. And earth’s environment continues to heat up, while little action is taken to change course. The value of social science for better understanding our world and addressing these challenges has been elevated by associations like ISA. I hope that as president I can help ISA in advancing its main missions of creating more knowledge about international, transnational, and global affairs and fostering the exchange of diverse ideas and initiatives among all those involved in the teaching, research, and practice of International Studies.

Vice Presidents (three positions)

ISA Vice Presidents are elected for a one-year term. During that time, they serve on the Executive Committee and the Governing Council. Vice Presidents help provide oversight and coordination of committees, liaison with sections and regions, interaction with other appropriate organizations, development of inter-organizational cooperation, and strengthening connections with government, foundations, and business.
David Hornsby, Carleton University

Candidate Statement from David Hornsby

I am honoured and humbled to be nominated as a Vice-President of the International Studies Association. I have recently joined Carleton University in Ottawa as a Professor of International Relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning). Prior I have held academic and leadership positions at University College London and Wits University in South Africa. Throughout my career I have always been fascinated by how the way we teach and foster learning contributes to state development and to the advancement of international studies as an area of scholarship. To this extent I have engaged in research pertaining to the links between teaching and learning, development, social justice, citizenship and large class pedagogy. In addition, I also work on building understanding of how science influences the international political economy, middle power cooperation, and the foreign policies of Canada and South Africa.

I have been fortunate to be involved in the ISA for a number of years now and regularly sought out opportunities to contribute. I have been a Program Co-Chair for the Science, Technology, Arts in International Relations (STAIR) section, a member of the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee and, most recently, as a Member-at-Large of the Governing Council.

As a Vice-President, I would look forward to continuing to promote an ISA that values a diverse set of perspectives and knowledges, and actively seeks to include Global South scholars. I see lots of opportunities to help shape the organisation particularly through discussions of professional practice and how the ISA might connect into regions and areas where it traditionally maintains a small footprint.

Anne Sisson Runyan, University of Cincinnati

Candidate Statement from Anne Sisson Runyan

I am both honored and grateful to be nominated to serve as a Vice-President of ISA. I am a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati, where I also headed the Department of Women’s Studies, directed the Taft Research Center, and instituted the Feminist Comparative and International Politics doctoral concentration in Political Science, which I currently direct. As one of the progenitors of feminist IR, I was among the co-founders of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Section, which I chaired (1993-1994), and the Women’s Caucus of ISA as well as the International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP), for which I have served on the editorial board since its inception and as an Associate Editor (2011-2017), the organizer and host of its fifth annual conference (2016), and a guest-editor of two of its special issues (published in 2002 and 2018). I am a recipient of the FTGS Section Eminent Feminist IR Scholar Award (2007) and the Society for Women in International Political Economy Mentor Award (2006). I was also an FTGS Associate Editor for the ISA Compendium Project and have successfully nominated or co-nominated a host of established and early career scholars for awards and leadership positions offered by the FTGS Section and the LGBTQA and Women’s Caucuses of ISA and IFJP.

As also a former chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Academic Professions for the American Association of University Professors who has additionally held leadership roles in the National Women’s Studies Association and engaged in extensive international and interdisciplinary collaborative research and pedagogical projects, I have dedicated much of my career to advancing women and other underrepresented groups in the professorate, intersectional, transnational and decolonial feminist scholarship in IR and beyond, and rights to academic freedom, fair labor practices, and social inclusion and justice in the academy and larger world. If elected, I look forward to contributing to ISA’s commitments to advancing scholarly and social diversity and inclusion within the field as well as academic rights and responsibilities globally.

Birol A. Yesilada, Portland State University

Candidate Statement from Birol A. Yesilada

I am honored to be nominated for the position of Vice-President of the International Studies Association. I am currently the Director of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and Contemporary Turkish Studies Chair of Political Science and International Affairs at Portland State University. My research interests are Power Transition, European Union, World Values Survey (I am the PI for Cyprus), agent-based dynamic modeling of Human Development Theory, political and economic development in Turkey, and agent-based expected utility theory. I have sought to bridge the academic and policy worlds by consulting for government institutions, the World Bank, Barclays Capital, RAND, Booz Allen Hamilton and the Nathan Associates. Previously, I served the ISA as co-editor-in-chief of ISP, founding member of the PDG Section, chair of PDG, member of the Governing Council, member and chair of the ISA Nominating Committee, and publications committee, and assisted in the formation of Turkish ISA. I have been reaching out to young scholars around the world to become active in ISA.

Treasurer (one position)

The Treasurer serves a three year term and works during that time to propose programs and policies to enhance the financial condition of the Association. He or she oversees, with the President and the Executive Director, the handling of the Association's funds and advises the President and Executive Director on recommending a budget to the Governing Council.
Mark Crescenzi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Candidate Statement from Mark Crescenzi

I am honored to be nominated for the position of ISA Treasurer. My research focuses on the role of reputation in world politics, the political economy of conflict, and the dynamics of conflict and security. I have been involved in ISA for over twenty years and appreciate the importance of this organization to our academic community. The ISA plays a key role in mentoring graduate students and new faculty, cultivating research networks, and connecting established scholarship with new and innovative research. I am currently serving my second term on the ISA Finance Committee, and have previously served on the Nominating Committee. I am actively involved in multiple ISA sections, and served on the Editorial Board for ISQ. I am also currently serving as Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and am active in peer organizations such as the American Political Science Association and the Peace Science Society. As treasurer, I hope to continue the progress made toward improving procedures, reporting, and oversight over the last five years as the Finance Committee continues to examine ISA’s investment strategy and practices, membership fee and registration structures, and long-term planning.

At-Large Representatives (three positions)

Members-at-large are selected by the ISA membership to serve on the Governing Council and to represent the global and diverse nature of the ISA membership body in general.
Bahar Baser, Coventry University, CTPSR & Stellenbosch University (SIGLA)

Candidate Statement from Bahar Baser

It is an honor for me to be nominated to serve as an at-large representative to ISA’s Governing Council (2019-2021). I thank the Nominations Committee for their decision on making me a candidate for this position. I am an active ISA member and I have served on multiple ISA Committees before, most recently ENMISA’s Distinguished Book Award and Best Postgraduate Paper Committees. I have also been serving as the Secretary of the ENMISA Section for the last two years. I volunteered for the position of at-large representative because I am committed to service to ISA and I believe that I can bring a useful perspective to the Governing Council due to my interdisciplinary background and international work experience. I have always cherished my ISA experience, received constructive feedback from my peers and left the conference to go back to Europe with inspiration for innovative academic projects. More importantly, when I was an early career researcher I always felt supported by senior academics who commented on my work at the ISA Annual Conventions. This intellectual generosity helped me build my self-confidence over the years and now I am passing what I have learnt on to my students. Also as a Europe-based Turkish academic who works on the Global South and migration flows to the Global North, I have always appreciated the diverse background of researchers who are attending the ISA. We do not speak the same language but we are open to different perspectives. The ISA conventions have built a bridge between European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Asian and American perspectives and benefited each of us in different ways. At the ISA, I feel comfortable to challenge things that are taken for granted, speak my mind and learn from others. My intention is to continue this wonderful collaboration but at the same time have the opportunity to bring A non-American perspectives to the Governing Council’s agenda.

In terms of professional background, I am a political scientist who specializes on peace and conflict studies and migration studies. My research interests lie in the realm of ethnic conflicts, peace processes, post-conflict reconstruction and diaspora politics. My research draws on interdisciplinary perspectives and that is why ISA has been a wonderful academic home for me for the last six years. My research has specifically focused on case studies such as Turkey, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Mexico and Israel. I am currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. I am also an associate research fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Between January and June 2019, I will be a senior visiting fellow at the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame. Since 2008, I have also taken other academic positions and visiting researcher roles in Sweden, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Mexico. As my background shows, I have significant international work and research experience and I would like to use it as an opportunity to contribute to central discussions at the ISA. I am especially motivated in contributing to internationalization of the ISA agenda and bringing the perspectives from these countries to make ISA governance even more inclusive and diverse

Jessica De Alba-Ulloa, Universidad Ahahuac Mexico Norte

Candidate Statement from Jessica De Alba-Ulloa

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate to become an At-large representative for ISA’s Governing Council. I am currently a Researcher-Professor at the School of Global Studies, Universidad Anahuac Mexico, in Mexico City.

Since 2010 I’ve been part of the Mexican International Studies Association (AMEI/MISA), the second-largest IR Studies Association worldwide and the first in Latin America. At our annual congress, IMA brings together more than a thousand specialists in International Relations from different institutions and fields of knowledge in Mexico and the Americas. I currently serve as Director of Liaison (2017-2019) and chaired the Foreign Policy committee/section (2015-2017). These positions have allowed me to established partnerships with diverse institutions including ISA. I’m also an active member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI), considered the most important Mexican Think Tank, which I’ve represented at several conferences in Europe, South America and Africa, including at the Council of Councils of the Council on Foreign Relations, and active member of the Mexico-US working group.

I joined ISA in 2013, and have since been participating actively at the IO and IR Theory Sections; I served as coeditor of the International Organizations Section of the ISA Compendium Project (2014-2017); and also, was a member of the Theory Book Award Committee (2016). Recently, the Governing Council approved a resolution of my initiative to accept nominations of books in a foreign language for ISA awards. The initiative had the support of several other ISA members.

In my professional work, I am active in the coordination and participation of current and past international projects binging together individuals and institutions, enhancing my experience and capabilities for managing, forming and participating in international collaborations. Some include events between China and France; Kirgizstan and Hungary and the European Union; across North America and Africa. It is my intent to contribute to the work of the Governing Council adding and generating a diverse and more international ISA. If elected as an at-large representative, I’ll be committed to bring a different vision and perspective coming from a country that is the cusp between North and South and being fully engaged in the reality and the theory of North-South integration, adding the experience of the European vision, that encompasses a different perspective, to enhance dialogue with scholars and experts from the world.

I have taught at French and other Mexican universities and I am a member of the Anahuac Center for Research in International Relations (CAIRI) and the Centre d’études interdisciplinaires (CEI) of the Faculté Jean Monnet, Paris Sud-Saclay, France. In 2016, I was awarded the O’Gorman Fellowship of ILAS-Columbia University (NY), and was also selected to represent Mexico as a Fulbright student at the Security of the United States Institutes (SUSI) program on National Security & Policymaking 2017. My teaching and research interests include: Security Studies, IR Theory, Mexico and US Foreign Policy, North America, Bioethics and the EU.

Yoram Haftel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Candidate Statement from Yoram Haftel

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate to become an at-large representative for ISA’s Governing Council. I am currently an Associate Professor of International Relations and the Giancarlo Elia Valori Chair in the Study of Peace and Regional Cooperation at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago. My main areas of teaching and research interest are international political economy and international organizations and agreements.

The ISA has been an important and rewarding part of my academic life since I attended its annual conference for the first time in 2001. Participating in most annual conferences, first as a graduate student and then as a faculty member, I benefited a great deal from the ability to present and advance my research, engage with others’ work, often as a panel Chair or Discussant, and expand my professional network. Given the many benefits I gained from my ISA membership, I am very happy to be able to offer my services to ISA as well, and to contribute to the organization and its members.

As a non-American who held a faculty position in the US but is now located outside the main ISA regions, I greatly appreciate the diversity and global outlook of the Association. If elected as an at-large representative to the Governing Council, I am committed to the enhancement of pluralism and greater representation of diverse voices at the ISA as well as the advancement of junior scholars from around the world.

Daniela Irrera, University of Catania

Candidate Statement from Daniela Irrera

It is an honour and a great opportunity to be an at-large representative candidate of the ISA Governing Council. I like to serve the scholar community with my professional abilities and experience.

An associate professor of IR at the Dept. of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania, I became acquainted with international programs and cooperation through many visiting fellowships in European, American, and Asian universities. At present, I serve my Department as the ERASMUS coordinator, and Deputy Dean for Internationalisation and for Research. I am the President of the European Peace Studies Association; member of the steering committee of the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations; associate editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, and recently Secretary General of the Italian Political Science Association.

My current research focus is on the influence of non-state actors in global politics. I bridge knowledge about the positive (civil society groups and NGOs) and negative actors (criminals and terrorists).

ISA contributed a lot to my career by participating in various panel formats and different regional context conferences. ISA is a privileged place for developing cross-cultural research, and for promoting active and interactive tools in teaching. I strongly believe that the ours is a practical knowledge for helping up society and politics in a time of change and challenge like the present one.

Halvard Leira, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

Candidate Statement from Halvard Leira

It is a great honour to be nominated for the position as at-large-representative for ISA's Governing Council. ISA has been my academic home since I attended my first Annual Convention in 2002, and the association has given me given me boundless opportunities to present my work, exposure to the richness of the international relations discipline and many, many academic friends. Beyond annual conventions, I have participated actively in the many other opportunities the ISA provides, like workshops, regional conferences and journal-publishing. I have always been eager to give back to the association, serving first as programme chair for the Diplomatic Studies Section (2010-13), then being a founder-member of the Historical International Relations Section, serving as its inaugural programme chair (2013-15) and then section chair (2015-17). Outside of the ISA, I have been active in EISA, most recently serving as programme chair for its Pan European Conference in 2018. I would bring to the Governing Council significant experience of how the association works, and a keen awareness of the possibilities for advancing it further in terms of diversity, equality and inclusion. Working at a research institute and outside of North America also provides me with a slightly different perspective on International Studies than many of the existing members of the Governing Council.

I'm currently senior research fellow at NUPI (The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs), where I have served as project leader for numerous projects and research group leader. The bulk of my research has been on foreign policy and diplomacy, often with a historical dimension. I primarily apply qualitative methods, and work both on basic and applied topics.

Nominating Committee

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