ISA 2022-2023 Annual Election

President (one position; 2022-2023)

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.
Deborah Avant, University of Denver

Candidate Statement from Deborah D. Avant

During my career I have found the International Studies Association to be the professional body that comes closest to reflecting my values, which center around a deep appreciation of the strength that comes from honest engagement among diverse perspectives. To be nominated as this organization’s President is thus a very meaningful and deep honor.

My research has focused broadly on the politics of controlling violence and its implications for both individual rights and collective concerns. I have a long history with ISA. I was elected to the governing board of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) in 1998, served as vice-chair (2005-06) and then chair (2006-08) of ISSS, participated on ISA’s governing council (2007-08), and most recently was the founding editor of the Journal of Global Security Studies (2014-2019). My experience at JoGSS demonstrated that inclusive processes not only boost diversity but also enhance quality. When we took an open approach to what constituted security, it led to more women authors and a richer dialogue, and when we launched a pre-submission exchange to elevate voices from underrepresented groups, we also learned new respect for the work these voices found important.

My commitment to inclusion and diversity has been reinforced by personal experience. Watching my transgender daughter navigate in the world has led me to reflect critically on structures I used to take as given, to regret moments when I was ignorantly complicit, and to commit to more purposeful action that promotes genuine conversation and participation for all. If I am elected, I will continue to encourage sincere engagement, inclusive processes, and policies that represent ISA’s diverse membership.

Vice Presidents (three positions, 2022-2023)

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.
Juliet Kaarbo, University of Edinburgh

Candidate Statement from Juliet Kaarbo

I am very pleased to be nominated for a vice-presidential position in ISA. I consider ISA my primary intellectual home and the hub of my academic network, and I am keen to continue contributing to the organisation. I have been a member -- participating in and organising panels, roundtables and workshops -- for over thirty years. I have previously served in several ISA roles, including section program chair, president, and chair of paper and book award committees in the Foreign Policy Analysis section. I have also served as at-large representative on the Governing Council and as associate editor of ISA’s Foreign Policy Analysis journal for the past seven years. In 2018, I was deeply honoured to receive ISA’s Distinguished Scholar in Foreign Policy Analysis award.

My teaching and research focus on how personalities, cabinets, parties, parliaments and national roles influence foreign policy across many states. My approach connects foreign policy with political psychology, comparative politics and international relations perspectives. I am currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Foreign Policy Analysis, which seeks to re-position the subfield to a central analytic position within the study of international relations.

At the University of Edinburgh, I am a founding co-Director of the Centre for Security Research and associate editor of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations. I previously held positions at the University of Kansas and the Geneva Graduate Institute of International Relations and Development.

Robert Shilliam, Johns Hopkins University

Candidate Statement from Robert Shilliam

It is an honor to have received this nomination for VP. I am a Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University. I first presented at the ISA annual conference in 2005 and I have participated every year since (bar one). During this time period I have worked most closely with the Global Development section (GDS) as well as the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section (FTGS). I was Chair of GDS in 2012/3, and currently serve on the GDS Book Award committee as well as the GDS & FTGS Teresia Teaiwa Award committee.

My research program is multifaceted but centers on investigating the colonial constitution of global order via debates in historical sociology, political economy, Black studies and indigenous studies. My monographs include Decolonizing Politics (Polity Press, 2021), Race and the Undeserving Poor (Agenda, 2018) and The Black Pacific: Anticolonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections (Bloomsbury, 2015). My work on race and international relations has been well received in the field and elsewhere. I consider myself an active participant in debates; for instance, I recently contributed an article to Foreign Policy in response to the 2020 iteration of the movement for Black Lives.

My research and professional advocacy have consistently addressed questions of institutional inequality along the lines of race and gender, in academia and outside. And my experience working as an academic on three continents has led me to believe that the measure of an institution can be found in the success with which it serves the most vulnerable of its constituents. If elected, one of my key aims will be to advocate for enhanced support for early career members as they navigate an extremely difficult terrain in the near future.

Arlene B. Tickner, Universidad del Rosario

Candidate Statement from Arlene B. Tickner

I am deeply thankful and humbled to have been nominated to serve as Vice-President of ISA. I am a professor in the Faculty of International, Political and Urban Studies at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. Since 2003, I have been an active and enthusiastic member of the Association. My participation has focused largely on broadening spaces within ISA for scholars from and residing in the global South. I have exercised a number of formal service roles, including President of the recently created Latin American and Caribbean Region, Member of the ISA Global South Taskforce, Chair of the Global South Caucus, Associate Editor of Foreign Policy Analysis, and Member of the International Studies Quarterly Editorial Board. During the past years, ISA has taken important steps to promote pluralism and diversity among its members, and to broaden the conversations taking place within our field. If elected Vice-President I hope to continue working to deepen these crucial objectives.

At-Large Representatives (three positions, 2021-2023)

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.
Klaus Brummer, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Candidate Statement from Klaus Brummer

It is a great honor to be nominated as an At-Large Representative to the Governing Council. I have been an active member of ISA for more than a decade, serving as chair and discussant as well as organizing numerous panels and roundtables. I have been particularly active in the Foreign Policy Analysis section (e.g., section president in 2015/2016) and have also been involved in the “Foreign Policy Analysis” journal for many years, since 2018 as co-editor-in-chief.

In terms of professional background, I hold the chair of international relations at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany. As guest lecturer/professor, I have also taught at Duke University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strasbourg, and the University of Helsinki, among others. My main research interests include leadership profiling, domestic drivers of foreign policy, and foreign policy making in non-Western settings.

Beyond the ISA context, I co-founded the German Political Science Association’s working group on foreign and security policy in 2014 and have served as co-speaker of that group since then. I have also organized numerous workshops and panels at conferences of, for instance, the European International Studies Association and the British International Studies Association.

As At-Large Representative on the Governing Council I would be particularly motivated to work toward further strengthening the international dimension of the organization so that ISA not only maintains but further broadens its global outlook, relevance, and reach.

Nizar Messari, Al Akhawayn University

Candidate Statement from Nizar Messari

It is my great honor to run for the position of member-at-large for the ISA’s 2022-2023 cycle. I have been an ISA member since the second half of the 1990s, and during all these years, I enjoyed the opportunities the association provided me with. The ISA has helped me expand my horizons and diversify my network, and many of the projects I have been involved in started directly or indirectly at the ISA annual meetings. It is now time to give back. I have been doing so in many ways: as a member of different committees, as well as a member of the editorial board of an ISA journal (International Political Sociology). More recently, I also tried to bring the ISA to North Africa by partnering with it to organize a conference, but unfortunately, the COVID pandemic aborted temporarily that project. If elected as member-at-large, my objective will be to enhance and reinforce the efforts made by the ISA over the years to expand its membership and be a diverse academic and scholarly organization with significant contributions that represent the diverse world in which we live, geographically as well as academically, in terms of gender as well as in terms of race and ethnicity. As a scholar who studied in Brazil and the US, and who has taught in Brazil as well as in Morocco, I am well positioned to play this role.

Zlatko Šabič, University of Ljubljana

Candidate Statement from Zlatko Šabič

I was honored to learn that the ISA Nominating Committee agreed to include me among the candidates for a position of an At-large Representative.

The ISA and its members have given a lot to me, and to the region I come from. I try to give back as much as I can. As a former President of the CEEISA (Central and East European International Studies Association – 2006-2010) I worked closely with Tom Volgy, former Executive Director of the ISA, and experienced unreserved support of the ISA to the academic development of the region, and to the strengthening of the organization. To me, the year 2006 was important for another reason: I was hosted at the Watson Institute for International Studies as a Fulbright Scholar, under the directorship of Tom Biersteker, a long-standing ISA member. Since then, we have worked together on several occasions.

I had the privilege to be a Co-program Chair of the CEEISA-ISA conference in Budapest in 2003 with Felicia Krishna-Hensel and Terry Hopmann, former Vice-president of the ISA. I was a co-organizer of the Second Global International Studies Conference (WISC) Ljubljana, which would not have happened without ISA’s partnership. With over 1,100 participants from 70 countries attending, this conference, I believe, still holds the record of being the best-attended, truly global WISC in its history. Through this bond between the ISA and the CEEISA I have gained a lot of experience and motivation to further contribute to the ISA. It was in this spirit that I proudly served as a member of the 2019 ISA Book Award committee, and would again do so as an At-large Representative should I earn your trust and support.

Jason Sharman, University of Cambridge

Candidate Statement from Jason Sharman

I have personally enjoyed and professionally benefited from the ISA over the last 20 years, and so serving as an At-Large Representative would give me the opportunity me to repay this debt in some small way. I am especially impressed by the way the Association brings people together at its conferences. My first conference as a graduate student was ISA Mid-West, I’ve gone to almost every annual convention since.

I was educated in Australia and the United States, and since then I’ve worked as an academic in small, large and medium private and public universities in Bulgaria, Australia and currently Britain. Hopefully this range of experience gives me perspectives that would help represent some of the professional diversity in the Association.

In terms of relevant administrative experience, I served as treasurer of the Australian Political Studies Association for three years, and am currently head of department at Cambridge.

Gerasimos Tsourapas, University of Birmingham

Candidate Statement from Gerasimos Tsourapas

It is a great honor to be nominated for the position as at-large-representative for ISA's Governing Council. I have become increasingly involved in the work of ISA over the last few years, primarily within the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section (ENMISA). I initially served as ENMISA Member-at-Large, before serving two elected terms as Treasurer (2017-19; 2019-21). It has been a joy to watch ENMISA membership grow as we put forth a range of important initiatives, including an “Emerging Scholar” award that recognizes early-career researchers’ contributions to the discipline. More recently, I have become involved with the Committee on the Status of Engagement with the Global South, serving as a mentor for the 2020 Emerging Global South Scholar Workshop.

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Middle East Politics at the School of Government, University of Birmingham, UK. My research focuses on the international politics of migrants, refugees, and diasporas in the Middle East and the wider Global South. At the same time, I am serving as the School of Government’s Lead for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. I am particularly keen to draw on my work in order to strengthen ISA’s commitment to diversity and to promote more inclusive practices.

ISA has been my professional home since my early days as a doctoral researcher, and I look forward to promoting it as a key association for cutting-edge research on international studies and to strengthening its position as a key forum for professional development and mentorship.

Hamid Akin Ünver, Kadir Has University

Candidate Statement from Hamid Akin Ünver

It is a true honour to be nominated as an At-Large Representative of the International Studies Association’s Governing Council. Over the last 10 years, I’ve participated in 8 ISA conventions and served as a panel organizer, chair and discussant in panels that were largely made up of young scholars and/or PhD students. Also, I’m currently an associate editor of the Global Studies Quarterly - ISA’s new, exclusively open-access journal - which prioritizes submissions and involvement from scholars and regions that are usually underrepresented in mainstream journals. I’m also a member of the International Relations Council (UİK) of Turkey, which is an affiliated regional division of the ISA.

My research focuses on how emerging technologies impact political violence and conflict dynamics. I’m currently running a funded project titled ‘Computational IR’ - which explores how new computational research methods contribute to the evolution and transformation of international relations as a discipline. I’ve been organizing the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, which became the largest computational social science gathering designed specifically for political science, sociology and international relations doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds in the MENA, Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.

As an at-large representative, I’m aiming to further broaden ISA’s engagement with the wider region and create additional support and mentoring networks for IR students from less privileged backgrounds - regardless of geography - and students that are working on new and emerging methods for our field.

Nominating Committee

ISA's slate of candidates is selected by the nominating committee. You can read their full report for this year's slate here:

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