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 V. Milner, ISA President 2020-2021

About Helen V. Milner

Helen V. Milner is the B.C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs in the department of Politics at Princeton University and the director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. She was the chair of the Department of Politics from 2005 to 2011. Milner served as president of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) from 2012-14 and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She has written extensively on issues related to international and comparative political economy, the connections between domestic politics and foreign policy, and the impact of globalization on domestic politics. She is currently working on issues related to globalization and development, such as the political economy of foreign aid, the global diffusion of technology, the resource curse and non-tax revenues, and the relationship between globalization and democracy.

Selected Publications:

  • Sailing the Water’s Edge: Domestic Politics and American Foreign Policy (Princeton University Press, 2015) with D. Tingley
  • Votes, Vetoes and International Trade Agreements: The Domestic and International Politics of Preferential Trade Agreements (Princeton University Press, 2012) with E. Mansfi eld
  • Interests, Institutions and Information: Domestic Politics and International Relations (Princeton University Press, 1997)
  • Internationalization and Domestic Politics (Cambridge University Press, 1996) with R. Keohane
  • Resisting Protectionism: Global Industries and the Politics of International Trade (Princeton University Press, 1988)
  • “Elite and Mass Support for Foreign Aid versus Government Programs: Experimental Evidence from Uganda.” (International Organization , 71(4), 2017), with M. Findley, A. Harris, and D. Nielson
  • “International Systems and Domestic Politics: Linking Complex Theories with Empirical Models in International Relations.” (International Organization, 69(2), 2015) with S. Chaudoin and X. Pang
  • “Why the Move to Free Trade? Democracy and Trade Policy in the Developing Countries.” (International Organization, 59(4), 2005) with K. Kubota
  • “Why Democracies Cooperate More: Electoral Control and International Trade Agreements.” (International Organization. 56(3), 2002) with E. Mansfi eld and B. P. Rosendorff
  • “Free to Trade? Democracies, Autocracies, and International Trade Negotiations.” (American Political Science Review, 94(2), 2000) with E. Mansfi eld and B. P. Rosendorff

ISA President, 2020-2021

Helen V. Milner | President
Princeton University
March 2020 - April 2021

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