ISA 2023-2024 Annual Election

Each year, our Nominating Committee selects a slate of officers for consideration by the ISA membership. The Nominating Committee meets at the Annual Convention and deliberates over the next several months to propose at least two candidates for President, at least six candidates for Vice President, and at least six candidates for at-large representative on the Governing Council.

Read more about our elections and nomination process in the ISA Constitution. For more information about the new ISA nominating process and its outcomes, please take a moment to watch this video interview with Cameron G. Thies, Convenor of the ISA Nominating Committee and an ISA Past President. It provides some insight into how the process works and how it will continue to evolve moving forward.

President (One position; 2023-2024)

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.
Marijke Breuning, University of North Texas

Candidate Statement from Marijke Breuning

The ISA has enriched my professional life for over thirty years. I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for its Presidency.

ISA’s constituencies are diverse, not only in identities and backgrounds, but also the subjects and methodologies of research. My own work is methodologically eclectic and focuses on foreign policy analysis, with a special interest in development aid, women and development, and small states. I have published on teaching/curriculum, women in the profession, and the review process. I served as an editor for Foreign Policy Analysis, the Journal of Political Science Education, and the American Political Science Review. I define myself as a “teacher-scholar.”

My perspective is shaped by my roots in the Netherlands and my experiences in the US, where I have taught at both a liberal arts university (Truman State University) and a research-intensive institution (University of North Texas) – I am familiar with very different institutional contexts. My commitment to diversity is shaped both by my continuing service to the Women’s Caucus and my connections with the global south (particularly, Ethiopia). I have worked extensively with ISA’s Pay It Forward workshops and have sought to mentor others to achieve success in the profession.

ISA has become more welcoming those who were once excluded – e.g. scholars from the global south, women, scholars of color, scholars identifying as LGBTQ – but the inclusion of scholars of various identities and backgrounds is an ongoing project. My varied experiences have prepared me to serve the diverse constituencies of the association, including leading a reconsideration of what unifies international studies and its curriculum in an interconnected and yet fragmented world.

John Ikenberry, Princeton University

Candidate Statement from John Ikenberry

During my three decades as a political scientist, the International Studies Association has been my “intellectual home” – an interdisciplinary and increasingly diverse community of scholars dedicated to reaching across geographic regions and academic fields in the pursuit of knowledge and engagement. To be nominated for the President of this vibrant organization is truly an honor.

I am passionately committed to an ISA that “lives its principles,” that makes good on its efforts to foster a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming scholarly community. The ISA was founded in 1959 as a U.S.-centered professional association, but it has expanded into a truly global community, with a membership and intellectual scope that increasingly reflects the actual world we study. Making the ISA ever-more inclusive is itself a value at the heart of the association. I would love to play a part building on these traditions and commitments.

My research has focused broadly on theories and debates about international order, empire and hegemony, and the global experience of liberalism and democracy. I have a long record of involvement in the ISA. As ISA Vice-President (2018-21), I worked with T.V. Paul and Amitav Acharya on strengthening ISA’s global outreach. I was a member of the ISA President Task Force on the Global South, where I worked with colleagues on a final report that the ISA governing council approved in San Francisco in March 2018, leading to the creation of the ISA Committee on the Status of Engagement with the Global South. I am currently a member of the ISA Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee (2020-23). Over the years, I have been active in initiating ISA panels and workshops that seek to foster debate and provide opportunities for mentoring younger scholars.

As president, I would propose the creation of an ISA working group that would work on next steps in bringing non-Western scholars and agendas more fully into the ISA community. I would also focus the ISA’s attention on early-career scholars, whose careers have been hardest hit by the disruptions caused by the pandemic (e.g. hiring freezes, delayed promotions, fewer opportunities to network at ISA).

I have tried to live the principles of diversity and inclusion in a career-long commitment to building networks of scholars across Europe, Asia, and Latin America. I have never accepted the idea that IR is primarily an American or Western discipline. My thirteen years as leader of the Five University Collaboration on East Asian Conflict and Cooperation – linking scholars from the University of Tokyo, Korea University, Peking University, National University of Singapore, and Princeton – has been a sort of microcosm of the ISA. I am co-founding editor of the official journal of the Japanese International Studies Association, International Relations of the Asia Pacific. For almost two decades, I have been a Global Scholar at Kyung Hee University in South Korea. For twenty-five years, I have worked with students at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Milan, Italy, as a founding member of its Graduate School of Economics and International Relations. I have worked with Robert Keohane and Ngaire Woods in the Global Leadership Fellows program, jointly run by Princeton and Oxford, which funded post-docs for young scholars from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. My new program at Princeton on Reimagining World Order seeks to build a global intellectual community of young and established scholars who seek to theorize and debate the “next” global order.

My commitment to living the principles of diversity and inclusion has been reinforced in my personal life. My spouse is Japanese and grew up in Brazil, so our family has truly been a cross-cultural experience. Portuguese and Japanese – as well as English – have echoed through our home. Our college-age son has the blessing of being biracial, reflecting multiple cultures and heritages, and, as his father, it has been profoundly illuminating to watch him grow up and navigate the questions of race, identity, and belonging. If elected President, I will continue to dedicate myself to living the principles at the heart of the ISA.

Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, University of Iowa

Candidate Statement from Sara McLaughlin Mitchell

ISA has been my professional home for 25 years. My research on conflict, institutions, and gender issues in academia has benefitted tremendously from valuable feedback at ISA conferences and from ISA journals.

I strongly support ISA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). As co-program chair for the 2008 convention, I organized many DEI panels. As Status of Women Committee chair, I successfully advocated for the reporting of reviewers/authors’ gender identities in ISA journal annual reports, and I organized a special ISP issue on citation gender gaps in IR journals. I contributed to discussions about global south initiatives as an Executive Committee member, Vice President, and chair of the ISA Diversity Committee.

As president, I will focus on making ISA a more welcoming and supportive organization for all members, with an emphasis on new programs for first generation scholars, and improving teaching/research strategies for better diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Laura J. Shepherd, University of Sydney

Candidate Statement from Laura J. Shepherd

It is a tremendous honour to be nominated for the position of President of the organisation that has been my academic home since the start of my career. I am so grateful to be part of a generous, supportive community of scholars and to witness the ways that membership directly benefits professional success for me and many others. I continue to work on building this community, extending to others the care that I have been shown, and see the ISA as central to community building across our global networks.

Through my membership of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) section, my tenure as Vice President (2019-2020), and in my current role as Chair of the Committee on the Status of Representation and Diversity (2020-2022), I have supported the organisation’s work to foster a diverse and inclusive international studies community. These ethical commitments inspire my ongoing research program, which examines intersecting forms of power in mechanisms of global governance, with particular attention to gender and race. The empirical focus of my work on the UN’s Women, Peace and Security agenda integrates analysis of peace and security institutions with analysis of the practices that sustain the agenda across sub-national, national, and trans-national contexts. I have written and edited several books on these topics, including most recently Narrating the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Logics of Global Governance (Oxford UP, 2021), New Directions in Women, Peace and Security (edited with Soumita Basu and Paul Kirby; Bristol UP, 2020), and the multi-award-winning Gender, UN Peacebuilding, and the Politics of Space (Oxford UP, 2021).

In teaching, research, and leadership, I put collaboration and relations of care at the centre of my professional practice. I prioritise collaborative research, capacity-sharing, and community-building efforts with PhD students and early-career researchers, especially those from communities that have been historically under-represented in the academy, and I work to transform exclusionary and discriminatory structures both at my own institution and in the professional spaces within which I operate. If elected, I will build on the valuable efforts of current and former leadership and focus my tenure on extending solidarity and inclusivity across the organisation.

Vice Presidents (Three positions, 2023-2024)

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.
Dibyesh Anand, University of Westminster

Candidate Statement from Dibyesh Anand

I am grateful for the nomination. I am a Professor of International Relations and Head (“Dean”) of the School of Social Sciences at London’s University of Westminster. I am known for my committed and innovative scholarship (including academic publications and other forms of public interventions) on nationalism, security, China, Tibet, India, Kashmir, Islamophobia, coloniality of postcolonial states, and identity politics. Professionally, I am a strategic and experienced leader who takes initiative and has the collaborative and interpersonal skills to operate effectively for the successful implementation of projects across all parts of ISA. My institutional leadership has focused on anti-racism, anti-sexism and anti-heterosexism. Within the University, I am the founding co-chair of my Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network as well as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and an elected member of the Court of Governors.

I am excited at the opportunity to continue my work on intersectionality at ISA where I have served on The Committee on the Status of Diversity and Representation for the last two years. As a Vice President, I will do my best to serve all members, established and early career, including feminist, anti-racist, and queer scholars -- some of who have nominated me. I am ready for this transformational opportunity to work with the rest of the leadership and wider membership to take ISA to the next stage. This work has great potential to have a positive and far-reaching impact on ISA as an organization and as an intellectual site for all, including members who are early career, with marginalised identities, and/or from Global South. Thank you for reading.

Victor Asal, University at Albany, SUNY

Candidate Statement from Victor Asal

I am honored to be nominated for the position of Vice-President of ISA. I am a professor of Political Science at the University at Albany. I have gone to every ISA annual conference since becoming a professor. ISA has a had a huge impact on my career from meeting co-authors and learning about current research and pedagogy. I have already done a great deal of service for the association and look forward to more. I have been Chair of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration Studies section, Chair, of the Long-range Planning committee, on the Governing Council and the Executive Committee. I am an editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. I am also currently the editor in chief of the Journal of Political Science Education. I am interested in working as Vice-President to help to promote diversity and outreach as well as more focus on interactive pedagogy in the association and the field.

Kristina Hinds, University of the West Indies

Candidate Statement from Kristina Hinds

I am elated to have gained the confidence of the ISA members who nominated me as a Vice Presidential candidate. When I joined ISA in 2007, I found the Annual Convention to be alienating, particularly as a Black Caribbean woman, living in the Caribbean and studying this small region. Working as an activist-scholar also has made navigating ISA awkward at times. Still, ISA has been an invaluable organization for me, offering rich opportunities for networking and engaging with scholarship. My hope is that the ISA can continue to provide spaces for learning, sharing and advancing the study of our world in ways that are inviting to people comprising the global majority; to people for whom English is neither their first nor working language; and to people who see, experience and analyze the world colored by their varied identities, locations and histories. My work on the executives of the Global South Caucus, the Women’s Caucus and the Latin America and Caribbean Region; as a member of the Committee on the Status of Representation and Diversity; and (especially) as co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on the Global South, revealed some of the obstacles to shifting ISA’s culture and workings. These roles also showed me ISA’s potential for fostering a more global and inclusive scholarly community, to which I hope to contribute if elected as an ISA Vice President.

James H. Lebovic, The George Washington University

Candidate Statement from James H. Lebovic

I am pleased to be considered for the position of ISA Vice President. Through my record of service to ISA, I believe I show a commitment to the purpose and mission of the Association. I served, from 2011-2017, on the International Security Studies Section’s Governing Council—from 2015-17, as section chair (and a member, then, of ISA’s Governing Council). From 2016-19, I served on ISA’s Publications Committee; and, since 2020, I have served on the Karl Deutsch Award Committee—last year, as chair.

My research and publications reflect the diverse interests (in method and substance) of much of the ISA membership. I have published on defense policy, deterrence strategy, arms control, military budgets and procurement, foreign aid, democracy and human rights, international organizations, international conflict and cooperation, and military intervention. I have authored a number of books including, most recently, Planning to Fail: The US Wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan (Bridging the Gap Series, Oxford University, 2019).

Daniel Naujoks, Columbia University

Candidate Statement from Daniel Naujoks

Having served in leadership roles in ISA’s sections on Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration (ENMISA), South Asia in World Politics (SAWP) and International Organizations (IO), I seek to strengthen our association in four areas:

1. My own research on IOs, global governance, and development, refugees, and migration is interdisciplinary and I would like to promote international studies as the interdisciplinary field it ought to be.

2. Having worked, lived, and conducted research in the so-called ‘Global South,’ I intend to further promote efforts to globalize ISA’s membership, conferences, and engagement.

3. For 20 years, my research, personal and professional advocacy activities have focused on equity and social justice. I strive to work alongside other colleagues to initiate, develop, and support meaningful initiatives on questions of diversity and inclusion, e.g., regarding ethnicity, gender, country of residence, discipline, and non-tenure-track/contingent faculty.

4. I’d like to advance cooperation between academic endeavors and global policy actors to increase the impact of research on real-world problems.

Nita Rudra, Georgetown University

Candidate Statement from Nita Rudra

It is an honor to be nominated for vice-president of ISA. As program chair of ISA 2020, I gained new perspective on the association’s broader purpose, and its global contributions to intellectual ideas and understanding of international affairs. It was eye-opening to witness the extent of ISA’s commitment to intellectual diversity, alongside its emphasis on academic rigor, inclusiveness, and sincere engagement.

My research and teaching focus on expanding globalization and the political challenges of and opportunities for shared prosperity. I combine tools from international political economy, international development, comparative politics and economics. My primary motivation is to understand how and why the gains from globalization, automation, and deindustrialization are inequitably shared among social groups in the US and around the world. I investigate both its causes and consequences. Findings from my work suggest that providing the world’s most vulnerable with a greater role in the political and economic decision-making can prevent democratic backsliding and stabilize globalization.

At-Large Representatives (three positions, 2022-2024)

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.
Almendra Ortiz de Zárate Béjar, Universidad Anáhuac México

Candidate Statement from Almendra Ortiz de Zárate Béjar

I am honored to be nominated as an At-large representative in the International Studies Association Governing Council. I consider the ISA conferences to be the most important in International Relations, and it would be an honor to collaborate in pursuing the common goals that we share within the organization, including strengthening its international dimension. As a professor of Latin America, I would be particularly interested in enhancing the efforts of the ISA to enlarge its representation in the region.

I have been a university professor for more than fifteen years at the Faculty of Global Studies at the Universidad Anáhuac México, one of the most renowned private institutions in the country. I currently work as an academic coordinator of the International Relations program. My teaching and research focus on analyzing the International System, Migration, and Theories of International Relations.

Aaron M. Hoffman, Simon Frasier University

Candidate Statement from Aaron M. Hoffman

I am honored to be nominated for the position of at-large representative to the ISA’s governing council. I have been a member of the ISA for more than twenty years and an active participant in its conferences.

I bring the perspective of someone who has held faculty positions in the United States and Canada and who navigated an academic career while raising two children. Many years, my ability to participate in professional conferences depended on the availability of childcare. Making sure that childcare services remain available to ISA participants is an important part of making the ISA a more inclusive association.

My research focuses on media coverage of terrorism. I am an engaged mentor and teacher, who has worked to advance the field of international studies as co-program chair of the International Security section of the Midwest Political Science Association and co-program chair of the 2018 ISSS-ISAC conference. I am eager to serve the ISA as an at-large representative.

Baris Kesgin, Elon University

Candidate Statement from Baris Kesgin

It is most humbling to find myself, and I am honored to be, on the ballot for the ISA’s Governing Council. I identify with the ISA as a professional home and care for its well-functioning.

Thus far, I have assumed significant leadership roles at the ISA-Midwest and in the FPA section. I approached these responsibilities as opportunities to help make difference -collaboratively. For instance, at the ISA-Midwest, we created an annual best paper award for undergraduate research. On the FPA’s board, in addition to serving as program co-chair, I reignited efforts to collect syllabi and organized a roundtable about teaching FPA at the undergraduate level. My record in the organization makes me familiar with it and prepared me to take on this role.

My motivation for serving the ISA in this capacity is multifaceted. As a first-generation and international faculty member, I will seek to be a contributing voice in the Governing Council. First, I will be a strong voice for making opportunities in the ISA widely accessible to junior colleagues. Second, my work experience -at a small liberal arts college and a medium-size national institution- would allow me to bring in a background less common than that of major research universities. I will be responsive to members from similar institutions (in and beyond the United States) and represent their voices. Third, as an ardent supporter of undergraduate research and the faculty advisor to the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics, I would like to elevate this at the ISA whenever appropriate. With much enthusiasm, I submit my candidacy for your vote.

Leah Cathryn Windsor, University of Memphis

Candidate Statement from Leah Cathryn Windsor

I am honored to be nominated for an At-Large Representative to the ISA Governing Council. I have been an active member of the ISA community since 2013, and I currently serve as the President of the ISA Midwest region as well as being a member of the Executive Committee and the Committee on Professional Rights and Responsibilities. As ISA Midwest Program Chair last year, and in my capacity this year, I have developed and supported the Pay it Forward initiative, seeking to expand it beyond a by-women-for-women project, enlisting the help of men+ colleagues in our discipline to work toward greater equity. As an At-Large Representative, I will continue to support innovative programming and outreach to promote the inclusion of historically excluded scholars, especially those from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Liberal Arts Colleges, and programming that addresses the hidden curriculum. I will also work to expand accessibility of ISA resources to members throughout the world so that more scholars will have the opportunity to benefit from the conferences, networking, and professional development that ISA provides, as well as connect with colleagues across continents and theoretical perspectives.

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:

Read the Report