About the Editors

Meet the New Editorial Team for the American Political Science Review (APSR), lead by a team of John Gerring (Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin) and Monika Nalepa (Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago) and fourteen associate editors from across a wide range of institutions, subfields, and methodological perspectives:

  • Marisa Abrajano, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego
  • Laia Balcells, Professor of Government, Georgetown University
  • Pablo Beramendi, Professor of Political Science, Duke University
  • Carles Boix, Robert Garrett Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
  • Alexandre Debs, Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University
  • Scott de Marchi, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Decision Science program, Duke University
  • Andrew Eggers, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
  • Gregory Huber, Forst Family Professor and Chair of Political Science, Yale University
  • Sebastian Karcher, Associate Director of the Qualitative Data Repository and Research Assistant Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University
  • Isabela Mares, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science, Yale University
  • Alison McQueen, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Political Science and History, Stanford University
  • Dan Pemstein, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, North Dakota State University
  • Julie Rose, Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College
  • Sharece Thrower, Associate Professor of Political Science and Chancellor's Faculty Fellow, Vanderbilt University

Editor: Dragana Svraka



Vision Statement by Editors

We are excited, and more than a little daunted, to be entrusted with the management of the flagship journal of political science. In assuming this responsibility, we plan to build on the work of previous teams to ensure that the Journal continues its central role in advancing the study of politics.

This is no easy task. Recent years have seen extensive discussion over how to achieve scientific progress in the social sciences. Principles of transparency, replicability, and cumulation are widely shared but not so easy to achieve. One must also reckon with the danger that an extensive regulatory apparatus might hinder the efficiency, creativity, and sheer joy and excitement that is essential to our work.  

Any editorial team must navigate among competing objectives. To this end, we have developed several ambitious initiatives intended to improve the peer review and publication process, which we will share with the community in the coming months. In the meantime, we invite discussion and look forward to your feedback.  

All these challenges pale in comparison with the enthralling prospect of working with the political science community that makes up the editorial board, the reviewers, and of course, prospective authors. We will be reminded every day that this is your journal and that the prosperity of the discipline of political science is our overarching goal.

Meet the Editors

Marisa Abrajano is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. She also serves as Provost of Earl Warren College. Her research interests focus on racial and ethnic inequalities in the U.S. political system, particularly as it relates to political participation, voting and campaigns, and the mass media. She is the author of five books. Her latest book, Misinformed: What Americans Know About Socially Marginalized Groups (with Nazita Lajevardi), explores the politics of misinformation amongst socially marginalized groups. She is also the co-author of White Backlash: Immigration, Race and American Politics (with Zoltan Hajnal), published by Princeton University Press in 2015. It received APSA’s Ralphe Bunche Award for the best book on Race and Politics in 2015. Her other award-winning book, Campaigning to the New American Electorate: Television Advertising to Latinos, was published in 2010 by Stanford University Press. Her other work has been published in leading journals in political science.

Laia Balcells is a Professor of Government at Georgetown University. Her research explores the causes and consequences of political violence and repression, warfare dynamics, nationalism, and transitional justice after conflict. Cambridge University Press published her first book, Rivalry and Revenge: the Politics of Violence during Civil War in 2017. She has also published over thirty articles in peer-reviewed journals, including an APSA award-winning article in the APSR. Her research has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, among others.

Pablo Beramendi is Professor of Political Science at Duke University. He works mostly on comparative and historical political economy. His research focuses on the study of the causes and consequences of political and economic inequalities, the link between economic geography and politics, fiscal capacity, comparative federalism and the politics of taxation. 

Carles Boix is the Robert Garrett Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where he teaches and does research on comparative political economy and democratic theory. His most recent books are Democratic Capitalism at the Crossroads: Technological Change and the Future of Politics (Princeton University Press, 2019) and Political Order and Inequality (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Two of his books received the William Riker award for the best book on political economy. Prof. Boix has also been the two-time recipient of the Heinz Eulau award for best article published in the APSR. Professor Boix graduated in Law from the University of Barcelona, received his PhD in government from Harvard and taught at Ohio State University and the University of Chicago before joining Princeton. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.

Alexandre Debs is Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he is also the Faculty Director of the Nuclear Security Program in International Security Studies at the Jackson School of Global Affairs. His research interests are in International Relations and Formal Theory, including work on the causes of war, nuclear proliferation, and democratization. 

Scott de Marchi is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Decision Science program at Duke University. His work has been funded by the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and USAID. His research focuses on mathematical methods, especially bargaining theory, computational social science, machine learning, and mixed methods. Substantively, he examines decision-making in contexts that include the American Congress, coalition and crisis bargaining, interstate conflict, and voting behavior.  At Duke, he is the founder (and sometimes director) of the Modeling Economic and Political Systems Focus program (MESS) and the Decision Science program.  He has been an external fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and the National Defense University and is currently a principal investigator for NSF’s EITM program.

Andrew Eggers is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. His research focuses on electoral systems, strategic voting, and research methodology.

John Gerring (PhD, University of California at Berkeley, 1993) is Professor of Government at University of Texas at Austin, where his teaching and research centers on methodology and comparative politics. He is co-editor of Strategies for Social Inquiry, a book series at Cambridge University Press, and serves as co-PI of Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), the Global Leadership Project (GLP), and Political Leaders through Time (PLT). 

Gregory Huber is the Forst Family Professor and Chair of Political Science at Yale University, where he also is the Director of the Center for the Study of American Politics and a faculty associate of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. His research interests are in American Politics and Political Economy, including work on political institution and behavior.

Sebastian Karcher is the Associate Director of the Qualitative Data Repository and Research Assistant Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University. His main interests are in research transparency, management and curation of qualitative data, and the interaction of technology and scholarship. He is an active contributor to several scholarly open-source projects, including Zotero and the Citation Style Language, and has taught widely on digital technology and data management. Sebastian’s work has been published widely in social science journals such as International Studies Quarterly and Socio-Economic Review as well as information science journals such as Nature Scientific Data and Data Science Journal. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Sloan Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.

Isabela Mares (PhD, Harvard University) is the Arnold Wolfers Professor of political science at Yale University. She specializes in the comparative politics of Europe. Professor Mares has written extensively on labor market and social policy reforms, the political economy of taxation, electoral clientelism, reforms limiting electoral corruption. Her current research examines the political responses to anti-parliamentarism in both contemporary and historical settings. She is the author of five books, most recently Protecting the Ballot: How First Wave Democracies Ended Electoral Corruption (Princeton: Princeton University Press 2022). Her research has won numerous awards including the William Riker award for best book in political economy, the Gregory Luebbert Award for best book in Comparative Politics and the Best Book in European Politics of the APSA.

Alison McQueen is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and History (by courtesy) at Stanford University.  Her research focuses on early modern political theory and the history of International Relations Thought.  She is the author of Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times (Cambridge University Press, 2018).  She is currently finishing a second book on Thomas Hobbes and religion. Her other ongoing work focuses on methods of textual interpretation, the ethics and politics of catastrophe, and treason.

Monika Nalepa (PhD, Columbia University) is Professor of political science at the University of Chicago. With a focus on post-communist Europe, her research interests include transitional justice, parties and legislatures, and game-theoretic approaches to comparative politics. She has published two books with Cambridge University Press:  Skeletons in the Closet: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Europe (Best Book in Comparative Democratization section of the APSA and Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award) and After Authoritarianism: Transitional Justice and Democratic Stability

Dan Pemstein is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at North Dakota State University, where he directs the Center for the Study of Digital Society. His research focuses on democratic institutions, internet politics, political careers, and methodology.

Julie Rose (PhD, Princeton University) is Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. Her research interests are in political theory, with a focus on issues of economic justice, distributive and social justice, work and leisure, environmental ethics, and gender and family justice. She is the author of Free Time (Princeton University Press).

Sharece Thrower (term starts in January 2025) is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include American political institutions, separation of powers politics, inter-branch policymaking, and executive power. She is a co-author of the book Checks in the Balance: Legislative Capacity and the Dynamics of Executive Power (Princeton University Press, 2022), which received the 2022 Alan Rosenthal Prize and the 2023 Richard E. Neustadt Award. Her second book project examines judicial constraints on executive power at both the federal and state levels. Her other scholarship has appeared in several journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. She earned her PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2013 and her BA in political science and economics from The Ohio State University.