Officers

President

Julie Novkov

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Julie Novkov is a Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Albany, SUNY.  Her research and teaching are situated at the intersection of law, history, US political development, and subordinated identity.  She is particularly interested in the way that the law defines and translates categories associated with identity, such as race and gender, and the ways that these categories transform and are transformed by legal discourse.  Professor Novkov is actively engaged in the academy.  In the American Political Science Association, she served on the Executive Council, organized panels for Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence, presided over the Sexuality and Politics Section, and chaired the LGBT Status Committee.  She currently serves as the Program Chair and President-Elect of the Western Political Science Association, for which she has previously organized panels for Women and Politics and Politics and History and served on the Executive Council.  She currently serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, Polity, the Journal of Law and Courts, and Politics, Groups, and Identities.  In her spare time, she serves on the University of Albany’s Institutional Review Board.

 

President-Elect

Janelle Wong

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Janelle Wong is Professor of American Studies and a core faculty member in the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her PhD in 2001 from the Department of Political Science at Yale University. Wong is the author of Immigrants, Evangelicals and Politics in an Era of Demographic Change (2018, Russell Sage Foundation), Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics, including Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities (2011, Russell Sage Foundation), based on the first national, multilingual, multiethnic survey of Asian Americans. She was a Co-Principal Investigator on the 2016 National Asian American Survey, a nation-wide survey of Asian American political and social attitudes. With Dara Strolovitch and Andrew Proctor, she co-authored an analysis of gender and the 2016 election (“A possessive investment in white heteropatriarchy?”) in Politics, Groups and Identities (2017). In 2018, she co-authored with Stella Rouse an opinion piece on reproductive rights (“The future of abortion politics is changing”) in The Hill.

Treasurer/Membership Chair

Michelle Wade

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Michelle Wade is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at West Chester University (WCU) where she teaches courses in WCU’s Master of Public Administration Program. Her primary research interests focus on how people construct and negotiate social identities (such as gender, race, and ethnicity) in community organizations and how those organizations can create opportunities for both exclusion and empowerment. Her work on gender and social networks has been published in American Politics Research. Prior to joining West Chester University, she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwest Missouri State University.

Secretary

Natasha Behl

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Natasha Behl is an assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University. Dr. Behl completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at University of California, Los Angeles, where her training focused on Race, Ethnicity, Politics, and Comparative Politics. She was awarded a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Doctoral Fellowship at College of Wooster and a Riley Postdoctoral Fellowship at Colorado College. Her scholarship contributes to gender and politics, race and politics, and democracy and citizenship studies by deconstructing the gendered and raced nature of institutions; explaining the exclusion of certain gendered, raced, and sexualized bodies from these institutions; and asking how to transform these institutions to be more inclusive and democratic. Dr. Behl’s research is published in Space & Polity; Politics, Groups, and Identities; and Journal of Punjab Studies.   Her book is forthcoming with Oxford Press, Gendered Citizenship: Understanding Gendered Violence in Democratic India? Dr. Behl also serves on the editorial board of Politics, Groups, and Identities.

Newsletter Editor

Meredith-Joy Petersheim

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Meredith-Joy Petersheim is a Visiting Lecturer of Political Science at Clemson University and an Adjunct Instructor of Political Science at Winthrop University. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University at Buffalo in 2010. Her main research areas include international organizations, political economy, and bridging the gap between domestic and international politics. Her most recent work has focused the effect of foreign direct investment on regionalism, the role the European Union has had in promoting democracy, and the evaluation of the Eurozone’s policies on combating corruption in Europe. Her work has been published in the Journal of European Integration and American Politics Research.

Dr. Petersheim enjoys teaching classes in International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Politics, and Research Methods. She is a charter member of the Winthrop Women’s Coalition. Dr. Petersheim has previously served as Secretary, New Membership Chair, and Newsletter Editor for the National Women’s Caucus for Political Science and continues to fulfill the role of Newsletter Editor of the National Women’s Caucus for Political Science.

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