The ECN's membership has doubled over the past two years. Our over 600 ECN members are at the heart of the ECN activities. The ECN is run by a committee consisting of early career scholars, headed by a Chair. The committee is always looking for ideas from you, the current and future members, about how the ECN can help you make the most of your early career experience. 

 

The Early Career Network Committee

Taylor Borowetz, President

Taylor Borowetz is the current president of the Political Studies Association Early Career Network. Taylor is going into the third year of her PhD at SOAS and works as a graduate teaching assistant. She’s animated by the possibility of revolutionary theorising to contribute to the way we imagine liberation and collective futures, and plans to bring these commitments to justice and community into her role as chair.

The executive committee is excited to prioritise knowledge exchange, accessibility, and supporting diversity of all types in order to meet the needs of our membership. The team looks forward to providing training for early career researchers regarding publications, research communication, and more. Taylor is passionate about creating opportunities for collaboration. If you’ve got ideas, she wants to hear them; email tb50@soas.ac.uk. Let’s do this together.

Lydia Hiraide, Secretary

I am a doctoral researcher in the department of Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London. My doctoral research thinks intersectionally about climate and environmental activism in the UK and in France. My main research interests include the politics of identity, feminist political ecology, and social movements. Although a researcher of politics, I also have a background in literature and performing arts, holding an MA in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent where I was a recipient of the Ian Gregor Scholarship. My alma mater additionally includes SOAS University of London, Sciences Po Paris, and the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

I am very excited to be part of the PSA ECN Committee! As Secretary, I hope to contribute positively to the PSA in a way that focuses on and develops the research of ECRs, whilst sensitively responding to the wider needs and concerns that characterise ECR life, especially around professional development, precarity, and well-being.

Elsa Bengtsson Meuller, Treasurer

I am Elsa Bengtsson Meuller (she/they), the Treasurer of PSA’s ECN Committee 2021/2023 and a PhD Student at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths University of London, UK. My doctoral research develops our understanding of online/offline security and gender-based violence through exploring feminist approaches to (cyber)security, anti-feminist cultures, and the workings of emotions. Key areas and interests of research include feminist theory, feminist security studies, feminist and decolonial approaches to methodology, and affect/emotions. I look forward to working with the fabulous 2021/2023 committee, and to continue with the great work of the previous one.

In my role, I want to do work that strives to deal with a range of challenges for Early Career Researchers (ECRs); such as supporting and facilitating ECRs in an increasingly hard and competitive job market by making sure the ECN’s work and collaborations are relevant, as well as advocating for accessibility and inclusivity. Part of this work is to recognise how discriminatory- and prejudicial practices, as well as ‘toxic’ working patterns, are embedded in academic practices. Hence, one of my key objectives in my role as Treasurer and committee member is to work to support ECRs who face these challenges, which I hope can also lead to a better and more sustainable academic environment.

Thomas Ron, Events Officer

Hi, my name is Thomas Ron and I am a PhD student in my writing up year and it is my pleasure to be the Events Officer on the Early Careers Network.  The ECN has been a great body that has helped me immensely during my PhD, holding events and conferences that have boosted my confidence and helped me meet other students from around the country and even the world.  I look forward to continuing to hold strong events in the ECN.  I will use my role to hold strong networking events particularly with PhD students who share similar interests and hold events on current affairs where we can all realise the real-world implications of our work and network with academics who also do similar research.  As we come out of the pandemic these events will be aimed at ensuring ECRs are fully competitive in the job market.  I look forward to working with this great network and our strong committee to make this term of office one to remember

Katie Pruszynski, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Katie is studying for a part-time PhD looking at the impact of lies and disinformation on democratic health. She is a Senior Knowledge Exchange Associate in the Faculty of Social Science at Sheffield University. She spent five years as a political communications and campaigns consultant, and five years as senior parliamentary assistant to an MP. Currently, she works with colleagues to address complex challenges in equality, diversity and inclusion through academic research, including decolonising the curriculum, international development structures and LGBT+ rights. As EDI Officer, she hopes to start an open and frank dialogue about EDI challenges and how to improve not just representation but the lived experiences of minority groups in the PSA community.