The Political Studies Association of the UK (PSA) has today (3 February) announced a new Chair and Vice-Chair team that will lead the Association into its next phase.

Professor Angelia Wilson, of the University of Manchester, has been elected Chair of the PSA. She will be joined by Professor Feargal Cochrane, of the University of Kent, as Vice-Chair.

Angelia brings a wealth of academic, professional and organisational leadership skills to the role, having served on the American Political Science Association (APSA) Council and the PSA Executive Council. She is a leading scholar and pioneer in the field of sexuality and politics, and is widely respected in the field of American politics.  On being appointed Angie said: “I am delighted for this opportunity to work with the Executive Committee and wider membership to lead the PSA as a dynamic professional network of researchers and an active advocate of civic engagement and knowledge transfer for all those interested in the study of politics.”

Feargal is a long-serving and active member of the PSA, with 2017 marking 25 years since he first joined as as a PhD student. With over 20 years’ experience as a working academic in the field of international conflict, he is well aware of the pressures facing academics across the career ladder. He has proactively encouraged new thinking and reform to deal with these pressures - especially concerning the perennial issue of achieving balance between teaching and research priorities. On being appointed he said: "The PSA has been integral to my own career path and professional development and I am excited to be part of shaping its future."

The pair were elected by the Executive Committee of the Association and will take up office when current Chair, Professor Matt Flinders, and Vice-Chair, Professor Rosie Campbell, reach the end of their terms.

On the announcement, Professor Matt Flinders said: “I am delighted that Professor Wilson and Professor Cochrane have been appointed as the next Chair and Vice-Chair. The last few years have seen the PSA make huge strides in relation to its ambition, visibility and professionalism and I have no doubt that Angie and Feargal are the perfect team to keep this positive momentum going.”

The Chair and Vice-Chair-elect will be tasked with implementing the PSA’s ten-year strategic plan which will be launched by Professor Flinders when he steps down at the 67th Annual International Conference in Glasgow.

Angie said: “Over the past three years, Matt Flinders as Chair, the EC, PSA staff and members of the Chair’s Commissions have brought innovation, vision and new direction to the PSA. I hope to bring energy, determination and focus to harness that vision and continue to grow the PSA as a modern, effective, financially sustainable, learned society.”

The Chair and Vice-Chair-elect will be introduced to the PSA at the Annual Assembly, during the Annual Conference in Glasgow (April 2017). The PSA’s ten-year strategy will be open for member consultation at from mid-February 2017. 


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Stefanie Mair

Communications and Media Relations

Political Studies Association

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