We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Vicky Randall, a former Chair of the Political Studies Association and recipient in 2012 of the PSA’s Special Recognition Award.


At the time of her nomination, the jury consisting of PSA members praised Professor Randall’s “services to the promotion of political studies as well as her contributions to both the Political Studies Association and to gender and politics scholarship”.


Described as a pioneer by those who worked with her, Professor Randall served for three years as the chair of the Political Studies Association, from 2008 until 2011.  


In a statement, our current chair Professor Angie Wilson paid tribute to our former Chair saying:


“We are all saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Vicky Randall, our former Chair and colleague of the Political Studies Association. Vicky was a leader for gender scholarship across political studies. She gave generously of her time and wisdom and sought to mentor many feminist scholars. We extend our condolences to her colleagues at the University of Essex and those throughout the profession, who will miss her insight and friendship.”


Following an extensive academic career, in 2010 Vicky became the Emeritus Professor in the Department of Government. She continued to work and associate with colleagues at the Political Studies Association until her passing earlier this month. 


Our former Chair Vicky Randall will be greatly missed by members and staff at the PSA, as well as across the wider political science community. From our offices in London we wish to extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues, both at the University of Essex and those colleagues around the world. 


A full obituary of Professor Vicky Randall, as well as tributes to her ground breaking work, can be found on the University of Essex’s website.