Organization - Executive Committee

İlter Turan (Turkey), President

Ilter TuranBiography

İlter Turan is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Istanbul Bilgi University. His research and writing cover the fields of comparative politics as well as Turkish politics and foreign policy, dealing with such diverse topics as political development, democratization, legislative behaviour, political parties, political culture, the politics of water, and aspects of foreign policy.

Mr. Turan began his academic career at Istanbul University in 1964. In 1993 he moved to Koç University and in 1998 he was appointed President of Istanbul Bilgi University. He has been a member of the Department of International Relations at Bilgi since 2001. Mr. Turan has held visiting appointments at numerous American Universities, including the universities of California (Berkeley), Iowa, Wisconsin (Madison) and Arizona, as well as St. Anthony’s College and Nuffield College (Oxford).

Mr. Turan has served as president of the Turkish Political Science Association (2000-2009) and as a member of the Executive Committee (2000-2006) and chair of the IPSA Committee on Research and Training (2003-2006). He also served as Program Chair for the 21st IPSA World Congress of Political Science held in Santiago, Chile in July 2009.

Mr. Turan is a senior columnist for the economics daily Dünya and a contributor to the On Turkey series presented by the German Marshall Fund. He is a founding trustee, trustee and/or board member of several foundations and the former chairman of the board of trustees of the Health and Education Foundation (SEV) and a member of the board of directors of the Turkish Economic and Social Research Foundation (TESAV). He also sits on several corporate boards.

Mr. Turan received his B.A. from Oberlin College (1962), his M.A. from Columbia University (1964) and his Ph.D. from Istanbul University (1966). He is married and has one daughter.

Aiji Tanaka (Japan), Past President

Aiji TanakaPosition:
- Senior Executive Director for Academic Affairs (equivalent to
Junior Provost for Academic Affairs), Waseda University
- Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and Economics,
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Research Interests:
Voting Behavior and Public Opinion, Japanese Politics
BA in Political Science from Waseda University, 1975.
Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University, 1985.

Marianne Kneuer (Germany), 1st Vice President

Marianne KneuerMarianne Kneuer is Professor for Political Science and currently holds the position of Director of the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. From 1993 until 1999 she was member in the planning staff of the Federal President of Germany, Roman Herzog. Before that she worked as a political journalist (1989-1993). Since 2007 she is member of the Board of the German Society of Political Science; from 2011 until 2013 as president. She is edits several books series and is co-editor of the Journal of Comparative Politics (Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft). Her primary field is comparative politics, especially democratization and democracy and autocracy studies, and secondarily fields of international relations: promotion of democracy and European Politics. Her geographical focus is Central Eastern and Southern Europe with extending interests to Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Curriculum vitae (pdf, 110 kb)

Daniel Buquet (Uruguay), Vice President - External Relations

Daniel Buquet

Daniel Buquet Corleto has a doctorate degree at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO-México). He is currently professor and researcher in political science at the Instituto de Ciencia Política of the Universidad de la República in Uruguay and he has been invited to teach at different institutions in Latin America and Spain. His main academic focus is electoral systems and party politics in Latin America, and he acted as consultant to diverse public and international agencies. He is co-author of the book “Fragmentación Política y Gobierno en Uruguay: ¿Un Enfermo Imaginario?”, editor of books on Uruguayan electoral processes, and has published several journal articles and book chapters in Uruguay and abroad. He is currently categorized as researcher level II by the National Agency of Research and Innovation of the Uruguayan government. He was the first president of the Uruguayan Political Science Association (AUCiP) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Association of Political Science (ALACIP).

Curriculum vitae (spanish) (pdf, 221 kb)

Chan Wook Park (South Korea), Vice President - External Relations

Park, Chan Wook is a professor of Political Science and International Relations, and executive vice president at Seoul National University. Park is a former president of the Korean Political Science Association, and now a vice chairman of the Korean Social Science Research Council. Park received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. His research focuses on the comparative study of legislatures, parties, and elections, and has published numerous English language articles and written chapters for books.

He taught as an assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College, and as a visiting professor at Duke University in the United States. He also taught as a visiting professor at Waseda University in Japan. At Seoul National University, he served as dean of the College of Social Sciences, chair of the Department of Political Science, director of the American Studies Institute, director of the Institute for Korean Political Studies, and director of the BK21 Political Science Paradigm Project. He served on the Korean Presidential Advisory Commission on Policy Planning, and on advisory committees for state agencies, including the National Assembly Speaker and Board of Audit and Inspection. He also sat on advisory panels for the Constitutional Court, National Assembly Research Service, Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, and Korea Institute of Public Administration. He once served as director general of Asian Consortium for Political Research.

Curriculum vitae (pdf, 108 kb)

Yasmeen Abu-Laban (Canada)

Yasmeen Abu-Laban is Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and she is President of the Canadian Political Science Association/Association canadienne de science politique (CPSA/ACSP).

A dual Canadian and American citizen by birth, Dr. Abu-Laban completed her PhD at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada in 1996.  Dr. Abu-Laban’s research interests centre on the Canadian and comparative dimensions of ethnic and gender politics; nationalism, globalization and processes of racialization; immigration policies and politics; surveillance and border control; human rights; and citizenship theory.  Her articles have appeared in numerous journals including International Political Science Review, Canadian Journal of Political Science, International Politics, Race and Class, Citizenship Studies and Politikon:  South African Journal of Political Studies.   An article on diversity in political science is forthcoming in 2016 in European Political Science.  In addition to her published scholarly articles and book chapters she is co-editor of Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine:  Population, Territory and Power (Routledge, 2011), co-editor of Politics in North America: Redefining Continental Relations  

Columbia Press, 2008), and co-author of Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity and Globalization (Broadview and University of Toronto Press, 2002).   In recent years she has received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for research projects dealing with surveillance, as well as ethnicity and democratic governance, and also United Nations world conferences.

Maryam Ben Salem (Tunisia)

Maryam Ben Salem is Assistant Professor in political studies at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Sousse. She obtained a degree in political science from Saint Joseph University of Beirut and her Ph. D. in political science from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. She worked as a researcher at the Center of Arab Woman for Training and Research (CAWTAR). She is currently an associate fellow for this organization and also the vice-president of the Association tunisienne d’études politiques (ATEP).

Her research focuses on political islam, participation in politics and the new forms of youth and women commitment. She has published numerous articles, contributed to many book chapters and organized various scientific conferences and workshops on gender and politics.


Jørgen Elklit (Denmark)

Jorgen ElkitJørgen Elklit is a professor of political science at Aarhus University in Denmark, where he also got his doctoral degree. His research and teaching has focused on political parties, Danish national and local politics, elections, electoral systems, electoral administration, the German minority in Denmark, and democratization and democracy support to countries in transition. Professor Elklit has since 1990 also been active as advisor on democratization and elections, electoral systems and electoral administration in a number of countries, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, China (village elections), Kenya, Tanzania, Lesotho, Jordan and his native Denmark. Elklit was an international member of the South African Independent Electoral Commission in 1994 and of the country’s Electoral Task Team 2002-3, and was Secretary to the Independent Review Commission in Kenya 2008. He has also had research fellowships abroad and been at visiting professor at the University of Cape Town. He has written and/or edited or co-edited more than 20 books and has also a number of articles in professional journal as well as book chapters on his list of publication.

Curriculum vitae (pdf, 231 kb)

Katharine Gelber (Australia)

Katharine Gelber obtained her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2000. She has lectured at the University of Sydney and at the University of New South Wales and is now a Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Queensland where she has been since 2011. Her expertise is in human rights with a particular focus on freedom of speech and the regulation of hate speech. Her recent publications include Free Speech After 9/11 (Oxford, 2016). She has received various awards and research grants during her career, including a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (2012–2015). In 2014 she was jointly awarded the Mayer Journal Article Prize by the Australian Political Studies Association for best article published in the Australian Journal of Political Science. In November 2011 she was awarded the PEN Keneally award for community leadership in the promotion of freedom of expression and in the same year she was the Australian Expert Witness at an Asia Pacific regional meeting of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Professor Gelber has contributed actively to the discipline at the professional level. She served as President of the Australian Political Studies Association in 2011 and has been continuously on its Executive Committee since then. During her time on the Executive, she improved the representation of international relations scholars within the Association, established Research Committees, coordinated consultations over the ranking of journals, and enhanced the Association’s interaction with the Australian Research Council. Within IPSA she has been an Executive Member of RC26 (Human Rights) since 2012. In the same year she led the successful Australian bid to host the 2018 IPSA World Congress in Brisbane. She is the Chair of the Local Organising Committee for WC2018 and has been responsible for many of it distinguishing features, including the integration of the regional International Studies conference into the IPSA Congress.

Carlo Guarnieri (Italy)

Carlo GuarnieriPolitical scientist with specialization in public administration and the analysis of judicial systems, with special emphasis on comparative studies. He has analyzed in depth the characters of judicial guarantees of independence, their main traits and their evolution. A similar attention has been devoted to the status and role of public prosecution and to the principle of compulsory prosecution. More recently, his interests have focused on the process of judicialization of politics - that is, the expansion of judicial power - with specific attention to Italy and Europe and on the increasing significance of supranational and transnational justice for national courts. Beside university teaching, he has extensively participated to judicial training, especially at the Belgian, French, Italian and Spanish judicial schools.

Curriculum vitae (pdf, 169 kb)

Rodney Hero, (USA)

Rodney Hero is the Haas Chair in Diversity & Democracy, and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on American democracy and politics, especially as viewed through the analytical lenses of Latino Politics, Racial/Ethnic Politics, State & Urban Politics, and Federalism. His book, Latinos and the U.S. Political System: Two-tiered Pluralism, received the American Political Science Association's [APSA] 1993 Ralph J. Bunche Award. He also authored Faces of Inequality: Social Diversity in American Politics (selected for the APSA’s Woodrow Wilson Award in 1999), and Racial Diversity and Social Capital: Equality and Community in America (2007). He has also co-authored other books, including Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics: Beyond Conflict or Cooperation. . He has also authored and co-authored a number of articles in scholarly journals, and chapters in edited books He was President of the American Political Science Association (2014-15), and served as President of the Midwest Political Science Association (2007-08) and President of the Western Political Science Association (1999-2000). He has also served on the editorial board of a number of major political science journals. He previously held faculty positions as Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame (2000-10), at the University of Colorado at Boulder (1989-2000)

Christopher Isike (South Africa)

Christopher Isike, PhD is a Professor of African politics and development, and Head of Department Politics and International Studies, University of Zululand, South Africa. An Africanist scholar by research standpoint, Prof Isike’s teaching and research interests revolve around the quality of women’s political representation in Africa, women and peace-building in Africa, African immigration to South Africa, human security, human factor development in Africa, African soft power politics and development dynamics. A C3 rated researcher by South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF), Prof Isike has published scores of quality articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He consults for the UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government on gender equality and women empowerment issues in the province. In recognition of his work on gender equality in Africa, he was selected by the South African government to be part of a KwaZulu-Natal government delegation to Ethiopia on a study tour to explore its social transformation model in ending early childhood/forced marriages in 2013. Prof Isike has just finished a one year sabbatical stint as Senior Research Advisor at the Shell Petroleum Development Company in Nigeria where he was a programme monitoring and evaluation specialist in the External Relations Department of the company. He is a Council and Executive member of the South African Association of Political Science (SAAPS), a member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS), EPOS; Global conflict mediation and resolution network and Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA). He is happily married to Dr Efe Isike and they have 3 beautiful children; Oghenevieze (8), Ogheneruonah (6) and Oghenemaro (4).

Agnieszka Kasinska-Metryka (Poland)

Agnieszka Kasińska-Metryka is a Professor of Political Sciences and Director of the Institute of Political Science in Kielce. From October 1st, 2014 - a Head of The Political Theory Research Unit, JKU, Kielce.

Ph.D in Political Science, Faculty of Political Science,
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University,  Lublin;
Post-Ph.D. degree (with distinction), “habilitation” in Political Science  
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of  Wrocław.

Work experience:

  • from 2016 – Director of the Institute of Political Science, The Jan Kochanowski University Kielce.
  • from 2013 -  vice-director at the Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Management and Administration, JKU Kielce
  • 2005- 2011 - rector at Higher School of International Relations and Social Communication in Chełm.
  • 2005-2009 -  vice-director at the Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Management and Administration, JKU Kielce.
  • 1996- 2000 - research assistant at the Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Management and Administration, JKU Kielce
  • 1995-1996 - Foreign Relations Department, JKU Kielce

Research fields: Political leadership, political marketing and communication, public relations.

Yuko Kasuya (Japan)

Yuko Kasuya is a Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Law, Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. Her research interests include democratization, democratic governance, political institutions, accountability and transparency. She is the author of Comparative Politics (in Japanese, Miverva Publishing, 2014) and Presidential Bandwagon: Parties and Party Systems in the Philippines (Keio University Press, 2008/Anvil, 2009). She has also edited Presidents, Assemblies, and Policy-Making in Asia (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) and Politics of Change in the Philippines (co-edited with Nathan Quimpo, Anvil, 2010). Her articles can be found in Electoral Studies, The Pacific Affairs, and Party Politics.
Kasuya holds a PhD in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, an MA in Development Studies from Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands), and a BA in Political Science from Keio University. Her research has been funded by the Abe fellowship, Fulbright scholarship, Rotary scholarship, and other sources. She was a visiting scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University April 2009 to March 2011.


Romain Pasquier (France)

Since 2011, Romain Pasquier has been a CNRS Research Professor (Directeur de recherche) at the “Centre de recherche sur l’action politique en Europe”, Institute of Political Studies, University of Rennes. Specialist of regional governance and decentralisation in Europe, he obtained in 2010 his “Habilitation à diriger des recherches” at the Centre d’études européennes in Sciences-Po Paris. In 2000-01 he was Jean Monnet Fellow, Robert Schumann Centre, European University Institute of Florence. He obtained his PhD in 2000 from the University of Rennes. In 2012, Pasquier has been an expert for the DG Regio of the European Commission. He supervised an evaluation of the implication of sub-state authorities in processes of continental or sub-continental integration.

From 2008 to 2010, he was a guest researcher and professor in several universities (Exeter, Aberystwyth, Montréal, Sevilla). He is chief scientific advisor of the Institute of territorial Governance and Decentralization (Paris) and teaches at Sciences-Po Rennes. He obtained funding from the European Science Foundation for his part in the 2008-10 Citizenship after Nation State programme. In 2005, he was recipient of the Brittany Region’s Prize ‘Young researcher’ in Social Sciences. In 2011, he obtained the CNRS “Prime d’excellence scientifique”. This last decade he has published and edited ten books and more than fifty articles and chapters in his fields of research.

Curriculum vitae (pdf, 182 kb)

Shirin M. Rai (UK)

Shirin M. Rai is Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies. She has written extensively on issues of gender, governance and development in journals such as Signs, Hypatia, New Political Economy, International Feminist Journal of Politics and Political Studies. She has consulted with the United Nations’ Division for the Advancement of Women and UNDP. She is a founder member of the South Asia Research Network on Gender, Law and Governance, and she was Director of the Leverhulme Trust programme on Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (2007-2011). She serves on the Editorial Boards of International Feminist Journal of Politics, Politics and Gender, Global Ethics and Indian Journal of Gender Studies and Political Studies Quarterly and on the International Studies Association Publications Committee.

Her current work has three strands: feminist international political economy, gender and political institutions and politics and performance. She has recently published on depletion through social reproduction (IfJP, 2014) where she analyses the costs of doing social reproductive work, how this might be measured and transformed. She has also published two edited collections on performance and/or politics where she explores how performance in and of institutional and informal politics are co-constitutive (Routledge, 2015; Palgrave 2014).

Her latest books include New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy (with Georgina Waylen), Democracy in Practice: Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (ed. Palgrave, 2014) and The Grammar of Politics and Performance (eds. with Janelle Reinelt, Routledge, 2015)

Prof Rai is the co-Lead of the University of Warwick's Global Research Priority Programme on International Development.

Jesus Tovar (Mexico)

Jesus Tovar is Professor and Researcher of Political Science at the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Executive Committee Member of International Political Science Association (IPSA). Executive Committee Member of  Latin American of Political Science Association (ALACIP). Executive Secretary and National Board Member of Mexican Political Science Association (AMECIP). Coordinator of the Red de Estudios sobre la Calidad de la Democracia en América Latina.

He has a BA in Sociology from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. M.A. in Public Policy and Government from Universidad de Chile, Ph.D. in Political Science from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). His primary fields are comparative politics, democratization and democracy, quality of democracy, and electoral studies, especially in Latin America.

He is author of the book “Dinámica de las Organizaciones Sociales” and co-author of the book “Elecciones, participación política y calidad de la democracia en América Latina”, and has published journal articles and book chapters about elections and democracy in Latin America.

Füsun Türkmen (Turkey), Program Co-Chair

Fusun TurkmenBorn in Istanbul, Turkey,  Füsun Türkmen graduated from The George Washington University in Washington D.C., where she obtained her B.A. in Political Science with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society) and Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society). She has  undertaken her Ph.D.  at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva , Switzerland, where she also worked as an intern at the  UN Center for Human Rights (Subcommission for Human Rights) and prepared the technical report on the draft Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).  After completion of her Ph.D. with a thesis on President Carter’s international human rights policy in 1991,  she became an international civil servant at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Since 1999, she has been teaching human rights, international organizations and US foreign policy at Galatasaray University’s Department of International Relations in Istanbul, Turkey. She is currently full professor of IR, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Director of the Center for Research and Documentation on Europe and Coordinator of the International Relations Office of the University. She has published extensively (in Turkey, France, the US and Great Britain) on the international protection of human rights , humanitarian intervention,US Foreign Policy, Turkish-US and Turkey-EU relations.

Terrell Carver (United Kingdom), Program Co-Chair

Terrell CarverTerrell Carver graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York in 1968 in Government and History, and took two graduate degrees in Politics at Balliol College, Oxford (BPhil 1970, DPhil 1975). He has worked at the University of Liverpool and University of Bristol (since 1980) in the UK, and has held visiting teaching and research posts at universities in Japan, Australia and the USA. He is a textual and contextual scholar on the works and thought of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and serves on the Redaktionskommission for the Gesamtusgabe headquartered in Berlin. He has also contributed to masculinity studies, feminist theory and gender studies, publishing books and articles on the work of Judith Butler and on masculinity issues in International Relations. His interest in post-structuralism as a qualitative methodology in social science has led him to research involving visual culture and the built environment. As a long-serving member of the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom he has mobilized resources for an extensive program of exchange relationships with other national and international associations in political science. Nearly 500 individuals have received grants and aid furthering the internationalization of the profession through these schemes which adjust for differing access to resources and give preference to younger scholars and advanced graduate students. He has considerable experience with IPSA's member associations in North and South America, Australasia and the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and South, Southeast and East Asia.

He is also a current member of the editorial board of the IPSA journal International Political Science Review. Carver is also co-editor if the journal Contemporary Political Theory, and is currently a member of the PSA UK Executive Committee.

Christian Haerpfer (Austria), Research Committee Liaison Representative

 Prof. Haerpfer is the Chair of IPSA Research Committee 17 “Comparative Public Opinion” since 2011. Since 2013, he is also the President of the World Values Survey, the world’s largest academic program and survey infrastructure in the political sciences, operating in 108 societies and covering over 90% of world’s population.

Prof. Haerpfer is the Founding Director of the Institute for Comparative Survey Research “Eurasia Barometer” in Vienna, Austria since 1991. The network of “Eurasia Barometer” includes more than 25 countries and over 150 social and political scientists and social survey researchers. In his capacity as the Director of “Eurasia Barometer” Prof. Haerpfer is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Barometer Survey Group, which is the worldwide organization for comparative large-scale quantitative surveys in the political sciences, consisting of Afro Barometer, Arab Barometer, Asian Barometer, Eurasia Barometer, and Latino Barometer.

Christian Haerpfer is Research Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna (Austria) since 2003. Prof. Haerpfer has served as Full Professor of Political Science and held the ‘Established First Chair in Politics’ at the University of Aberdeen in the UK (2004-2015). He served as Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK), National University of Rwanda (Kigali & Butari, Rwanda), University of Kiev (Ukraine), University of Kharkov (Ukraine) and University of Salzburg (Austria).

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