Menu Close

Plenary Speaker Bios & Information

Learn about the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting plenary panelists and speakers:

Jonathan Montpetit Jonathan Montpetit, CBC Montréal Jonathan Montpetit is an award-winning digital journalist at CBC Montréal. He has spent the last several years reporting on Quebec politics, and has written extensively about the province’s “new nationalism,” its secularism debates, and the rise and fall of far-right groups. Before joining CBC, he worked for The Canadian Press, covering the war in Afghanistan and the earthquake in Haiti. He holds graduate degrees in political science from the London School of Economics and McGill University. He was the 2021 St. Clair Balfour Fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto.
Yann Allard-Tremblay Yann Allard-Tremblay, McGill University Yann Allard-Tremblay is assistant professor in the department of political science at McGill University. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling. His current research is focused on the decolonization and Indigenization of political theory. His most recent publication engages with democratic autonomy from an Indigenous perspective. His research has recently featured in Polity, Political Studies, the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy and The Review of Politics. He is a member of the Huron-Wendat First Nation.
Antje Ellermann, University of British Columbia Antje Ellermann is Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm( Musqueam) territory. Her research focuses on the politics of migration and citizenship in liberal democracies. She is the author of The Comparative Politics of Immigration: Policy Choices in Germany, Canada, Switzerland and the United States (2021) and States Against Migrants: Deportation in Germany and the United States (2009), both published with Cambridge University Press. Her work has also appeared in journals such as World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Politics & Society, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, West European Politics, Government and Opposition, and International Migration. She served as Co-President of APSA’s Migration and Citizenship Section from 2019 to 2021.
Sheryl R. Lightfoot, University of British Columbia Sheryl Lightfoot is Anishinaabe, a citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe. She is the North American Representative to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics and Associate Professor in Political Science, the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Indigenous Studies. She is also Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs and is leading the implementation of the 2020 Indigenous Strategic Plan across UBC.
Debra Thompson, McGill University Dr. Debra Thompson is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Racial Inequality in Democratic Societies at McGill University. She is a leading scholar of the comparative politics of race, with teaching and research interests that focus on the relationships among race, the state, and inequality in democratic societies, including Canada and the United States. Her next book, The Long Road Home: On Blackness and Belonging, will be published by Scribner Canada in September 2022.
Daniel Beland, McGill University Daniel Béland is Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and James McGill Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. A student of Canadian politics and of comparative fiscal and social policy, he has published more than 20 scholarly books and 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Read more.

Rogers M. Smith, University of Pennsylvania

Rogers M. Smith is the Christopher H. Browne Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at Yale University from 1980 to 2001, becoming the Alfred Cowles Professor of Government, and at the University of Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2022. He is the author or co-author of many articles and 8 books, most recently That Is Not Who We Are! Populism and Peoplehood (2020).  His 1997 book Civic Ideals received six best book prizes and was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History.  Smith served as President of the American Political Science Association in 2018-2019.

Jon A. Shields, Claremont McKenna College

Jon A. Shields, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, has written widely on the American right.  He is the author or co-author of three books, including Trump’s Democrats (Brookings, 2020) and Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University (Oxford 2016).  His writings have also appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times.

James R. Stoner, Louisiana State University

James R. Stoner, Jr. is the Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University.  He is the author of Common-Law Liberty (Kansas, 2003) and Common Law and Liberal Theory (Kansas, 1992), and co-editor of four books, most recently The Political Thought of the Civil War (Kansas 2018). He earned his A.B. from Middlebury College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University and has been a visiting professor and fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.  He has taught at LSU since 1988.

Matthew Woessner, United States Army War College

Matthew Woessner has coauthored numerous studies on the impact of politics in the classroom including the book The Still Divided Academy: How Competing Visions of Power, Politics, and Diversity Complicate the Mission of Higher Education. His coauthored article in the journal PS: Political Science and Politics “Diversifying the Academy: How Conservative Academics Can Thrive in Liberal Academia” explores the unique challenges that right-leaning professors face in a profession dominated by the left.  In 2018, while serving as the 52nd Chair of the Penn State University Faculty Senate, Woessner published the first quantitative study of the structures of faculty governance titled: “Faculty Constitutions in the Ivory Tower: Exploring the Balance of Power between the Professoriate and the Administration.” In 2019 Woessner joined the faculty of the United States Army War College as a Professor of Institutional Research. 

Laura K. Field, American University

Laura K. Field is a Scholar in Residence at American University and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center. A political theorist by training, she has written extensively on the reactionary intellectuals who rose to prominence under the Trump administration. 

Ronnee Schreiber, San Diego State University

Ronnee Schreiber is Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science in the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University. Her research interests are in the area of women and politics, particularly women in American political institutions and women and public policy. Schreiber published Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics with Oxford University Press, which examines how conservative women at the elite level seek legitimacy as representatives of women’s interests. In addition to her book, she has published articles that examine women in Congress, how feminist organizations adapt to conservative political climate, how conservative women challenge feminist understandings of gender consciousness and how motherhood and ideology interact in political contexts. Schreiber’s work has been featured on NPR,, Pacifica Radio, Sirius Radio and various other media outlets.

John Ishiyama, University of North Texas, APSA President (2021-2022)

John Ishiyama is University Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas, and has been at UNT since 2008. He has his PhD in political science from Michigan State University (2002). Prior to his position at UNT, he was Professor of Political Science at Truman State University. He is also the former Editor- in -Chief for the American Political Science Review, (2012-16) and was the founding editor-in-chief of the APSA Journal of Political Science Education. He was one of the principals involved in the establishment of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference. He is currently principal investigator and Director of the National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program on Civil Conflict Management and Peace Science.

John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1982. In 2020, he received the James Madison Award, which is given once every three years by the American Political Science Association to “an American political scientist who has made a distinguished scholarly contribution to political science.”

Kathryn E. Stoner, Stanford University

Kathryn Stoner is the Mosbacher Director at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor of Political Science (by courtesy), Stanford University and Senior Fellow (by courtesy) at the Hoover Institution. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2004, she was on the faculty at Princeton University for nine years, jointly appointed to the Department of Politics and the Princeton School for International and Public Affairs (formerly the Woodrow Wilson School).

In addition to many articles and book chapters on contemporary Russia, she is the author or co-editor of six books. Her most recent book is Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order” (Oxford University Press, 2021), which won the Russia and Eurasia Program, Fletcher School award for best book on US-Russian Relations in 2022. She holds a BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Government from Harvard University.

Dominique Arel, University of Ottawa

Dominique Arel holds the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the School of Political Studies of the University of Ottawa in Canada. He is the author of Ukraine’s Unnamed War: Before the Russian Invasion of 2022, a book co-written with Jesse Driscoll (UC San Diego) to be published by Cambridge University Press in Fall 2022. Based on a model of state breakdown and consolidation, book presents an analytical narrative of Maidan, the annexation of Crimea, the war in Donbas, and Ukraine’s political and social transformation between 2013-2022.

Arel has written extensively on language and regional politics in Ukraine, and is currently working on an article on the Russian Orthodox Church in wartime. His most recent publication, “Jerry Hough, Scholar and Entrepreneur” (Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 2021) is an homage to the late Sovietologist and his impact on a generation of graduate students.

Oxana Shevel, Tufts University

Oxana Shevel is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University where her research and teaching focuses on Ukraine and the post-Soviet region. Her current research projects examine the sources of citizenship policies in the post-Communist states and religious politics in Ukraine. Her research interests also include comparative memory politics and the politics of nationalism and nation-building. She is the author of award-winning Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which examines how the politics of national identity and strategies of the UNHCR shape refugee admission policies in the post-Communist region. Shevel’s research appeared in a variety of journals, including Comparative Politics, Current History, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, Geopolitics, Nationality Papers, Post-Soviet Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, Slavic Review and in edited volumes. She is a member of PONARS Eurasia scholarly network, a country expert on Ukraine for Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT), and an associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She currently serves as President of the American Association for Ukrainian Studies (AAUS) and Vice President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN).

Olena Nikolayenko, Fordham University

Olena Nikolayenko is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Fordham University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto and held visiting appointments at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany), and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine). Her research interests include comparative democratization, contentious politics, women’s activism, and youth, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe. She is the author of two books, Citizens in the Making in Post-Soviet States (2011) and Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (2017), and articles in Comparative Politics, Government and Opposition, International Journal of Sociology, International Political Science Review, Slavic Review, Social Movement Studies, and other journals. Her current research focuses on women’s activism in Belarus and Ukraine.