Bowman to Assume Presidency of the Southern Political Science Association

September 30, 2014

Ann Bowman

In January 2015, Dr. Ann Bowman, who holds the Bush School’s Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy Endowed Chair in Government and Public Service, will become president of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA), one of the oldest and largest political science professional organizations in the United States. She currently serves as president-elect and has been a member of the Association since 1979.

Founded in 1929, the Association’s aims are to improve teaching, to promote interest and research in theoretical and practical political problems, and to develop standards of competence and respect among those engaged in the professional study and practice of government and politics.

Dr. Bowman joined the Bush School faculty in 2008, coming from the University of South Carolina. She recently completed a two-year term as the president of the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Organized Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations.  During her term, the section sponsored numerous panels featuring the latest research on federalism and hosted symposia and short courses showcasing contemporary issues in the US intergovernmental system.  This is the third organized section Dr. Bowman has led, making her part of a select group of APSA members elected to the presidency of more than one organized section.  Previously, she was president of the Urban Politics Section (2001-02) and the Public Policy Section (1997-98).

“Becoming president of the SPSA is a tremendous honor.  I intend to build on the Association’s tradition of high-quality research programming at the annual conference as well as its publication of one of the leading journals in political science,” said Bowman.


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