Ashley Leeds, professor and department chair of political science, has been elected president of the International Studies Association (ISA) for 2017-2018. She will assume the position in March 2017.
Leeds was elected by members of ISA, an interdisciplinary and international association with more than 6,500 members from over 100 countries. Since 1959, ISA has been the premier organization for connecting scholars and practitioners in fields of international studies. Leeds will be the first Rice faculty member to serve in this role and only the eighth woman in the association’s 57-year history.
A member of Rice’s faculty since 2001, Leeds specializes in the study of international relations and particularly in the design and influence of cooperative agreements and international institutions. Much of her research has focused on the politics of military alliances. Her recent articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, International Interactions and Foreign Policy Analysis.