Meet the 2022-2026 Editorial Team for PS: Political Science & Politics 

The American Political Science Association is excited to announce the 2022-2026 Editorial Team for PS: Political Science & Politics: 

From left to right: Lina Benabdallah, Justin Esarey, Peter M. Siavelis, and Betina Cutaia Wilkinson

Lina Benabdallah, Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University
Justin Esarey, Associate Professor, Wake Forest University
Peter M. Siavelis, Professor, Wake Forest University
Betina Cutaia Wilkinson, Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Wake Forest University 

The journal will be housed in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University.  The incoming Editorial Team is excited to share their vision and mission for the journal: 

“Our team is both grateful and excited to have been selected to take over editing PS: Political Science and Politics! Thanks to the effective leadership of current editors Paul Gronke and Philip Ardoin, we inherit a journal whose influence is both strong and increasing. The prime objective of our team is to reinforce the reputation of PS as a rigorous and highly visible outlet for impactful research that is relevant to all political scientists, especially research that may not fit into the other flagship journals of the APSA. We want the journal to speak to political scientists working inside and outside of the academy, at every kind of academic institution, at every level of seniority (from undergraduates to senior professors), in every subfield, based anywhere in the world, utilizing any social scientific methodology, and at any intersection of personal identity. 

We intend to make a focused effort to consult with a wide array of political scientists from our discipline to stay abreast of their concerns and follow trends in their areas of expertise. We are particularly interested in extending the international reach of PS and encouraging publications and the organization of symposia by scholars outside the United States with an emphasis on the Global South. We will continue to publish research about politics and pedagogy, including peer-reviewed symposia proposed by guest editors, but we also want to attract more and different kinds of submissions that are important and interesting to the entire field but an uncertain fit with other prominent outlets. We especially want to bring scientometric research, science about how political science works, to the pages of PS. To engage undergraduates in the running and the content of the journal, we are hiring a team of student editorial assistants to manage our social media presence, ensure the reproducibility of quantitative work, and assist with scientometric research using the data generated by the journal itself. And these are just a few of the initiatives we have planned; we look forward to hearing and implementing new ideas for PS  from all over the discipline during our editorship.” 

Meet the Team   

Lina Benabdallah is Assistant Professor of International Relations and African Studies at Wake Forest University. She is the author of  Shaping the Future of Power: Knowledge Production and Network-Building in China-Africa Relations (2020). Her research has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of International Relations and Development, Third World Quarterly,  African Studies Quarterly, Project on Middle East Political Science, as well as in public facing outlets such as the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage and Foreign Policy. Dr. Benabdallah is also a Johns Hopkins University China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) Research Associate, a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Africa Program, and a contributing editor for Africa is a Country. Dr. Benabdallah earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2017. 


Justin Esarey is an Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. His area of specialization is political methodology, with a particular interest in hypothesis testing and the scientific ecosystem. His current substantive projects study the relationship between corruption and female participation in government as well as institutional constraints on human rights abuse. His research has been published in the  American Journal of Political Science, the  Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, the  British Journal of Political Science, and many other academic journals as well as in The Atlantic. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the International Methods Colloquium project and an officer (Member-at-Large) of the Society for Political Methodology. 


Peter M. Siavelis is a Professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. He received his PhD from Georgetown University. He has published on many aspects of Latin American and Chilean politics including candidate selection, election systems, presidencies gender quotas and informal institutions. His most recent edited book is Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition(with Kirsten Sehnbruch) and he has published in journals including Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and  Latin American Research Review. 


Betina Cutaia Wilkinson is Associate Chair and Associate Professor of the Politics and International Affairs department at Wake Forest University. Her research interests are in American politics with a focus on racial and ethnic politics, public opinion and political behavior. Her book, Partners or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century (University of Virginia press, 2015), won the American Political Science Association REP Section’s Best Book Award on Inter-Race Relations in the United States. Wilkinson is the recipient of the Early Career Award by the Midwest Political Science Association’s Latina/o Caucus. She has served as the President of the Midwest Political Science Association’s Latina/o Caucus, on the editorial board of PS: Political Science & Politics and as executive council member of the Midwest Political Science Association. She is the founder and director of the Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative (RIPI) at Wake Forest University. Her research has been published in several political science and multidisciplinary journals including Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Research, PS: Political Science & Politics and Race and Social Problems. For more information, check out 

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  1. Great editorial team. Their contribution to the quality of the journal will be significant.

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