From the President

June 1, 2023

Greetings political scientists! Having been engaged with this organization for more than ten years, it is my pleasure to now serve as the NCPSA President for 2023-2024. We are blessed to have so many outstanding institutions of higher learning across The Old North State, but this is only possible because of the dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to helping our students better understand the complicated (and often frustrating) world around them.

The North Carolina Political Science Association is a unique community of faculty and students who are passionate about scholarship, teaching, and engagement. Our annual conference is a platform to demonstrate these commitments. We pride ourselves on the accessibility and affordability of this event, particularly for graduate and undergraduate students. In March, I had the honor to co-host our annual meeting at UNC Wilmington as a joint conference with the North Carolina Public Administration Alliance, where we showcased the research of over 100 scholars from across the country.

If you have attended our conference in the past, or if you are just learning about us, we encourage you to get more involved. Plans are already underway for our 2024 conference in Asheville, hosted by Western Carolina University (March '24). Please consider presenting your research or serving as a panel chair or discussant. You might also consider volunteering to serve on one of our award committees or as a member of our Executive Council in the future. Just as important, tell your colleagues and students about these opportunities!

In closing, I would like to publicly thank our current Executive Council for their valuable service and commitment to the NCPSA. I look forward to working with them to serve the political science community across North Carolina.

Aaron S. King, Ph.D.
President, North Carolina Political Science Association
Associate Professor of Political Science
Interim Associate Director of the Honors College
University of North Carolina Wilmington