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Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. At present, there are 621 Pi Sigma Alpha chapters on campuses across the country. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Chapter Advisor

Craig W. Allin

History

Established May 18, 1992

Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. Professor C. Perry Patterson was an early leader of the first chapter and served as national president of PSA from 1920 until 1932. The success of the honor society at the University of Texas prompted other institutions to apply for chapters, with the Universities of Oklahoma and Kansas establishing chapters by 1922. In March of that year the society held its first national convention at the University of Oklahoma. Growth in the honor society was gradual throughout the 1920s and 1930s and accelerated after the Second World War. Today there is at least one college or university with a PSA chapter in every state and the District of Columbia.

Purpose

The Articles of Incorporation of Pi Sigma Alpha state as one of its purposes "to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science." The society functions at the national level, sponsoring programs and events of value to the profession and teaching of political science, and at the chapter level. Each chapter is encouraged to provide a framework for enriching the exposure of its members and the wider university community to the study of government and issues of public concern. The goals of PSA are consistent with the aims of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Undergraduate Journal

The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics is a national journal published by Purdue University (2005-2007) and Union College (2007-2009). The journal welcomes submissions from students of all majors and especially solicits papers from members of Pi Sigma Alpha. In general papers selected for publication are well written, with a well-developed thesis, a compelling argument, and original analysis. Typical papers are 15 to 35 pages long and have been written for an upper division course. Papers must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents and must include an abstract of 150 words. Citations and references must conform to the American Political Science Association Manual for Political Science. For more information, click here.

Members

2011

  • Elizabeth Davis
  • Kirkwood P. Donavin
  • Eva Jacqueline Fisk
  • Kalissa Ann Holdcraft
  • Albert Lin
  • Willi Mendelsohn
  • David A. Novak

2010

  • Annie Armatage
  • Mackenzie Case
  • Lisa Tongxin Chen
  • George Ellerbach
  • Geoffrey A. Ketchum
  • Sean E. Lehman
  • C. Griffin Litwin
  • Harrison Scott-Bennett
  • Brooke E. Smith
  • Kirstin L. Wagner
  • Andrew J. Patzke

2009

  • Brittany Atchison
  • Jamie Bernthal
  • Yuri E. Mitchell
  • Nathan D. Mundell
  • Quinlan Purkey

2008

  • Elizabeth Bennett
  • Henry Thomson Brand
  • Jeffrey Curran
  • Trevor Cipriano
  • Caitlin Marie Ewing
  • Katherine Frank
  • Jeanna Kadlec
  • Alexandra Kitson
  • Sarah McNutt
  • Mara Oda
  • Madeline Roche
  • Matthew Shimanovsky
  • Vitaly Shmel'kin
  • Leslie Tweeton
  • Olga Vovk
  • Zarnigar Zahra

2007

  • Vincent E. Anderson
  • Marina Busse
  • Johnathan Clogg
  • Chelsea Coyne
  • Veronica Czastkiewicz
  • Garrett Feddersen
  • Amber Fricke
  • Laura Heft
  • Cory Thomas King
  • Brian Kovac
  • Jessica Morton
  • Michelle J. Penn
  • Katherine A. Sullivan
  • Nicholas M. Wondra

2006

  • Smriti Angara
  • Christina Borisova
  • Jenna Busch
  • Sara Byrnes
  • Douglas S. Dorando
  • Brian Fuller
  • Seth Henson
  • Christopher Knudsen
  • Lisa Lefebure
  • Brittany Roth

2005

  • Mark Gordon
  • Leland J. Levin
  • Colin McCormack
  • Aaron J. Reykdal
  • Jessica Lynne Rundlett
  • Dylan Schultz
  • Nicole Breanne Soboleski
  • Steven Wieland

2004

  • Carissa Bunning
  • Rebecca Canovan
  • Teri Carrigan
  • Elizabeth Ditlevson
  • Stephanie Froehlich
  • Amanda Glaser
  • Courtney Kissinger
  • Nicole Knight
  • Michelle Knowland
  • Jamie Lomheim
  • Celeste Rangel

2003

  • Dallas Klever-Crowley
  • Blake Rasmussen
  • Maria Rogge

2002

  • Lisa Ann Griepenstroh
  • Rose Rezai
  • Carrie Beth Temm

2001

  • Allison Jean Doherty
  • Soraya J.S. Ramhormoz
  • Ingrid E. Spiegel
  • Nichole M. Torres

2000

  • Amy Audetat
  • Melissa K. Bradley
  • Ann E. Brown
  • Amanda McCallum
  • Megan Beth McWilliams
  • Brandi Monger
  • Kristin Mutter
  • Anthony Pirani
  • Jennifer Potter
  • Ryan Struve

1999

  • David M. Dunn
  • Katherine R. Martin
  • Nicholas Vigdahl
  • Rene Joseph Carpio Holmes
  • Scott C. Walton

1998

  • Nicholas Adamson
  • Marcus Burch
  • Edward Stec
  • Misty Brown
  • Hilary Murrish
  • Karen Ullery
  • Lisa Smith

1997

  • M. Katie Sutton
  • Kelly Thornburg
  • Sherri Corbin
  • Sarah Wharton

1996

  • Heather Baker
  • Katherine Kruger
  • David White, Jr.
  • Gail Lucas
  • Susan Spaulding
  • Joy Zeiler

1995

no additional members elected

1994

  • Jonathon Bez
  • Laura Buchs
  • Allison Evans
  • Marlow Green
  • Zayda Hernandez
  • Elizabeth Jones
  • Kari Knowles
  • Christine Kotvan
  • Jean Morris
  • Richard O'Heir
  • Lorrie Pearson
  • Dawn Pisor
  • Colleen Pleasant
  • Karry Ann Putzy
  • Gretchen Richter

1993

  • Lisa Frankel
  • Bruce Hillman, Jr.
  • John Sullivan
  • Ann Lentner

1992 (Charter members)

  • Craig W. Allin
  • Michael J. Hofmann
  • Gary L. Rosenberg
  • Laurie E. Borders
  • David W. Loebsack
  • Michael R. Schneckloth
  • Jeremy Braverman
  • Aaron B. Maduff
  • Robert W. Sutherland, Jr.
  • Jason Espy
  • Patricia McAuley
  • Neil Verbrugge
  • Larry B. Handlin, Jr.
  • Janet L. McGinness
  • Curtis Zaun
  • Brian D. Posler