The council is the governing body of the APSA, the principal professional association of political scientists in the United States. The APSA serves more than 15,000 members in 80 countries, bringing together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions and occupations to expand awareness and understanding of politics.
Kaufman-Osborn was elected in an APSA membership election, running on a three-pronged platform that included encouraging methodological pluralism within the discipline of political science; enhancing the APSA's responsiveness to the concerns of faculty at non-Ph.D.-granting institutions, and urging the APSA to take action in response to current threats to academic freedom.
"It's no surprise that Tim was elected by his colleagues in the APSA," said Dean of Faculty Pat Keef. "He has been a leader in his profession while also serving as a leader in our politics department, which contributes greatly to Whitman's prominence as a national liberal arts college."
Kaufman-Osborn, who joined the Whitman faculty in 1982, earned his master's and doctoral degrees from Princeton University. He is the author of several books, including "Politics/Sense/Experience: A Pragmatic Inquiry into the Promise of Democracy" (1991); "Creatures of Prometheus: Gender and the Politics of Technology" (1997); and "From Noose to Needle: Capital Punishment and the Late Liberal State" (2002). He has served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington since 2002, and he served as president of the Western Political Science Association from 2001 to 2003.
His numerous honors include several teaching awards, including Whitman's 1999 Robert Y. Fluno Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Social Sciences. He has won prestigious awards from the Western Political Science Association, including the Pi Sigma Alpha award for best paper at the association's 1995 annual meeting, "From the Linguistic to the Corporeal Turn," and the association's Betty Nesvold Women and Politics Award for the best paper on women and politics at a 1992 meeting, "Teasing Feminist Sense from Experience."
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