About KPSA

The Kentucky Political Science Association is the premiere organization for professional political scientists in Kentucky colleges and universities.

The purposes of the Kentucky Political Science Association are as follows:

  • To advance knowledge and understanding of political science in Kentucky.
  • To strengthen the political science profession in Kentucky and to improve communications among both teachers and practitioners in the  profession.
  • To sponsor an annual meeting of those interested in political science.

KPSA Membership

Article II of the KPSA Constitution stipulates that membership in the Association is open to the following persons:

  • Teachers of political science in Kentucky colleges and universities.
  • Students of political science in Kentucky colleges and universities.
  • All others Kentuckians who are interested in political science and who show an interest in participating in meetings and activities of the Association.

Membership dues are normally paid as part of the annual conference application process.


Executive Committee
  • Clayton Thyne, University of Kentucky, President
  • Jason Gainous, University of Louisville, Past President
  • James Clinger, Murray State University, Past President
  • Benjamin Knoll, Centre College, Executive Secretary
  • Josiah Marineau, Campbellsville University, Treasurer

Governing Documents

Past KPSA Presidents

2021 Clayton Thyne – University of Kentucky, Lexington
2020 Michael Hail – Morehead State, Morehead
2019 Jason Gainous – University of Louisville, Louisville
2018 James Clinger – Murray State University, Murray
2017 Benjamin Knoll – Centre College, Danville
2016 James Taylor – Somerset Community College, Somerset
2015 James Taylor – Somerset Community College, Somerset
2014 Murray Bessette – Morehead State, Morehead
2013 Stephen Voss – University of Kentucky, Lexington
2012 John Chowning – Campbellsville University, Campbellsville
2011 Saundra Ardrey – Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
2010 James Clinger – Murray State University, Murray
2009 Jason Gainous – University of Louisville, Louisville
2008 John Heyrman – Berea College, Berea
2007 Michael Hail – Morehead State, Morehead
2006 Joe Gershtenson – Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
2005 Saundra Ardrey – Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
2004 Jon Dalager – Georgetown College, Georgetown
2003 Greg Goldey – Morehead State, Morehead
2002 Bruce Hicks – Cumberland College, Williamsburg
2001 J. Michael Thomson – Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights
2000 William Garriott, Jr. – Centre College, Danville
1999 Bradley Canon – University of Kentucky, Lexington
1998 Charles Ziegler – University of Louisville, Louisville
1997 Edward Yager – Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
1996 Michael Berheide – Berea College, Berea
1995 Peggy Cummins – Jefferson Community College, Louisville
1994 Lindsey Back – Morehead, Morehead
1993 Robert Kline – Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
1992 Joseph Reinger – Brescia College, Owensboro
1991 Richard Ward – Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights
1990 James Graves – Kentucky State University, Frankfort
1989 Carl Chelf – Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
1988 Landis Jones – University of Louisville, Louisville
1987 Donley T. Studlar – Centre College, Danville
1986 Abdul Rifai – Berea College, Berea
1985 Phil Roeder – University of Kentucky, Lexington
1984 Paul Blanchard – Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
1983 Kenneth Colebank – Ashland Community College, Frankfort
1982 Frederick Rhynhart – Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights
1981 John Peterson – Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
1980 Joel Goldstein – University of Louisville, Louisville
1979 William Garriott, Jr. – Centre College, Danville
1978 John Brown – Hazard Community College, Lexington
1977 J. Allen Singleton – Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
1976 Farouk Umar – Murray State University, Murray
1975 Richard E. Ward – Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights
1974 Joseph A. Uveges, Jr. – Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
1973 Carol W. Dowell – University of Louisville, Louisville
1972 David Hughes – Centre College, Danville
1971 Jack Bizzel – Morehead State University, Morehead
1970 Thomas Madron – Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
1969 John E. Reeves – University of Kentucky, Frankfort
1968 Robert Snyder – Georgetown College, Lexington
1967 Dwynal B. Pettengill – Eastern Kentucky University, Danville
1966 Malcolm E. Jewell – University of Kentucky, Bowling Green
1965 Frederic D. Ogden – Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
1964 Louis C. Kesselman – University of Louisville, Louisville
1963 Organizing Committee – Berea College, Berea
1962 Organizing Committee – University of Kentucky, Lexington