Christian A. Johnson Professor of Liberal Integrated Study Joe Reisert just completed his term as president of the New England Political Science Association by chairing the group’s 2019 annual meeting in Portland. Political scientists have gathered annually under the NEPSA banner since 1949, and this year’s NEPSA gathering broke the association’s record for attendance and conference papers.

Longtime members of the NEPSA report that two presidents, Reisert and Cal Mackenzie—the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, emeritus, who was president in 1987-88—have had more of a positive impact on the development of the association than have any of the other 70 or so leaders. Reisert, as longtime treasurer, then vice president, president-elect, and president, has shepherded the steady growth that this year’s gathering exemplified.