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Meet Thomas König, the New Lead Editor of the American Political Science Review

Thomas König is professor of political science and director of the interdisciplinary center on “The Political Economy of Reforms.” He also directs the EITM Europe summer institute. His research focuses on international and legislative politics from a comparative perspective. He is a specialist in game theory and quantitative methods. Publications include major journals such as Political Analysis, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journals of Theoretical PoliticsInternational Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Politics etc. and major presses such as Cambridge University Press, Princeton University Press, Springer Press etc. He is co-editor and board member of many leading journals, including the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Legislative Studies Quarterly,British Journal of Political Science, Political Research and Methods, and Research & Politics.


From September 1, 2016, on, submissions to the APSR will be directed to the new Editorial Team in Europe. The University of North Texas (UNT) team will begin the transfer of files to the managing office at the University of Mannheim and we expect the transition to be completed by December 31, 2016. With a backlog of two volumes, the first volume of our editorship will be published in August 2017. The vote by the APSA Council to move the editorship of APSR for the first time outside the United States is an extraordinary historical decision that will help to further globalize APSR and thus to represent our discipline in a broader manner. We are excited by this challenge and very grateful for the confidence expressed in our team by the APSA council to host the Review in Europe for the next four years. At the same time, we are aware of the concerns about this transition and would like to take this opportunity to share with the membership our general vision and plans for the journal as we move forward in this process.

Read more about plans for APSR here.