psa circle logo 2 72dpi webOn behalf of the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association, it is my pleasure to announce the results of the 2017 PSA Election. Thanks to all those who voted. We had an excellent turnout of 54.9%.

Alisa Bokulich of Boston University and Hasok Chang of the University of Cambridge were elected to the Governing Board of the PSA. Each will serve a four-year term (1/1/2018-12/31/2021). The officers of the PSA welcome and congratulate Professors Bokulich and Chang on their election to the PSA Governing Board, and offer their gratitude to all the candidates who ran for election. The officers also express their appreciation to Anjan Chakravartty (University of Notre Dame) and Wendy Parker (University of Durham), who will be stepping down from the Governing Board at the end of the year, for their dedicated service to the PSA.

Heather Douglas of the University of Waterloo, Melinda Bonnie Fagan of the University of Utah, and Jenann Ismael of the University of Arizona have been elected to the PSA Nominating Committee. Each will serve a two year term ending 12/31/2019. In accord with PSA By-Laws, the chair of the incoming PSA Nominating Committee will be selected by the PSA President, Sandra D. Mitchell. The officers congratulate and welcome Professors Douglas, Fagan, and Ismael to the PSA Nominating Committee and thank all those who ran for election. The officers also offer their gratitude to the outgoing PSA Nominating Committee, consisting of Mathias Frisch of Leibniz Universität Hannover, chair, Holly Anderson of Simon Fraser University, and Anya Plutynski of Washington University in St. Louis.

The amendments to the PSA By-Laws passed. Amendment 1 passed by a vote of  311 (99.4%) to 2 (0.6%). Amendment 2 passed by a vote of 309 (99.7%) to 1 (0.3%). Amendment 3 passed by a vote of 307 (99.4%) to 2 (0.6%).

The 2017 PSA Election was conducted electronically using PSA members were solicited to vote via email. Of 608 voters eligible to vote in the 2017 PSA election, 334 (54.9%) cast votes. Turnout in 2017 decreased 4.5% as compared to 2016. The decrease is not surprising, as even years (presidential election years) tend to have a higher turnout.

Finally, I thank those Full and Retired PSA members who took the time to vote in this election. Thank you for helping to shape the future of the PSA. This is your PSA. If you are a Full or Retired Member of the PSA and you encountered problems in voting electronically, or if you have any other comments, questions, or concerns about the 2017 PSA Election, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Jessica Pfeifer

Executive Director
Philosophy of Science Association