Association for Politics and the Life Sciences

About APLS

Mission Statement

The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences (APLS) is an international and interdisciplinary association of scholars, scientists, and policymakers concerned with generating, disseminating, and using evolutionary, genetic, and ecological knowledge related to political behavior, public policy and ethics.


The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences in governed by an Executive Director and an Executive Council elected by the membership. The publication of the association's peer-reviewed journal, Politics and the Life Sciences, is managed by an Editor-in-Chief in cooperation with the Executive Director.


Erik P. Bucy, Ph.D., Texas Tech University (2016-2019)
Eileen Burgin, Ph.D., University of Vermont (2014-2018)
Margaret E. Kosal, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology (ex officio)
Christopher Larimer, Ph.D., University of Norhter Iowa (2016-2019)
Laurette Liesen, Ph.D., Vice Chair (2014-2017), Lewis University (2002-2018)
Gregg R. Murray, Ph.D., Augusta University (ex officio)
Steven A. Peterson, Ph.D., Penn State Harrisburg (1981-1984, 1988-2017)
Brian R. Spisak, Ph.D., Secretary (2015-2018), VU University Amsterdam (2014-2018) 
Patrick Stewart, Ph.D., Chair (2015-2018), University of Arkansas (2005-2017)
Bradley A. Thayer, Ph.D., University of Iceland (2005-2017)
Tony E. Wohlers, Ph.D., Cameron University (ex officio)


Margaret E. Kosal, Ph.D. (2017-2020)
Georgia Institute of Technology
781 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Tony E. Wohlers, Ph.D.  (2017-2020)
Department of History and Government
Cameron University
2800 W Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505


Gregg R. Murray, Ph.D. (2013-2017)
Department of Political Science
Augusta University
1120 15th St., Allgood Hall N312
Augusta, Georgia 30912 USA

Our History: Founded in 1980

The history of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences as a "learned society" (or "scholarly association") has been shaped by both intellectual and political forces within academe. The intellectual content cultivated by the APLS was shaped in the 1960s and 1970s, as brain sciences, ethology, sociobiology reshaped orthodoxy in psychology, sociology, philosophy, and political science. 


The organization and activities of APLS are governed by a set of bylaws that were adopted in 1980 and amended in 1988, 1999, and 2014.

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