2020 PSA Election Results

On behalf of the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association, it is my pleasure to announce the results of the 2020 PSA Election. Thanks to all those who voted. We had an excellent turnout of 54.9%.

Michela Massimi of the University of Edinburgh has been elected President of the PSA. Michela Massimi will serve a two-year term (from 1/1/21 through 12/31/22) as Vice-President and President-Elect of the PSA, and then a two-year term (from 1/1/23 through 12/31/24) as President of the PSA delivering the PSA Presidential Address at PSA2024, followed by a two-year term as Past President of the PSA.

Anya Plutynski of Washington University in St. Louis (pictured below, left) and Jutta Schickore of Indiana University Bloomington (pictured below, right) were elected to the Governing Board of the PSA. Each will serve a four year term (1/1/2021-12/31/2024).

As of January 1, 2021, the Governing Board of the PSA will be comprised of:



Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)


Alisa Bokulich (Boston University)


Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge)


Soazig Le Bihan (University of Montana)


Kareem Khalifa (Middlebury College)


Anya Plutynski (Washington University in St. Louis)


Jutta Schickore (Indiana University Bloomington)


Sean A. Valles (Michigan State University)


The officers of the PSA welcome and congratulate Professors Massimi, Plutynski, and Schickore 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 Sandra D. Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh), Past President of the PSA, Megan Delehanty (University of Calgary) and Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh), who will be stepping down from the Governing Board at the end of the year, for their dedicated service to the PSA.

The Officers of the PSA also thank the Nominating Committee, comprised of Sabina Leonelli as Chair (University of Exeter), Alan Love (University of Minnesota), and Kerry McKenzie (University of California, San Diego) for assembling a great ballot.

The 2020 PSA Election was conducted electronically using www.simplyvoting.com. PSA members were solicited to vote via email. Of 521 voters eligible to vote in the 2020 PSA election, 286 (54.9%) cast votes. Turnout in 2020 increased 2.5% as compared to 2019.

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 2020 PSA Election, please contact me at psa@umbc.edu.


Jessica Pfeifer
Executive Director
Philosophy of Science Association