About us

Founded in 1974, and holding its first conference in January 1975 at the University of Keele, the American Politics Group is a Political Studies Association sub-group. It is the major professional organisation for researchers and lecturers in the UK whose work concentrates on the government and politics of the United States. Membership is not restricted to the UK, and APG conferences regularly attract the involvement of trans-Atlantic and European colleagues. The Group holds an annual 3-day conference in January of each year, an annual colloquium hosted at the British Library in London in November, as well as other events. In recent years APG members have raised money to establish a program of travel awards for UK postgraduate students.

You can find our PSA page here

Committee members 

Chair: Philip John Davies

Distinguished Fellow, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford;

Professor Emeritus of American Studies, De Montfort University;

Emeritus Director, Eccles Centre for American Studies, The British Library

Email: pjd@dmu.ac.uk

Vice Chair: Dafydd Townley

Teaching Fellow in International Security, University of Portsmouth Military Education Team at RAF College Cranwell

Email: dafydd.townley@port.ac.uk

Web Team Lead: Pete Finn

Senior Lecturer in Politics, Kingston University

Email: p.finn@kingston.ac.uk

2023 Conference Convenor: Alex Waddan

Associate Professor, School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester

2024 Conference Convenor: Richard Johnson

Senior Lecturer in US Politics & Policy

Membership Secretary: Josephine Harmon

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Political Science, NYU (Global Studies Program) 

Email: josephine.harmon@nyu.edu / josephine.harmon.13@ucl.ac.uk 

Postgraduate and Early Career Representative: Laura Smith


Coms Officer: Amy Tatum

Lecturer in Communication and Media, Bournemouth University

Email: atatum@bournemouth.ac.uk

Blog Manager: Donna Jackson

Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of Chester

Email: d.jackson@chester.ac.uk