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S. M. Lipset and the Fragility of Democracy

Thursday, March 23, 2017

by Mildred A. Schwartz Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World Seymour Martin Lipset passed away eleven years ago. If he had lived, he would have celebrated his 95th birthday on 18 March. Today, his prolific scholarship remains as timely and influential as when he was an actively engaged author. Google Scholar reports […]

Meet 2017 MFP Fellow, Naomi Tolbert

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Naomi Tolbert (RBSI 2016) is a senior at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, double majoring in political science with a specialization in international affairs and international studies with a focus area in the Middle East and Northern Africa. She currently serves as the student trustee on the SIU Board of Trustees. She is the co-chair for the University […]

State Development, Parity, and International Conflict

Thursday, March 23, 2017

State Development, Parity, and International Conflict by Douglas M. Gibler, University of Alabama This article explains the relationship between state capabilities and international conflict as a consequence of how, when, and where states enter the international system. State capabilities are largely static, and, since states enter the system in geographic clusters, the processes of state maturation […]

Meet 2017 MFP Fellow, Stephanie Chan

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stephanie Chan is a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her current research project, “Creative Citizenship: Immigrant Political Participation,” focuses on immigrant conceptions of political participation and enactments of citizenship. She is also co-author with Meredith Rolfe of the Oxford Handbook of Political Networks chapter “Voting and Participation.” Her research interests also include concept […]

The Architecture of Political Spaces: Trolls, Digital Media, and Deweyan Democracy

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Architecture of Political Spaces: Trolls, Digital Media, and Deweyan Democracy by Jennifer Forestal, Stockton University The problem of trolls exemplifies the challenges of building democratic communities in the digital environment of social media. Distinguishing trolls from activists can be difficult; democratic theorists have yet to adequately address how to prevent the former while remaining open to […]

APSA Welcomes 2017 Nominees for Council

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The APSA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its 2017 nominees for APSA Council. Each has agreed to serve if elected. The call for nominations was circulated among the membership, and outreach specifically to APSA committees and organized sections was conducted. The committee made its decisions after careful deliberation and consideration for the diversity of […]

Workshop on “Inclusion and Exclusion in sub-Saharan Africa: Migrants’ Challenges in Comparative Perspective”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Workshop on “Inclusion and Exclusion in sub-Saharan Africa: Migrants’ Challenges in Comparative Perspective” Cori Wielenga, PhD Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (Govinn), University of Pretoria Ahmed Sharif Ibrahim, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, City University of New York Aditi Malik, PhD Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Studies, California […]

APSA News & Updates

APSA Endorsement of the March for Science
APSA strongly endorses the upcoming March for Science, a nonpartisan event scheduled for April 22, 2017, in Washington, DC, and other locations across the globe. The March “champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity” and calls on leaders “to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.” Read more.

APSA Statement on Impact of 2018 Budget Request on Political Science
The President’s 2018 Budget Blueprint released on March 16 proposes to eliminate federal funding for programs of critical importance to political science research and education, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The blueprint also identifies international education programs under the Department of Education for elimination or funding reductions. The American Political Science Association strongly opposes these cuts and reiterates its support for robust federal funding for the humanities and social sciences. Read more.

Letter of Concern for Dr. Gozaydin of Turkey
We write to express grave concern that Dr. İştar Gözaydın, a professor of law and politics and former head of the Department of Sociology at Gediz University, Turkey, was arrested by Turkish authorities and has been in jail since this date. We respectfully urge you to release Dr. Gözaydın from prison and to drop all charges against her. Read full letter.

Letter of Concern for Dr. Gudina of Ethiopia
We write to express grave concern that Dr. Merera Gudina, a professor of political science at Addis Ababa University and the chair of the Oromo Federalist Congress, was arrested and is currently facing charges. We respectfully urge you to release Dr. Gudina from prison and to drop all charges against him. Read the full letter.

APSA Statement on Violence at Middlebury College on March 2
APSA condemns the violence surrounding a talk by political scientist Charles Murray at Middlebury College on March 2, 2017, which resulted in an injury to the talk’s moderator, Allison Stanger, the Russell J. Leng '60 Professor of International Politics and Economics The violence surrounding the talk undermined the ability of faculty and students to engage in the free exchange of ideas and debate, thereby impeding academic freedom on the Middlebury campus. Read the full statement»

New APSA statement regarding President Trump's executive order "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States"
APSA condemns the new Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” and strongly urges President Trump to rescind it. Like the administration’s earlier Executive Order issued on January 27, this new order continues to generate detrimental effects on colleagues and students with whom we teach, write, and collaborate. It undermines academic freedom in the most fundamental way by restricting the ability of scholars to meet, learn and exchange ideas on campuses of American colleges and universities. As scholars and teachers, we deplore the interruption of research, teaching, and intellectual engagement that this order causes. Read full statement »

New website for faculty and students affected executive order
UCLA faculty members have launched to identify faculty allies for students affected by the recent executive orders or who are at risk from future actions. The website allows you to join the group and sign up to be a faculty ally. The website will share up-to-date information from leading advocacy organizations to assist faculty and students. The website will also solicit stories of affected students and scholars.

Read the APSA 2017-19 Strategic Plan
The American Political Science Association (APSA) promotes scholarly understanding of political ideas, norms, behaviors, and institutions to inform public choices about government, governance, and public policy. APSA supports excellence in scholarship and teaching and informed discourse about politics, policy and civic participation. Read the strategic plan.

Spring 2017 Minority Fellowship Program Deadline Approaching
Deadline: March 31, 2017
1st and 2nd year graduate students, visit the MFP page for eligibility and application.

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