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The Index of Emancipative Values: Measurement Model Misspecifications

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Index of Emancipative Values: Measurement Model Misspecifications by  Boris Sokolov, National Research University Higher School of Economics I report evidence of misspecification of the measurement model for the index of emancipative values (EVI), a value construct developed by Christian Welzel as a refined version of Inglehart’s concepts of postmaterialist values and self-expression values and […]

2016-2017 APSA Graduate Placement Report

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The 2016-2017 APSA Graduate Placement Report analyzes doctoral candidates and graduates seeking placement in the 2016-2017 academic year. It includes the characteristics of job candidates, reported placements, and the departments in which these candidates are placed.  The proportion of candidates placed in post-doc jobs as their first placement rose over the past eight years we […]

Chart of the Month: Teaching Resources

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The February Chart of the Month focuses on teaching resources. The chart highlights satisfaction with APSA teaching resources as well as potential innovations of interest to APSA members. A plurality (39.9%) of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with APSA’s teaching resources, compared to just 7.2% that were dissatisfied. When asked about likelihood to use […]

Shifting Notions of Philanthropy: Themes in Scholarship and Practice

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Shifting Notions of Philanthropy: Themes in Scholarship and Practice by Webb-Farley, Appalachian State University Philanthropy plays a significant role in the US. With more than $358 billing donated in 2014, philanthropic giving has policy implications and is used to solve social ills. Some scholars have raised questions about the relationship between philanthropy and democracy, particularly the […]

Social and Institutional Origins of Political Islam

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Social and Institutional Origins of Political Islam by Steven Brooke, The University of Louisville and Neil Ketchley, King’s College London and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Under what conditions did the first Islamist movements organize? Which social and institutional contexts facilitated such mobilization? A sizable literature points to social and demographic changes, Western encroachment […]

Justifying the Jury: Reconciling Justice, Equality, and Democracy

Monday, February 19, 2018

Justifying the Jury: Reconciling Justice, Equality, and Democracy by Melissa Schwartzberg, New York University Scholars have long debated whether democracy should be justified as a means of achieving just ends, or on the grounds of equal respect. For a fresh look at this problem, Melissa Schwartzberg turns to the jury, an institution that must be […]

Political Scientist or Politician: Why Not Be Both?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Political Scientist or Politician: Why Not Be Both? by David Redlawsk, University of Delaware Political scientists are supposed to be “scientists” which for many academics suggests standing apart from the political fray in order to study it with a supposedly neutral eye. Getting directly involved in partisan politics would seem to be a risky, potentially biasing […]

APSA News & Updates

Read the report on the 2017 APSA Survey on Sexual Harassment at Annual Meetings in PS
In the Spring of 2017, the APSA Professional Ethics, Rights, and Freedoms Committee surveyed the APSA membership to determine the extent and nature of perceived harassment experience at APSA Annual Meetings. Committee chair, Professor Virginia Sapiro, Boston University, and former committee member, Professor David Campbell, University of Notre Dame, co-authored a report based upon the survey findings. The survey and subsequent full version of the report complement the recent institution of the new APSA anti-harassment policy. Additionally, APSA has created a sexual harassment resource page which lists a variety of useful internal and external resources, including the meetings code of conduct, the new meetings ombuds resource, and information on how to file a grievance. Read more on the harassment resource page.

APSA Statement on Reports of Language Restrictions at the CDC
The American Political Science Association, a membership association of over 12,000 political scientists, expresses deep concern regarding reports that officials at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) received guidance banning several terms, including “evidence-based”, “science-based” and “diversity,” from use in budget proposals for fiscal year 2019. Although the nature and source of the guidance is in dispute, any request that federal scientists and policymakers alter their research and or budget request in a way that obstructs the free exchange of ideas and chills scientific inquiry inside and outside government is unacceptable. Read the full statement.

National Science Foundation Releases Solicitation Announcement for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election
The announcement provides a brief history of the project as well as the due dates for the required letter of intent and proposal.The solicitation announcement can be found here.

This page contains a link to the solicitation (NSF 18-519).  The solicitation provides the requirements of the competition.  The primary innovation in this solicitation is that two unlinked awards will be made, one for the face to face survey and one for a web based version.  While these awards will be made to separate institutions, the eventual awardees will be expected to work closely together to develop and administer the pre and post election surveys.

If you have any questions about this solicitation, feel free to contact Brian D. Humes at either [email protected] or 703.292.7284.

APSA Statement on President Trump's Decision to End the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
The Association is very concerned about the potential detrimental impact that the decision to end DACA would have on the free exchange of ideas and the promotion of research, teaching, and intellectual engagement on college campuses and other research settings from which we all benefit. Read more.

APSA Comments on Proposed Changes to Visa Applicant Disclosure Requirements
APSA writes express concern about the Notice of Information Collection under OMB Emergency Review: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants (DS-5535), 82 Federal Register 20956, published on May 4, 2017. The notice imposes new disclosure requirements on a subset of visa applicants with vaguely worded provisions that threaten a chilling effect on the free exchange of ideas through international scholarly exchange and collaboration. 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.

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.Visit this link for travel ban resources.

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