Political Science & Politics

APSA Mourns Death of American Political Scientist, Warren Weinstein, Killed in U.S. Operation

Warren Weinstein, the American Al-Quaida hostage killed in a US counterterrorism drone strike in January, began his professional career as a political scientist. He earned a doctorate in political science from Columbia University, and initially specialized in African Studies, a field in which he was very active. During the 1970s he was a tenured political science professor at SUNY Oswego, leaving in 1979 to join USAID (or the US Agency for International Development). Following his AID career he became the Pakistan country director for J.E.Austin Associates, a development contractor for the US government. Weinstein was kidnapped from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, on the eve of his planned departure from this assignment in order to return to his wife and family in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Weinstein’s life was spent in service to his country and to other peoples, working tirelessly to improve cross-cultural understanding and promote international economic development. Just one comment posted on his Facebook page from a Pakistani journalist is indicative of his life: He was such a great man who taught me so much in terms of creating value for others, while keeping professional ethics intact. You can read more at the Washington Post or NPR.

NSF Reauthorization

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), which reauthorizes the National Science Foundation and would cut funding levels for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate by nearly 45%, was passed by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on April 22.

Political Scientists Prominent Among New $200,000 Carnegie Fellowships to Aid Researchers in Humanities and Social Science

Carnegie Corporation of New York has named 32 Andrew Carnegie Fellows as the inaugural class of a major annual fellowship program that will provide support for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. The Fellows will receive awards of up to $200,000 each, which will enable them to take sabbaticals in order to devote time to their research and writing. Read the story.

APSA News & Updates

A Proposal for a New APSA Journal
APSA proposes adding a new online-only open access journal to its publication portfolio. This journal will be free of all paywalls or subscription requirements, meaning that it will be accessible to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. Read the proposal.

2015 Campus Teaching Awards
APSA recognizes political science faculty who recieved teaching awards from their own colleges and universities during the past academic year. Nominate someone for this years' Campus Teaching Award.

Request for Proposals for Editor, 
American Political Science Review
The APSR Editor Search Committee begins its review of proposals in April. The committee wants to consider proposals from a wide range of editors/institutions. 

Improving Public Perceptions of Political Science's Value
Read the new APSA task force report, which identifies means by which individual scholars and professional organizations can make political science’s insights and discoveries more accessible, more relevant, and more valuable to more people.
Watch Tedx Talk by Maria Chavez on de-Americanization of Latino Youth
Tedx Talk by Maria Chavez on de-Americanization of Latino youth and immigration policy. Chavez  is a faculty member at Pacific Lutheran University, and is a member of the APSA committee on the Status of Latinos in the Profession.

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