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Comparative Democratization Research Development Group

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Comparative Democratization Research Development Group Rachel Riedl Full Day The Comparative Democratization Section is organizing a Research Development Group short-conference to advance current research from early career scholars from lower-to-middle income countries towards publication, to participate in the APSA annual meeting, and develop scholarly networks with colleagues. Group participants will be selected through application, open […]

The Chicken and Egg Question: Satisfaction with Democracy and Voter Turnout

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Chicken and Egg Question: Satisfaction with Democracy and Voter Turnout by Filip Kostelka, University of Montreal, and André Blais, University of Montreal Political scientists, analysts and journalists alike have long believed that the degree of satisfaction with the functioning of democracy determines the choice to vote or not to vote in elections. However, this belief relies on […]

The Gender Balance Assessment Tool (GBAT)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Gender Balance Assessment Tool (GBAT): A Web-Based Tool for Estimating Gender Balance in Syllabi and Bibliographies by Jane Lawrence Sumner, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities This article presents a tool intended to help researchers and instructors assess the gender-balance of their bibliographies and syllabi. It provides a brief overview of the gender gap in citations, then presents […]

Call for Applications: Japan America Women Political Scientists Symposium

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Call for Applications: Japan America Women Political Scientists Symposium for early-career scholars from the USA and Japan Deadline: Monday, April 30th, 2018. The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications from early-career scholars who are interested in attending the 2018 Japan America Women Political Scientists Symposium (JAWS). Hosted by the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian […]

Research Development Group: Emerging Research from African scholars

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Research Development Group: Emerging research from African scholars Andrew Stinson Full Day The full-day course, organized by the African Politics Conference Group, will feature two theme panels (one morning, one afternoon) in which attendees will discuss and offer feedback on current research undertaken by 6 scholars, all of whom are based at African institutions. Papers […]

Understanding Multiple Perspectives

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Understanding Multiple Perspectives: The Contribution of a Short-Essay Assignment to Teaching about the Arab–Israeli Conflict by Alon Yakter, University of Michigan, and Mark Tessler, University of Michigan Teaching about political conflict requires an understanding of the multiple perspectives and motivations of the parties to the conflict. This is especially true when teaching students who may have strong predispositions, such […]

Governing Urban Resilience: New Comparative Approaches

Monday, April 23, 2018

Governing Urban Resilience: New Comparative Approaches Allison Bramwell Full Day While much recent urban politics research in the United States has focused on neighborhoods as the primary locus for capacity building and governance innovation, issues with pressing urban implications continue to unfold at higher scales. Tectonic and rapidly accelerating technological, environmental, and societal changes present […]

APSA News & Updates

Call for Applications: Special Projects Fund, Due April 28th
APSA seeks proposals from groups of members for projects aimed at advancing the political science discipline and/or a tackling a challenge facing the discipline. Projects must be evidence-based and provide wider benefits for the profession and the discipline. Projects must be collaborative and can be focused on any area of disciplinary work, inclusive of teaching, research, service, and public engagement. Applications are due April 28, 2018. Download the full proposal call here.

APSA 2018 Council Nominations
The APSA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its 2018 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.  View the 2018 Council nominations.

APSA Statement on Reinstating Citizenship Question in 2020 Census
On March 26, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will reinstate a question regarding citizenship status in the 2020 census. The census last included a citizenship question in 1950. The American Political Science Association is concerned that this announced change for the 2020 census, which was introduced without following standard practice for public comment and testing new questions, could compromise the response rate and undermine the scientific integrity of the decennial questionnaire. This data—a record of the number of all people in the United States—is of critical importance not only to state, local, and federal government officials and policymakers, but also to researchers across a variety of social and behavioral science disciplines, including political science. Read the full statement here.

Call for Proposals: Editors of the American Political Science Review 
APSA invites proposals for an editor or group of editors to lead APSR for a four-year term beginning in June 2020. We seek editor(s) with a commitment to publishing articles that represent the methodological and sub-field diversity of the discipline while maintaining the leading role of the journal in publishing cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research in Political Science. Learn how to submit a proposal here.

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.

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 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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