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White Man’s IR: An Intellectual Confession

Friday, February 24, 2017

White Man’s IR: An Intellectual Confession by David A. Lake, University of California—San Diego Drawing largely on my own career in academia, I elaborate on the need for greater gender, racial and other forms of diversity in International Relations. Although theories are thought to be “objective,” what goes into those theories and, in turn, their explanatory […]

The Dynamics and Consequences of Partisan Polarization

Friday, February 24, 2017

“The Dynamics and Consequences of Partisan Polarization” Presentation, 2016 APSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA Please see papers. Chair Joanne Miller, University of Minnesota Discussant Matthew S. Levendusky, University of Pennsylvania

Career Path Profile: Matt Hirschland

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Political scientists pursue wide-ranging and diverse career paths. This interview series, developed by the APSA Professional Development Program, highlights the many different ways political scientists carry their skills and expertise into the workforce. For more information, including resources on career options outside of academia, visit APSA’s career page. Matt Hirschland is a founder and principle […]

Why Would a Political Scientist Write a Biography?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why Would a Political Scientist Write a Biography? by Bartholomew Sparrow, University of Texas at Austin Why would a political scientist write a biography of a U.S. national security advisor? Biography focuses on a single individual and has no guidelines on where or how to collect evidence or on how to organize that evidence. Nonetheless, a […]

APSR Announces New Publication Format

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Dan Gibson at [email protected] APSR Announces New Publication Format WASHINGTON, DC — The American Political Science Review (APSR), published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the American Political Science Association, announces a new publication format of Letters. APSR’s traditional publication format of research Manuscripts use original work to […]

Reflections on Political Theory and the Humanities in the Global Age

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Reflections on Political Theory and the Humanities in the Global Age by Joshua Mitchell, Georgetown University Has the uneasy marriage between political theory and political science reached the point where a divorce is now necessary? I consider here the gradual decline of political theory after its post-World War II heyday and its growing self-enclosure in the […]

Cornell University Emeritus Professor, Theodore J. Lowi, dies at 85

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Theodore Jay Lowi, author and professor of government at Cornell University, died in Ithaca, New York on Friday, February 17. He was 85.  Named as one of the most influential American political scientists of the last half century, Lowi served as president of the American Political Science Association (APSA) from 1990 to 1991, and as president of […]

APSA News & Updates

APSA statement regarding President Trump's executive order "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States"
APSA condemns the Executive Order issued on January 27, 2017, entitled "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States," and strongly urges President Trump to rescind it. The order generates immediate and 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.

Rulemaking Changes Status of Public Officials in the Common Rule
On January 19, a group of 16 agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule updating the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. Also known as the “Common Rule,” the regulations make changes to requirements for certain aspects of informed consent, institutional review boards (IRBs), and more. The final rule eliminates the current exemption excluding from IRB review research on public officials and candidates for public office that used methods like educational tests, surveys, interviews, or observation of public behavior without participation by the investigator. The majority of the rule’s provisions go into effect on January 19, 2018. A new requirement for U.S. institutions conducting cooperative research to use a single IRB, with some exceptions, will take effect in January 2020. Read More»

Post-Election Letter to APSA Membership
The 2016 election in the United States cast into sharp relief an array of issues that engage the political science community in our role as teachers, researchers and practitioners. As we all examine the implications of the 2016 election, we must remain at the forefront of understanding, and engaging the public on, the future of our country.  As APSA Council members and leaders, therefore, we would like to share with you an overview of APSA activities that affirm our core mission and support our members in their work. Read full letter»

A Memo from the APSA Executive Director, Steven Rathgeb Smith
Read information updates on the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference at the Westin Long Beach, 10-12 February 2017.

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. The Association promotes a lively, diverse community of scholars, teachers, students, and practitioners who bring wide-ranging interests, methodologies, and perspectives to the analysis and conduct of government and politics. The Association disseminates information, facilitates collaboration among its members, and publicizes research findings on important theoretical and political issues, and publishes a variety of materials relevant to the discipline. It enhances the capacity of political scientists to conduct research, improve teaching, develop professionally, and communicate their ideas within the discipline and to wider publics. APSA is committed to transparency, open enquiry, scholarly pluralism, high standards of ethics and integrity, and a global perspective. Read the strategic plan.

MENA Political Science Research and Publication Conference
Deadline: March 19, 2017
APSA invites submissions from early-career scholars undertaking Middle East political science research across a range of contemporary topics. Learn more.

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