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Direct-Democracy Rules: The Effect of Direct Democracy on State Immigration Legislation

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Direct-Democracy Rules: The Effect of Direct Democracy on State Immigration Legislation by Andrea Silva, University of North Texas Immigration was a key topic in the 2016 presidential election. During the 2016 presidential cycle, several states proposed and enacted laws in response to constituent interests and concerns regarding immigration. For instance, the National Conference of State Legislatures (2016) […]

Businesspeople in Elected Office

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Businesspeople in Elected Office: Identifying Private Benefits from Firm-Level Returns by David Szakonyi, George Washington University Do businesspeople that win elected office use their positions to help their firms? Business leaders become politicians around the world, yet we know little about whether their commitment to public service trumps their own private interests. Using an original dataset […]

Good Representatives and Good Representation

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Good Representatives and Good Representation by Karen Celis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Sarah Childs, Birkbeck, University of London This article should be read as an ongoing dialogue between Suzanne Dovi and ourselves about a common concern: the quality of representation in general and, in particular, the good substantive representation for women (SRW). We strongly share Dovi’s concern that democratic […]

Short Course: Women and Democracy in America, 1630-2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Women and Democracy in America, 1630-2018 Eileen Botting 12:00pm – 4:00pm The Hannah Mather Crocker Society and The Wollstonecraft Philosophical Society are co-hosting an American Political Science Association Pre-Conference Short Course at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) on Wednesday August 29, 2018. There is room for up to 40 registrants for this exciting interdisciplinary short […]

2018 Fund for Latino Scholarship Application Due June 15 – Meet Heather Silber Mohamed 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Apply for the 2018 APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship by June 15th! Support from the APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship assisted 2017 recipient, Heather Silber Mohamed, an assistant professor of political science at Clark University. Her research interests include Latino politics, immigrant socialization and participation, immigration policy, and identity politics in the US, with a focus on […]

Why We Need to Return to the Ethics of Political Representation

Monday, May 21, 2018

Why We Need to Return to the Ethics of Political Representation by Eline Severs, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Suzanne Dovi, University of Arizona The survival or breakdown of democracies importantly depends on the beliefs and actions of our representatives. For democracies’ representatives cannot only suspend the Constitution, arrest the opposition, restrict the activities of the media, and rig elections; […]

Press Gallery: APSA Members in the Media

Friday, May 18, 2018

A roundup of blogs, articles, and interviews from APSA Members May 11- May 17, 2018 The APSA Press Gallery is a roundup of recent blogs, op-eds, podcasts, and interviews featuring political scientists. We are always eager to follow our members’ engagement online. Let us know what you are doing or reading with the hashtag #APSAPressGallery, […]

APSA News & Updates

Call to All APSA Members: APSA Presidential Task Force on New Partnerships
APSA President-Elect Rogers Smith has appointed a Task Force on New Partnerships, chaired by Robert Lieberman of Johns Hopkins University, to propose new initiatives in the areas of research, teaching, and civic engagement. The task force seeks your input as it develops proposals to be implemented, with Council approval, during the 2018-2019 academic year. Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2018. 

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. 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. Read full statement. Visit this link for travel ban resources.

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