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NSF Funding

On June 3, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill (H.R. 2578), which includes appropriations to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Report language for the bill prioritizes funding away from NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, carrying threat of heavy cuts to the social sciences.

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.

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.

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.

APSA Task Force Report: 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.

APSA News & Updates

Call for Volunteers and Ideas for Taskforce on Technological Innovation in Political Science 

The 2015-17 APSA presidential taskforce will focus on enhancing political scientists’ capacity to develop and use technological innovations in their research, teaching, and public engagement.  It will begin with two main foci, although of course task force members may expand or change these foci as they do their work.  One goal is to bring together technological innovations already taking place within political science, in a way that makes them accessible and valuable to a wide range of users. The other goal is to create new technological tools and concepts that respond to scholars’ and students’ expressed needs, or that will spark new ways to study, teach, and communicate.  For these and any other foci, it will be essential to set up a system for maintaining innovations after the task force has completed its work; that will entail working closely with APSA staff who are themselves innovating technologically. Read more»

2015 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

RBSI Summer Program

The 2015 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI), under the direction of Paula D. McClain, was held at Duke University from May 31 -July 2, 2015. Rodney Hero, APSA president, addressed the scholars at the RBSI closing banquet on July 2. Six RBSI Scholars were selected to present their research posters at the 2015 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Reform requests member feedback on new draft APSA bylaws

Following the schedule approved by the APSA Council in August 2013, the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Reform has posted a new set of draft bylaws for the Association. You can leave comments regarding the document on

APSA Statement on Wisconsin Tenure and Shared Governance Proposals

The American Political Science Association is deeply concerned about proposals in the Wisconsin legislature that would weaken tenure and governance shared by faculty in the University of Wisconsin education system, with troubling implications for academic freedom and the vitality of higher education in the state.

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Replication and Data Research Transparency

APSA has long been attentive to and concerned about replication and data research transparency. We have made available two large symposia, both published in PS, concerning replication and data research transparency. The first symposium, published in 1995, includes Gary King’s often cited article "Replication, Replication." The second symposium, published in 2014, is Openness in Social Science Research, and includes many articles on this topic as well as replication. Read more. 

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.

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