“Academics Who Are in the Arena: Pedagogical Perspectives from Political Scientists who have served in Elected Office”
As political scientists we study politics. We teach politics. We observe politics. A small number of us, however, have also practiced politics.
This Call for Authors seeks contributions from political scientists who have served in elected office in some capacity. While we will accept submissions from political scientists who have served in any elected office, we’re particularly interested in hearing about experiences running for and serving in state and local offices.
Submissions should seek to answer one or more of the following questions:
- Do you think your training as a political scientist helped you as an elected official, either running for office or serving in office? Where there any established political theories that did a good job explaining your elected experience (e.g. minimum winning coalitions, rent-seeking, “home styles”)
- Where do you think political science is really missing the boat, either in helping to explain the political environment in which you served, or missing out on exploring or understanding some features of the political world?
- How have you changed your teaching/syllabus after having served in elected office? In what capacity and why?
Because of the nature of this project, we encourage the inclusion of personal political experiences and anecdotes in your submission.
Acceptable submissions should be 3,000 words or less and must be submitted by February 1, 2017. Submit manuscripts by email to: