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PS: Political Science & Politics

APSA's Journal of Record for the Profession


PS: Political Science & Politics provides critical analyses of contemporary political phenomena and is the journal of record for the discipline of political science reporting on research, teaching, and professional development. PS, begun in 1968, is the only quarterly professional news and commentary journal in the field and is the prime source of information on political scientists' achievements and professional concerns.

Current Issue: April Issue, 2017

From the Editors' Corner: Our April issue continues to provide rich and varied content, and we hope our political science readership appreciates the many-pointed hat the journal wears, as purveyor of original research, articles on pedagogy and the discipline, and our varied menu of symposia, which have become increasingly important to the journal.

An important debate that continues to animate discussion within our discipline and the academy at large is how conscious and unconscious biases work to undermine efforts to broaden and diversity the professorate. This issue features four important articles that examine the sources of and solutions for the gender gap in political science. What we find particularly important about each is that they highlight the complex causes that result in differential citation patterns, coauthorships, and content of syllabi. Encouragingly, each article also points to specific solutions that can be put in place by researchers and teachers that may help bridge what has been a frustrating and persistent gender gap.

Because it is April and baseball season is upon us, we also want to highlight an article in a lighter vein: Teodoro and Bond’s article, “Presidents, Baseball, and Wins above Expectations: What Can Sabermetrics Tell Us about Presidential Success?” This issue also features four symposia and some excellent research on teaching and learning.

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Virtual Issues

Capitol Hill Insights: Voices from the Congressional Fellowship Program

PSC 49 V2 Cover This virtual issue features articles written by alumni of the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program and published in PS: Political Science & Politics between 2010 and 2015. Established in 1953, the Congressional Fellowship Program brings select scholars and professionals to Washington, DC, each year to serve fellowship placements in congressional and other offices. The articles gathered here—written by alumni who are political scientists, journalists, health policy specialists, and other domestic and international professionals—illustrate the unique first-hand insights into Congress and the legislative process provided by the fellowship experience. 

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Navigating the Profession: Sage Advice from the Pages of PS

Navigating the Profession Cover This first virtual issue of PS: Political Science & Politics brings together some of the journal’s most highly cited articles about the profession from more than a dozen past issues. This practical material spans numerous topics that especially apply to young scholars. From “ideas and debates” of political science as a vocation, to the “nuts and bolts” of preparing a literature review and publishing as a graduate student, this virtual issue has something both for scholars just beginning their studies and for academics early in their careers.

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