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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: July Issue, 2016

From the Editor’s Corner: First, we are pleased to publish a symposium organized by Carl Klarner ( titled “Beyond the Ivory Tower: Political Science Careers Outside Academia.” This symposium grew out of a chance meeting on the sidewalk outside the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco, where Carl regaled us with tales of the rewards and challenges of building his new political consulting business focused on state legislative contests. . . .

Recognizing how difficult the job market is in academia, we find the variety of professional opportunities outside of academia which these authors highlight to be encouraging. But more importantly, we’re excited to see our fellow scholars doing such important and interesting work in the private sector, in non-profits, and for governments, yet continue to identify as political scientists.

A second symposium in this issue provides another stellar example of the public relevance of political science: a set of essays by current members of our profession who serve in the US Congress.

Representative David Price (, who has remained engaged in political science despite a long and distinguished career representing the fourth district of North Carolina, deserves much of the credit for prompting us to move forward with this symposium. We realized a year ago that it had been a decade since David had written about his career in Congress, and an initial outreach to write an updated essay quickly grew into the larger set of essays you will find in this issue.

Michael Crespin, associate director of the Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma ( and Anthony Madonna, associate professor at the University of Georgia ( did the heavy lifting on soliciting the essays, keeping the members on track, and writing a provocative cover article on the current state of Congressional politics.

Finally, we are excited about the symposium on philanthropy led by Kristin Goss of Duke University, “Why Political Scientists Should Study Organized Philanthropy.” We think the authors make a compelling argument for why political scientists need to pay attention to the future of philanthropic giving.

PS has also helped to organize a set of panels at the Annual Meeting on the future of philanthropy. Kathryn Webb Farley, assistant professor of public administration at Appalachian State University ( and Steven R. Smith, executive director of APSA, are co-organizers of a panel that was originally going to be sponsored by PS, but has now been accepted as one of the theme panels for the conference. Congratulations to Kathryn and Steve (and thanks to Hahrie Han, UC Santa Barbara, who helped move the panel forward). We are currently working with Kathryn and Steve to create a roundtable panel of decision-makers from prominent non-profits, public charities, and other foundations to discuss all these issues.

Current Virtual Issue: CFP Congressional Fellowship Program

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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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