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Report on the 2017 APSA Survey on Sexual Harassment at Annual Meetings

In light of concerns about sexual harassment within the political science profession, the APSA Professional Ethics, Rights, and Freedoms Committee surveyed the entire APSA membership between February and March 2017 to determine the extent and nature of perceived harassment experience at APSA Annual Meetings. The results were intended to complement the recent institution of the new APSA anti-harassment policy to find out what, if any, further courses of action might be warranted. Closed-ended questions asked respondents to indicate their experience with specific types of treatment during a limited time frame: 2013–2016. Three open-ended questions elicited further detail. Out of the 13,367 members contacted, 2,424 surveys were completed with a response rate of 18.1%. Read the results.

Technological Innovation in Political Science

The American Political Science Association (APSA) Taskforce on Technological Innovation in Political Science conducted a series of meetings and conference calls to examine ways that APSA and its members can encourage technology innovations in teaching, research, and public outreach. The taskforce formed a set of subcommittees, and each group generated a number of ideas, which are briefly summarized in the following text. The taskforce also conducted a survey of APSA members regarding their technology use. Following these recommendations are longer subcommittee reports outlining the rationale for these recommendations. Read More.

The Double Bind: The Politics of Racial and Class Inequalities in the Americas

The Double Bind: The Politics of Racial and Class Inequalities in the Americas

Although political science has studied how rising income inequality affects political representation, the Task Force on Racial and Class Inequalities in the Americas focuses specifically on the causes and consequences of inequality in its various forms. The long-standing gaps in the life chances of whites and communities of color in the nations of the Americas have been largely unexplored. At the same time, in Latin America, which had long denied the existence of a relationship between race and ethnicity and class disparities, there has been an explosion in data-gathering on race and ethnicity and in particular on the relationship between race and inequality. Therefore, the task force members have explicitly sought to grapple with both the problem of rising socioeconomic inequality and the multifaceted racial gaps that exist throughout the Americas. Read more.

Let's Be Heard! How to Better Communicate Political Science's Public Value

Let's Be Heard! How to Better Communicate Political Science's Public Value

Political science is at a crossroads. The knowledge that it produces is more diverse and valuable than ever before—yet many audiences do not understand why or how political science is beneficial. Moreover, the rise of the internet has changed the kinds of information that people seek. For many scholars, the question has become “How do we make our knowledge accessible and relevant to others while still retaining our high standards of scholarship and teaching? Read more.

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