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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: January Issue, 2017

From the Editors' Corner: This issue marks the 50th anniversary of PS: Political Science & Politics. For a half-century, PS has occupied a unique niche in publishing in political science, spanning research on politics, research about political science, and scholarship on teaching and learning. PS has also served as the journal of record for the profession. 

This issue of PS follows in the tradition of the previous 50 years, examining issues of importance to politics, political science, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Following the tumultuous 2016 presidential campaign, Michael Grossman and his colleagues examine the legacy and record of the Obama Presidency. In addition, a symposium initially published in the Presidents and Executive Politics Section of APSA is included, which examines the contributions of Professor George C. Edwards III to the study of the presidency.

Also included within The Profession section are two symposia. The first examines the politics of constructivist IR in the US Academy. The second explores ethnography, participant observation, and how these methods can inform political science understanding and explanation. Finally, The Teacher section includes several articles examining pedagogical methods of increasing student engagement and giving voice to underrepresented student populations.

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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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