Lucius J. Barker, Trailblazing Scholar, of Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties and African American Politics and Former APSA President, Dies At 92
Lucius J. Barker, Ph.D., who broke through racial barriers to become a renowned academic leader, author and professor of political science, constitutional law and civil liberties, died in his Northern California home of complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease on June 21, 2020. He was 92. Read more.
APSA Statement Condemning Systemic Racism
The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have reignited protests and calls for justice in the United States and across the world. These murders are among the latest in a long history of police brutality and violence upon members of the African American community. The American Political Science Association recognizes and condemns in the strongest terms the systemic racism that contributed to these deaths and shares the justified outrage it has provoked. We strongly support the right to protest and are alarmed by the government’s violent responses to peaceful protesters, including excessive uses of force in the name of order. We are also alarmed at the opportunistic criminal conduct of some who do not share the protesters’ commendable goals. These actions are a severe violation of democratic principles.
Read the full statement here. See APSA Resources on Systemic Racism & Social Justice.
APSA Council Approves New Human Subjects Research Principles Guidance
On April 4, 2020, at the spring council meeting, the APSA Council approved and adopted the Principles and Guidance document submitted by the Ad Hoc Committee on Human Subjects Research (co-chairs: Scott Desposato and Trisha Phillips). Political scientists who are conducting research involving human subjects may now consult the newly approved document to review the principles and guidance, which range across a variety of topics.
Read more here.