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Theme Panel: Democracy and Its Discontents in the Middle East

Friday, July 20, 2018

Democracy and Its Discontents in the Middle East The enthusiasm for the possibility of democratic change in the Middle East generated by the 2011 Arab uprisings has long since given way to the grim recognition of autocratic retrenchement and state failure. How have the political failures since 2011 shaped political thought and behavior in the […]

Press Gallery: APSA Members in the Media

Friday, July 20, 2018

June 12 to July 19, 2018 The APSA Press Gallery is a roundup of recent blogs, op-eds, podcasts, and interviews featuring political scientists. We are always eager to follow our members’ engagement online. Let us know what you are doing or reading with the hashtag #APSAPressGallery, or by email to [email protected] The Weeks in Writing […]

Making North–South Research Collaborations Work

Friday, July 20, 2018

Making North–South Research Collaborations Work by: Jaimie Bleck,The University of Notre Dame, Chipo Dendere, Amherst College, and Boukary Sangaré, University of Leiden Our paper contributes to the important literature on research collaborations between North and South researchers. Drawing on our vast experience participating in research collaborations in different African countries , we identify ways that social scientists can build strong […]

Leading the American City Interview Series: Assembling a Leadership Team

Thursday, July 19, 2018

“Assembling a Leadership Team” | An Interview Series by Boston University  Video 3 (of 5)  From emulating President Kennedy’s call for the best and brightest, to the decision to retain most of the predecessor’s cabinet, mayors talk about what guided them when recruiting for top positions in City Hall. Leading the American City: An Interview […]

Theme Panel: The Liberal Order Under Stress

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Liberal Order Under Stress The liberal model of organizing politics and society is under stress, both internationally and domestically. Rising powers dispute the liberal international order for being dominated by and biased towards the “West”. Authoritarian state leaders characterize liberal democracies as weak, decadent and indecisive. Likewise, fundamentalist religious thinkers and activists criticize the […]

Theme Panel: Elites, Political Parties, and Democracy’s Discontents

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Elites, Political Parties, and Democracy’s Discontents From the Occupy Movement and its slogan of the 1%, to Brexit voters having had ‘enough with experts’, and Trump’s call to ‘drain the swamp’, recent discontent with democracy has taken the form of a ‘revolt against the elites’. But the problematic relationship elites entertain with democracy has been […]

Ten Recipients of Special Projects Fund Initiative Announced

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ten Recipients of Special Projects Fund Initiative Announced $250,000 in funding for projects aimed at advancing the discipline of political science In keeping with its mission to support excellence in political science scholarship and teaching and informed discourse about politics, policy, and civic participation, the American Political Science Association today announced ten recipients of the […]

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APSA Statement on Selection of Dr. Arthur Lupia as Head of NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate
The American Political Science Association welcomes the appointment of Dr. Arthur Lupia as the assistant director of the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE). He is the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and the chair of the National Academies Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Lupia has a long history of service to APSA and the discipline, including service as a chair of the Task Force on Public Engagement, APSA treasurer, and APSA Council member. Read the full statement.

APSA Statement on Trump v. Hawaii Ruling
The American Political Science Association stands by its previous condemnations (from January 30, 2017 and March 7, 2017) of the administration’s executive actions to restrict entry to the United States for residents, refugees, and visa holders from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and North Korea.  The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ban deeply harms academic freedom in a fundamental way by restricting the ability of scholars to meet, learn and exchange ideas on campuses of American colleges and universities. Read the full statement. 

APSA 2018 Council Nominations
The APSA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its 2018 nominees for APSA Council. Each has agreed to serve if elected.  The call for nominations was circulated among the membership, and outreach specifically to APSA committees and organized sections was conducted.  View the 2018 Council nominations.

APSA Statement on Reinstating Citizenship Question in 2020 Census
On March 26, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will reinstate a question regarding citizenship status in the 2020 census. The census last included a citizenship question in 1950. The American Political Science Association is concerned that this announced change for the 2020 census, which was introduced without following standard practice for public comment and testing new questions, could compromise the response rate and undermine the scientific integrity of the decennial questionnaire. This data—a record of the number of all people in the United States—is of critical importance not only to state, local, and federal government officials and policymakers, but also to researchers across a variety of social and behavioral science disciplines, including political science. Read the full statement here.

Call for Proposals: Editors of the American Political Science Review 
APSA invites proposals for an editor or group of editors to lead APSR for a four-year term beginning in June 2020. We seek editor(s) with a commitment to publishing articles that represent the methodological and sub-field diversity of the discipline while maintaining the leading role of the journal in publishing cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research in Political Science. Learn how to submit a proposal here.

Read the report on the 2017 APSA Survey on Sexual Harassment at Annual Meetings in PS
In the Spring of 2017, the APSA Professional Ethics, Rights, and Freedoms Committee surveyed the APSA membership to determine the extent and nature of perceived harassment experience at APSA Annual Meetings. Committee chair, Professor Virginia Sapiro, Boston University, and former committee member, Professor David Campbell, University of Notre Dame, co-authored a report based upon the survey findings. The survey and subsequent full version of the report complement the recent institution of the new APSA anti-harassment policy. Read more on the harassment resource page.

National Science Foundation Releases Solicitation Announcement for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election
The announcement provides a brief history of the project as well as the due dates for the required letter of intent and proposal.The solicitation announcement can be found here.

This page contains a link to the solicitation (NSF 18-519).  The solicitation provides the requirements of the competition.  The primary innovation in this solicitation is that two unlinked awards will be made, one for the face to face survey and one for a web based version.  While these awards will be made to separate institutions, the eventual awardees will be expected to work closely together to develop and administer the pre and post election surveys. 

If you have any questions about this solicitation, feel free to contact Brian D. Humes at either [email protected] or 703.292.7284.

APSA Statement on President Trump's Decision to End the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
The Association is very concerned about the potential detrimental impact that the decision to end DACA would have on the free exchange of ideas and the promotion of research, teaching, and intellectual engagement on college campuses and other research settings from which we all benefit. Read more.

APSA Comments on Proposed Changes to Visa Applicant Disclosure Requirements
APSA writes express concern about the Notice of Information Collection under OMB Emergency Review: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants (DS-5535), 82 Federal Register 20956, published on May 4, 2017. The notice imposes new disclosure requirements on a subset of visa applicants with vaguely worded provisions that threaten a chilling effect on the free exchange of ideas through international scholarly exchange and collaboration. Read more.

APSA statement regarding President Trump's executive order "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States"
APSA condemns the new Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” and strongly urges President Trump to rescind it. Like the administration’s earlier Executive Order issued on January 27, this new order continues to generate detrimental effects on colleagues and students with whom we teach, write, and collaborate. Read full statement. Visit this link for travel ban resources.

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