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APSA Annual Meeting
2021 APSA Annual Meeting Proposal Submissions are Now Open | Deadline: January 14, 2021
Join us for the 117th American Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, September 30 – October 3, 2021, in Seattle, Washington, to address the latest scholarship in political science while exploring the 2021 theme, “Promoting Pluralism.” Submit proposals here

At present, APSA will proceed to plan for a traditional in-person annual meeting. With close monitoring and guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and other public health officials, along with the US State Department Travel Advisories, and state and local conditions, we will make necessary adjustments to ensure the health, well-being, and safety of our members. Updates will be provided around the annual meeting as more information and resources continue to develop. Visit the conference website for updates.
2020 Election Season

Visit APSA's Democracy 2020 Project 
Political Science helps us understand issues central to the current political moment, including democracy, elections, voting, and government. APSA’s Democracy 2020 Project provides tools that can be used by students, scholars, teachers and the public to better understand and engage with the 2020 U.S. Elections. Learn more.

Open Call for 2020 APSA Election Reflections | Deadline: November 17, 2020
APSA is currently accepting submissions for the 2020 installment of the APSA Election Reflection Series. Election reflections are scholarly reflections, original research notes, and classroom exercises that shed light upon political behavior, public opinion and the 2020 Campaign and Election season. Submissions can address the 2020 local, state, or national campaigns and elections. Learn more and submit here.

Call for Submissions: Undergraduate Poll Worker Essay Contest | Deadline: December 15, 2020
The APSA Electoral Assistance Task Force invites students who served as election workers in polling places to submit brief essays reflecting on the experience. See eligibility and requirements here. To submit a brief essay, click here.

APSA Educate Call for Materials: “Teaching the 2020 U.S. Election” | Deadline: December 31, 2020

APSA Educate invites contributions to its teaching resource collection, “Teaching the 2020 U.S. Election.” If you are preparing to discuss the election with your students, please consider sharing your plans with your colleagues by uploading them to APSA Educate, or writing a short blog post for APSA Educate! Learn more.

APSA News & Updates

Statement Condemning the Violent Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Expanded

The American Political Science Association strongly condemns President Trump, Republican legislators, and all those who have continuously endorsed and disseminated falsehoods and misinformation, and who have worked to overturn the results of a free and fair Presidential Election. The President’s continuous lies, as well as his racist and xenophobic language and policies, have stoked existing, and sown anew, mistrust in the democratic process in the United States. We strongly condemn the insurrection and violent and deadly attack upon the U.S. Capitol. No tolerance should be given to the insurrectionists and the hatred and lies that motivate them.
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APSA Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus Release Statements
The APSA Task Force on the Coronavirus, appointed by APSA President Paula D. McClain on the recommendation of the APSA Council, worked through the summer to identify implications of the coronavirus pandemic for our profession, institutions, and professional organizations, emphasizing actions our members, institutions, and organizations could effectively take to avoid harm, ameliorate negative effects, and learn from the experience. The Task Force recommendations were unanimously approved by the APSA Council at their recent meeting.  These recommendations are reflected below in four key statements: Statement on Federal and State Support for Institutions of Higher EducationStatement to Colleges and UniversitiesStatement and Recommendations on Teaching, and Statement on Professional Career and Personnel Matters


APSA Statement on 2020 Election
The 2020 Election was unprecedented in its challenges, candidates, and levels of voter participation. Political scientists have played an invaluable role in providing context, facts, and a rich analysis and understanding throughout the campaign and election season often characterized by uncertainty. Thus, the American Political Science Association (APSA) would like to applaud the important and valuable work done by members of the discipline to encourage civic engagement, support free, fair, and healthy elections, and much more.  Read more.

 Meet the New 2020 APSA Council Members 

Congratulations to the newly-elected APSA Council Members and Officers for 2020! These Council Members and Officers began their terms in September following the conclusion of the APSA Annual Meeting. The Rules and Elections Committee report on the election is available here, and you can find more information about the APSA election process here. Read More


Perspectives on Politics Call For Papers: Black Lives Matter Special Issue | Deadline: May 31, 2021

Perspectives on Politics calls for submission of papers for a special issue, the purpose of which is to explore the state of BLM, its impact, and its potential ramifications. Following the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, among others, Black Lives Matter (BLM) is at the center of American politics. It is widespread, diverse, and the protests it leads have broad popular support according to public opinion polling. History suggests that protest is essential to the health of democracies. Christopher Sebastian Parker of the University of Washington will serve as Guest Editor for this special issue. Learn more here.
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APSA Member Relief Grants are now available!
APSA is providing $200 grants to support members that are experiencing financial hardships due to the coronavirus. Members are encouraged to submit their application early as grants will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Eligible Members can apply through the application here.