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Announcing #GiveAPSA for 2018, Giving Tuesday November 27

Friday, November 16, 2018

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is launching this season of giving with #GiveAPSA, the year-end fundraising effort to support the many APSA initiatives that advance the research, teaching, and professional development of our members. [...]

How to Make Causal Inferences with Time-Series Cross-Sectional Data under Selection on Observables

Friday, November 16, 2018

How to Make Causal Inferences with Time-Series Cross-Sectional Data under Selection on Observables by Matthew Blackwell, Harvard University and Adam N. Glynn, Emory University Repeated measurements of the same countries, people, or groups over time are vital to manyfields of political science. These measurements, sometimes called time­series cross­sectional (TSCS) data, allow researchers to estimate a broad set of causal quantities, including contemporaneous effects and direct effects of lagged treatments. Unfortunately, popular  methods for TSCS data can only produce valid inferences for lagged effects under very strong  assumptions. In this paper, we use potential outcomes to define causal quantities of interest in  this settings and clarify how standard models like the autoregressive distributed lag model can  produce biased estimates of these quantities due to post­treatment conditioning even when a  selection on observables assumption holds. We then describe two estimation strategies that  avoid these post­treatment biases­­­inverse probability weighting and structural nested mean  models­­­and show via simulations that they can outperform standard approaches in small  sample settings. We illustrate these methods in a study of how welfare spending affects  terrorism. Read the [...]

Meet Bann Seng Tan, First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Friday, November 16, 2018

Bann Seng Tan is an assistant professor of international relations at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University, Turkey. He is a citizen of Singapore who earned his doctorate from City [...]

Between Presumption and Despair: Augustine’s Hope for the Commonwealth

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Between Presumption and Despair: Augustine’s Hope for the Commonwealth by Michael Lamb, Wake Forest University  What might citizens hope for in politics? Given current divisions, is it possible to share any of these hopes in common? This [...]

When the Money Stops: Fluctuations in Financial Remittances and Incumbent Approval in Central Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Thursday, November 15, 2018

When the Money Stops: Fluctuations in Financial Remittances and Incumbent Approval in Central Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia by Katerina Tertytchnaya, University of Oxford, Catherine E. De Vries, Vrije Universiteit, Hector Solaz, Vrije Universiteit and David Doyle, University of [...]

Ethnoracial Homogeneity and Public Outcomes: The (Non)effects of Diversity

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ethnoracial Homogeneity and Public Outcomes: The (Non)effects of Diversity by Alexander Kustov, Princeton University and Giuliana Pardelli, Princeton University Is ethnic or racial homogeneity beneficial to local communities? A common argument in the political science literature states [...]

How Internal Constraints Shape Interest Group Activities: Evidence from Access-Seeking PACs

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

How Internal Constraints Shape Interest Group Activities: Evidence from Access-Seeking PACs by Zhao Li, Stanford Graduate School of Business  Interest groups contribute much less to campaigns than legally allowed. Consequently,prevailing theories infer these contributions must yield minimal [...]

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Apply Now for an APSA Congressional Fellowship
The APSA Congressional Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 fellowship year. Fellows gain first-hand knowledge of Congress by serving on congressional staffs. Open to political scientists who have completed a PhD in the last 15 years or will defend a dissertation by Nov. 2019. Fellowships also available for journalists and communications scholars. Applications due December 3, 2018. Apply now

APSA Statement on Gender Studies in Hungarian Universities
APSA expresses deep concern regarding the Hungarian government’s plan to end funding and accreditation for gender studies at the county’s universities. The proposal continues the worrying trend of restrictions on academic freedom in Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government (see APSA’s previous letter on threats to academic freedom and the status of universities in Hungary here). Read the full statement.

APSA Statement on Selection of Dr. Arthur Lupia as Head of NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate
APSA 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.

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.

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