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How and Why Armed Groups Participate in Elections

Monday, September 24, 2018

How and Why Armed Groups Participate in Elections by Aila M. Matanock, University of California-Berkeley and Paul Staniland, University of Chicago Armed actors are often involved in electoral politics, from the fusing of ballots and bullets in armed [...]

Chart of the Month: Field of Study Diversity

Monday, September 24, 2018

The September Chart of the Month features data from the APSA Membership Dashboard on field of study diversity. APSA is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion throughout the profession. Yet, more work needs to be [...]

Keeping Vigil: The Emergence of Vigilance Committees in Pre-Civil War America

Friday, September 21, 2018

Keeping Vigil: The Emergence of Vigilance Committees in Pre-Civil War America by Jonathan Obert, Amherst College and Eleonora Mattiacci, Amherst College What explains the emergence of organized private enforcement in the United States? We study the [...]

2018-19 APSA Minority Student Recruitment Program: Enroll before September 28

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Get a jump start on graduate student recruitment! The APSA Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP) connects undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in or show potential for graduate study with graduate programs interested in recruiting [...]

Domination and Disobedience: Protest, Coercion and the Limits of an Appeal to Justice

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Domination and Disobedience: Protest, Coercion and the Limits of an Appeal to Justice by Guy Aitchison, University College Dublin I offer a conceptual framework for assessing the normative legitimacy of coercive disobedience—involving threats, disruption, force, and [...]

Press Gallery: APSA Members in the Media

Friday, September 14, 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 [...]

Meet Catherine Wineinger, 2018 Fund for Latino Scholarship Recipient

Friday, September 14, 2018

Catherine Wineinger is a PhD candidate in political science at Rutgers University. Her research interests include women’s representation, Congress, and political parties. Her dissertation analyzes changes in Republican congresswomen’s rhetoric since the 1990s and their [...]

APSA News & Updates

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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.

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.

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.


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