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Advocacy Program
The American Political Science Association (APSA) Advocacy Program advances the discipline of political science by educating policy makers and the citizenry about political science scholarship and education. We seek to increase federal support for basic and applied political science research and to promote independent peer review. Our activities address funding priorities across the discipline. The APSA is a member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), the Coalition for International Education (CIE), the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)and the CivXNow Coalition.

APSA also advocates on behalf of political scientists and political science departments through letters, statements, and direct advocacy. Please contact Ben Goodrich, bgoodrich@apsanet.org, for further details. 


Latest News
  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has released an updated guidance and FAQ page intended to assist folks performing onsite research at one of the National Archives facilities. Read the page here.
  • On February 26, 2024, the Department of Education released a letter clarifying that Federal Work-Study funds may be used for non-partisan voter registration activities at institutions of higher education. The letter was accompanied by a toolkit for higher education institutions to engage in voter registration activities. Read the letter here and review the toolkit here.
  • On May 10, 2023, Dr. Colleen J. Shogan, a political scientist, was Senate-confirmed by a vote of 52-45 as the next Archivist of the United States and head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Read APSA's statement on Dr. Shogan's confirmation here.
Get involved
APSA members play a key role in informing policymakers and the public about political science research and education. APSA provides a variety of resources to assist our members in their outreach activities.
  • Advocate for state-level higher education funding now. Use APSA's state-level talking points to make your ask. 
  • Are you the recipient of NSF or NEH funding? Let your representatives know! See APSA’s template here
  • Sign up for action alerts from COSSA and the NHA, and join their annual advocacy days. APSA members may be eligible for discounts on registration. Contact advocacy@apsanet.org for more information. 
  • Use the CivXNow coalition resources to advocate on behalf of the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act.
  • Need institutional support to advocate for political science in Washington? Check out this resource from COSSA.
  • Learn other ways to advocate for political science and respond to current action alerts on our Member Action page.
Letters and Statements
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Political Science News

Dark Parties: Unveiling Nonparty Communities in American Political Campaigns

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Dark Parties: Unveiling Nonparty Communities in American Political Campaigns By Stan Oklobdzija, University of California, Riverside Since 2010, independent expenditures have grown as a source of spending in American elections. A large and growing portion [...]

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Three Political Science Professors Named 2024 Guggenheim Fellows of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Each year, the Guggenheim Foundation awards approximately 175 fellowships to individuals making their mark in the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the creative arts. This year, the Guggenheim Foundation has announced their [...]

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