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The APSA Research department collects, aggregates, and shares data on the political science profession. Our two primary instruments of data collection are the APSA Graduate Placement Survey, which solicits data from Directors of Graduate Studies about political science doctoral programs and political science job market candidates, and the APSA Departmental Survey, which collects program data from department chairs about political science curriculum, majors, and faculty. We also run specialized surveys for the association and collaborate with members undertaking research on the profession in their own capacity as researchers.

On this page you will find reports from our surveys, along with resources and data on the profession from the National Science Foundation Survey of Earned Doctorates, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and other sources.

Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or thoughts, or by calling the main APSA line at (202) 483-2512.


Learn more about APSA’s membership and organized sections with our new interactive data dashboards. The APSA Membership Dashboard reveals insights into where members come from, highlights demographic information, and shows the variety of fields that members study. The APSA Organized Sections Dashboard outlines the demographic breakdown – including membership type, race/ethnicity, gender, age, and primary field of study – of each of APSA’s organized sections. The APSA Organized Sections Dashboard is undergoing maintenance and is currently unavailable. 

Data on the Profession

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American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206
(202) 483-2512 • Fax: +1 (202) 483-2657

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