APSA Diversity and Inclusion Resources

APSA values diversity, equity, and inclusion. The APSA strategic plan states that one of APSA’s overarching goals is to promote and encourage diversity and inclusion in the profession and to identify and aid students and faculty from under-represented backgrounds in the political science discipline.

Diversity is broadly construed to include a collection of individuals and groups from a wide-ranging set of backgrounds and experiences, who employ a variety of approaches to an issue, problem or their worldview. Specifically, diversity can include differences in race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexuality, ability, and other important forms of diversity such as geographic distribution, field of professional interest, methodological orientation, and types of institutions where members are employed, among other things.    

Equity refers to fair, impartial, and just treatment, access, and "...opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.” (https://independentsector.org/resource/why-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-matter/).

Inclusion is the “the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement of our diversity” in an equitable manner (http://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity/diversity-and-inclusion-statement.html). Inclusion also involves creating a welcoming and safe environment, culture, and climate that values and promotes respect for all.

Actively inclusive and equitable practices should be encouraged and modeled across the discipline, and at all levels—and especially within the areas recruitment, retention and advancement of scholars from underrepresented groups. APSA has identified diversity and inclusion as one of the association’s critical opportunities and challenges for 2020-2022, with the goal of continuing to broaden and deepen programming on diversity and inclusion throughout the association and building a climate of RESPECT. The intended outcomes are increased diversity, inclusion, and access within the discipline of political science across all levels and at APSA meetings and events, including with regard to leadership, governance, program development, annual meeting, teaching and learning conference, and workshops and events. Diversity and inclusion features prominently in association’s strategic theory of change.

The following is a list of resources for advancing and promoting diversity and inclusion within the discipline. If you have suggestions for additional resources, please email us at [email protected].

Resources and Support for Scholars

Resources for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

Resources for Funding Sources and Research Experiences

Resources for Research and Scholarship on Diversity & Inclusion 

A Virtual Review: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity in American Political Science Association Publications

The Political Science in the 21st Century Report (2011), offered a number of recommendations to the discipline including several related to political science research on diversity and racial, ethnic, and gendered marginalization. To mark the fifth anniversary of this report, APSA invited the co-chairs to review to review a sample of the articles that have appeared in the association’s journals in recent years that engage issues of race and gender, to see where we are now in comparison to where we were in 2011. Read the Virtual Review Issue  written by former APSA President, Dianne Pinderhughes and Maryann Kwakwa, both of the University of Notre Dame.  

Indigenous Governance and Politics Resources

In 2018, in coordination with a discussion group of scholars whose teaching and research focuses on indigenous governance and politics, APSA collected resources on programs, journals, and networks for indigenous scholars in the profession and for scholars working on issues of sovereignty and tribal governance. This collaboration has lead to the creation of new APSA resource page. The group plans to continue its collaborative work and will focus future efforts on resource development for the discipline and recruitment and outreach to Indigenous Scholars.

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Data Dashboard (New) 

The APSA Research and Development team, in consultation with the APSA Diversity and Inclusion Programs team, has built a new data dashboard (or interactive data visualization) featuring APSA’s membership and organized section data. The APSA Status Committees and other APSA members provided feedback along the way. 

Purpose: The data dashboard data will assist in the important work of learning more about APSA members and their interests. Secondly, the data will help APSA staff, the council, and the status committees identify and keep track of key trends in the profession, with regard to demographics, field of study, and organized section membership in order to meet our strategic goals. Additionally, members and member departments can use the data for reports to support projects at their home institutions, including establishing baseline information to support diversity recruitment, hiring, and retention efforts, and curriculum and departmental assessment. Finally, In addition to providing important demographic (race, ethnicity, and gender) and field of study data of APSA’s membership and organized sections, this data is a fulfillment of one of the key recommendations of the APSA Task Force on Political Science in the 21st Century Report, found here: http://www.apsanet.org/diversityresources.

View the APSA Data Dashboard

Also on Data in the Profession page: jobs and departmental survey data, as well as data as external data on degree attainment and enrollment.