Organized Sections

Organized sections provide an opportunity for groups of APSA members who share a common interest in a particular subfield to organize meetings and coordinate communications under Association auspices. Sections provide the membership with outlets for research and opportunities for scholarship. Sections help encourage the study of political science. They have become a vital part of the Association by sponsoring panels at the Annual Meeting, producing informative newsletters, and recognizing scholarly achievements of their members.




African Politics Conference Group (Section 44)
American Political Economy (Section 54)
American Political Thought (Section 47)
Canadian Politics (Section 40)
Class and Inequality (Section 45)
Civic Engagement (Section 50)
Critical Political Science (formerly "New Political Science") (Section 27)
Democracy and Autocracy (Section 35)
Comparative Politics (Section 20)
Conflict Processes (Section 7)
Education Politics and Policy (Section 51)
Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior (Section 32)
European Politics and Society (Section 21)
Experimental Research (Section 42)
Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations (Section 1)
Foreign Policy (Section 31)
Formal Theory (Section 52)
Foundations of Political Theory (Section 17)
Health Politics and Policy (Section 39)
Human Rights (Section 36)
Ideas, Knowledge and Politics (Section 46)
Information Technology and Politics (Section 18)
International Collaboration (Section 48)
International History and Politics (Section 34)
International Relations Theory (Section 53)
International Security (Section 19)
Law and Courts (Section 2)
Legislative Studies (Section 3)
Middle East and North Africa Politics (Section 49)
Migration and Citizenship (Section 43)
Political Communication (Section 23)
Political Economy (Section 25)
Political Methodology (Section 10)
Political Networks (Section 41)
Political Organizations and Parties (Section 5)
Political Psychology (Section 28)
Political Science Education (Section 29)
Politics and History (Section 24)
Politics, Literature, and the Arts (Section 30)
Presidents and Executive Politics (Section 9)
Public Administration (Section 6)
Public Policy (Section 4)
Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (Section 37)
Race, Ethnicity and Politics (Section 33)
Religion and Politics (Section 11)*
Representation and Electoral Systems (Section 8)
Science, Technology & Environmental Politics (Section 15)
Sexuality and Politics (Section 38)
South Asian Politics (Section 55)
State Politics and Policy (Section 22)
Urban and Local Politics (Section 13)
Women, Gender, and Politics Research (Section 16)

As components of the Association, sections are accountable to its Constitution and are regulated by the Organized Section Committee. Sections also receive logistical support from the national office in collecting dues and maintaining membership lists.

Numerous opportunities for participation exist within each of APSA's organized sections. For more information, email membership@apsanet.org.

Organized Section Events
Organized Section Date Event Title Find Out More
Section 22: State Politics and Policy June 6-8, 2024 2024 State Politics and Policy Conference Learn more here
Section 41: Political Networks June 5-8, 2024 2024 Political Networks Conference (PolNet) Learn more here
Section 23: Political Communication September 4, 2024 2024 Political Communication Preconference Submission Now Open
Section 28: Political Psychology September 4, 2024 2024 Preconference More information coming soon
Section 19: International Security October 24th - 26th, 2024 ISSS-IS Annual Conference 2024, Pittsburgh Submission Now Open