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Thank you to our Virtual 116th APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition Attendees

We want to thank our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors for helping make APSA's first virtual annual meeting a success! We hope that you had a productive and overall rewarding experience during the conference! We hope to see you all again at next year's annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, September 30 – October 3, 2021. Next year's theme is " Promoting Pluralism."

Perspectives on Politics: Call For Papers: Special Issue on “Pandemic Politics”  
We invite all political scientists, irrespective of subfield, to submit papers related to these or other issues raised by the coronavirus crisis for potential inclusion in a special issue on “Pandemic Politics.” Learn how to submit here.

Cambridge University Press Resume Production of Printed Journals on Hold 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambridge University Press paused the printing of journals starting with the May 2020 issue of the American Political Science Review. Cambridge University Press has now resumed printing and if you have previously selected receiving your journals in print, you should be receiving the next issue/back issues of your journals in the coming weeks.

APSA members can enjoy full access to the Cambridge digital library of APSA journals including: all back issues going back over 110 years, FirstView articles, full-text HTML versions, and supplementary material. Gaining access is simple. Log into apsanet.org using your member ID.

APSA News & Updates

Meet the New 2020 APSA Council Members 

Congratulations to the newly-elected APSA Council Members and Officers for 2020! These Council Members and Officers began their terms in September following the conclusion of the APSA Annual Meeting. The Rules and Elections Committee report on the election is available here, and you can find more information about the APSA election process here.

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APSA Statement on the Essential Role of Social Scientific Inquiry in Maintaining a Free, Participatory, Civil, and Law-Governed Society
As we approach our virtual 2020 annual meeting, which explores “Democracy, Difference, and Destabilization”, at a time when political polarization obstructs understanding of many urgent major issues, the American Political Science Association reaffirms the essential role of social scientific inquiry in maintaining a free, participatory, civil, and law-governed society, and our commitment to scholarship and professional practices that contribute to social as well intellectual progress.  Read more.


APSA Presidents' Letter on Election & Voting
What Alexander Hamilton called America’s “Great Experiment in Democracy,” was to make the public the sovereign power in the new nation.  Today that sovereignty rests at its core on voting.  The administration of the vote has long been fraught with partisan politics, and this has been increasingly true in recent years with the growth of political polarization, compounded by the growing ability to use social media as a disruptor.  But the three great crises of 2020 -- the viral pandemic, ensuing unemployment and economic distress, and the movements calling for social and racial justice -- make the conduct of the 2020 election especially critical. Read more.


APSA Statement on F-1 Visa Restrictions for Remote Coursework
The American Political Science Association strongly urges the U.S Department of Homeland Security to rescind its temporary final rule to restrict the ability of students with F-1 visas to remain in the United States while pursuing their studies remotely. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s policy will cause extreme upheaval and uncertainty for students. Read the full statement


APSA Statement Condemning Systemic Racism
The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have reignited protests and calls for justice in the United States and across the world. These murders are among the latest in a long history of police brutality and violence upon members of the African American community. The American Political Science Association recognizes and condemns in the strongest terms the systemic racism that contributed to these deaths and shares the justified outrage it has provoked. Read the full statement here. See APSA Resources on Systemic Racism & Social Justice.

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Major Gifts to APSA Support New Partnerships and Diversity in the Discipline

With great appreciation, the APSA announces a major donation of $1.2 million from the Ivywood Foundation, which is substantially funded by the family of Rogers M. Smith, the current APSA President, as well as a personal donation of $200,000 from Rogers Smith and his wife, Mary Summers to the Generation to Generation Campaign for the Ralph J. Bunche Fund. Read more.