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.
Lucius J. Barker, Trailblazing Scholar, of Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties and African American Politics and Former APSA President, Dies At 92
Lucius J. Barker, Ph.D., who broke through racial barriers to become a renowned academic leader, author and professor of political science, constitutional law and civil liberties, died in his Northern California home of complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease on June 21, 2020. He was 92. Read more.
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.