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Advocacy Program
The American Political Science Association (APSA) Advocacy Program advances the discipline of political science by educating policy makers and the citizenry about political science scholarship and education. We seek to increase federal support for basic and applied political science research and to promote independent peer review. Our activities address funding priorities across the discipline. The APSA is a member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), the Coalition for International Education (CIE), the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)and the CivXNow Coalition.

APSA also advocates on behalf of political scientists and political science departments through letters, statements, and direct advocacy. Please contact Ben Goodrich, bgoodrich@apsanet.org, for further details. 


Latest News
  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has released an updated guidance and FAQ page intended to assist folks performing onsite research at one of the National Archives facilities. Read the page here.
  • On February 26, 2024, the Department of Education released a letter clarifying that Federal Work-Study funds may be used for non-partisan voter registration activities at institutions of higher education. The letter was accompanied by a toolkit for higher education institutions to engage in voter registration activities. Read the letter here and review the toolkit here.
  • On May 10, 2023, Dr. Colleen J. Shogan, a political scientist, was Senate-confirmed by a vote of 52-45 as the next Archivist of the United States and head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Read APSA's statement on Dr. Shogan's confirmation here.
Get involved
APSA members play a key role in informing policymakers and the public about political science research and education. APSA provides a variety of resources to assist our members in their outreach activities.
  • Advocate for state-level higher education funding now. Use APSA's state-level talking points to make your ask. 
  • Are you the recipient of NSF or NEH funding? Let your representatives know! See APSA’s template here
  • Sign up for action alerts from COSSA and the NHA, and join their annual advocacy days. APSA members may be eligible for discounts on registration. Contact advocacy@apsanet.org for more information. 
  • Use the CivXNow coalition resources to advocate on behalf of the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act.
  • Need institutional support to advocate for political science in Washington? Check out this resource from COSSA.
  • Learn other ways to advocate for political science and respond to current action alerts on our Member Action page.
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Political Science News

Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Fawziyah Laguide, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Monday, May 27, 2024

Fawziyah Laguide graduated from University of California, Berkeley with Departmental High Honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in the spring of 2023. She is currently a first-year Political Science Ph.D. student at the [...]

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Logging in to Learn: The Effects of Online Civic Education Pedagogy on a Latinx and AAPI Civic Engagement Youth Conference

Monday, May 27, 2024

Logging in to Learn: The Effects of Online Civic Education Pedagogy on a Latinx and AAPI Civic Engagement Youth Conference By Matt Lamb, Texas Tech University Civic education is essential to the health of any [...]

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