Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals in the Profession

The Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (LGBT) in the Profession assesses the status of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender scholars in the profession; advances the research on LGBT issues; develops curriculum materials; and works to ensure equity and inclusion for LGBTQ+ political scientists.


Committee Members

Term expiring September 8, 2024

  • Kathryn Perkins, California State University, Long Beach

Term expiring September 14, 2025

  • Jerry Thomas, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Chair
  • Joanna Wuest, Mount Holyoke College

Term expiring September 6, 2026

  • Quinn Albaugh, Queen's University
  • Jerome Hunt, Long Beach City College

Call for Applications: Committee on the Status of LGBT Individuals Travel Grants
Committee on the Status of LGBT Individuals Travel Grants: 2024 Application Cycle 

Applications for the 2024 cycle are now open! The deadline for submissions is June 28, 2024.

The Committee will support travel grants in support of APSA Annual Meeting conference participation for historically excluded groups and those at institutions with limited resources. Travel grants will be provided to individuals attending the Annual Meeting. Grants will not exceed $300 per awardee.

Priority will be given to applicants with accepted poster and paper presentations, or individuals attending APSA to engage in service on LGBT-related committees/sections. Individuals participating in the Annual Meeting as chairs and discussants are still eligible to apply. 

To apply, submit create an APSA profile and submit an online application. All application materials must be submitted through the online application system to be reviewed by the selection committee.


Previous Grant Recipients

The committee awarded 5 recipients of the award in 2023. Select grant winners are listed below:

  • Gino Pauselli, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Katharin Tai, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Charmaine Willis, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Zoe Xincheng Ge, Princeton University
Letters and Statements

Statement on Discriminatory Legislation Against the LGBTQ Community and its Implications for Our Professional Conference Siting Decisions - July 6, 2021

Joint Statement on the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology - April 16, 2018

Projects and Activities

Related Material

Related Organizations and Programs

Previous Panels or Roundtables at the APSA Annual Meeting:

  • 2022 Panel: The Politics of Panic: Backlash, Dog Whistles, and the Erosion of LGBTQ Victories
  • 2021 Roundtable: Exploring LGBTQ contributions to and inclusion in the BLM movement: opportunities and challenges
  • 2020 Roundtable: The Violence of Hate Speech Against Racial, Gender, and Sexual Populations
  • 2019 Roundtable: LGBTQ+ Political Scientists: Sharing Our Experiences in the Profession and Welcoming a New Generation of Colleagues
  • 2018 Roundtable: The Trump Administration and the Courts: The Impact on LGBT Rights 
  • 2018 Roundtable: Improving Diversity in Political Methodology
  • 2017 Panel: A Discussion of Notable LGBT Rights Books from 2016
  • 2016 Panel: The Future of Transgender Rights
  • 2014 Panel: Navigating the Academic Seas: Career Strategies for LGBT Scholars
  • 2013 Roundtable: LGBT Rights after Perry and Windsor
  • 2012 Panel: The Politics of Defining "The Family"
  • 2012 Panel: President Obama and LGBT Issues
  • 2011 Roundtable: Transgender Political Science? A Roundtable Discussion on the Whats, Hows, and Whos of the Research