AAPSS Launches New Website

The Academy is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. The newly designed site includes a Featured Fellow area of the homepage, so we can showcase the incredible individuals that make up our fellows cohort. Additionally, an ANNALS volume from our archives will be featured every few months to illustrate how the Academy and The ANNALS have been at the forefront of relevant and cutting edge social science research for more than 125 years. We hope that you’ll find our new site informative. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, which is now embedded on our homepage.

The Great Experiment Briefings in Sacramento

Charis Kubrin and Carroll Seron of UC-Irvine—editors of the May 2016 volume of The ANNALS on criminal justice realignment in California—were in Sacramento this summer to share their research. They met with students involved in the UC Center Sacramento Policy Program to discuss findings and the prospects for future criminal justice reforms. Kubrin and Seron then briefed a group of 75 policymakers, analysts, and advocates on their work. They also held meetings with the offices of state legislators and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. “A goal of ours all along has been to advocate for the use of social science research to inform policy—in this case, criminal justice policy. This was an exceptionally successful day in Sacramento,” Kubrin told the AAPSS. “We hope the findings published in The ANNALS continue to make their way to policymakers across the country.”

Skip Lupia to Join AAPSS Board of Directors

The Academy is pleased to welcome Professor Arthur (Skip) Lupia of the University of Michigan to its Board of Directors. Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science and Research Professor at the University’s Institute for Social Research. Before joining the faculty at Michigan, he taught at UC-San Diego. Lupia is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned his PhD in political science from the California Institute of Technology. 

SAGE Publications Hosts ANNALS Webinar

September 2016 ANNALS volume editor Larry Bartels of Vanderbilt University and volume contributors Lynn Vavreck of UCLA and Gary Jacobson of UC-San Diego participated in a webinar on the 2016 election and the American electorate. More than 150 participants from around the country were able to submit questions for the panel and have their questions answered in real time. You can view the archived webinar here.  

Academy Collaborates with Right on Crime and the Scholars Strategy Network for Criminal Justice Briefing

On September 19, 2016, congressional staffers and think tank researchers attended a Capitol Hill briefing on the effects of incarceration on American families. AAPSS, Right on Crime, and the Scholars Strategy Network hosted the event. The briefing, moderated by NPR’s crime and justice reporter Carrie Johnson, focused on the May 2016 ANNALS volume and addressed state and federal programs that are working to reduce the country’s prison population and ease prisoner reentry. The briefing was co-sponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Cornyn, who has been pushing criminal justice reform in the Senate, opened the session, noting that while he is disappointed that we haven’t seen more movement on reform, he is confident that meaningful federal incarceration reforms will happen.

Volume editors Sara Wakefield of Rutgers and Hedwig Lee of the University of Washington presented, along with Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), who was also a contributor to the volume.

Read more here.

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Call for 2018 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize Nominations

We are accepting nominations for the 2018 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize. The Moynihan Prize recognizes social scientists, public officials, and other leaders in the public arena who champion the use of informed judgment to improve public policy.  

Candidates must be able to accept the award in person at a ceremony to be held the following spring as well as deliver a major public policy address on a topic of his/her choosing. Please click here for more information and to submit a nomination. 

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