August 2018 APSA Member Newsletter
Statement on Civic Engagement and Voting
As a discipline devoted to understanding government and politics, APSA encourages the civic participation of our members and of the public. A healthy civic life is one of engagement. In fact, a core APSA objective is "to prepare citizens to be effective citizens and political participants." Thus, we encourage political scientists to share information with their students and communities to increase awareness of public issues and to inform deliberations by sharing disciplinary knowledge.

Registering to vote, getting educated about issues and candidates, and casting a ballot on Election Day are key elements of an engaged and participatory citizenship. Therefore, APSA encourages ongoing campus voter registration efforts and student participation in the electoral and civic life of their local communities, states, and national government. Please consider ways that you may be able to promote voter registration efforts on your campus. Many organizations have developed resources to promote student voting and civic engagement. APSA has made several of these resources available at .
We look forward to your attendance at APSA's 114th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, August 30 September 2, in Boston! This year's conference offers ongoing diverse theme panels, short courses, workshops, and receptions that explore and address the latest scholarship in political science. Prepare to engage with more than 6,000 political scientists, presenters, leaders, and professionals in the discipline! 
2018 Annual Meeting Program Highlights
114th APSA Presidential Address
Attend the annual presidential address from APSA President Kathy Thelen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on "The American Precariat: US Capitalism in Comparative Perspective," on Thursday, August 30 at 6:15 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center, 302.

Annual Meeting Opening Reception 
Swing by the APSA Opening Reception for a fun evening of networking, drinks, and hors-d'oeuvres on  Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m.  in the Hynes Convention Center, 304 and 306.
Keynote Address: Danielle Allen, Harvard University
Plan to attend the Plenary Address with Danielle Allen, a James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, on  Saturday, September 1 at 4:00 p.m. in Hynes 302.

Teaching & Learning Conference: TLC at APSA
APSA will be hosting "TLC at APSA" on  Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. in Hynes 309-313. This full-day mini-conference seeks to provide an interactive forum for scholars to share tools for political science education and research on the scholarship of teaching and learning.  See full TLC at APSA schedule.
APSA All-Member Business Meeting
Members are invited to hear reports from the Officers of the Association, and to propose and discuss matters of importance to the Association on  Thursday, August 30 at 12:00 p.m. in Hynes 103.

Pre-Conference Short Courses Start Wednesday, August 29
This pre-conference, professional day features a variety of short courses sponsored by APSA Organized Sections and other affiliated organizations. 

APSA Evening of Appreciation
Members and supporters come together for an evening of appreciation to celebrate generosity and share stories about the impact of philanthropy at APSA on Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheraton, Berkeley. RSVP here.
New Member and First-time Attendee Breakfast
Please join APSA Executive Director, Steven Rathgeb Smith, members of the APSA Council, staff, and fellow new members/first-time attendees for a welcome breakfast at the start of the annual meeting on Thursday, August 30 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. in the Sheraton, Republic Ballroom B. Contact to RSVP.
Organized Section Officer Breakfast
APSA staff welcomes current and incoming organized section officers for an informational welcome breakfast on Friday, August 31 from
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. in Hynes 207.
Breaking News Panels
Join us for timely breaking news panels on Thursday and Friday as we connect political science to the world around us today. Both panels are located in Hynes 302.

  • Breaking News Panel: Facebook and Democracy, Thursday, August 30 at 12:00 p.m.

  • Breaking News Panel: The Humanitarian Crisis of Family Separation and Migrant Detention under Trump’s Zero-Tolerance Policy, Thursday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m.

  • Breaking News Panel: International Alliances in the Age of Anxiety, Friday, August 31 at 4:00 p.m.
APSA Annual Meeting Ombuds
The APSA Annual Meeting Ombuds will be available August 29 – September 2, to speak with any meeting attendee on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, consultation with any meeting attendees who believe that they have experienced any form of harassment, or have concerns about violations of the sexual harassment provisions of the APSA anti-harassment policy while onsite at the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting and 2018 TLC at APSA. The Ombuds was also available during the 2017 Annual Meeting and the 2017 TLC. To contact the APSA Ombuds, email
Exhibitors & Sponsors
Exhibit Hall
The Exhibit Hall opens on Thursday, August 30 at 9:00 a.m. and will be located in the Hynes Convention Center, Hall A. The Exhibit Hall features the APSA Lounge and sponsored receptions.
Headshot Lounge
Get a professional photo taken at the 2018 Headshot Lounge on Thursday, August 30, sponsored by Pearson and Friday, August 31, sponsored by Cambridge University Press.

Open hours are from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall, Booth 531.
Diversity and Inclusion Hackathon
The APSA Presidential Task Force on Women’s Advancement is holding a Diversity and Inclusion Hackathon , chaired by Mala Htun and Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. , on Friday, August 31 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Hynes 311.

Reception to follow at 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in Hynes 311. Sponsored by MIT Department of Political Science.

Sponsors include: NSF, MIT Political Science, MIT Media Lab, CSWP, 23andMe, The Society for Political Methodology,
Northwestern Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy, Women’s Caucus for Political Science, and the Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession. The Hackathon features teams on Data Visualization, the Advancement of Women in the Discipline, Recruitment and Preparation for Graduate Students, Using Genomics as a Teaching Tool, and much more.

To learn more, please visit the Diversity and Inclusion Hackathon website here.
How can political science departments create more diverse and inclusive environments?
Graduate students and recent graduates please take this survey to let us know! The goal of our hackathon team is to brainstorm concrete actions that departments can take to enhance the graduate student experience, with specific consideration towards diversity and inclusion. Both graduate students and faculty can join the conversation!
Browse the 2018 iPosters Online Gallery
APSA attendees and members cab view annual meeting iPosters pre- and post-conference via an online gallery, providing a much wider window of engagement for authors to receive feedback, and a convenient way for APSA colleagues to share feedback or find opportunities for collaboration. See the full 2018 iPosters gallery and iPosters schedule.

Don't miss the RBSI iPoster Presentation Sessions on Saturday, September 1 at 10:00 a.m. in Hynes, Hall A. Sponsored by Cambridge University Press.
Mobile App
Download the APSA Mobile App
Access the annual meeting mobile app to keep track of panels, receptions, and announcements, navigate the exhibit hall, and more during the meeting in Boston!

You can view in your browser, or download it in your app store. Search APSA 2018 in the app store, or use the download links below.

eJobs & Career Services
Annual Meeting Career Fair
Open to all registered conference attendees!
Attend the second annual APSA Career Fair on Thursday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the Marriott, Arlington. The Career Fair is an opportunity for APSA members to connect with departments, institutions, and organizations for informational and informal discussions about jobs in political science, and other careers that draw on political science training, both on campus and in applied/non-academic settings. 

Coffee will be served.
Interview Services
APSA provides interview space Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 a.m. in the Marriott Copley Place, Gloucester. This service allows employers to schedule interviews with job candidates in advance. Employers who post a job listing on APSA eJobs prior to the meeting may indicate which days they are open to conduct interviews. Sign up upon submitting to eJobs.

Thursday, August 30, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, August 31, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 1, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Roundtables, Panels & Special Events
Special Events
APSA Bystander Intervention Training Sessions
Join us for a professionally led training session to learn best practice strategies for safely intervening to mitigate harassment and bullying. Participants will also engage in scenario-based training and discussion break-out groups. RSVP here at attend.

  • Session I: Thursday, August 30 from 2:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
  • Session II: Friday, August 31, at 3:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Professional Development Panels & Events
APSA will hold a range of events that address career advancement, advice for getting published, and how to network more effectively. View the full list here and add to your annual meeting schedule!

Graduate Student’s Guide to the APSA Annual Meeting
APSA’s Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession has compiled a guide to the annual meeting, covering everything from the eJobs Interview Service to conference dress code and resources for family. View the guide or learn about the committee.

Graduate Student Happy Hour
Graduate students are invited to network with each other and meet informally with APSA officers and council members on Saturday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Hynes 306. Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha.
Roundtable Highlights
Strategies for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession, a discussion with APSA Status Committees on APSA Demographic Data 
Using the APSA Member Dashboard and the APSA Diversity and Inclusion Report as a starting point, roundtable panelists will discuss the status of underrepresented scholars in the profession, in terms of representation in the membership, job placement, advancement, and field of study. Join this roundtable on Thursday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m. in Hynes 103.

Strategies for Effective Diversity Recruitment and Retention, Spotlight on Departmental Efforts
This roundtable highlights departmental efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in recruitment and retention across all levels throughout the discipline on Friday, August 31 at 10:00 a.m. in Hynes 300.

Crafting and Communicating Policy Relevant Research
This panel examines the foundations of and approaches to “policy-relevant” research. Panelists will discuss approaches to policy relevant research. Join this panel on Thursday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m. in Hynes 102.

How to Promote Your Book Inside and Outside the Discipline
Publishing a book is a huge achievement, but it is not the last step in the long process. This panel will cover strategies for promoting your book inside and outside the discipline from the perspectives of publishers and practitioners. Join this panel on Friday, August 31 at 4:00 p.m. in Hynes 109.

APSA Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars in the Profession Roundtable
This roundtable on Thursday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m. in Hynes 103, will discuss our research and activities related to First Generation Scholars in the Profession and bring focused attention to the ways in which class, economic inequality, and mobility can affect political scientists’ ability to thrive educationally and professionally, perhaps throughout their careers.

How to Write About Your Research for The Monkey Cage
Editors from The Monkey Cage discuss ways to broaden the audience for research and engage with a variety of academic and non-academic publics on Thursday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m. in Hynes 300.

Get the Grant: Finding Funding, Writing Proposals, and Advancing Your Research at Every Career Stage
This session is aimed at researchers at all levels and in all subfields. The panelists represent a diverse array of funding organizations and agencies, both public and private, US-based and non-US based. Topics include: where to look for funding; how to write proposals; and funding opportunities for international scholars and graduate students. Join the discussion on Friday, August 31 at 4:00 p.m. in Hynes 201.
Teaching Workshops
APSA is hosting a teaching and learning symposium focusing on teaching resources for the political theory classroom. This four-day event, taking place November 1-4, 2018 at APSA’s headquarters in Washington, DC, will bring together 15 early- and mid-career teacher-scholars to present on specific teaching techniques.
Proposals are due September 10, 2018.
Fellowship Opportunities
The Pracademic Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for 2019 fellows! Reinvigorate your work as a teacher, scholar, and leader. Fellows experience the world of policy practitioners while working directly with decision-makers in a federal agency in DC. Applications due October 10, 2018.
International Programs
APSA welcomes proposals from political science faculty in the US and the Arab World interested in co-leading the 2019 APSA MENA Workshops. For a full description of the program and submission process, see the MENA website. Deadline for proposals is October 28, 2018 .
Reception Highlights & Events
  • APSA Open Mentor Networking Reception, Thursday, August 30 at 5:30 p.m., Sheraton, Berkeley

  • International Attendee Reception, Thursday, August 30 at 8:30 p.m., Hynes 310

  • APSA Lounge Reception, Friday, August 31 at 3:00 p.m., Hynes, Hall A

  • Joint TLC at APSA and PSE Section Reception, Saturday, September 1 at 5:30 p.m., Hynes 312

  • APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute & Minority Fellows Alumni Networking Reception, Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m., Sheraton, Fairfax A

  • Congressional Fellowship Happy Hour, Saturday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m., Sheraton, Sidebar Restaurant

  • Family Ice Cream Social, Saturday, September 1 at 1:30 p.m., Marriott, Salon G

  • APSA Reception Honoring Women of Color in the Profession, Friday, August 31, 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sheraton, Back Bay A
Status Committee Receptions
APSA Status Committees will be hosting receptions at the 2018 Annual Meeting. All are welcome! 

  • Committee on the Status of LGBT Individuals in the Profession Reception, Thursday, August 30, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Sheraton Fairfax B

  • Reception Honoring Women in the Profession, Thursday, August 30, 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sheraton, Fairfax A

  • Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession/NCOBPS Reception, Thursday, August 30, 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sheraton, Commonwealth

  • Status Committees and Related Groups Joint Reception, Friday, August 31, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sheraton, Back Bay C
APSA Publications at the Annual Meeting
The APSA Publications team is excited to be involved in numerous aspects of this year’s annual meeting. Visit the APSA Lounge and learn about your member benefit of accessing the discipline’s premier scholarly research journals: the American Political Science Review , PS: Political Science & Politics, Perspectives on Politics, and the Journal of Political Science Education , along with 20 of our section journals!
Roundtable Discussion
APSR Editor Search 2020
Interested in learning more about APSR‘s Editor Search for the term starting in 2020? Attend the APSR Search Panel on Thursday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m. in Hynes 204. The roundtable, “Everything You Wanted to Know about the APSR Editor Search but Were Afraid to Ask,” is hosted by Melani Cammett, Chair of the Search Committee, Christina Wolbrecht, Chair of the Publications Committee, and Alyssa Taylor, APSR Managing Editor. Proposals are due October 31, 2018. See full call description.
New APSA Publication
Navigating Political Science: Professional Advancement & Success in the Discipline
APSA’s new book brings together some of the most noteworthy discipline-focused contributions to APSA journals published over the past decades. It offers a wide-ranging compendium of 28 chapters by 45 contributors, on topics ranging from peer reviewing, mentoring, and faculty governance to blogging, data collection, and digital media in the classroom. Learn how to get the book here.
Public Engagement & Media Resources at the Meeting
Pitch The Conversation on “Democracy and its Discontents”
This August and September, in collaboration with APSA, The Conversation US will publish a series of pieces related to the annual meeting’s theme “ Democracy and its Discontents.”

APSA members can pitch The Conversation directly! Please send your pitches to Naomi Schalit, Senior Politics and Society Editor, with the subject line “Democracy and its Discontents.” Pitches should be 100 words or less. Click here to learn more about The Conversation, or view their guidelines for writing and pitching.
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