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APSA Division Calls

The Call for Proposals deadline has passed. Review division calls and chairs below.

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1. Political Thought and Philosophy: Historical Approaches
2. *Foundations of Political Theory
3. Normative Political Theory
4. Formal Political Theory
5. *Political Psychology
6. *Political Economy

7. *Politics and History 

8. *Political Methodology
9. Teaching and Learning in Political Science
10. *Political Science Education
11. *Comparative Politics
12. Comparative Politics of Developing Countries
13. The Politics of Communist and Former Communist Countries
14. Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies

15. *European Politics and Society

16. International Political Economy
17. International Collaboration
18. International Security
19. *International Security and Arms Control
20. *Foreign Policy
21. *Conflict Processes

22. *Legislative Studies

23. *Presidents and Executive Politics
24. *Public Administration
25. *Public Policy

*Law and Courts
27. Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence
28. *Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
29. *State Politics and Policy
30. *Urban and Local Politics
31. *Women and Politics
32. *Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

33. *Religion and Politics

34. *Representation and Electoral Systems
35. *Political Organizations and Parties
36. *Elections and Voting Behavior
37. *Public Opinion
38. *Political Communication
39. *Science, Technology, and
Environmental Politics
*Information Technology and Politics
41. *Politics, Literature and Film

42. *New Political Science

43. *International History and Politics

44. *Comparative Democratization
45. *Human Rights 
46. *Qualitative Methods
47. *Sexuality and Politics

48. *Health Politics and Health Policy

49. *Canadian Politics

50. *Political Networks 

51. *Experimental Research
52. *Migration and Citizenship
53. *African Politics
54. *Ideas, Knowledge and Politics
55. *Class and Inequality

*denotes an APSA Organized Section

Division Chairs:
David Lay Williams, DePaul University and Michael McLendon, California State University

Division 1, “Political Thought and Philosophy: Historical Approaches,” invites papers, panels, roundtables, and “author-meets-critics” sessions that seek to engage “transformational change” and the “big questions of our time.”  We are particularly interested in proposals employing historical texts to engage changes to the social, economic, technological, and environmental spheres.  The history of political thought offers much-needed perspective on these “big questions of our time,” as the broader discipline grapples with them in its own fashion.  Division 1 proposals may take many forms, including, but not limited to, reassessments of historical texts on and approaches to issues such as climate change, social movements, economic transformations, and disruptive introductions of new technologies.  Examples may include ancient and modern naturalist critiques of economic and technological progress, Roman authors on the transformation to empire, 16th and 17th century authors examining the nature of commerce and technology, 18th and 19th century authors processing the adaptation to the market economy as well as their specific effects on marginalized members of society, and 20th century authors on the evolution of mass consumer culture.  We encourage both Western and non-Western approaches to such questions and especially the exploration of diverse, underrepresented voices in their contributions to these questions.  Beyond the program theme, of course, we invite all proposals for engaging papers on diverse historical texts and themes, representing a wide variety of interpretative approaches. 

Division Chairs: Elisabeth R. Anker, George Washington University, and Lars Tønder, University of Copenhagen

The Foundations of Political Theory Section invites papers from all areas of political theory broadly conceived. Political theory is particularly fecund during moments of intense political transformation, and the theme for the annual meeting, “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time,” opens to many concerns across and beyond the foundations of political thought. How should we conceptualize and study the historical and current transformations of political life? How does change occur, and what are the connections between political transformation and configurations of freedom, justice, equality, oppression, violence, and power? How does transformation develop in various spaces around the world, and how can comparative perspectives offer new interpretations of transformational processes?  How--and to what extent--are analyses of transformation dependent on the study of race, colonialism, sexuality, religion, and/or capitalism? To further develop these questions, we also envision paper and panel submissions that turn toward political theory itself in order to critically discuss the ways in which political theory as a subfield is organized around various “turns” and “transformations.” Is it helpful to organize political theory around presumed transformations (ancient to modern, feudal to industrial, authoritarian to democratic, and so on), or does such an organization actually occlude political thinking? In what ways are the foundations of "Foundations of Political Theory" continually undergoing transformation in relation to political phenomena? How might recent transformations within the academy delegitimate and uproot foundational forms of knowledge production? Papers that consider these questions may seek to challenge and/or reframe the conference theme in order to generate new lines of inquiry that press against established ways of doing political theory. We welcome submissions from scholars at all levels of the profession, and especially encourage panel proposals that bring together senior and junior scholars.

Division Chairs: Clarissa Hayward, Washington University, St. Louis and Michael Neblo, Ohio State University

The 2016 Annual Meeting theme, "Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time," provides a generative frame for the normative political theory section. Large-scale change almost always creates winners and losers, and it sometimes alters the terms on which we judge who wins and who loses. Normative theory is particularly well-positioned to analyze and to evaluate such shifts. We encourage paper and panel proposals that tackle ambitious questions surrounding the major political, social, and economic transformations of our time, including (but not limited to) climate change, globalization, mass migration, shifts in the structure of families and intimate relations, changes in the distribution of income and wealth, new mass mobilization and protest strategies, changing bio and information technologies, and resurgent nationalism and clericalism. Such themes are suggestive rather than exclusive. We also welcome innovative proposals that go beyond the conference theme to address key issues in normative political theory broadly understood.


Division Chair: Kristopher Ramsay, Princeton University

The Formal Political Theory division invites proposals that use game theory, social choice theory, structural modeling, or behavioral and agent-based approaches to gain insight into political phenomenon. We also invite proposals that creatively employ empirical techniques to test important theoretical models. Proposals for individual papers, posters, and panels are all welcome. This section is particularly interested in substantively cohesive panel proposals that bring together scholars from across subfield lines and papers that link formal modeling approaches to 2016 meetings’ theme, Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time.

Division Chair: Christopher Karpowitz, Brigham Young University

The section welcomes submissions related to the diverse and interdisciplinary study of political psychology.  The theme of the 2016 APSA Program is “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time,” so we encourage paper and panel proposals that explore how individuals and groups respond to transformations in their political environments.  For example, proposals might address how individuals come to understand themselves, other individuals and groups, and the wider political world amid political, technological, and social change.  More broadly, political psychology is uniquely well positioned to understand how individuals think, feel, and reason about themselves, others, and their communities across a variety of different political contexts.  In this sense, political psychology, with its diverse methodological and disciplinary approaches, has much to say about the “big questions of our time.”

In 2016, the annual meeting is exploring several new conference formats, and we urge political psychologists to be creative in proposing not only traditional papers and panels, but also other innovative possibilities, including mini-conferences, research cafés, roundtables, short courses, and other formats that will allow us to connect with each other, learn about exciting new work in the field, and lay the foundation for additional scholarly research and collaboration.

Division Chair: Alberto Simpser, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and Sarah Brooks, The Ohio State University

The Political Economy Section welcomes paper and panel proposals from on emerging and established research areas in political economy, broadly understood.  Submissions that address the annual meeting’s theme of Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time using the tools of political economy are especially welcome.  These might include investigations of how transformations in institutions and policymaking processes affect economic policy, government performance, material welfare and inequality in both democratic and non-democratic regimes; analyses of accountability within polities that are undergoing transformation, along with the origins of those transformations.  Studies of the consequences of different transformations on the relationships between states and markets, and among polities, are welcome as well.  We encourage substantively cohesive panel proposals that bring together scholars from within and across subfield lines.

Division Chairs: Sigrun Kahl, Yale University and Maya Tudor, Oxford University

The Politics and History Section welcomes proposals from diverse subfields of the discipline. We encourage submissions that explore historical topics as well as submissions focused on contemporary topics using an historical perspective or historical methods.  In keeping with this year’s annual meeting theme of “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time,” we invite scholars to examine the great transformations in today’s states, societies and economies in light of the historical transformations that have shaped these same forces. For instance, the shift from industrial to postindustrial economies over the recent decades has challenged the welfare state that had emerged from Karl Polanyi’s Great Transformation, in which the rise of the market economy is followed by a “counter-movement” as the state reigns in the market. How much do states and societies across the world differentially react to these challenges and how have historical forces conditioned their responses?  We especially welcome submissions which conceptualize today’s transformative changes as cumulative historical processes and which highlight the causal role of timing, sequence, tempo, duration, and feedback effects. We also encourage individual papers and substantively cohesive panel proposals that bring together scholars from across subfields and compare regions of the world.

Division Chair: Ines Levin, University of Georgia

The Political Methodology division welcomes paper, panel, and roundtable proposals addressing all aspects of empirical methodology.  As in previous years, we encourage proposals dealing with measurement, estimation, research design, model specification, and theory development and testing. We welcome proposals that develop new techniques as well as innovative applications of existing techniques. 

This year’s conference theme, "Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time," is an opportunity for individual researchers and groups of scholars to engage in broader discussions about important challenges and opportunities facing the discipline today, including practical and ethical issues in empirical political science research, difficulties in handling and analyzing increasingly large and complex data sets, and possibilities offered by recent statistical, theoretical, and computational advances.

Proposals that address the conference theme as well as proposals with potential ties to other divisions are especially welcomed.


Division Chair: Mitchell Brown, Auburn University

The discipline of political science has changed tremendously over time, from the substance of our research, to the methods used to produce it, to the deliver of this to students in the classroom. In addition, the classroom itself has been transformed over time, including the characteristics of both learners and teachers, methods of instruction, and the medium of instruction. Consistent with this year’s conference theme, we encourage paper and panel proposals that address these issues, exploring how the transformations in the discipline have changed education in the discipline. Other issues to consider could include:

COURSE-SPECIFIC STRATEGIES AND PEDAGOGICAL TOOLS.  What innovations, simulations, role-play exercises, blended or on-line learning approaches, or class activities have developed that enhance teaching and learning?

INFORMATION LITERACY AND DATA ANALYSIS. How has the wide-spread availability of material, some based in fact and some fabricated, changed the demands on what and how we teach as well as the classroom experience? What techniques best facilitate the information literacy of our students?  What skills do our students, both undergraduate and graduate, need to have to be successful after graduation? How are these skills best developed?

ASSESSMENT. How has the transformation of the discipline changed teaching and learning with respect to assessment of our efforts? Which assessment approaches and tools are most useful, and which are only burdensome? What impact has the increased focus on assessment had on our students, courses or departments?

Per the mission of this section and as the questions above suggest, we encourage a wide range of topics for papers and panels, including but not limited to innovations in curriculum and program design, classroom teaching, instructional technology, experiential learning, online courses, graduate training, undergraduate research, advising and mentoring, administration, and assessment.  Priority will be placed on proposals that have a systematic evidence base where appropriate. The Teaching and Learning section is strongly committed to honoring the diversity of institutions with which ASPA members are associated, and we welcome submissions from political scientists at community colleges and two-year institutions, as well as from four-year colleges and universities.


Division Chair: Patrick McKinlay, Morningside College

Political Science Education encourages the development and delivery of innovative pedagogies that provide political science students dynamic learning experiences that inspire civic engagement, curiosity regarding political change, and the acquisition of skills and knowledge to understand change and develop strategies to respond to change.  The theme for the 2016 Annual Meeting is Great Transformations:  Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time, a focus central to the mission of political science education and to learning itself.  Great Transformations include the extraordinary shifts that often capture most political science inquiry: revolutions, regime change, conflict and peace, the emergence of new political actors, the dawning of political ideals.  Big Questions are often examined by political scientists to trace more incremental developments that exhibit significant but more long-term changes that transform the political environment including climate change, rising inequalities, or shifts in prevailing social values.

Transformation obviously lies at the heart of political science education in so far as the educational experience is itself potentially transformational.   What new questions and patterns are changing the topics we teach, the methods of inquiry we adopt, the media we utilize to engage students in these profound questions?  What new pedagogies are being deployed to introduce students, at all levels, to the Big Questions facing them as citizens and future leaders?  How is our assessment of student learning attending to changes in our student profile, their preparation for higher education, shifts toward vocational applications, and implications of their education for post-graduate personal and professional success?  As the Annual Meeting theme encourages papers focused on Great Transformation and Big Questions, we encourage similar themes for the section that highlight research on transformation in the delivery and practice of political science education.  How is the classroom and lecture being transformed by changes in technology that augment student learning?  How do new pedagogical practices including simulations, cross-disciplinary and inter-institutional interactions, and others changes in educational practice provide students opportunities for developing skills for effective citizenship and political analysis?  How might students be encouraged to develop their own big questions and research designs?  What pedagogies provide new avenues for accessibility to political inquiry, including new experiments in internships, externships, and off-campus learning?  How is our political science curricula evolving to address the many transformations not only in the political environment, but in higher educational generally through interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and public-private collaborations?  How do the various political science sub-disciplines re-imagine their pedagogy to best engage their students in grasping the transformative forces changing the political realm?

We encourage proposals on a wide array of political science education initiatives and research, including innovative approaches to disseminating using diverse formats.  Another transformation encouraged by the theme is for sections to experiment with how to best utilize the Annual Meeting for extraordinary exchange and mutual learning through an openness to diverse formats for proposals.  Indeed, political science education has a long history of utilizing a broad range of program formats.  While individuals may propose traditional papers and panels, the Association is also interested in other settings including Mini-conferences that are extended time-blocs focused on some theme, Research Cafés, Sequential Paper presentations where scholars can receive feedback from an exclusive discussant, Roundtables, Author(s) Meet Critics sessions, Short Courses (perhaps not limited to Wednesday), and Poster Presentations with Discussants. 

Per the mission of this section and as the questions above suggest, we encourage a wide range of topics for papers and (theme) panels, including but not limited to innovations in curriculum and program design, classroom teaching, instructional technology, experiential learning, online courses, graduate training, undergraduate research, advising and mentoring, administration, and assessment. 

The Political Science Education section is strongly committed to honoring the diversity of institutions with which ASPA members are associated, and we welcome submissions from political scientists at community colleges and two-year institutions, as well as from four-year colleges and universities.

Division Chairs: Marcus Kurtz, Ohio State University, and Teri Caraway, University of Minnesota

This section welcomes proposals in any area of Comparative Politics, from areas of traditional emphasis to newly emerging research agendas.  These submissions could involve institutional development and change, democratization or regime dynamics, political economy, state-society relations, social cleavages, subnational conflict, and many more. 

Proposals addressing this year’s conference them – Great Transformations – are particularly welcome.  In this section, we are particularly interested in scholarship that advances our understanding of the causes of a great transformation (e.g., global integration, the spread of democracy, rising inequality, etc.) or that aims at understanding the consequences of such transformations for important political outcomes.  What is crucial is that the papers examine how these transformations fundamentally reshape political dynamics in an area of interest, or explain why and how they come about in a world of fairly static structures, inequalities, and institutions.

We would like to emphasize that we are open to all methodological and theoretical perspectives, and seek the contributions of scholars at any stage of their academic careers.  We also welcome – indeed strongly encourage – well-organized panel proposals.

Division Chairs: William Hurst, Northwestern University and Meredith Weiss, University at Albany, SUNY

With few exceptions, all work relating to the domestic politics of countries outside of the OECD is encompassed by this section’s mandate.  Within this broad purview, we are especially receptive to papers and panels that interrogate the political, economic, and social meanings and implications of “development”, as well as those that investigate concepts, theories, or phenomena that either are unique to societies outside of the traditional North American and Western European core of comparative politics or that manifest in the developing world in ways that diverge sharply from what might be predicted or anticipated based on earlier research in places like Germany or Britain.  We also will give preference to work that brings new data to light through intensive first-hand research, which is innovative theoretically, conceptually, or methodologically, and which delves deeply into the politics of less frequently researched or thoroughly understood countries, regions, or topics. 

Division Chairs: Hilary Appel, Claremont-McKenna College and Steven Crowley, Oberlin College

 A quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall,  Communist and post-Communist countries alike continue to face substantial transformations. While we are open to submissions on all aspects of politics in communist and former communist countries, given the theme of this year’s conference, submissions addressing the question of transformation are particularly welcome.

For example, to what extent has Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its worsening relations with the West transformed the post-Cold War geopolitical arena, or reshaped the politics of various countries? How has slowing growth in China, and economic challenges in a number of post-Communist countries, challenged the viability of current development models in the region? What are the consequences of China’s transformed orientation toward major economies, resource rich countries, and the international community in recent years? Ten years beyond the first wave of EU accession, how do new member states now assess the goal of European integration and cooperation?  

Considering transformation more broadly, twenty-five years out, what are the main findings of the field of post-communist studies? Where is there consensus and where do strong disagreements remain? Are the major transformations in these countries complete, and do the concepts of “Communist” and “post-Communist” still retain useful analytical value? What has the field of Communist and Post-communist studies contributed to political science more broadly? Panels that examine these and related questions and apply political science theory to institutional and policy developments in Communist and post-Communist countries are especially encouraged.

Division Chairs: Erik Bleich, Middlebury College, and Robert J. Pekkanen, University of Washington

The division welcomes paper and panel proposals that identify theoretically and substantively important problems in the study of advanced industrial societies. With the 2016 Annual Meeting theme of “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time” in mind, we are particularly interested in innovative research that explores the causes and consequences of transformation (e.g., socio-demographic, ideological, cultural, economic, and institutional) within and across advanced industrial societies. Cases included in comparative work do not need to be exclusively “advanced industrial societies” in the traditional sense. We welcome proposals that employ diverse methodological approaches and empirical data. They include interviews, survey data, data collected through participant observations and field experiments, data in natural experimental settings, geo-coded data, network data, text data, and a variety of other types of data comparative political scientists use to better understand transformative change.

Division Chair: Pepper D. Culpepper, European University Institute

The division welcomes intellectually hard-hitting papers and panels in any area of European politics and society, broadly understood. We would especially welcome innovative panel formats that embrace the variety of alternative possibilities suggested by the Program Co-Chairs, including the use of roundtable and author-meets-critics formats to include work in progress. The theme of the 2016 Annual Meeting is “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of our Time.”  European politics is the site of many of these great transformations, and we look forward to papers and panels that take this theme, and big questions in general, seriously. In political economy, the ongoing agony of the Eurozone and the political and social conflicts it has engendered are an obvious topic for investigation. So too are the questions of migration and openness that are challenging the capacities of the European Union and its member states, even as they are transforming its politics with the continued rise and institutionalization of parties whose appeal is xenophobic or tailored to a narrow understanding of national communities. Although many of these problems are currently acute, they have their roots in complex histories, and we welcome papers rooted in the past as well as in the present.


Division Chair: David Singer, MIT

The International Political Economy (IPE) section welcomes paper and panel proposals on all topics in which international economic factors are an important cause or consequence. Proposals addressing the annual meeting’s core theme of “Great Transformations” are especially encouraged, but we welcome all proposals that are theoretically distinctive and empirically innovative. Proposals that bridge subfields, including those that are appropriate for co-sponsorship with other divisions, are also encouraged.  Roundtable proposals should be particularly focused on the theme of “Great Transformations,” including the evolution of the international economic order, changing power relationships, evolving ideas on economic policy, and transformations in the study of IPE.


Division Chair: Sean Ehrlich, Florida State University

The International Collaboration section welcomes paper and panel proposals for the 2016 APSA conference.  This year’s theme “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time” is particularly well suited for this section.  Since the end of the Cold War, the international system has undergone many large changes, from increased globalization, the Great Recession, and the expansion and deepening of the European Union, to the increasing prominence of international terrorism, war and revolution throughout the Middle East, and the rising power of China, amongst other large changes.  These transformations have had profound effects on the amount, form, and success of collaboration and the section particularly welcomes submissions that reflect on the ‘Big Questions’ of the role of international collaboration in the ever-changing modern world.  The section also welcomes other proposals dealing with International Collaboration broadly defined.   This includes, but is not limited to: international organizations; international law and governance; diplomacy; economic coordination; conflict mediation and dispute settlement; and transnational advocacy.  As such, we welcome proposals that address either conflict or international political economy or other substantive issues and welcome proposals from all theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Division Chairs: David Edelstein, Georgetown University and Jessica Weeks, University of Wisconsin

Division 18, International Security, welcomes proposals relevant to the overall theme of the 2016 conference, “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time.” The field of international security grapples with a number of such potential great transformations. The rise of China, the prospect of new nuclear weapons states, global climate change, and the emergence of a variety of non-state and quasi-state actors all have the potential to transform the international system with profound implications for war and peace. Moreover, changes in the technology of war from the use of drones to an increasing reliance on robotics may transform our understanding of war and its costs. The International Security division invites paper, panel, and roundtable proposals from any theoretical or methodological approach that address these and other potential great transformations relevant to international security. 


Division Chair: Dan Lindley, University of Notre Dame

The focus of APSA 2016 is transformation. International Security and Arms Control should have plenty to contribute as much of our work focuses on transformation, from changes in the balance of power and its effects on conflict and new types of conflict in the Middle East and Africa, to the impacts of drones and cyber conflict. Indeed, it is hard to think of any area in security studies and arms control that is not undergoing transformation. ISAC therefore welcomes paper and panel proposals on international security issues, broadly defined. These include causes of war and peace, proliferation, cybersecurity, military effectiveness, civil-military relations, alliances and security institutions, evolution of conflict, terrorism, internal conflict, intervention, peacekeeping, and arms control. ISAC is interdisciplinary and multimethod, and welcomes papers from and appealing to academics, researchers, and policymakers. Proposals addressing important questions, policy relevant issues, and/or involving empirical richness will be favored.


Division Chair: Christopher Darnton, The Catholic University of America

The Foreign Policy division serves a pluralistic community of scholars who research all aspects of the policy process and the causes and consequences of foreign relations from a wide range of theoretical and methodological standpoints. Following the APSA annual meeting theme of “Great Transformations,” we are broadly interested in questions of foreign policy change. Some proposals might address contemporary shifts or historical transitions in the predominant actors, resources, challenges, and ideas in world affairs and in the foreign policy making of particular countries. Other projects might investigate the foreign policy origins and impacts of regime change, leadership succession, and global events. At the same time, we welcome analyses of deep-rooted policy continuities, perhaps involving national, cultural, or organizational traditions. Attention to change in the study of foreign policy, emphasizing new or revived theories, approaches, or methods, as well as trends in the relationship between scholarship and policy practice, is also encouraged. Explorations of how best to analyze policy change over time (whether focused on description, explanation, interpretation, or prediction), and to investigate temporality in foreign policy analysis, would also be valuable. Following APSA’s guidelines, we welcome proposals for innovative formats such as roundtables and author-meets-critics sessions along with traditional panels

Division Chair: Paul Poast, University of Chicago and Krista Wiegand, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Conflict Processes section invites paper, panel and roundtable proposals broadly related to the outbreak, prevention, and dynamics of political conflict. This year’s conference theme, “Great Transformation: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time,” reflects upon major challenges in contemporary societies that stem from large-scale processes that are remaking our states, our globe, and our identities. How have political forces influenced such changes in the social, economic, technological, and environmental spheres? This question is particularly salient for conflict processes, which is largely oriented towards the core human problems of violence, war, and noncooperation.  Submissions can focus on a variety of large-scale changes, including shifts in the global balance of power, the effect of new technologies on war-making and security, and evolutions in the international economic order. What implications do these changes have for theorizing international affairs?  How are institutions managing these developments, and what new ideas, organizational forms, or strategic relationships are emerging in response? We welcome proposals from a broad array of theoretical and empirical approaches that are focused on increasing our understanding of conflict processes.''

Division Chairs: Shane Martin, University of Leicester, and Michael Minta, University of Missouri

The legislative studies section welcomes papers and panels that address this year’s conference theme, "Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time.”  In recent years, legislatures in the United States and across the world have undergone great changes in the social identities of their membership, the partisan proclivities and ideological diversity among their legislators, and in the rules and structures of their institutions.  We welcome proposals that look at the causes and consequences of fundamental changes within and across legislatures from a number of viewpoints including:  the impact of increased racial and gender diversity within legislatures; the consequences of declining ideological diversity among partisans; and the impact of changing institutional rules and norms.  Additionally, we are interested in papers and panels focusing on other topics of interest to scholars of legislative politics in the United States and across countries, including sub-national assemblies.  The legislative studies section embraces proposals from a broad array of methodologies and empirical approaches.

Division Chair:  Brandon Rottinghaus, University of Houston

The APSA’s 2016 Annual Meeting “Call for Papers” challenges us to ponder how great transformations ― altered balances of power, radicalized politics, new technologies, reforming identities ― fundamentally shape our study of executive politics. The focus on presidents, prime ministers and other executives provides an opportunity for an archetypal study of transformative politics.  Perhaps more than any other institution, executives are both agents and victims of transformative politics ― executives shape and are shaped by fundamental changes in the political order.  Relationships between executives and individuals, between executives and other intuitions, between types of executives and within executive branches are also informed by magnetic changes in the political environment.  The tectonic shifts back and forth in methodological approaches to studying executive politics are also relevant to this call. 

Inclusive of this theme, the Presidents and Executive Politics Division welcomes paper and roundtable proposals from a broad array of theoretical and empirical approaches for the 2016 Annual Meeting.  Consideration will also be given to complete panels, especially as they converse with the “great transformations” theme. Innovative research applying theory to new data or utilizing new methodological approaches will receive particular attention.  In addition to those studies centered on the American presidency, we welcome both comparative and international proposals focused on executives and executive politics in other countries, at sub-national levels of government, and on the global stage.  Proposals with connections to other divisions are especially welcome.


Division Chair: Manuel Teodoro, Texas A&M University

We live in an age of bureaucratic organizations, and so public administration and public administrators are central to big political questions of our time. Government bureaucracies defend us, educate us, collect our taxes, provide us with basic services, protect our health and safety, and, occasionally, kill us. Effective agencies are necessary for the creation and sustenance of modern, democratic, responsive and representative government. At the same time, bureaucratic power can be a threat to democracy. Legislatures may pass laws, executives may issue orders, and courts may issue judgments, but real governance happens when public managers transform laws, orders, and judgments into rules and organizational decisions. Public policies become reality when a soldier fires a gun, a teacher grades a paper, an inspector certifies an aircraft, or a police officer makes an arrest.

The Public Administration section’s program takes an administrative angle on the “big questions” politics and political science. How do the great demographic, social, ecological, technological, and economic transformations of our time affect the administration of public policies? In turn, how do public agencies and public managers channel and shape those great transformations? Does public administrators’ participation in public policymaking foster or frustrate more responsive, equitable, and/or representative governance? What opportunities and vulnerabilities arise in an era of massive collection, management, and storage of data by government agencies?

The section seeks theoretically and methodologically rigorous proposals that address the conference themes and contribute to our knowledge of public administration and bureaucratic politics at and across all levels of government. We invite proposals that employ any methodological approaches, especially mixed- or multi-method work. Proposals that integrate across fields and/or engage scholars from other sections are also strongly encouraged.

Division Chair: Hahrie Han, University of California, Santa Barbara

Policy-centered analysis offers a prism through which to understand central dynamics underlying politics, political processes, and political transformations. Through policy-centered analysis, we can illuminate key questions such as: Who has power and who lacks it? How does government itself influence arrangements in society and the economy?  What mechanisms sustain such relationships, and how and why do they change over time? What is the impact in terms of such principles as freedom and equality? By studying every stage of the policymaking process, policy scholars can offer unique insights about policy, political dynamics, and the conditions and processes that undergird and make political transformation possible.

As always, the public policy division welcomes proposals that grapple with these kinds of broad analytical concerns, regardless of the theoretical or methodological perspective, or the particular area of policy with which they may be concerned. The section welcomes studies that engage literatures across disciplines, address longstanding theoretical debates, use innovative methods, and/or make comparisons across time, policy issues, institutional settings, or national contexts. They may focus on political behavior either leading to or resulting from public policy choices.  They may examine political institutions central to policy, ranging across the legislative, executive, and judicial arenas.  They may study the local politics of policymaking, or focus on regions, states, countries, or the international system.  They may engage actors of all types, from heads of state to participants in grassroots organizations.  Particular focus will be given to proposals that engage with the conference theme of “Great Transformations” but how those transformations are defined and studied is very open.


Division Chair: Lisa Hilbink, University of Minnesota

What roles law and courts play in “great transformations” is a question that has animated scholarship in our section for many years, producing lively and ongoing debates.  For APSA 2016, the Law and Courts section invites proposals that address this broad question from perspectives across time and space, shedding new light on the factors that produce shifts in the behavior of legal and judicial actors, as well as on the effects of such shifts, in various geographical/geopolitical locations, at various institutional levels, in different issue areas, and at different historical moments. Proposals that speak, in some fashion, to the “big questions of our time,” including but not limited to inequality (of many types), environmental challenges, and technological change, are especially welcome. The division chair seeks to organize a set of sessions that will bring scholars with different geographic, substantive, and methodological foci into dialogue.  Paper and session proposals that signal potential bridges of this sort, and/or that are appropriate for co-sponsorship with other divisions, are thus particularly encouraged.

Please note that, with the stated goal of “enhanc[ing] the quality of intellectual and interpersonal exchange that takes place during the annual meeting,” the Program Co-Chairs are introducing a variety of new session formats. The section will enthusiastically receive proposals designed to fit one of these new formats, and, where possible, will seek to diversify the session offerings by combining individual proposals to go beyond the traditional panel format.


Division Chair: Elizabeth Beaumont, University of California, Santa Cruz and Harvard University Ethics Center

The Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence division invites proposals exploring the conference theme of “Great Transformations” in relation to constitutional interpretation, law, and politics, as well as welcoming proposals on other topics.  The theme encourages scholars to consider how dramatic changes – institutional, political, social, technological, economic changes related to the “big questions of our time” – have shaped and been shaped by constitutional law in the U.S and other legal systems.  This might include analyzing the roles that constitutional actors, ideas and interpretations, and/or institutions play in promoting, mediating, or obstructing major shifts in the past and present. It might also involve considering or comparing how particular constitutional designs, structural arrangements, channels and processes of conflict, or jurisprudential approaches shape and constrain great transformations, enabling some aspects or types of change while undermining or foreclosing others. It could also involve questions regarding the constitutional legitimacy/illegitimacy, justice/injustice, durability/fragility of successful or “failed” transformations, or how particular interpretive frameworks and laws contribute to disparate effects and the extent to which different groups are benefited or burdened by upheavals, or included or excluded from new settlements.  The division chair also seeks to foster constructive dialogue among a variety of scholars at different career stages and across substantive concerns, methods, regions, and eras, including identifying potential co-sponsorships from other divisions. 

Please review the new session formats the APSA co-chairs created to provide more options for sharing knowledge and engaging members. In addition to traditional paper panels, roundtables, and author(s) meet critics, you may now propose short courses, mini-conferences, research or teaching cafés, poster presentations at sessions with discussants, or participating in a set of sequential paper presentations that might use a “Brookings format” in which the discussants present the papers. You are encouraged to consider all options, but because the Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence section has few panels/time slots to allot, those interested in trying new session formats may want to contact the division chair, Elizabeth Beaumont, prior to submission (

Division Chair: Pamela McCann, University of Southern California

The federalism and intergovernmental relations section invites scholarship that considers transformational change and challenges as well as research that provides us with “insight into how institutions, policies, leaders, and citizens shape, and are shaped by, big transformations” in the area of federalism and intergovernmental affairs.  We welcome innovative ideas for full panels and roundtables, longer 30 minute paper presentations as well as traditional paper proposals.  In addition, we encourage those with ideas for shortcourses, workshops, and mini-conferences on subjects pertinent to our section to submit their ideas for consideration.  Finally, those scholars working on larger book projects in federalism and intergovernmental relations and at any stage in the process are invited to submit a proposal for an “author(s) meets critics” roundtable.

Division Chair: Janine Parry, University of Arkansas

The State Politics and Policy Section invites conference participation proposals which examine the 2016 APSA theme “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time,” or which simply hold the promise of interesting, original work on politics and policy in the American states. The association is experimenting with new forms of participation, so we are glad to consider proposals for panels, papers, and roundtables, but also for short courses, e-posters, teaching, research or outreach “cafés,” and more.

The section remains particularly interested in proposals for empirical research which takes advantage of the states for testing some of the longstanding assumptions of political science. Methodological diversity, as always, is welcomed. Finally, because of the utility of examining the states within a broader comparative perspective, we again encourage proposals that include analyses of subnational units outside the U.S. and state-related proposals cross-listed with other sections. 


Division Chairs: Richardson Dilworth, Drexel University, and Christina Greer, Fordham University

The section welcomes proposals that examine any aspect of politics or political development related to cities, metropolitan areas, or national policies related to “urban” issues, broadly conceived (i.e. race, immigration, protest politics, transportation, environmental issues etc). Case studies and historical approaches, as well as empirical, experimental, and formal modeling papers, are all welcome. The section welcomes proposals with comparative perspectives as well as those focusing exclusively on American urban politics.

Division Chairs: Zoe Oxley, Union College, and Denise Walsh, University of Virginia 

The Women & Politics Research Section invites paper and panel submissions that directly address issues about politics and women, gender, and sexuality. We are especially seeking proposals that link to this year’s theme, “Great Transformations.” This theme can be applied to a wide array of concerns common to our section, including the effects of institutional and societal transformations on gender norms, bodily transformations and legal reform, transformations that feminist methodology can bring to conventional political science, and how to advance transformations in our discipline and academia. Panel submissions should include at least 4 papers and be open to Program Co-Chairs adding an additional paper when appropriate and feasible. Please submit your proposal to a second APSA section to provide us with appropriate thematic guidance and open up avenues for co-sponsored panels. Unless you are a graduate student, please volunteer to be a panel chair and/or discussant. The conference will include a number of new presentation formats; please consider one of these new options when submitting your proposal.

Division Chairs: Rene Rocha, University of Iowa, and Wendy Smooth, Ohio State University

The Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section welcomes submissions addressing the 2016 conference theme, “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time."  Recognizing the enduring legacies of race and ethnicity in shaping the greater politic, we especially welcome submissions discussing the continuance of race and ethnicity as central to shaping every aspect of political development. Submissions addressing the extent to which racial and ethnic groups’ political participation has forced the greater politic to address the critical questions of our time will stimulate our contemporary thinking on the ever present nature of race and ethnicity in politics.  We hope to grapple with the myriad of ways race and ethnicity operate as core rationales and logics fueling the "big questions" on a range of issues and topics including citizenship; diaspora; democracy; equity; the environment; human rights; inclusion; migration; regime change; the social construction of terror/terrorism/terrorist and justice broadly defined. We encourage submissions that embrace the range of innovative presentation formats for APSA 2016 such as teaching, research and outreach cafes; mini-conferences; short courses; 30-minute paper presentations; and author(s) meet critics discussions, as well as more traditional papers, panels, and roundtables. Given the interdisciplinary nature or race, ethnicity and politics, we will actively seek opportunities to co-sponsor with other divisions. 

Division Chair: Matthew Scherer, George Mason University

What are the key transformations underway at the intersection of religion and politics in the present moment and/or historically? In what ways does religion transform politics, in what ways does politics transform religion, and how are those transformations crosscut by shifting fields of ethnicity, race, class, and gender, as well as changed patterns of migration, economic development, legal regulation, governance, and violence? Are current conceptual frameworks and research methodologies employed in the field sufficient to account for these transformations? To what extent have events and scholarly innovations transformed the study of religion and politics? Does the concept of transformation provide a useful framework for the study of religion and politics?  We invite panels and individual papers addressing these questions and others at the intersection of religion and politics in either contemporary or historical frameworks. Religion and Politics is an interdisciplinary field and panels and papers that foster exchange between diverse theoretical and analytical approaches are welcome.


Division Chair: Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, Rice University

The division welcomes paper and panel proposals on any aspect of representation and electoral systems that reflect the full range of the field's empirical, theoretical, and methodological diversity. Consistent with the theme for the 2016 APSA conference, we are particularly interested in proposals for papers on “Great Transformations” in elections, electoral systems, and representation. We welcome papers that explore institutional diversities across electoral systems, and issues associated with political representation of diverse interests and identities. As always, we strongly encourage papers that address this theme from a comparative perspective and welcome the innovative use of a variety of methodological approaches.

Division Chair: Hans Noel, Georgetown University

The section welcomes proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables on any topic related to Political Organizations and Parties, including interest group politics, political movements, political activism, political parties and the intersection of two or more such organizations. The section encompasses research on work in legislatures, in elections, in policy-making and any other aspect of politics in which political organizations participate. Scholars are encouraged to provide thorough descriptions of their proposed paper to aid in the selection and panel creation process. Proposals addressing the conference theme are of course also welcome. 

Division Chair: Sara Hobolt, London School of Economics

The section welcomes paper and panel proposals on a wide range of topics related to elections and voting behavior, including political participation, electoral choice, party competition, campaigns and electoral integrity, both within the United States and in comparative perspective. Research advancing new theories, analyzing original data, or employing innovative methodological approaches are especially welcome. Proposals addressing the conference’s core theme of “Great Transformations” are encouraged, but we welcome all proposals that are theoretically distinctive and empirically innovative. We are especially interested in substantively cohesive panel proposals and roundtables.

Division Chair: Joanne Marie Miller, University of Minnesota

The section welcomes paper and panel proposals on a wide range of topics related to public opinion, both within the United States and in comparative perspective. Research advancing new theories, analyzing original data, or employing innovative methodological approaches are especially welcome. Proposals addressing the conference’s core theme of “Great Transformations” are encouraged, but we welcome all proposals that are theoretically distinctive and empirically innovative. We are especially interested in substantively cohesive panel proposals and roundtables.


Division Chair: Danny Hayes, George Washington University

The section welcomes proposals -- papers, panels, and roundtables -- on a wide range of topics related to political communication: studies of news and information, media systems, campaigns, political attitudes and behavior, elite communication, and advanced analyses of content and text, among others. Research applying new theories, analyzing original data, or employing innovative methodological approaches are especially appreciated. Proposals addressing the conference theme of "Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time" are encouraged. Although the conference submission system allows very lengthy proposals, clear and concise statements of the research question and project will be valued.

Division Chair: Deserai Crow, University of Colorado, Boulder

The Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics (STEP) Section welcomes theoretically grounded and methodologically rigorous proposals that contribute to our knowledge of Great Transformations in the politics of science, technology and the environment. STEP encourages proposals that span disciplinary and sub-disciplinary boundaries and challenge traditional methodological approaches. Proposals that engage scholars from other sections are also strongly encouraged. In investigating “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time”, issues related to environmental change, the role of science and values in politics and policy, and the actors and processes at work within these systems are all critical areas of inquiry. For example, we cannot understand the debate over climate change without also analyzing the values, politics, role of information (including science), and policy outcomes involved. At the same time, questions of scale, jurisdiction, and normative dimensions of climate change also are important for understanding this “Big Question of Our Time”. We encourage submissions that engage with these critical ideas to explore topics, theories, and methods relevant to STEP.

Division Chair: David Karpf, George Washington University

In keeping with the conference theme on “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time,” the Information Technology & Politics section welcomes paper, panel, and roundtable proposals that address the transformative potential (or lack thereof) that information and communication technologies hold within political systems.  It has been over two decades since the invention of the World Wide Web.  What changes have, in fact, come to pass as a result of the digital communications environment?  What changes can we confidently state are currently under way, and what old theories can we now reliably reject? The section encourages ambitious proposals that take on theoretically rich questions and underexplored questions using robust and appropriate research methods.


Division Chair: Claudia Franziska Brühwiler, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland

Literature, film, and the arts in general mirror, reflect, critique, but can at times also stand at the beginning or maybe even influence “great transformations” in society and politics. Thus, for instance, the work of Philip Roth is lauded for taking the pulse of the nation, Don DeLillo’s for exposing the contradictions and hypocrisies of modernity, or Michelle Houellebecqu’s for pointing out major rifts in Western societies today. A Czech playwright, Vaclav Havel, would expose the falsehoods of Socialism in his work and then lead his country’s greatest transformation yet. Generations of feminist writers have opened their readers eyes for the injustices of their times and worked towards change. And while for some Harriet Beecher Stowe was a major influence on the course of events in Antebellum America, it was African American artists and writers who exposed the realities of race relations.

The list of examples could be continued ad infinitum, as the relationship between political transformations and the worlds of literature, film and the arts raises a myriad of question. Our section invites you to ponder these questions and explore filmic and literary examples from all eras and angles. We welcome both proposals for individual paper presentations as well as for panels.

Division Chair: Sean Parson, Northern Arizona University

There is a general consensus that we need a new understanding of transformative politics now more than ever as the world is facing a series of economic, social and political crises. Economic bubbles, neoliberal policies, and government austerity have made working class families lives more precarious; climate change threatens the existence of all life on the planet; refugees fleeing their homes for safer land has stoked nativist fears in the US and Europe; increasing prison populations and police violence threaten the stability of black communities in the United States; and the amount of corporate money in politics has undermined the democratic power of voters.  To address these crisis and others requires a new conceptualization of politics, one that seeks to not just address symptoms but to also target the root causes.

New Political Science as section is devoted to actively engaging with and studying politics for the sake transforming the world through a commitment to social change and justice.  We are interested in a range of topics from race, class, and gender to environmental, economic, and cultural issues. The New Political Science Section welcomes innovative, critical, and engaged paper, panel, and roundtable proposals that address the annual meeting’s theme of Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time from any of the major subfields of political science. 

Division Chair: Kelly M. Greenhill, Tufts University and Harvard Kennedy School

The International History and Politics section welcomes papers and panels that address broad and enduring topics in the study of world politics. Per APSA’s 2016 program theme, we welcome in particular proposals that speak to great transformations in international politics, be they sudden and revolutionary or gradual and evolutionary. What are the key transformations of our time? What can history tell us about the events and mechanisms posited to be actively transforming international politics, nation-states and the actors and societies within them? What are the implications of past material, ideational and institutional changes for theorizing contemporary international affairs? What do the lessons of the past tell us about what current trends portend for the future in the spheres of politics, economics, security, technology and the environment? What does history tell us about international actors’ capacity to prepare for, manage and successfully adapt to transformative change? As always, submissions that comprise interdisciplinary conversations between political scientists and historians are especially welcome, as are papers, panels and roundtables that probe topics at the intersection of international security, diplomatic history, and international political economy.

Division Chair: Gerardo L Munck, University of Southern California

The Comparative Democratization section is seeking panels and papers that address key problems in the study of democracy. What is the “quality of democracy” and how is it advanced? What is the relationship between democracy and the state? How does the unevenness of democracy across a country’s territory or levels of government affect the working of democracy? How do authoritarian institutions, such as fraudulent elections, affect the process of democratization? What is the relationship between democracy, on the one hand, and cultural, economic and international factors, on the other hand? Are there any cultural, economic or political “prerequisites” of democracy? New theorizing is particularly welcome, as is empirical research that relies on new data and/or incorporates methodological innovations. Work on Western Europe and the United States is as welcome as work on the rest of the world. Proposals on conceptual issues or problems of measurement, as well as on the state of knowledge about democracy, will also be considered. Proposals that depart from the standard panel format (see the new APSA proposal on possible program formats) are also invited.

Division Chair: Carol Gould, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

We welcome proposals for analytic, empirical, and theoretical research on human rights norms, concepts, and practices, along with policy-relevant research concerning the political causes, consequences, and amelioration of human rights violations. 

In keeping with the annual theme of "Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time,” we especially invite proposals on the role of human rights norms in recent movements for political transformation (e.g., the Arab Spring), as well as their functioning—both present and potential—in guiding institutional change in global governance and in American politics. Increasingly, appeals to economic and social rights, women’s human rights, and the rights of marginalized people (e.g., indigenous peoples, undocumented immigrants, incarcerated populations), have served to motivate and structure movements for political change. How have human rights functioned in those contexts, and how should they be conceived (legally, morally, and constitutionally) and implemented in ways that facilitate such transformations and move them in the direction of greater equality and respect for human dignity? Can an overemphasis on rights itself work against politics, or can these two supplement each other? How can the fact of historical change itself and the diversity of cultures be taken into account in both human rights theory and practice? And finally, what threats do new technologies pose for human rights, and also what opportunities do they open up for realizing human rights in practice, particularly when coupled with increasing social interconnectedness across borders?

To enhance the presence of human rights research on the program, we encourage constituted panels with diverse topics and composition, as well as proposals amenable to co-sponsorship with other sections--which should be indicated by the presenter.

Division Chair: Adria Lawrence, Yale University

The Organized Section on Qualitative and Multi-Method Research seeks proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables relating to qualitative methodology and to research designs that combine multiple approaches to social inquiry. It embraces a broad understanding of qualitative methodology as encompassing multiple forms of data collection – for instance, the compilation of fine-grained evidence through archival research, interviews, or ethnography – and multiple forms of data analysis, from descriptive case studies, to cross-case and within-case forms of causal inference, to the interpretation of discursive practices. The section is particularly interested in papers and panels – either methodological or substantive applications – that provide new insight into how social scientists can employ qualitative and mixed-method research designs to learn about the world. In the past, panels and papers have engaged topics such as process tracing, the philosophy of science, set theory, qualitative comparative analysis, concept analysis and measurement, case selection, interpretivism, and methods of field research. Substantive papers will be assessed in part on the extent to which there is something explicitly reflective, critical, or innovative about the qualitative or mixed methods they employ.

We welcome submissions relating to the 2016 Annual Meeting program theme, which concerns transformations and big questions in the field of political science.  We are particularly interested in paper or panel proposals that address how qualitative and multi-methodological work has contributed to our understanding of historical change, longue durée political and social processes, and major transformations that have altered ideas, identities, institutions, and actions.  Submissions might address questions such as: How do qualitative and multi-methodological approaches facilitate the study of large, complex processes?  What are the relative merits of different methodological approaches for tackling big questions in political science?  How can qualitative data and modes of analysis contribute to understanding transformative change?  We encourage submissions that discuss different kinds of data and analytic approaches, addressing their complementarities and divergences.  We also welcome submissions that speak to methodological transformations within the social sciences, including new norms of data transparency and replication, increased attention to questions of internal versus external validity, and alternative approaches to descriptive and causal inference.

Division Chair: Charles Gossett, California State University

Great transformations have certainly occurred in the area of sexuality and the politics of sexuality in the last several decades.  The change in public opinion about the status and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer citizens has been much swifter than many predicted even a few years ago.  Human trafficking and international tourism both are, on some levels, entwined with the politics of sexuality, as well.  The consequences of certain sexual behaviors or activities have led to the downfall (or sometimes the rise) of specific political actors both historically and in the modern era.  Also, sexual and gender presentation of self has an impact on both the opportunities one may be given for political leadership and the public’s evaluation of one’s performance as a political leader.  The section welcomes proposals for individual papers or panels or roundtables to discuss any aspect of these issues or others related to sexuality and politics.  We look forward to seeing submissions that employ a variety of methods and which address these issues in various national and international contexts.

Division Chair: Michael Sparer, Columbia University

The conference theme for 2016 is “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time,” a perfect fit for a group of scholars that study the extraordinary transformations underway in health systems around the globe.  The Affordable Care Act, for example, is prompting great transformations in the politics and substance of the U.S. health system, but so also are market-driven trends, such as consolidation, integrated delivery systems, and changed reimbursement models.  Similarly, nearly every nation is focused on demographic changes (including aging and urbanization) that are rewriting the politics of health policy in important and unexpected ways.  The section thus invites proposals that address the politics of these issues, as well as other issue areas that have emerged as part of a transforming health system.  When submitting such proposals, keep in mind that the APSA is encouraging divisions in 2016 to offer both traditional and innovative formats through which to encourage intellectual engagement.  As such, in addition to proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables, we also invite new and different formats, such as a half-day “mini-conference”, a “world café” or a panel that has only two papers.  In turn, we hope to create a program that consists of a mixture of traditional panels along with non-traditional experiments.  In addition, we also suggest that you consider submitting your proposal to a second APSA section as well as this one. This will facilitate co-sponsored panels.  Finally, we welcome submissions from those who wish to serve as chair or discussant of either a traditional or alternative format.


Division Chair: Christine Rothmayr Allison, University of Montreal

Consistent with the “Great Transformations” theme for the 2016 program, we invite paper proposals that are interested in fundamental changes regarding all aspects of Canadian politics, such as the following questions: To what extent have 10 years of conservative government transformed (or not) Canadian politics, institutions and public policies? Has Canadian foreign policy and international engagements fundamentally changed throughout the last decade of conservative government? Canadian society has experienced a number of important social, economic and technological changes over recent decades: how great is our institutional capacity to adapt to these new challenges, i.e. diversity, immigration, inequality and aging? How have we responded to new technological changes in various policy sectors, reaching from new information technologies to hydraulic fracking? The subtitle of the 2016 program “Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time” also raises the question about the contribution of studying Canadian politics to some of the big challenges of our time, such as immigration diversity, nationalism, federalism, political representation or international security.

Papers on any of these topics are welcome. But it is your section, so please feel free to submit papers on any topic particularly relevant to Canadian politics.

Division Chair: Betsy Sinclair, Washington University in St. Louis

Politics is largely driven by relationships between actors, agencies, and institutions.  As these relationships change, they generate the kinds of "great transformations" that are the focus of APSA 2016. The study of relationships, both substantive and methodological, unites scholars across subfields in political science.  The Political Networks section solicits papers that apply network ideas, from substantive insight to methodological innovation. We encourage traditional paper proposals as well as well-organized proposals for the APSA 2016 new presentation opportunities including research cafes, short courses or workshops, and sequential paper/commentary presentation formats, among others.

Division Chair: Mike Findley, University of Texas

The Experimental Research section invites proposals addressing the full range of experimental methods from all subfields of political science. Specifically, we welcome submissions engaging experimental methods at theoretical, methodological, or empirical levels. This year’s conference theme -- “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time” -- provides an opportunity to explore how experimental methods may be applied to fundamental questions in political science. APSA 2016 will supplement traditional presentation formats with new opportunities including research cafes, 4-hour mini-conferences, and sequential paper/commentary presentation formats, among others. Traditional and non-traditional submission formats are both welcome.

Division Chairs: Sara Wallace Goodman, University of California, Irvine, and Anna Law, Brooklyn College, CUNY 

Migration is a primary agent of transformative change, for both origin and receiving societies. In the spirit of the conference theme - “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time,” the division call aims to solicit papers that explore the oftentimes unprecedented socioeconomic, political and cultural effects of migration on societies worldwide. In what ways do societies shift or remain obstinate in the face of large-scale or otherwise politically consequential migration flows? In what ways do scholars view the transformative effect of migration (e.g., policy liberalization, altered public opinion, mobilized civil society) as long-lasting, as opposed to an ebb awaiting an eventual reverse wave? How could scholars empirically recognize and show long lasting effects of migration on the U.S. polity? Finally, proposals might also consider how the migration and citizenship literatures have similarly reached watershed or transformative moments in its theoretical, conceptual, or empirical development.

We strongly encourage individual paper proposals as well as well-organized panel proposals, and other formats (e.g., roundtable, semi-structured debates, short courses) with a view toward greater inclusion of participants at different career levels.

Division Chairs: Melinda Adams, James Madison University and Bruce Magnusson, Whitman College

The African Politics Conference Group (APCG) invites submissions for proposals that focus on sub-Saharan African countries. We welcome proposals that reflect all areas of inquiry in the study of African politics and a wide range of methodological approaches. We are particularly interested in submissions that speak to the annual meeting's theme, "Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time." African states have experienced significant political, economic, and social transformations. Civil conflicts, democratization, access to new technologies, new regional, international, and transnational partnerships and competitors, changing gender roles, important refugee and migrant populations, and the rise of terrorist networks and challenges to the state itself are just a few examples of transformations occurring in African states. These changes, which are occurring in a context of increasing global inequalities, have been abrupt in some contexts and incremental in others. We are interested in proposals that examine how institutions, policies, leaders, and citizens shape, and are shaped by, these major transformations occurring in African states. Please note that APSA has new proposal submission options. We encourage you to consider these new options as you develop your proposals.

Division Chair: Paul Gunn, Goldsmiths, University of London

“Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics” is the new name for the section previously called “Political Epistemology.” The term political epistemology reflected the section’s ambition to promote dialog on the sources and accuracy of political actors’ beliefs, on the motivational significance of political beliefs for political action, and on the conditions that may lead such actors to update these beliefs (accurately or otherwise).

The basic assumption here – that an understanding of politics requires an understanding of (all aspects of) the ideas actors bring to politics – is relevant for each of the subdisciplines of political science. Accordingly, we have changed the section’s name to reflect the (open-ended) variety of approaches to both interpreting and investigating political beliefs and their role in explaining political behaviour and decision-making.

With this in mind, we invite paper and panel submissions from any of the four subdisciplines addressing the role of ideas, knowledge, and beliefs in politics; panel and roundtable proposals that include both normative theorists and empirical researchers will be especially welcome. The theme of the annual meeting – “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time” – is particularly suggestive of the questions that might be considered. What do political actors believe the “big questions” to be, and how have they reacted to them? How have big issues and putative transformations been interpreted and communicated by the media? What do ordinary citizens know about these interpretations, and how does this compare with the knowledge of political elites? How should we assess the accuracy of these interpretations, and what normative implications would arise if we discovered inaccuracy?

Naturally, however, such questions all pertain to apparent continuities in politics as well, so submissions need not be confined to the meeting’s headline theme. Papers and panels addressing the “knowledge and ideas”—i.e., the beliefs and interpretations—of political actors, as well as papers and panels on the methods appropriate to studying political actors’ knowledge and ideas, are welcome.

Division Chair: Nicholas Carnes, Duke University

The rise of economic inequality around the globe is one of the most significant social, economic, and political developments of the last half century. The Class and Inequality Section welcomes paper proposals from all subfields that address the topics of economic inequality and social class stratification, especially those with broad implications for scholars working in other areas of the discipline. We hope to create diverse panels that explore important questions about class and inequality from a variety of different intellectual perspectives.