Program Highlights


 Wednesday, August 29
9:00 a.m. Short Courses

These pre-conference, professional day features a variety of short courses sponsored by APSA Organized Sections, Related Groups, and other affiliate organizations. They require pre-registration.

6:30 p.m. APSA Awards Ceremony
This exclusive ceremony recognizes excellence in the profession. Invitation Only.

Thursday, August 30


12:00 p.m. All-Member Business Meeting
All APSA members are encouraged to attend the APSA General Membership Meeting, the official business meeting of the Association. This event is an opportunity for members to learn about the business of the Association and express their views.
12:00 p.m. Breaking News Panel: Facebook and Democracy
4:00 p.m. Breaking News Panel: The Humanitarian Crisis of Family Separation and Migrant Detention under Trump’s Zero-Tolerance Policy
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Career Fair
5:30 p.m. APSA Open Mentoring and Networking Reception
6:15 p.m. 114th APSA Annual Meeting Presidential Address: The American Precariat: US Capitalism in Comparative Perspective

Kathleen Thelen, APSA President, MIT

7:30 p.m. 114th Annual Meeting Opening Reception

APSA hosts the Opening Reception. All attendees are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

8:30 p.m. International Attendee Reception

APSA invites all international attendees to this special reception as a welcome to Boston and the Annual Meeting.


Friday, August 31


12:00 p.m. Diversity and Inclusion Hack-a-thon
The APSA Presidential Task Force on Women’s Advancement will hold a Diversity and Inclusion Hackathon at the 2018 American Political Science Association Annual Meetings in Boston, chaired by Mala Htun and Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. Hack-a-thons are events where communities of scholars, activists, programmers, and others come together to exchange ideas about and work collaboratively to provide solutions to a common problem.
3:00 p.m. APSA Lounge Reception
4:00 p.m. Breaking News Panel: International Alliances in the Age of Anxiety
6:00 p.m. John Gaus Award Lecture
8:30 p.m. APSA Reception Honoring Women of Color in the Profession

Saturday, September 1

8:00 a.m. TLC at APSA 

This full-day event seeks to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning, equip faculty with new techniques and resources for teaching, and enhance the role of teaching in the discipline of political science. Please join us for this gathering, which will provide a highly interactive forum for scholars to share innovative tools for political science education and research on the scholarship of teaching and learning.

1:30 p.m. Family Ice Cream Social
4:00 p.m. Plenary Address
Danielle Allen, Harvard University
6:30 p.m. Congressional Fellows Program (CFP) Happy Hour
6:30 p.m. Graduate Student Happy Hour
7:30 p.m. RBSI / MFP Alumni Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. APSA Donor Reception