APSA is hosting three dissertation workshops and its second annual pedagogy workshop on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the annual meeting. Applications for disseration and pedagogy workshops and are closed.

Annual Meeting Pedagogy Workshop

Hosted by
Bethany Blackstone, Professor, University of North Texas
Maryann Gallagher, Professor, University of Georgia

This workshop is designed for advanced PhD students preparing teaching portfolios for the job market andjunior faculty preparing first courses and tenure promotion files. Topics will include (1) student engagement and learning, (2) syllabus design, (3) developing assignments and assessments, (4) creating learning experiences, and (5) teaching statements and portfolios. Workshop attendance is free and is capped at 15 participants. The deadline for applications has passed.

Dissertation Workshop: Migration and Citzenship

Fiona Adamson, Associate Professor, SOAS University of London
Willem Maas, Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor, York University

Workshop Description:
This workshop will bring together emerging scholars working on diverse topics related to contemporary citizenship, migration, membership, and belonging. By focusing on multilevel and transnational citizenship we hope to widen the debate beyond the established literature on national-level citizenship regimes in established democracies. Dissertations on a range of approaches to citizenship and diaspora politics are welcome. We especially encourage proposals that are grounded in empirical work and that would allow us to undertake cross-regional comparisons of multilevel and transnational forms of citizenship. Before the workshop each student participant will share one draft of a dissertation chapter, and all participants will read each other’s work in advance and prepare feedback. Faculty leaders and students will discuss the drafts and provide detailed comments. Each graduate participant will be expected to offer formal comments on one of the papers, scheduled in advance. The workshop will also provide students with a network of peers in the field and allow for a discussion about the broader fields of migration, citizenship, and diaspora politics.

Dissertation Workshop: Militaries and Security Forces: From Repression To Democratization

Erica De Bruin, Assistant Professor, Hamilton College 
Kristen Harkness, Lecturer, University of St. Andrews

Workshop Description: 
This workshop will bring together PhD candidates researching military and security forces. It will include two thematic panels. The first will explore the role of paramilitaries, militia, and other irregular security forces in mass protests, civil war, and international conflict. The second will examine how military and security forces influence processes of democratization and democratic consolidation. Dissertations on a range of topics related to these themes are welcome. Each participant in the workshop will share a dissertation chapter prior to the workshop, and present it on one of the two panels. The workshop leaders will provide feedback that suggests concrete ways to improve the drafts and draws connections between the chapters presented on each panel. In addition to providing participants with substantive feedback on their work, the workshop will serve as an opportunity for PhD candidates to develop a network of peers in the field.

Dissertation Workshop: State Politics and Society

Carl Klarner, Klarnerpolitics
Saundra K. Schneider, Professor, Michigan State University

Workshop Description: 

Dissertation topics covering any aspect of state politics and policy are welcome.  Before the workshop each student participant will submit one draft of a dissertation chapter, and all participants will read each other’s work and prepare feedback.  The workshop will provide constructive feedback in a supportive environment on how the chapters can be improved, both in their theoretical rigor, research design and presentation.  Suggestions for additional analyses and how to best emphasize findings will also be discussed.  Possible topics could include, but are not limited to, state legislatures, governors or other state executives, state judiciaries, direct democracy, state elections, or state public policy.