Program Highlights


Wednesday, August 28


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
The ceremony honors the 2019 APSA Award recipients for their contributions to the discipline. Invitation Only. See APSA Awards page for awardees and committee members.
Marriott,  Salon 1


Thursday, August 29


10:oo a.m.


Take a Tour of the Women’s Suffrage Exhibit at the Library of Congress

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, APSA Annual Meeting attendees in DC will have a special opportunity to tour the Library of Congress Women’s Suffrage Centennial Exhibition entitled “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote.” Priority will be given to 2019 annual meeting registrants. For questions, please contact RSVP here!
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 2nd Floor – Southwest Exhibition Gallery


12:00 p.m.

Breaking News Panel: Immigration and the Realignment of European Politics
Marriott, Delaware B

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.

Marriott, Maryland A

2:00 p.m.

Breaking News Panel: Trump, Constitutional Crisis and American Democracy
Marriott, Salon 3

2:00 p.m.

Recruitment and Retention: Creating and Sustaining a Culture of RESPECT in the Profession
Marriot, Virginia B

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

APSA Career Fair
Marriott, Washington 5

4:00 p.m. 

APSA Bystander Intervention Training I
The training will provide strategies, skills, and examples for how meeting attendees can help ensure that we maintain a culture of respect and professionalism at meetings and conferences using the practice of Active Bystander Intervention.
Marriot, Washington 4

5:30 p.m.

APSA Open Mentoring and Networking Reception
Marriott, Tyler

6:15 p.m.

115th APSA Annual Meeting Presidential Address: “What Good Can Political Science Do? From Pluralism to Partnerships”
Rogers Smith, APSA President, University of Pennsylvania
Marriott, Salon 3

7:30 p.m.

115th Annual Meeting Opening Reception
APSA hosts the Opening Reception. All attendees are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Marriott, Salon 2

8:30 p.m.

International Attendee Reception
APSA invites all international attendees to this special reception as a welcome to DC and the annual meeting.
Marriott, Delaware A


Friday, August 30


8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Discipline: Shared Commitments, Institutional Challenges Series

Marriott, Salon 1

  • Diversity and Inclusion Hackathon Reunion Roundtable, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Recruiting and Supporting Faculty of Color, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Roundtable on Advancing Gender Equity in the Profession, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Roundtable on the Identity Politics of Political Science, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Marriott, Salon 3

  • Presidential Plenary: “The Status of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Discipline,” 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

Plenary Address: “The Campus Origins of Today’s Radical Right and the Crisis of American Democracy”
Nancy MacLean, Duke University
Marriott, Salon 3

1:30 p.m.

Take a Paws: Puppy Social
Come take a break from the meeting with adoptable pups from the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.
Marriot, Exhibit Hall C

2:00 p.m.

Ithiel de Sola Pool Award Lecture: “Political Crackup: The Decline of Collective Responsibility and the Rise of Political Strongmen”
Samuel L. Popkin
Marriott, Virginia B

2:00 p.m.

Political Science at NSF Roundtable
Marriot, Wilson C

3:00 p.m.

APSA Member Appreciation Ice Cream Break
Marriott, Exhibit Hall B South, APSA Lounge

4:00 p.m.

APSA Bystander Intervention Training II
The training will provide strategies, skills, and examples for how meeting attendees can help ensure that we maintain a culture of respect and professionalism at meetings and conferences using the practice of Active
Bystander Intervention.
Marriott, Washington 4

5:30 p.m.

Congressional Fellowship Happy Hour
Lebanese Taverna (Located walking distance from the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotels and
directly across the street from the Woodley Park Metro station)

6:00 p.m.

John Gaus Award Lecture: “Human Resources and Public Administration”
J. Edward Kellough, University of Georgia
Omni, Palladian Ballroom

6:30 p.m.

Sidney Verba Memorial Reception
Marriot, Thurgood Marshall West

8:30 p.m.

APSA Reception Honoring Women of Color in the Profession
Marriott, Maryland AB


Saturday, August 31

8:00 a.m.

TLC at APSA – Teaching & Learning Mini-Conference
The second Teaching and Learning Mini-Conference at APSA 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.
Marriott, Thurgood Marshall & Madison Rooms

See TLC at APSA page for panels and locations.

10:00 a.m.

iPoster Session: Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Schoalrs (RBSI)
Marriot, Exhibit Hall B South

1:30 p.m.

Family Ice Cream Social
Marriott, East Lawn (Rain location: Marriott, Park Tower 8219)

2:00 p.m.

APSA Graduate School Information Fair
Marriott, Washington 4

4:00 p.m.

Breaking News Panel: Bolsonaro and the Challenges to Democratic Rights and Academic Freedom
Marriott, Salon 3

4:00 p.m.

MFP Roundtable: APSA Minority Fellowship Program 50th Anniversary Panel
Marriot, Virginia B

6:30 p.m.

Graduate Student Happy Hour
Graduate students are invited to network with each other and meet informally with APSA officers and council members.
Omni, Blue Room Prefunction

7:00 p.m.

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.
Marriot, Delaware B

7:30 p.m.

APSA Minority Fellowship Program 50th Anniversary & RBSI Alumni Reception
Marriott, Delaware A