Program Highlights

Tuesday, September 8

8:00 a.m.APSA Council Meeting
Log-in information will be sent out to Council Members in advance.
8:00 a.m.Pre-Conference Short Courses
These pre-conference, professional day features a variety of short courses sponsored by APSA Organized Sections, Related Groups, and other affiliate organizations. View the 2020 Short Courses>>

Wednesday, September 9

8:00 a.m.Pre-Conference Short Courses
These pre-conference, professional day features a variety of short courses sponsored by APSA Organized Sections, Related Groups, and other affiliate organizations.  View the 2020 Short Courses>>
12:00 p.m.Welcome and 116th Annual Meeting Presidential Address
Paula D. McClain, APSA President, Duke University
2:00 p.m.Being Black in Political Science: A Candid Conversation about Racism in the Discipline
4:00 p.m.APSA Awards Ceremony
The ceremony honors the 2020 APSA Award recipients for their contributions to the discipline. This year, the event is open to all APSA meeting participants. See APSA Awards page for awardees and committee members.

Thursday, September 10

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.APSA Career Open House
10:00 a.m.Relevance, Quality, and Expedience: Political Science Responds to COVID-19 Panel
Comparing and Explaining Policy Reactions and Political Consequences
Read more about the special calls opened to address current events>>
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.Relevance, Quality, and Expedience: Political Science Responds to COVID-19 Panel
Identity and Responses to COVID-19
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12:00 p.m.James Madison Award Lecture: Liberalism & Nationalism in Contemporary America
John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago
2:00 p.m.Black Lives, Black Deaths, and Black Protest: Political Scientists Respond (Anew) to a Persistent Challenge Panel
Policy Implications of Black Lives Matter Protests
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4:30 p.m.APSA Open Mentoring and Networking Reception

Friday, September 11

10:00 a.m.Black Lives, Black Deaths, and Black Protest: Political Scientists Respond (Anew) to a Persistent Challenge Panel
Feeling Some Type of Way: Examining the Role of Emotions in Black Politics
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11:30 a.m.Goat 2 Meeting
Enjoy a cameo from a Sweet Farm Animal Rescue animal!
12:00 p.m.Black Lives, Black Deaths, and Black Protest: Political Scientists Respond (Anew) to a Persistent Challenge Panel
Young Adults Respond: Prison, Policing, and Political Activism
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2:00 p.m.Honoring the Life and Scholarship of Lucius Barker
2:00 p.m.Relevance, Quality, and Expedience: Political Science Responds to COVID-19 Panel
COVID-19 in Comparative Perspective
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4:30 p.m.John Gaus Award Lecture and Reception
 John M. Bryson, University of Minnesota
5:30 p.m.APSA Reception Honoring Women of Color in the Profession

Saturday, September 12

8:00 a.m.TLC at APSA – Teaching & Learning Mini-Conference
The third 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. View the full schedule.
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.Emerging Scholars Lightning Round Sessions
Participants have five minutes to present their research followed by five minutes of Q&A. Sessions include: Research Design, Research in Five (Undergraduate Students), and Research in Five (Graduate Students). Learn more>>
10:00 a.m.Black Lives, Black Deaths, and Black Protest: Political Scientists Respond (Anew) to a Persistent Challenge Panel
Black Lives Matter and Political Behavior: Public Opinion and Political Participation
Read more about the special calls opened to address current events>>
12:00 p.m.Relevance, Quality, and Expedience: Political Science Responds to COVID-19 Panel
COVID-19 and Political Behavior: Public Opinion and Political Participation
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12:00 p.m.

Perspectives on Polarized Governance: Reflections of Two Departing Members of Congress
Please join retiring Reps. Rob Woodall (R-GA) and Denny Heck (D-WA) for a wide ranging conversation about their experiences serving in the House of Representatives. They will discuss their perceptions of polarization and bipartisanship. They will also reflect on how their job evolved over the course of their service. This conversation will be moderated by Professor Stella Rouse of the University of Maryland.

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.APSA Graduate School Information Fair
4:30 p.m.APSA Minority Fellowship Program & RBSI Alumni Reception
4:30 p.m.APSA Graduate Student Trivia Happy Hour

Sunday, September 13

10:00 a.m.Emerging Scholars: Research in Five Lightning Round (Graduate Students)
Participants have five minutes to present their research followed by five minutes of Q&A. Sessions include: Research Design, Research in Five (Undergraduate Students), and Research in Five (Graduate Students). Learn more>>
10:00 a.m.Black Lives, Black Deaths, and Black Protest: Political Scientists Respond (Anew) to a Persistent Challenge Panel
Political Science and the Movement for Black Lives: A Roundtable Discussion
Read more about the special calls opened to address current events>>
10:00 a.m.Relevance, Quality, and Expedience: Political Science Responds to COVID-19 Panel
Rethinking the Political Science Major During Times of Crisis
Read more about the special calls opened to address current events>>