Related Group Calls

Find the Calls for Proposals for the 2021 Annual Meeting from all of our Related Groups below.  Proposal submissions are closed. 

The title of the group and the call will appear below the group title. Access the 2021 Related Group Contact Information.

Group Chair(s): Michael Gusmano, Rutgers School of Public Health

Group Chair(s): Christopher Wolfe and Daniel Burns, University of Dallas

The American Public Philosophy Institute will sponsor a Roundtable on “Constitutional Interpretation and Originalism Today.” Originalism, once simply rejected by most legal commentators, is now more influential (especially due to the efforts of Supreme Court justices such as Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas), to the point where legal scholars on the left are employing it (selectively), and some have even maintained that “we are all originalists now.” This past term, in Bostock v. Clayton County, Justice Neil Gorsuch provided a “textualist” fifth vote for a radical extension of the Civil Rights Acts’ prohibition of discrimination based on “sex.” So: what is the state of originalism today? This panel will address itself to that general question, but it will also give special attention to one area of intense contemporary dispute, where dramatic change in Supreme Court doctrine seems very possible: the religion clauses of the First Amendment. 

Group Chair(s): Okiyoshi Takeda, Aoyama Gakuin University and Ngoc Phan at Hawai’I Pacific University

The Asian Pacific American Caucus (also known as APAC and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Caucus) welcomes proposals on all aspects of Asian Pacific American (APA) political life. In particular, reflecting the 2021 conference theme “promoting pluralism,” we welcome papers using various methodological approaches—theoretical, quantitative, experimental, qualitative, fieldwork, archival, and historical, just to mention a few. Papers combining two or more methodological approaches are particularly welcome. We invite papers focusing on different levels of APA politics—transnational, national, state, local—as well as individual-level analyses on issues such as microagression. Although little data may be available, papers on APA’s role in the 2020 census and in the campaigns and voting in the 2020 elections would nicely fit in our panel. Year 2020 was the year when we saw the surge of Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Papers dealing with APAs’ interracial relations will be considered, and papers discussing the roles of APAs in BLM and similar movements within APA politics are particularly welcome. Gender and sexuality are also important aspects of APA politics. Papers discussing gender differences in political representation, participation, and voting are welcome. Also, issues such as the glass ceiling, sexual harassment and equal treatment of women and LGBTQs would be appropriate for our panel. We have “P” (Pacific) in our group name, but we do not receive proposals on Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders as often as we do on Asian Americans. Therefore, we welcome proposals in this burgeoning research domain. Finally, papers comparing APAs and Asians in other countries (such as Canada and Australia) are also welcome. Please note, however, APAC is a related group that primarily focuses on APAs within the U.S. If you have a proposal focused mainly on politics within Asian countries, please consider sending it to other sections dealing with area studies (the same applies to volunteers for chairs and discussants).

Group Chair(s): Matt Hibbing, University of California, Merced

The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences invites paper proposals for the 2021 annual meeting (to be held in Seattle, WA), September 30 through October 3. The study of biology and politics speaks to the many linkages between the life sciences and the study of politics. We invite proposals for papers as well as offers to serve as panel discussants and chairs. Papers on all topics are welcome, whether biobehavior, bioethics, biopolicy, neurobiological aspects of behavior, evolution and politics, etc.

Group Chair(s): Celeste Arrington, George Washington University

The Association of Korean Political Studies (AKPS) welcomes submissions for its panel at the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting in Seattle from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. We invite individual papers or panel proposals from any subfield in political science. Papers may apply any theoretical or empirical approach to the study of Korea-related questions. The conference theme is “Promoting Pluralism” in recognition of our discipline’s intellectual, methodological, and theoretical diversity. Proposals may engage with this theme, but they should explore issues in the domestic politics of the two Koreas or their relations with other countries and the international system. AKPS particularly welcomes proposals that consider the Koreas in comparative perspective, and we encourage a diversity of researchers and approaches. For more information about AKPS, please visit

Group Chair(s): Holly Jarman, University of Michigan; Janey Laible, Lehigh University; Terrence Casey, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

The British Politics Group welcomes proposals for papers, panels, roundtables and other innovative formats on any topic related to British politics for the 2021 APSA annual meeting in Seattle, Washington. We are open to proposals that focus on the United Kingdom as a case study as well as those that provide comparative perspectives on British politics. Proposals may wish to consider the theme for the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting, “Promoting Pluralism,” which invites participants to consider the intellectual pluralism of political science as a discipline (methods, behavior, institutions, and perspectives), to explore cross- and multi-disciplinary conversations, and to embrace the diversity of scholars in our community. We are open to any and all worthy proposals, especially those from junior scholars or those new to the group. Proposals might address, for example, pluralism and democracy in the context of British or devolved institutions; the impact of significant constitutional changes in recent decades on the coherence and stability of British democracy; the challenges of governing or exercising political agency in a diverse and divided Britain; or the impacts of significant economic and social inequality on British politics and society. Note that all proposals must go through the APSA on-line process and must be submitted by the regular APSA deadline. Please follow APSA guidelines for submissions, e.g., paper proposals will need an abstract of the paper and full contact details for the presenter(s); panel proposals will need panelist names, paper titles, and abstracts. Please also note that all presenters including co-authors must be dues-paying members of the BPG in order to appear on the program (presenters may join the BPG after acceptance to the conference). Information about the British Politics Group, including membership information, may be found at Additional questions may be addressed to the Program Chair, Holly Jarman, at or BPG Executive Director, Janet Laible, at

Group Chair(s): Diana Dwyre, Califnornia State University, Chico; Robin Kolodny, Temple University and Bruce Larson, Gettysburg College

The main conference theme for APSA 2021 is promoting pluralism. In an important respect, intellectual pluralism is baked into the study of campaign finance by virtue of the fact that campaign money itself permeates so many aspects of politics. Campaign finance scholars can be found studying campaign money as it relates to law, legislatures, party organizations, interest groups, identity politics, public policy, political participation, and other areas of inquiry as well. Similarly, campaign finance research is not bound by subfield. Cross-national studies of campaign finance have become increasingly prominent in the study of comparative politics. Methodologically speaking, while campaign finance lends itself to quantitative analysis, one can also find ample and important qualitative work in this area of study. Even within the realm of quantitative work, considerable methodological diversity exists, with important research utilizing survey research and even experimental design. Finally, there is a robust (and growing) line of campaign finance research focusing on identity, including important and fascinating work on how race, ethnicity, and gender shape candidate fundraising, donor networks, and individual donor participation. For the 2021 APSA meeting, the Campaign Finance Research Group encourages papers that continue and expand on the intellectual, methodological, and identity-based pluralism that has defined the study of campaign finance. Researchers might especially consider exploring how the COVID-19 crisis and the summer’s Black Lives Matter protests have impacted candidate fundraising and donor participation.

Group Chair(s): Troy Smith, Brigham Young University, Hawaii and John Kincaid, Lafayette College

The Center for the Study of Federalism at the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government invites papers that examine intersections of COVID-19 and police brutality within America’s federal system. Possible papers answering this call might examine the following: how federalism affected federal, state, and local government responses to COVID-19 and police brutality; presidential and federal government powers (and limits to those powers) to displace state and local police powers; the extent and limits of state and local government powers and methods to resist federal actions and intervention; how the federal government intervened and/or incentivized state and local government responses to COVID-19 and police reform; and public perceptions of federalism after the events of 2020. Papers might also examine the roles of political parties. For example, do state officials less often challenge the feds when their party controls the White House and/or Congress? Do federal officials push back less vigorously against states or local governments controlled by the president’s party? How do divisions within political parties manifest themselves in the federal system on the issues of COVID-19 and police brutality?

Group Chair(s): Justin Litke, Catholic University of America

The Center for the Study of Statesmanship is accepting paper proposals for APSA 2021 aimed at exploring the myriad sources of the American political tradition as an outgrowth of the sociological, religious, and philosophical diversity present during the colonial and early republican periods. We welcome papers written from a variety of viewpoints, particularly those that have been historically excluded from academic dialogue.  Bringing the wisdom of past authors to bear on contemporary political concerns forms part of the mission of CSS, which will gladly accept proposals that are integrative and interdisciplinary in nature–particularly those focused on connections between politics and the imagination.

Group Chair(s): Daniel Bennett, John Brown University; Scott Walker, Biola University; Josh Bowman, Heidelberg

Christians in Political Science invites paper proposals for the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting. Specifically, we are seeking papers that explore the role of pluralism (broadly construed) in politics today. CPS would enjoy reviewing proposals from various subfields of the discipline, by authors of varying rank and experience in the field, and making use of various methodologies.

Group Chair(s): Peter Levine, Tufts University and Trygve Throntveit

The Civic Studies Related Group invites proposals for panels, round tables, and individual papers that make a significant contribution to the civic studies field; articulate a civic studies perspective on some important issue; or contribute to theoretical, empirical, or practical debates in civic studies. We especially encourage proposals that emphasize actual or potential civic responses to the social and political crises of 2020, their origins, and possible consequences. Civic studies is a field defined by diversity yet connected by participants’ commitments to promoting interdisciplinary research, theory, and practice in support of civic renewal: the strengthening of civic (i.e., citizen-powered and citizen-empowering) politics, initiatives, institutions, and culture. Its concern is not with citizenship understood as legal membership in a particular polity, but with guiding civic ideals and a practical ethos embraced by individuals loyal to, empowered by, and invested in the communities they form and re-form together. Its goal is to promote these ideals through improved institutional designs, enhanced public deliberation, new and improved forms of public work among citizens, or clearer and more imaginative political theory. The civic studies framework adopted in 2007 ( cites two ideals for the emerging discipline: “public spiritedness” (or “commitment to the public good”) and “the idea of the citizen as a creative agent.” Civic studies is an intellectual community that takes these two ideals seriously. Although new, it draws from several important strands of ongoing research and theory, including the work of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom and the Bloomington School, of Juergen Habermas and critical social theory, Brent Flyvbjerg and social science as phronesis, and more diffuse traditions such as philosophical pragmatism, Gandhian nonviolence, the African American Freedom Struggle. It supports work on deliberative democracy, on public work, on civic engagement and community organizing, among others.

Group Chair(s): Kristin Goss, Duke University and Elizabeth Boris, Urban Institute

The Related Group on Civil Society, Policy, and Power invites proposals concerning the nongovernmental actors and spaces that shape politics and policymaking in the US and around the world. This universe includes policy advocacy organizations, trade and professional associations, unions, nonprofit service providers, grassroots groups, think tanks, grantmaking institutions, individual donors, and informal networks of social capital. In light of the conference theme, we are especially interested in papers that address the relationships between civil society and pluralism. Such work might address civil society as a space where people develop skills and orientations that serve to buttress (or threaten) democratic norms such as tolerance, freedom of thought and expression, and respect for the rule of law. Work might also explore the role that civil society plays in facilitating (or undermining) the political voice and collective action, particularly of underrepresented groups in communities and nation-states around the globe. Given the conference’s emphasis on pluralism within political science, we are interested in work using original data sources and diverse methods to bring civil society organizations into the study of political institutions and processes. Proposals might focus on how non-governmental actors have shaped policy agendas, political dynamics, and state-building historically and at present. Likewise, proposals might focus on how the state has shaped the size, power, activities, and scope of the non-governmental sphere. Research that views civil society in comparative perspective would be especially relevant, as would research focusing on peoples and places that mainstream political science has neglected. Of course, papers need not directly engage the conference theme; we welcome the full range of original contributions. We invite empirical studies from diverse methodological traditions, as well as works of political theory. We encourage paper submissions and organized panel submissions. Panel submissions must include at least four papers, a panel chair, and a discussant. Where appropriate, the program co-chairs may add papers to these panels. We ask that all faculty members submitting proposals also volunteer to serve either as panel chairs or as discussants. Because the conference includes new presentation formats, we encourage proposals for one of these new formats. Please submit proposals to a second APSA division/group so that we have the opportunity to co-sponsor panels.

Group Chair(s): Jospeh Postell, The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Annalyssa Lee, Claremont Institute

The Claremont Institute is dedicated to the study of principles of the American founding and to enhance and maintain an understanding of those principles in the academy and in the public mind. The institute understands this mission in broad terms, and is thus interested in the tradition of political philosophy that was read by the founders and that influenced their thinking, as well as issues in contemporary American Politics and foreign policy that might be informed by the principles of the Founding. The Institute sponsors panels and roundtables at the annual meeting that explore these themes; interested parties should contact Joseph Postell (, who serves as organizer for these panels. 

Group Chair(s): R. Kent Weaver, Georgetown University and Bert Rockman, Purdue University

The Committee on Viable Constitutionalism welcomes proposals for roundtable panels or complete panels of papers on topics related to the promotion of viable constitutional democracy, such as issues of institutional design, promotion of norms surrounding democracy, and issues relating to institutional practices, such as coalition formation, the behavior of constitutional courts, and civilian control of the military.

Group Chair(s): Jeffrey Paller, University of San Francisco

As societies across the world face extreme pressure on democratic institutions and illiberal political developments, urban residents are at the forefront of demanding democracy. Alternatively, the city is an arena for contentious struggles over rights, distribution, migration, and development. The city has become a site of both populism and privilege, where extreme inequality confronts powerful urban social movements, as well as populist politicians that mobilize poor and marginalized residents. In these ways, cities are inherently plural spaces where multiple polities compete for valuable urban space and territory. What are the political ramifications of rapid urbanization across the world? How do multiple actors and institutions govern cities and their neighborhoods? The Comparative Urban Politics related group welcomes panel and paper proposals addressing any aspect of the politics and governance of cities in a comparative context. Panel proposals that include perspectives from both the developed and developing world, have broad appeal across the discipline, and draw from significant fieldwork will be favored. Since we only have one panel on the APSA program, it is advisable to submit your proposals to other Sections as well.

Group Chair(s): Martin Bull, University of Salford; Erik Jones, Johns Hopkins University; Richard Katz, Johns Hopkins University

Pluralism, Pandemic, Prejudice, and Promise in Italian Politics and Society Conference Group on Italian Politics Erik Jones (Johns Hopkins University) and Antonella Seddone (University of Turin) The theme for the 2021 theme for the APSA Annual Meetings is ‘Promoting Pluralism’. The conference chairs interpret that theme in political, empirical, and methodological terms. The Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society (CONGRIPS) would like to use that theme to highlight the many challenges we face understanding where Italy is at the moment, how Italians got to this place, and where they are headed. The Italian political landscape and society were already going through a phase of great instability, where different (and new) trends crossed the country as populist and Eurosceptic pressures were reshaping the public debate. The Covid-19 emergency broke into an already confusing scenario, once again redefining the nature of political and social challenges and imposing new agendas while de-facto raising the stakes. Crises like this one have an impact on societies in terms of both vertical and horizontal trust: they can bring societies together in the face of common adversity, but they may further strengthen political polarization. Also, the economic consequences lead (and even deepen) societal inequalities. Economic disadvantages coming from the Covid-19 emergency may intersect with issues of race and ethnicity. In addition, the risk perception combined with emotional reactions (i.e. fear, threat, distrust) are often associated with higher levels of intolerance and prejudice toward out-groups. In this period of enormous complexity, it is essential to move beyond consolidated notions, theories and research frameworks and to venture into new paths able to grasp more effectively the sense of what happened and to better understand how our societies have been reshaped (and still are) by the epidemic emergency. Italy confronts a wide range of powerful political, economic, and social forces. Some of these are longstanding, and derive from changes in demographics, industrial paradigms, trading patterns, and relations with other countries. Other forces are newer and emerge from the collapse of traditional political parties alongside the rise of political and social movements. Still others are immediate and relate not just to the Covid-19 pandemic but also to the unprecedented implications of policy efforts to try and stop the spread of the virus. Like the conference program chairs, we invite contributions that are messy and inconclusive as well as those that are rigorous and parsimonious; we also invite contributions from researchers who are willing to start a conversation that is open to the wider public in addition to making an important contribution to scholarship. We strongly encourage proposals relying on different methodological and theoretical frameworks even going beyond the disciplinary boundaries. Of course, Italy is hardly alone in facing this confluence of powerful forces. Therefore, CONGRIPS welcomes contributions that help to situate the Italian experience in a wider comparative or international perspective. The aim is to take advantage of the richness and complexity of Italian politics and society both to learn more about Italy and to draw insights from Italian experience for the rest of the world. Applications should be submitted via the APSA process. Informal inquiries can be made to the CONGRIPS program chairs, Erik Jones ( and Antonella Seddone (

Group Chair(s): Dennis Lu Chung Weng, Sam Houston State University a

The 2021 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting will be held from September 30-October 3, 2021, in Seattle, WA. The conference theme is “Promoting Pluralism.”

CGOTS invites paper and panel proposals on Taiwan’s domestic politics, cross-Strait issues, and international relations that are consistent with the theme of “Promoting Pluralism.”

This call for proposals opens in the midst of a political, economic, and social upheaval that portends significant transformations across the globe. The answers to what these global shifts mean for governments, nations, communities, and individuals are neither straightforward nor obvious, and the tools necessary to examine them are varied and expansive. More than ever, political science is positioned to address pressing questions of this moment and beyond, provided we embrace and promote the rich intellectual pluralism of our discipline – in methodology, methods, behavior, institutions, and perspective. In addition, we recognize that the diversity of our scholars in terms of racial and ethnic background, nationality, gender, sexuality, and gender expression, institutions and professional career stage contributes to knowledge and ways of understanding the world.

Perhaps the most well-recognized dimension of political science’s pluralism is methodological. Ours is a discipline rich in usage of methodologies and methods from a range of fields. Such is only natural when considering a topic as complex and broad as politics. We have an epistemologically pluralistic profession, which we should encourage, protecting as an asset the strength of our divergent voices. Yet, most if not all of us have our preferred approaches, and, as a result, tacitly downplay others. But, it is this tension that makes political science so fruitful. The mix has translated into a discipline that is not only more open but also more scrupulous. Our discipline’s heterogeneous field of methodologies, methods, and theories is and should be a hallmark of political science and an opportunity to lead other social sciences. This is a crucial time for the discipline in terms of the expansion and acceptance of a range of methodologies and methods.

For the 2021 Annual Meeting, we encourage participants to consider questions about “Promoting Pluralism” in Taiwan, especially those that highlight diversity in methodological approaches and topics. We also welcome proposals attentive to various domestic and international challenges Taiwan is encountering in the COVID-19 global environment. It is the second year of President Tsai Ing-wen’s second term, and studies examining changes over the political landscape in Taiwan and its future direction is particularly desired. We encourage scholars to raise and study the following questions under the Taiwan context, including how citizens react to the global impact of COVID-19 in Taiwan; how to better understand the diverse social clusters and their respective political views and demands in Taiwan; how to utilize and demonstrate various methodological approaches to advance scholarly understanding of Taiwan politics; how to comprehend cross-Strait relations under Tsai’s second term; and how to incorporate the concept of diversity in scholarly research of Taiwan politics.

We also welcome proposals that utilize innovative and diverse approaches to understand how Taiwan positions itself under the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy and the ongoing U.S.-China confrontations. Research investigating the dynamics of U.S.-Taiwan-China relations, the influences of China on Taiwan’s domestic and international politics, the impact of COVID-19 on Taiwan’s outward and inward trade and investment patterns, the potential changes between the cross-Strait relations during and after COVID-19, and the public perception on Taiwan’s foreign policy is highly desirable. These questions help the political science academe to better understand Taiwan under the global context and raise Taiwan’s international visibility.

Please send proposals to APSA: (

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Weng (, CGOTS Coordinator. Travel support for CGOTS panelists is subject to the availability of external funding.

Group Chair(s): John Boswell, University of Southampton and Marta Wojciechowska, London School of Economics and Political Science

Critical approaches to the study of the crisis in politics and policymaking Contemporary politics and public policy seem to be moving from one crisis to another. In policy terms, better-studied crises, like the climate emergency or increasing economic inequality, have recently been joined by sudden challenges to public health and economic security brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. In procedural terms, a long-present crisis of depoliticisation and exclusion in democratic politics has been overshadowed by the crisis presented by radical right-wing populism and an increasingly toxic public sphere. Papers in this panel consider how critical policy studies can aid our understandings of crisis in contemporary politics and public policy. Among other possibilities, we welcome submissions that draw on the diverse conceptual and methodological tools of critical policy analysis to understand how powerful actors construct crises; that illustrate how marginalised groups are mobilising in the face of surfacing crises; or that analyse how to promote tools of dialogue, inclusion and reflection to address the multi-faceted challenges contemporary democracies face.

Group Chair(s): Edana Beauvais, Duke University and Jane Mansbridge, Harvard University

The Democratic Innovations group welcomes proposals for papers, panels, or roundtables related to any aspect of democratic innovations for the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. We encourage scholars to consider the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting Theme, “Promoting Pluralism.” The 2021 theme recognizes that the consequences of global changes remain unknown, and asks how the diverse array of scholars, research methodologies, and distinct subfields in political science can help address the multipronged challenges of our era. What types of democratic innovations are best suited for addressing different problems of democracy, such as problems of legitimacy, inclusion, or public opinion formation? How can democratic innovations empower a plurality of voices in political decision-making? What are the benefits and drawbacks of different methodological approaches for studying democratic innovations? Papers, panels, or roundtable proposals that address these or other questions drawing on the theme Promoting Pluralism are especially welcome, but any papers, panel, or roundtable proposals addressing how democratic innovations can address major problems today are very welcome. If you have a paper on a promising topic, we will work with you to develop a panel or roundtable on that topic. Please note that at the moment, we have only one panel or roundtable allocated to us. If our 2021 event attracts many attendees, we will be allocated more in the future. 

Group Chair(s): Daniel Aldrich, Northeastern University and Rob Deleo, Bentley University

The Disasters and Crises Related Group (DCRG) brings together scholars from a broad variety of subfields within political science along with researchers from outside the discipline to foster collaboration and diffusion of ideas on disasters, mass casualty events, and crises. The DCRG invites proposals for its related group panel at the 2021 American Political Science Association meeting the theme of which is Promoting Pluralism. Potential topics include how multiple actors – private firms, informal resident networks, faith based organizations, civil society organizations, and local, regional, and national governments – collaborate (or fail to do so) during threats, investigations of sources of trusted information for residents facing shocks, models for measuring resilience and vulnerability across developing and developed populations under stress, how different levels of democracy interact with state capacity to influence disaster outcomes, and data sources for measuring the ability of institutions to transform during shocks. We encourage proposals using a variety of methodological approaches including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods.

Group Chair(s): Gregory Koutnik, University of Pennsylvania; Mary Witlacil, Colorado State University; Ross Mittiga, Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile

In the spirit of APSA’s 2020 theme, “Promoting Pluralism,” the Environmental Politics and Theory Related Group calls for papers which embody or examine the inherent methodological, demographic, and theoretical diversity of the field. We are particularly interested in work that explores the complex interconnections between global environmental politics, widely celebrated political values (like toleration, mutual respect, democracy, and political equality), and developing socio-political trends (including the rise of new authoritarianisms, increasingly trenchant racism and nationalism, yawning inequality, and powerful, youth- and minority-led protest movements). What can the diverse methods of political theorists and scientists tell us about our manifold environmental crises, or how to address them? What do prevailing approaches problematically tend to obscure? Which thinkers or bodies-of-knowledge—from indigenous studies to neo-classical economics—are environmental-politics scholars under-utilizing or overlooking, and why is this a problem? What could the field, as a whole, be doing to draw in and amplify voices that have too often been left out, silenced, or ignored? How should scholars, societies, and governments attempt to navigate the tensions between the inherently global nature of environmental politics and the inexorably local experience of environmental change? What can they do to reconcile the often alienatingly technocratic aspects of environmental policy and policymaking with the popular and democratic politics needed for such policies to succeed? While the Environmental Politics and Theory Related Group especially welcomes proposals that engage the themes and issues described above, any submission that addresses the wide-ranging issues relevant to environmental politics and theory will be considered. In keeping with APSA’s goals of increasing diversity, inclusion, and access throughout the profession, we also strongly encourage proposals from scholars who belong to historically underrepresented groups, especially including those from minority racial and ethnic communities, low-income and working-class families, non-Anglophonic countries, and the LGBTQI community.

Group Chair(s): David Walsh, Catholic University of America; John von Heyking, University of Lethbridge; Steve McGuire

The Eric Voegelin Society, for its 37th annual international meeting in 2021, to be held as part of the APSA annual meeting, invites papers in the general field of political philosophy with particular attention to the work of Eric Voegelin and the broad range of interdisciplinary and comparative concerns reflected in his scholarship. This includes: resistance to tyranny, classical philosophy, Christian thought, philosophy of history, the interface of religion and politics including radical Islam, modernity, post-modern thought, terrorism, ideological politics with its authoritarian and totalitarian manifestations, and contemporary challenges (both foreign and domestic) to liberty, free government, rule of law, the integrity of the American constitutional order and federal system including liberty, individual rights, and the tradition of Anglo-American constitutionalism–all prominent interests of the Society. >>>>>>>>Send a 200 word precis with any proposal, a title, author’s name, affiliation, and Email address.

Group Chair(s): Lee Liberman Otis, Anthony Deardurff, and Spencer Caron, The Federalist Society

The Federalist Society invites proposals for a roundtable discussion that will consider the ways in which a robustly pluralistic approach to political science, legal academic work, and jurisprudence leads to better scholarship and a strengthening of the rule of law and democratic governance. A pluralistic approach to legal scholarship and jurisprudence respectively may lead to increased interdisciplinary work–for instance between statistics and political science– or, as it relates to the judiciary, different modes of statutory and constitutional interpretation. An increased tendency to take note of and promote pluralism raises the following questions: is pluralism always beneficial for legal scholarship and jurisprudence? If not, when might an interdisciplinary approach muddle, rather than illuminate? In what ways is pluralism antithetical to the role of a judge, and in what ways might a methodologically pluralistic approach allow a judge to best discover what the law requires of him? When, if ever, can calls for pluralism have deleterious effects on individual liberty? We welcome proposals for a moderated discussion that addresses these or related questions. 

Group Chair(s): Quansheng Zhao, American University and Zhiqun Zhu, Bucknell University

China’s internal and external challenges in the post-COVID19 era

Like many other countries, China faces daunting challenges in the years ahead as it gradually recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Will China be able to meet its economic growth target?  How can it continue to maintain social and political stability as its economic growth declines and ethnic tensions rise?  How will China handle peripheral challenges from Hong Kong and Taiwan? Will the 2020 US election introduce more uncertainty to US-China relations? And what is the prospect of the Belt & Road Initiative in the post-COVID19 era?  Our panels will explore some of these domestic and international challenges, examine how China is handling such challenges, and discuss what the impact is for China and the rest of the world.

Group Chair(s): Sebastian Royo, Suffolk University and Kerstin Hamann, University of Central Florida

We invite proposals that address issues and topics in Iberian politics from a diversity of perspectives. Iberian countries are in the midst of unprecedented political, economic, and social upheaval that are likely to lead to profound transformations. Following the consequences of the Great Recession, Iberia is now confronted with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This panel seeks to explore what these shifts will mean for Iberian politics, economies, and communities, acknowledging that different groups will be impacted differently. We welcome for proposals that examine these transformations and take advantage of our field’s pluralism and embrace interdisciplinary approaches that embrace multiple methodologies and approaches including comparative studies and research that spans different subfield and are interdisciplinary. We invite papers that utilize both empirical analysis and theoretical reflections, regardless of methodological approach. Papers that analyze the consequences of the crisis in Iberia in a broader comparative context are also welcome.

Group Chair(s): Rick Witmer, Creighton University and Laura Evans, University of Washington

As a group of scholars unconstrained by region, level of analysis, or research methodology, the Indigenous Studies Network is well positioned to address pluralism in political science. In line with the theme of the 2021 call for proposals, the ISN seeks submissions that address the diverse nature of Indigenous politics and approaches to understanding Indigenous political activity, broadly defined. We seek submissions that broadly examine/investigate/consider the question “where, why, and how are indigenous groups, communities, or individuals choosing to engage in politics.” In this question we seek to better understand how, when, and why indigenous people either collectively or individually decide to and engage in political processes at the tribal, state, federal, pantribal, and international levels. 

Group Chair(s): Glenn Hastedt, James Madison University

Topics and Approaches in Studying Intelligence Consistent with the APSA theme of Promoting Pluralism, the focus of the intelligence studies group panel this year will be to highlight the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used to studying intelligence. It is hoped that a wide variety of intelligence issues will be covered in the papers presented for this discussion. It will also examine the questions of where do methodological and theoretical gaps in studying intelligence currently exist and what pathways might be pursued in studying intelligence in the future. We are open to holding this panel as a roundtable discussion or one centered on the presentation of papers. We encourage proposals and expressions of interest from those experienced in the practice and study of intelligence as well as those new to the field. We also welcome proposals from those who adopt interdisciplinary approaches and adopt global, comparative, and historical perspectives in studying intelligence. Inquiries should be sent to Glenn Hastedt, James Madison University, Formal proposals have to be made through the APSA homepage.

Group Chair(s): James W. Muller, University of Alaska and Justin Reash, The International Churchill Society

The International Churchill Society requests proposals for papers on the theme “What Winston Churchill Read: The Education of a Statesman” for its twenty-third annual related group panel at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association to be held in Seattle, September 30 to October 3, 2021.

The success of our 2020 panel, “What Winston Churchill Read: The Education of a Statesman,” held on Zoom during the 2020 annual APSA meeting, in focusing attention on Churchill’s wide reading and self-education, has encouraged us to continue our exploration of this theme in 2021 by requesting proposals for further investigation of the significance of Churchill’s reading for his education, statecraft, and writing. Papers might focus on specific examples of Churchill’s reading of works in biography, classics, foreign languages, history, journalism, literature, poetry, or theater.

In keeping with the APSA’s goal of increasing diversity, inclusion, and access throughout the profession, the International Churchill Society particularly welcomes proposals demonstrating intellectual diversity from a wide range of approaches, viewpoints, and disciplines.


Prospective presenters or discussants of papers are invited to propose themselves to James W. Muller,, Chairman of the Board of Academic Advisers of the International Churchill Society and APSA related group organizer for the Society.


The 22nd annual black tie academic dinner of the International Churchill Society will be held offsite in conjunction with the APSA meeting.

Group Chair(s): Fed Shaffer, University of Massachusetts and Natasha Behl, Arizona State University

The Interpretive Methodologies and Methods related group provides a forum for the discussion of methodological and methods issues related to interpretive research, as well as issues arising from their position within contemporary political and other social sciences. Interpretive methodologies and methods are informed by philosophical traditions such as hermeneutics, phenomenology, pragmatism, and symbolic interaction. Notwithstanding their differences, these traditions presuppose that the meaningfulness and historical contingency of human life differentiates the social realm from the natural one, with implications for how research is conducted. Although diverse in their modes of identifying or generating and analyzing data, research processes in the interpretive tradition are typically characterized by: a) an empirical and normative prioritizing of the lived experience of people in research settings; b) a focus on the meaning(s) of acts, events, interactions, language, and physical artifacts to multiple stakeholders; and c) a sensitivity to the historically- and/or situationally-contingent, often-contested character of such meanings. We call for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals that explore interpretive methodological issues or that apply interpretive methods (e.g., political ethnography, grounded theory in Strauss’s more phenomenological tradition, discourse analysis) in ways that demonstrate their “comparative advantage” for empirical research across all subfields of political science. Especially welcome are proposals that reflect on how political science itself is situated in the webs of meaning and historical context that it studies. For further Information about the IMM Conference Group: Interested presenters may contact the 2021 IMM program chair, Natasha Behl (

Group Chair(s): Michael Strausz, Texas Christian University and Kenneth McElwain, University of Tokyo

Over the last decade, natural disasters, geopolitical uncertainties, demographic challenges, and growing socioeconomic inequalities have steadily eroded Japanese confidence in formal and informal institutions. This is reflected in declining voter turnout and partisan identification, as well as weakening trust in the civil service and mass media. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these trends, prompting a reexamination of Japans’ political architecture. For example, local actors have challenged—and in some cases have supplanted—the primacy of the national government in communicating public health information, encouraging pro-social behavior, and establishing fiscal programs to support ailing businesses.  For the APSA 2021 meeting, we invite scholars in all areas of the discipline to investigate questions related to perceived and actual changes in the quality of Japanese democracy. We welcome research that looks at government actions and public reactions to domestic and international pressures, including (but not limited to): the role of national versus local governments in response to COVID-19, trust in established institutions and actors, including political parties, the civil service, academic experts, and the mass media, role of informal institutions, such as social networks and norms, in complementing or substituting for formal institutions, and Japan’s foreign and security policy in response to challenges to the liberal international order

Group Chair(s): Isabel Perera, University of Pennsylvania and Dina Bishara, Cornell University

APSA Labor Politics promotes scholarship on labor-related issues. We invite papers and panels to be submitted on any theme related to labor, work, unions, or employment. We encourage diverse perspectives on these topics from any range of academic specialties, including but not limited to human rights, political economy, public policy, interest groups, social movements, comparative politics, state politics, immigration, theory, gender, race, ethnicity, history, and law. We seek to connect diverse scholars and particularly welcome international and comparative scholarship along with international and junior scholars.  

We would be especially interested in papers discussing topics such as the role and influence of organized labor in reaction to populism in the US and beyond, migration and refugee issues, resurgent and alternative labor organizing, popular resistance to austerity, labor and parties in advanced economies, advocacy efforts, issues related to employment and labor market policies, changes in union politics, and political organizations, informal and precarious work, and unemployment. 

We welcome papers from a wide range of methodological approaches, focused on any region of the world.

Group Chair(s): Marcela Garcia and Marcela Garcia-Castanon, San Francisco State University

Latino/a/x scholars and scholars of this community have regularly been at the forefront of research that promotes a wide variety of theoretical approaches, interdisciplinary angles, and methodological innovation. The 2021 APSA theme, Promoting Pluralism, calls for an opportunity to showcase the diversity of scholarship produced by members of our caucus. For the 2021 Annual Meeting, we are particularly looking for proposals that make use of the richness of theory and methods in their application to Latino/a/x politics. We are interested in seeing papers that relate to current debates and events in Latino politics including the role of Latinas/os/x in the 2020 election, effects of COVID-19 on the Latino community, race relations and inter-group dynamics, criminal justice and policing of Black and Brown bodies, Latino/a/x political activism, Latinas/os/x and the politics of sexuality, and issues of immigration- particularly as related to DACA and border politics. 

Group Chair(s): Bruce Cain, Stanford University and Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine

The Law and Political Process Study Group has been sponsoring and co-sponsoring panels at the APSA for over thirty years. The group concerns itself with legal and policy questions related to elections and politics, and with empirical questions germane to the legal and policy questions. Our panels are interdisciplinary, with participation by political scientists, law professors, and sometimes academics in other disciplines and lawyers, government officials, and activists. Typical subjects for papers and roundtables include campaign finance, redistricting, voting rights, election administration, rights and regulation of political parties, ballot initiatives, bribery and corruption, and legislative lobbying and ethics. The Group welcomes papers and panel proposals in these areas.

Group Chair(s): Helma de Vries-Jordan, University of Pittsburgh and Zein Murib, Fordham University

LGBTQ political and social scientists and those who study LGBTQ politics broadly reflect the intellectual pluralism and diversity of political science. These scholars also reflect the increasing diversity of political scientists such as in race or ethnicity, gender, sexuality, gender expression, nationality, and first generation status. The LGBTQ Caucus calls for panel submission or papers that fit the broad theme of the annual meeting, “Promoting Pluralism.” We strongly encourage panel submissions that study a single topic (e.g., gender identity and public accommodations) from multiple theoretical and analytical frameworks, reflecting the diversity of viewpoints on a single topic. We similarly strongly encourage submissions from all fields and subfields of political science

Group Chair(s): Michael Promisel, Coastel Carolina University

The McConnell Center for Political Leadership requests proposals that explore the themes of political leadership, statesmanship, civic virtue, the role of religion in politics, or the education of aspiring leaders. More specifically, we are looking for proposals that examine what theoretical resources are most helpful to contemporary leaders facing the challenges of this year’s APSA theme: “Promoting Pluralism.” While primarily focused on the examination of these themes in the history of political thought, we welcome proposals from diverse approaches in political theory and across the discipline.

Call for proposals coming soon!

Call for proposals coming soon!

Group Chair(s): Mary Stegmaier, University of Missouri and Andreas Graefe

The Political Forecasting Group invites proposals for papers and panels at the 2021 APSA meeting from September 29 to October 3rd in Seattle, WA. We welcome quality political forecasting research from all fields, including international relations, comparative politics, and elections. Please feel free to contact the group organizer (Andreas Graefe) if you have questions or ideas.

Group Chair(s): Kenneth Ward, Texas State University

The Project on the American Constitution is accepting proposals for papers, panels and roundtables for the 2021 Annual Meeting. We are particularly interested in proposals that address issues in contemporary constitutional theory. Paper proposals should include an abstract and full contact information for the presenter. Panel proposals should include an abstract of each paper and full contact information for all participants. Roundtable proposals should include a summary of the question to be addressed by the roundtable as well as full contact information for all participant

Group Chair(s): John Dinan, Wake Forest University

Publius welcomes proposals analyzing contemporary events and developments with implications for the U.S. federal system and the relationship between state and federal governments.

Group Chair(s): Mark Lutz, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Society for Greek Political Thought is an interdisciplinary organization devoted to the study of classical political thinking in all of its forms: The Society welcomes papers that study of ancient Greek philosophy, drama, poetry, history, and other works on politics and morals. We also welcome papers that explore how classical political thought shaped subsequent political thinkers and ages. The Society especially encourages the study of the Socratic revolution in political and moral thought. Ever since the 1970’s, when the Society began offering panels at the APSA, we have been making a place for studying classical political thought in a contemporary political science that is shaped by modern science. The Society enables students, new faculty, and established scholars from a wide range of fields and schools of thought to engage in substantive dialogue about the validity, uses, and abuses of classical political thought. 

Group Chair(s): Kai Ostwald, University of British Columbia; Amy Liu, University of Texas at Austin

The Southeast Asian Politics Related Group (SEAPRG) invites proposals for the 2021 American Political Science Association conference, tentatively scheduled to meet in Seattle. The conference theme is “Promoting Pluralism”. The notion of pluralism, whether in politics directly or in the study of it, is of central importance for Southeast Asia: the region is often defined by its diversity and is studied by scholars from around the world using a multitude of methods. SEAPRG calls for proposals on any dimension of pluralism in Southeast Asia. We are open to all methodological approaches. Proposal for individual papers or well-organized panels/roundtables are both welcomed, though we note a preference for panels/roundtables that highlight the region’s diversity. Furthermore, in keeping with ASPA’s emphasis on diversity and pluralism, we are especially welcoming of panelists from a range of backgrounds. 

Group Chair(s): Murray Bessette, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundatio

Approximately 20% of the world’s population lives under single-party communist dictatorships. The transition from communism to post-communism, moreover, raises many interesting and interrelated theoretical and practical questions that political scientists are uniquely suited to address, such as how best to approach lustration, how to rebuild civil society, and how to reform state security apparatuses. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation welcomes paper proposals from practitioners and political scientists of diverse methodologies, approaches, and viewpoints dealing with the subject of communism’s ideology, history, and legacy broadly understood. Especially welcome are papers addressing topics such as socialism, communism, Marxism, Maoism, Leninism, Stalinism, ethnicities, cultural identities, and ideologies, as well as communist and post-communist regimes.

Group Chair(s): Joseph Prud’homme, Washington College, Frank LeVennes, St. John’s University and Matthew Pauley, Manhattanville College

American Politics in the Aftermath of the 2020 Elections: We seek papers reflecting on the implications of the 2020 national elections. What course will the United States now take? What positive and negative factors can be identified as a result? We are especially interested in reflections on the impact on American constitutional governance and the rule of law. We welcome diverse approaches and interdisciplinary analyses of these important questions. 

Group Chair(s): Janelle Wong, University of Maryland

For the 2021 annual meeting, the Women’s Caucus invites paper submissions that align with the conference theme “Pluralism.” We invite papers that highlight the role of gender in a diverse society and/or capture the study of gender across subfields and methodological approaches. We also welcome submissions that focus on gender in the profession and how gender equity issues manifest in political science.