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The submission system is closed. Find the Calls for Proposals for the 2022 Annual Meeting submitted by Related Groups below. The deadline to submit a proposal was January 18, 2022. The title of the group and the call will appear below the group title. Access the 2022 Related Group Chair Contact Information.

Related Group Chair(s): Michael Gusmano, Lehigh University

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed, and in some cases, worsened, long standing political, economic, and social divisions across the world. Many of these divisions relate to population aging and the politics of aging policy. Among other things, the pandemic has laid bare the problems of social isolation among older people, the inadequacy of housing for older adults and families, the difficulties faced by formal and informal caregivers, the exploitation of the long-term care workforce, and the underfunding and mismanagement of nursing homes. The Aging and Politics Group encourages articles that offer analyses of these and related issues, evaluate efforts to improve public policy around the world, or that offer a vision for how to better address the opportunities and challenges associated with population aging, particularly in light of lessons from the pandemic.

Related Group Chair(s): Ngoc Phan, Hawai’i Pacific University and Dukhong Kim, Florida Atlantic University 

The Asian and Pacific American Caucus (APAC) welcomes proposals on all aspects of Asian Pacific American (APA) political life.  Proposals related to the 2022 conference theme “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards A Post-Pandemic Political Science” are particularly welcome.   

Although we are still experiencing another surge of the pandemic, an experience of the pandemic and political turmoil that includes the riots after the presidential election in 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes provide us with an opportunity to explore APA’s political life in these political and social contexts. For example, we welcome research proposals that address the following questions.  How and to what extent does the handling of the pandemic affect the APA’s perceptions of government and public health institutions?  What influence does the experience of the pandemic have on the way that APA members interact and work together with non-APA members in the contexts of anti-Asian hate crimes?   What are the influences of the experience of the pandemic on the relationship between election-results- and Covid-related information dissemination and the APAs’ political choices and actions?  What are the influences of the experience of the pandemic on the APA’s perception and understanding of its participation in the political process and its understanding of American democracy?  Furthermore, these questions could be examined with comparisons over time to explore if and how the experience of the pandemic changed APA’s political actions and choices.  

In addition to these theme-related proposals, as we have done in the past, we always welcome paper proposals on regular topics (e.g., the role of gender, sexuality, class, generational differences, group consciousness, and experiences of discrimination in accounting for APA’s political behaviors) on APAs from national, state, and local, to neighborhood levels, and from elite to mass levels, and in historical and contemporary perspectives.  Although we have “P” (Pacific) in our group name, we rarely receive proposals regarding Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders; we particularly welcome such proposals.  Finally, transnational politics—for example, the relationship between U.S.-based APAs and their homelands, and comparisons between APAs and other countries (such as Canada and Australia), are also welcome.  Please note, however, APAC is a group that primarily focuses on APAs within the U.S.  If you have a proposal focused mainly on Asian countries, please consider sending it to other sections. 

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

Emotions and Politics: Cross-Disciplinary Consilience and Advancing Research

We invite papers for a panel on emotion and politics. Emotions research in political science predominantly relies on models of duel processes (DPM) or discrete emotions (anger, disgust, happiness, empathy); however, within the psychological study of emotions as a motivation system, these models are used with decreasing frequency. We invite submissions from projects which emphasize methodological consilience with the study of emotion in psychology, neuroscience, and behavior. We encourage papers relying on more contemporary theories and approaches to the study of emotion, including componential processing and appraisal models or behavior inhibition/activation systems. We also invite papers using psychophysiological methods of emotional assessment, including skin conductance, EEG, EMG, fMRI, TMS, eye tracking, or hormonal assessment.

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

The Association of Korean Political Studies (AKPS) welcomes submissions for its panel at the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting in Montreal from Sept. 14-18. 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 explores political science in a post-pandemic world. Proposals may engage with this theme or not, 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

Related Group Chair(s): Chitralekha Basu, University of Cologne

The British Politics Group welcomes proposals for papers, panels, roundtables and other innovative formats on any topic related to British politics for the 2022 APSA annual meeting in Montreal, Canada. 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, regardless of methodological approach. Proposals may wish to consider the theme for the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting, “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards A Post-Pandemic Political Science,” which invites participants to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of the post-pandemic era. Proposals might address, for example, the implications of the pandemic or Brexit for British politics; the future of the Union; the realities of government and elections in an increasingly diverse and divided Britain; or the consequences of rising economic, social and regional inequality for British politics and society. In line with APSA’s diversity statement, we welcome submissions from scholars from diverse backgrounds, and especially invite submissions from junior scholars or those new to the group. 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, Chitralekha Basu, at or BPG Executive Director, Janet Laible, at

Related Group Chair(s): Diana Dwyre, California State, Chico and Robin Kolodny Temple University

The conference theme for APSA 2022 is “to focus on the various ways in which our discipline has to rethink, reconstruct, and reconnect in the post-pandemic era.” The study of campaign finance looms large in this agenda. Nearly every issue that threatens to undermine equity, inclusion, and social justice—from climate change to health care to housing to policing to social welfare policy more generally—relate to the campaign finance system in established democracies. Recent scholarship in the area confronts the ways in which campaign finance exacerbates structural inequalities such as: systematic racial and gender underrepresentation in donor pools; the impact of campaign finance rules and donor types on polarization; money’s influence earlier in lawmaking processes and policy outcomes; and the effects of the increased spending on candidate pools and competition. Additionally, many of the new gains in knowledge have resulted from advances in research design and methodology/data science: construction and analysis of far larger sets; the estimation of ideal-point estimates for campaign finance actors; comparative research (both cross nationally and, within the U.S, across states and localities), and more experimental research. For the 2022 APSA meeting, the Campaign Finance Research Group encourages papers that advance these new lines and methods of research. Papers that explore ideas for rethinking the importance of campaign fundraising and spending in a social media age are especially encouraged. Proposals for roundtables or workshops on new theoretical paths and/or new methodological techniques will also be welcome.

Related Group Chair(s): Troy Ellis Smith, Brigham Young University at Hawaii

The Center for the Study of Federalism invites papers that examine American federal history based on the covenant idea and how that idea might help us “rethink, restructure, and reconnect” following the COVID-19 pandemic and in an age of partisanship. Americans have used covenant as a basis to understand and create political communities since the Mayflower Compact of 1620. Yet, that tradition is increasingly forgotten. Among the topics that may be considered are the following: What are the sources and early characteristics of the covenantal tradition in American politics? How did the covenantal tradition help shape American political development? Does covenantal thinking provide a basis for agreement, unity, and diversity that can moderate shocks to the system and transcend polarization? How does the practice of politics and policy in contemporary America diverge from the covenant tradition? Do covenants provide a means to reconcile liberal values of individualism and authenticity with republican commitments to the public good and public virtue? Does the American covenant tradition deserve time in the political science classroom? Where in the curriculum? Would intergovernmental relations be more cooperative if they were based on a covenant foundation? Also, given that the conference will be held in Montreal, we encourage papers that examine convenantal thinking in Canadian federalism and how federalism and the covenant idea relate to ethnic groups and political minorities.

Related Group Chair(s): Justin Litke,  Catholic University 

The Center for the Study of Statesmanship APSA Related Group welcomes proposals fitting with its broad themes such as statesmanship, history and political theory, and rethinking American foreign policy. We are especially interested in papers considering the role of the thought of Edmund Burke in the 21st century and welcome proposals from historically underrepresented groups in the profession. 

Related Group Chair(s): Daniel Bennett, John Brown University and Doug Koopman, Calvin University

Christians in Political Science seeks papers from Christian faculty and graduate students to be presented at the 2022 APSA meeting. We have no preference about subfield or tradition in the discipline. We would also welcome a coordinated panel proposal.

Related Group Chair(s): Peter Levine, Tufts University and Trygve Throntveit, Minnesota Humanities Center

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 current social and political crises, 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.

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

“The APSA 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.

Reflecting the conference theme, we are especially interested in papers that address relationships among civil society, social justice, and systemic change in a post-pandemic world. Such work might address civil society as a space where people develop skills and orientations that promote an informed citizenry able to undertake collective action for the common good. We encourage special attention to those groups that focus on restructuring systems and reimagining processes that marginalize people around the world.

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. Alternatively, 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 is especially relevant, as is research focusing on peoples and places that mainstream political science has neglected.

Papers need not directly engage the conference theme; we welcome the full range of original contributions. We invite empirical studies from varied methodological traditions, as well as works of political theory, from scholars who represent the diversity of the profession (including by rank, subfield, identity, and perspective).

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 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 also submit proposals to a second APSA division/group so that we have the opportunity to co-sponsor panels.”

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

Cities are at the forefront of global transformation, as the convergence of a global pandemic, deepening political polarization, and mass organized protests demanding social justice and systemic change usher in a new era for more than seven billion people. The city is the site of intense change, where residents are rethinking, restructuring, and reconnecting with others. While reimagining the future, people across the world navigate inherited legacies of inequality and hierarchy. Cities are forced to rethink their design, transport systems, governance apparatuses, workplaces, and public spaces. But cities have been here before, and lessons from the past offer insights into the world’s future. What is the future of cities? How can past experiences of urbanization inform patterns of urban growth today? How can the study of cities inform new forms of politics and political science? 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.

Related Group Chair(s): Erik Jones, European University Institute and Antonella Seddone, University of Turin

The theme for the 2022 APSA Annual Meetings is ‘A Post-Pandemic Political Science’. The conference chairs interpret that theme in with the goal to ‘Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect’.

The Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society (CONGRIPS) would like to use that theme to highlight the many lessons we can learn from Italy’s experience during the crisis.  These lessons relate to social solidarity, political organization, institutional change, new issues emerging within public and political agenda (e.g., climate change, gender equality, civil rights…) and economic performance.  They tell us about the nature of populism, the importance of leadership, the possibilities for coalition formation, and the potential for social transformation.  They also tell us about relations within Italy, across society, between North and South, and related to government and opposition.  Finally, they tell us about how modern Italy relates to its past, to Europe, and to the wider world.

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 (

Related Group Chair(s): Dennis Weng, Sam Houston State University and Austin Wang, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“The 2022 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting will be held from September 14-18, 2022, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The conference theme is “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards A Post-Pandemic Political Science.” CGOTS invites paper and panel proposals on Taiwan’s domestic politics, cross-Strait issues, and international relations that are consistent with the theme of “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards A Post-Pandemic Political Science.”

The convergence of a global pandemic, deepening political polarization, and mass organized protests demanding social justice, and systemic change has propelled interest in politics to a historic high. The COVID-19 deadly virus amply upset the balance in higher education, causing universities to suddenly shift to online formats, close campuses, or cease operations. Students, isolated or sent home for remote learning, experienced the consequences acutely and directly. Faculty, separated from colleagues and support staff, pivoted to online course delivery or socially-distanced, in-person teaching methods. Academic conferences were delivered on virtual platforms or canceled altogether, depriving scholars of the ability to exchange ideas face-to-face, a critical part of what we do. Other challenges have preceded or emerged contemporaneously with this pandemic—in particular, how to conduct research in a more transparent way and the rapidly changing world of academic publishing with the move towards open access. Yet, there are also myriad opportunities and lessons learned to restructure political science in the post-pandemic era.

Tumultuous times like these cause us to rethink almost everything about our discipline— from how we teach our students, publish and make our research engaging for a broader public, serve our colleagues and communities, influence policymakers and stakeholders to how we run our professional conferences. In many ways, the teaching of political science is more critical now than ever before, not least of all because we teach skills that produce leaders and promote an informed, engaged citizenry. Even with the rising demand for greater emphasis on career-readiness skills, there is still demand for training associated with liberal arts education competencies like critical thinking, communication skills, global/intercultural fluency, and the existing emphasis on leadership and teamwork. Our students (should) learn quantitative reasoning and how to diagnose, analyze or solve a problem, come up with alternatives based on evidence, mobilize support for their initiatives and actions, or use ethical insights to guide the use of power to achieve desired ends. These skills are sorely needed now throughout civil society, not just within the public discourse or levels of the public sector but also in the private and nonprofit sectors. Given the state of public discourse, it is necessary to reemphasize or refocus political science scholarship and education on (1) what it means to produce and teach leadership and accountability and (2) how the discipline can build upon existing best practices and new innovations to redirect or reconnect polarizing discourses.

The overall theme for the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting will focus on the various ways in which our discipline has to rethink, reconstruct, and reconnect in the post-pandemic era. For the 2022 CGOTS panels, we encourage participants to consider general questions about “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards A Post-Pandemic Political Science” in Taiwan, especially works that express respect for diversity and recognition of the importance of assortment in approach and interdisciplinarity from a wide-ranging collection of scholars. Specifically, we welcome proposals attentive to domestic and international challenges Taiwan is encountering amid the global pandemic. We encourage scholars to address the following topics under the Taiwan context amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to: what could be the impacts of polarization on Taiwan politics and democracy; what are the effects of US-China relations on Taiwan’s domestic politics and its future direction; how to reconnect the divided democratic society with democratic means; how to restructure cross-straits relations under Tsai’s second term; and how to rethink the concept of diversity in scholarly research of Taiwan politics.

We also welcome proposals that utilize innovative and diverse approaches to understand the role of Taiwan in international politics. The potential topics include: what is the effect of Taiwan’s geopolitical position on the dynamics of U.S.-Taiwan-China relations? Does increasing support from democratic allies influence Taiwan’s domestic and international politics? What are the self-defense strategies for Taiwan to keep the island safe? In answering these questions, our panels would help engage in reflective and critical discourse on the subject matters, with no limit on the scope and topics, and shed light on our understanding of Taiwan and its future under the global context and raise Taiwan’s international visibility.”

Related Group Chair(s): John Boswell, University of Southampton and Marta Wojciechowska, King’s College London

Critical Policy Analysis in and for Tumultuous Times

The last decade has been a period of radical disruption in politics and policymaking. This sense of disruption has culminated most spectacularly in the COVID pandemic but includes also upheaval associated with rising nativism and populism across the globe, accelerating inequality in many advanced capitalist societies, the looming climate emergency facing the world, and beyond. This panel offers an opportunity to reflect on what critical policy analysis has to offer in tumultuous times. The most influential works in this tradition have typically focused on unsettling taken-for-granted norms in politics and policy, and revealing hidden struggles beneath seemingly routine practices. But what insight do these traditions and approaches have in a context of rapidly changing norms and growing public contestation and polarisation? The classics in critical policy analysis have also used interpretive and ethnographic methods that generally rely on a stable foundation of trust and rapport with policymakers, professionals and practitioners, and everyday service users and citizens. But how do these tools and techniques translate to a context of unpredictable disruption and upheaval, isolation and fragmentation?

The panel welcomes a diverse range of perspectives. We mean this not just in terms of diversity in participants, but diversity in approach to these issues and questions. In this sense, papers might offer conceptual reflections on the state of critical policy analysis and its aptness for tumultuous times. They might offer empirically grounded case studies that demonstrate the utility of critical policy analysis in addressing the urgent real-world problems and rapid transformations we are witnessing today. Or they might offer methodological accounts that rethink how to do critical policy analysis in a post-pandemic context.

Related Group Chair(s): Edana Beauvais, Simon Fraser University 

The Democratic Innovations group welcomes proposals for papers related to any aspect of democratic innovations for the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting in Montréal. We encourage scholars to consider the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting Theme, “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards A Post-Pandemic Political Science.” The 2022 theme encourages scholars to consider the following questions: How can democratic innovations refocus political science education to prepare an informed, engaged citizenry? How can democratic innovations address polarizing discourses? What is the new “normal” for democratic innovations in a post-pandemic world? Papers that address these or other questions drawing on the theme “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards A Post-Pandemic Political Science” are especially welcome. We encourage submissions from a diverse range of scholars and encourage interdisciplinary scholarship.

Related Group Chair(s): Jason Enia, Sam Houston State University

The Disasters and Crises Related Group (DCRG) brings together scholars from all subfields within political science along with researchers from outside the discipline to foster collaboration and diffusion of ideas on hazards, disasters, and crises. The DCRG invites proposals for its related group panel at the 2022 American Political Science Association meeting the theme of which is Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect. 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, data sources for measuring the ability of institutions to transform during shocks, and the role of disasters in shaping policy change. We encourage proposals using a variety of methodological approaches including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods.

Related Group Chair(s): Mary Witlacil, Colorado State University and Greg Koutnik, Hamilton College

“The Environmental Politics and Theory Related Group welcomes paper proposals on a wide range of environmental issues from diverse theoretical perspectives. We especially look forward to proposals that embrace the invitation of APSA’s 2022 theme to “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect.” Proposals that take a step back to reflect on the broader state of environmental politics and theory scholarship as well as the current state and trajectory of environmental politics, and that suggest new ways of thinking about fundamental issues of environmental politics, will be of special interest.

What prevailing assumptions, arguments, and frameworks are in need of rethinking in order for environmental scholarship and politics to move forward? In what ways might political, economic, and social systems need fundamental restructuring to address the environmental crises of our time? Moreover, might the academic disciplines that study environmental politics and theory need to be rethought and restructured as well to meet the challenges of environmental scholarship in a time of crisis? Finally, in what ways might scholars reconnect with the world of practice and political action, and how might practitioners of environmental politics reconnect with neglected constituencies, movements, and ways of thinking (including, but not limited to, indigenous and post-colonial ones)?

In keeping with APSA’s goal of increasing diversity, inclusion, and access throughout the profession, we also strongly encourage proposals from scholars who belong to historically underrepresented groups, especially those from minority racial and ethnic communities, low-income and working-class backgrounds, non-Anglophone countries, and the LGBTQ+ community. “

Related Group Chair(s): David Walsh, Catholic University of America

“The Eric Voegelin Society, for its 38th annual international meeting in 2022, 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. Contact: Prof. David Walsh, Meeting Director, Eric Voegelin Society

Related Group Chair(s): Nicholas Garfinkel, Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

How should post-pandemic political science view the U.S. Constitution?

Related Group Chair(s): Quansheng Zhao, American University and Xiaoyu Pu, University of Nevada

The US-China strategic rivalry and the COVID-19 pandemic have posed many new challenges in China’s domestic politics and foreign relations. We are calling for proposals that critically examine some of the key internal and external challenges China faces in the post-pandemic world. Paper proposals that are theoretically informed and empirically based are most welcome.

Related Group Chair(s): Kerstin Hamann, University of Central Florida; Sebastian Royo, Suffolk University; and Bonnie Field, Bentley University

The Iberian Politics Related Group invites proposals that addresses issues related to the theme of “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards A Post-Pandemic Political Science” with a focus on Iberian politics. The global pandemic has had tremendous implications for politics and societies in Iberia, and the effects are not yet well understood – ranging from economic aspects to political parties and voting behavior to understanding better the way in which different demographic groups distinguished by gender, age, migration background, etc. have been affected by the pandemic. Beyond the immediate impact of the pandemic on Iberian politics, we are also interested in proposals that address the theme of rethinking, restructuring, and reconnecting politics and political science in Iberia from a broader perspective. We invite papers from all areas of political science, and those that take an interdisciplinary approach and use a multitude of research methodologies. We also invite papers that compare Spain and Portugal with other countries. We welcome proposal from a wide range of scholars.

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

Indigenous communities face profound challenges as they work to solve pressing issues in an ever-changing world. As scholars we have an opportunity to examine what these existing and emerging challenges are, and when and how Indigenous communities and political leaders mobilize to address them. We welcome submissions for the Indigenous Studies Network that address any one of these challenges. Given the diversity of Indigenous politics and policy, all methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome, as are submissions that are single group, country, or nation focused.

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

The International Churchill Society requests proposals for papers on the theme “Winston Churchill on Foreign Policy” for its twenty-fourth annual panel, organized as a related group at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association to be held in Montreal, September 15 to 18, 2022.

For our 2022 panel, we request proposals investigating Churchill’s arguments and actions relating to foreign policy during his long political career. Papers might focus on Churchill’s statesmanship in particular eras or in facing geopolitical challenges.

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.

Related Group Chair(s): Farah Godrej, University of California, Riverside

The Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference-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.

Related Group Chair(s): Michael Strausz, Texas Christian University and Kenneth Mori McElwain

Over the last decade, natural disasters, geopolitical uncertainties, demographic challenges, and growing socioeconomic inequalities have steadily eroded Japanese confidence in formal and informal institutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has arguably accelerated these trends by casting doubts about the competence of elected officials, the civil service, and mass media. In this context, the 2021 election to the House of Representatives marks a major turning point in Japanese politics. It is the first national election since the emergence of the pandemic, and the first without Abe Shinzō at the LDP’s helm in almost a decade.

For the APSA 2022 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, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcome research that looks at government actions and public reactions to domestic and international pressures, including (but not limited to):

  • Analysis of the 2021 HoR election and its aftermath, including voter behavior, electoral strategy, and party realignment
  • 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
  • Japan’s foreign and security policy in response to challenges to the liberal international order and continuing tensions in East Asia

Related Group Chair(s): Dina Bishara, Cornell University

“APSA Labor Politics promotes scholarship on labor-related issues. 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.

The economic shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has produced numerous challenges for the world’s workers, including increasing precarity and unemployment, while also providing new opportunities for worker organizing and increased visibility for labor unions. We invite papers and panels to be submitted on any theme related to labor, work, unions, or employment. We would be especially interested in papers discussing topics such as the role and influence of organized labor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, migration and refugee issues, resurgent and alternative labor organizing, 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.”

Related Group Chair(s): Jeronimo Cortina, University of Houston and Julia M. Hellwege, University of South Dakota

Consistent with its organizing theme, the Latino Caucus in 2022 will organize panels focused on the professional development of Latina/o scholars and emerging Latino politics research. In addition, in keeping with the theme of “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect” for the 2022 annual meeting, the Caucus is particularly interested in receiving suggestions for papers and panels that focus on current debates regarding issues of Latino political representation and underrepresentation, immigration, the nature and meaning of citizenship and Latino civil and human rights in the post-pandemic era. Other related topics that relate to both the conference theme and its location include the political dynamics among African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos. Our 2022 program will also include the Annual APSA Latino Politics Workshop/Short Course, the Latino Political Science Awards reception (co-sponsored with the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas, and our annual Business Meeting and elections. The Latino Caucus welcomes diversity of approach and interdisciplinarity from a wide-ranging collection of researchers. For more information please visit and select “APSA 2022 Call for Papers and Conference Program.” Suggestions for Caucus activities and conference sessions may be sent to

Related Group Chair(s): Bruce Cain, Stanford University and Richard L. 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.

Related Group Chair(s): Zein Murib, Fordham University and Rachel Bernhard, University of California – Davis

The LGBTQ Caucus invites proposals that address the 2022 conference theme of “rethink, restructure, and reconnect” by reflecting on the ways that focusing on the politics of sexuality and gender offers researchers and teachers new ways to understand contemporary political developments. We are especially interested in proposals that bring what LGBTQ scholars know about AIDS activism, bias-motivated violence, systemic inequalities, colonialism and borders, coalitions and activism, identity construction, and the politics of the far right to understanding the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, upticks in attacks directed at Asian Americans, anti-Black racism, police violence, migrant crises, climate change, and the resurgence of the far-right globally. Qualitative and/or qualitative methods are welcome, as are descriptive studies that focus on pedagogical best practices.

Related Group Chair(s): Michael Promisel, Coastal Carolina University

In response to this year’s APSA theme, “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect,” the McConnell Center Related Group invites papers reflecting on an oft-neglected theme of American political science: virtue. This importance of virtue to American democracy is evident in Federalist 57, where Madison writes: “The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who posses most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of society.” In an effort to better understand this first aim of our political community, we request proposals for projects examining the importance of virtue to American political thought, broadly understood.

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Related Group Chair(s): Cary J. Nederman, Texas A&M University and Gerson Moreno-Riano, Cornerstone University

“Health, Sickness and the Metaphorical Body Politic” The image of the polity as analogous to the human organism has a long and quite diverse history in early European political thought. In line with the conference theme, the organizers of the Politica Related Group session encourage paper submissions that address aspects of physiological health and disease in the theories of medieval authors flourishing during the Middle Ages (broadly construed) not only in the West but globally. Why was the organic metaphor so attractive to political thinkers? How far did it extend? What were its limitations? The proposed session seeks to address these questions and others appropriate to the general topic.

Related Group Chair(s): Ruth Dassonneville, University of Montreal

The Political Forecasting Group invites panel and paper proposals for the 2022 APSA Annual Meeting, which will be held in Montreal from 14 to 18 September 2022. We welcome forecasting research from a variety of subfields, including comparative politics, international relations, and elections. We are open to a diversity of methodological approaches and warmly welcome young scholars and members of underrepresented groups to submit a proposal to the Group. If you have question or need more information, feel free to contact the group organizer (Ruth Dassonneville).

Related Group Chair(s): Thomas Varacalli, Texas State University

The Project on the American Constitution is looking for papers that address the constitutional scope, powers, and limits of First Amendment jurisprudence. Papers on religion, speech, press, assembly, and/or petition will be considered.

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

Publius invites contributions analyzing developments in federalism and intergovernmental relations during the first year of the Biden administration from a variety of perspectives.

Related Group Chair(s): Mark Lutz, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Gregory McBrayer, Ashland University

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 promotes the study of ancient Greek philosophy, drama, poetry, history, and other works on politics and morals. The Society especially encourages the study of the Socratic revolution in thought that looks beyond cultural and ethnic traditions to examine permanent political and moral questions. In addition, the Society welcomes scholarship that discusses how ancient Roman, medieval Islamic, and early modern thinkers, among others, adopted, revised, or vigorously contested elements of classical Greek political thought.

Related Group Chair(s): Joseph Prud’homme, Washington College

Topic: Religion and The Political Right in the Contemporary United States
The American political right has experienced gains and setbacks in the past decade. What is the current state of support among religious Americans for the political right in the United States? To assess this we are calling for papers that canvas the varieties of American religiosity and the meaning of the political right and that assess the connections various religious groups have with the right and center right in American politics. 

Related Group Chair(s): Amy Liu, University of Texas at Austin and Dotan Haim, Florida State University

The Southeast Asian Politics Related Group (SEAPRG) invites proposals for the 2022 American Political Science Association conference, currently scheduled to meet in Montreal. The conference theme is “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect: Towards a Post-Pandemic Political Science.” How the Covid-19 pandemic has affected Southeast Asia politics has forced us to reconsider our concepts, refine our theoretical expectations, and reassess how we collect our empirical data – whether here in the United States, regionally in Southeast Asia, and/or globally. SEAPRG calls for proposals that address key political issues in Southeast Asia including changes that have occurred in response to the pandemic. 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 reflect diversity and inclusion.

Related Group Chair(s): Libby Sharrow, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

For the 2022 annual meeting, the Women’s Caucus invites paper submissions that align with the conference theme “Rethink, Restructure, and Reconnect.” 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, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.