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Working Groups

An Annual Meeting Working Group consists of a small group of meeting attendees who are interested in a common topic and who agree to attend panels and plenary sessions aligned on a similar topic. They convene at the meeting for discussion. The idea is to simulate a working group conference experience amidst APSA panels. 

To join a working group, prospective participants can email the contacts below.

Tani Sebro, & Osman Balkan,
Thursday, September 15, 10:00 -11:30 AM
Palais, 512D

Launched in 2018, the Political Ethnography Working Group has four overlapping aims: (1) to build a network of scholars and researchers whose work employs ethnographic, interpretive, and qualitative research methods to understand and explain political phenomena, (2) to provide a space for the development of collaborative projects (workshops, special journal issues, edited volumes and grants) with a shared grounding in political ethnography as a research method, (3) to develop pedagogical strategies and best practices for teaching ethnographic methods in political science programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, and lastly, (4) to discuss the logistical challenges and ethical issues surrounding human-subject based research in political science. Political ethnography has been defined as being at once an immersive methodology while also cultivating a sensibility (Schatz 2008). As a working group, we seek to ascertain and cultivate new methodological insights into the growing repertoire of scholarship employing diverse ethnographic methods, including participant observations, structured and semi-structured interviews, collaborative ethnography, critical ethnography and decolonial methodologies that come to bear on the political. Email Tani Sebro ( and Osman Balkan ( to join the group meeting and to receive a detailed schedule of events.

View full schedule here.

Hirotake Ishiguro,
Saturday, September 17, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Palais, 521A

Energy transformation has brought technological changes, shifts in conventional energy market, and is restructuring geopolitics. Especially for the natural resource dependent states, socioeconomic transformation is inevitable in order to adapt to this energy transformation and future prosperity of the state. In case of the Gulf states, governments published national visions in late 2000s to mid-2010s to accelerate development of their economy, society, and human capital formation for their sustainable future in post hydrocarbon world. The national visions, with these environmental factors, are changing the course of domestic policy making process as well as their foreign policies. This working group aims to

1) consider the methodology to analyze changes in domestic policy making process (e.g. industry lobbying, use of unofficial channels, public opinion, mobilization) in non-democracy,

2) build network with scholars and researchers whose specialized in public policy of resource rich states or developing economy,

3) open discussion for technological changes and domestic politics especially in the area of energy transformation in the resource rich states.

View full schedule here.

Maya Tudor, & Maria Jose Hierro,
Thursday, September 15, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Palais, 513D

This working group has three main goals:

1) to take stock of the study of nationalism in the discipline of political science, highlighting broad research agendas for the future;

2) to address the geographical and disciplinary segmentation of nationalism and the consequent lack of a coherent conversation;

3) to create an annual institutionalized space for political science scholars, researchers and instructors interested in the comparative study of nationalism that transcends geographical areas. The 2022 APSA Annual Meeting offers an opportunity to “rethink, restructure, and (re)-connect” this field of study.

The working group will offer spaces for interaction and the exchange of ideas to cohere and advance the study of nationalism within political science.

The APSA working group call members of leading associations in the field (ASN, ASEN, NISE, etc.) and other nationalist networks to join us in Montreal and move ongoing conversations on this topic from virtual to in-person. 

View full schedule here.