“Gender Politics, and Policy: Post-Elections”
Chestertown, MD and Washington, DC (August 28 – September 4)
Together with Washington College, APSA organized a 4-day workshop to encourage policy-relevant, collaborative research on women and politics in the wake of two major national elections: the 2008 U.S. presidential and congressional elections and the 2009 Japanese parliamentary elections (see 2010 JAWS schedule). The 2010 Open Boundaries Workshop brought together 19 Japanese and American political scientists, which represents the largest gathering of JAWS to date and demonstrates the growing interest in this professional network of political scientists (see 2007 JAWS participants).
On the first full day of the conference, four JAWS researchers presented papers in a House conference room at the US Capitol. After the presentations, JAWS participants toured the US Capitol, led by one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s staffers. The following day, Washington College sponsored a JAWS Forum on its campus that included presentations by four JAWS researchers. After the public forum, Washington College sponsored a catered lunch at the Custom House in Chestertown, one of the oldest buildings in colonial Chestertown, and participants then had time in the afternoon to explore the town. The next day began with a morning visit to the DC offices of Running Start, a non-profit political organized geared at recruiting young women to run for political office. In the afternoon, four JAWS researchers presented papers at the APSA Annual Meeting. Over the next two days, participants were encouraged to attend research panels, professional development seminars, and networking events of the Annual Meeting at their leisure. A final panel session at the Annual Meeting was held several days later, in which five JAWS researchers presented papers.
A note on the 2010 JAWS program was included in the January 2011 issue of PS: Political Science & Politics.