Statement from the Caucus for a New Political Science

For 50+ years, the Caucus for a New Political Science has sustained its commitment “to make the study of politics relevant to the struggle for a better world.” Today, as America and the world once again confront the tragic reality of systemic racism and injustice, we strongly endorse the following statement from the American Political Science Association.


New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture stands with communities around the globe united around the simple yet powerful words: Black Lives Matter. The recent demonstrations in response to the video-recorded murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, represent a growing movement not only to respond to the unequal treatment of black and brown people, but also to address the underlying structures from which injustice and inequity emerge. George Floyd joins a long list of names, spoken and unspoken, indicting political structures that support and facilitate structural racism, violence, and structural inequality against black and brown people. The editorial team at New Political Science believes that we must not be passive observers or describers of injustice; instead we are charged with leveraging scholarship to help meet the demand for sweeping social change.

New Political Science has consistently published and supported progressive scholarship with the express purpose of making “the study of politics relevant to the struggle for a better world.” The journal is owned by the Caucus for a New Political Science (CNPS). Founded in 1967 at a moment of political unrest at home and abroad, from its inception, the CNPS served as an original space for making political science political from an explicitly Left, progressive perspective. While we stand in support of the journals and sections of the American Political Science Association that also support these goals, CNPS reaffirms its historical commitment to an activist progressive perspective.

New Political Science remains an intellectually rigorous form for progressive scholarship that contributes to a theoretically and practically informed analysis of politics around the world. In doing so, the journal stands against racism, police brutality, structural racism, and inequality. It also recognizes the intersectional linkages of class, race, sexual orientation, and ability. Today we share a selection of some of our articles most relevant to the political moment that demonstrate how “the study of politics is itself a political act” (Barrow, 2008, p. 503). Many more can be found within the pages of the journal. All articles listed below are available as open access until December 31, 2020. We encourage you to read and share these pieces.

We stand for an antiracist future. We also ask that scholars engage with us on these topics to demand the world we want to see. Another world is possible, and we stand with and support scholars who not only interpret the world but also envision ways to change it.

Jocelyn Boryczka, co-Editor 
Sarah Surak, Interim co-Editor
Robert E. Kirsch, Interim Reviews Editor


Kelly A Clancy and Kelly Bauer: Creating Student-Scholar-Activists: Discourse Instruction and Social Justice in Political Science Classrooms https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07393148.2018.1489091

Liza Taylor: Coalition from the Inside Out: Women of Color Feminism and Politico-Ethical Coalition Politics

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: The White Power Presidency: Race and Class in the Trump Era 

Courtney Daum: Taking a Knee: Neoliberalism, Radical Imaginaries, and the NFL Player Protest

Courtenay W. Daum: Counterpublics and Intersectional Radical Resistance: Agitation as a Mechanism for Transforming the Dominant Discourse

Clyde W. Barrow: “The Intellectual Origins of New Political Science” https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07393140802082598


Antiracism: An Introduction, by Alex Zamalin, New York, NY: New York University Press, 2019, 197 pp., $19.95 (softcover), ISBN 978-1-4798-2263-8.

Black Women in Politics: Demanding Citizenship, Challenging Power, and Seeking Justice, edited by Julia S. Jordan-Zachary and Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd, Albany: State University of New York Press, 2018, 314 pp., $85.00 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1-4384-7093-1. 

Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity, by Daniel Martinez HoSang and Joseph E. Lowndes, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2019, 220 pp., $19.95 (paperback), ISBN 9781517903596

Renee T White: I Dream a World: Black Panther and the Re-Making of Blackness 

The purpose of this section is to help make the study of politics relevant to the struggle for a better world.

Founded in 1967, The Caucus for a New Political Science (CNPS) is an organization of political scientists united by the idea that political science as an academic discipline should be committed to advancing progressive political development.  The caucus plays an active role in the affairs of the American Political Science Association (APSA) through it’s role as the Organized Section for New Political Science, which was established in 1992.  The caucus/section publishes a journal, New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture (NPS).  As an APSA section, the association organizes a group of panels for each annual meeting, often in cooperation with other organized sections.  Members of the APSA may join the section and thus the caucus when they pay their annual association dues. 

For more information on the origins and purposes of CNPS click here. The yearly membership dues are $5.00 for students and $30.00 for other members. A subscription to New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture is included with membership, published 4 times per year in hard copy and electronic access form.

Any member of the CNPS can voluntarily opt in to the listserv by sending an email to the listserv address: newpolsci@u.washington.edu. The listserv is reserved for CNPS business and announcements, job advertisements, conference announcements, notices of new books or special issues of journals that may interest our members, and other items of professional interest. The listserv should not be used as a platform for advancing personal political causes or engaging in online political debates.

  • 1969 CNPS Business Meeting

Section Officers

    Nancy S. Love, Appalachian State University 

    Clyde W. Barrow, The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

    Sarah M. Surak, Salisbury University

Membership Director
    Robert Kirsch, Arizona State University

Journal Co-Editors
    Jocelyn M. Boryczka, Fairfield University

  ​  (Interim) Sarah M. Surak, Salisbury University

Caucus Representatives
    Daniel O’Connor, California State University, Long Beach

    Claire Snyder-Hall, Independent Scholar


Coordinating Council 
The Coordinating Council shall, within guidelines established by Caucus Resolutions, and subject to review by Caucus Resolution, carry out regular and routine Caucus business, while discussing major issues with the general membership.

Nancy S. Love, Appalachian State University

Program Coordinators
Jennifer Lawrence (2020), Virginia Tech
Lucrecia Garcia Iommi (2021), Fairfield University

Sarah M. Surak, Salisbury University

Clyde W. Barrow, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Task Force Chairs
Membership Director: Robert Kirsch, Arizona State University
Witnesses and Advocates: Judith Grant, Ohio University, Chair
Web and Social Media Coordinator: Riley Barrett, Independent Scholar

Publications Executive Committee
The Publications Executive Committee shall be responsible for the general policy and oversight of the official journal and book series, within guidelines established by Caucus Resolutions, and subject to review by Caucus Resolution.

Nancy S. Love, Appalachian State University

Sarah M. Surak, Salisbury University

Clyde W. Barrow, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Caucus Representatives
Daniel O’Connor, California State University, Long Beach
Claire Snyder-Hall, Independent Scholar

NPS Newsletter
Jennifer Lawrence, Virginia Tech

Journal Co-Editors
Jocelyn M. Boryczka, Fairfield University
(Interim) Sarah M. Surak, Salisbury University 

Journal Book Review Editor
(Interim) Robert Kirsch, Arizona State University 

Book Series Editor
Bradley MacDonald, Colorado State University

Journal Associate Editors
Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd, Rutgers University
Cynthia Burack, Ohio State University
John Ehrenberg, Long Island University
Judith Grant, Ohio University
Timothy W. Luke, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
William Sokoloff, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley
Courtenay W. Daum, Colorado State University

Editorial Board Members
Daniele Archibugi – Italian National Research Council, Italy
Clyde W. Barrow – University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, USA
John C. Berg – Suffolk University, USA
Arthur Blaser – Chapman University, USA
Carl Boggs – National University, USA
John Bokina – Central Michigan University, USA
Stephen Bronner – Rutgers University, USA
Terrell Carver – University of Bristol, UK
Noam Chomsky – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Angela Davis – University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Margaret Farrar – John Carroll University, USA
Irene Gendzier – Boston University, USA
Baogang He – Deakin University, Australia
George Katsiaficas – Chonnam National University, Korea
Christine Kelly – William Paterson University, USA
Nancy S. Love – Appalachian State University, USA
Mark S. Mattern – Baldwin Wallace University, USA
Bertell Ollman – New York University, USA
Laura Katz Olson – Lehigh University, USA
Leo Panitch – York University, Canada
Michael Parenti – Berkeley, CA, USA
Joseph Peschek – Hamline University, USA
V. Spike Peterson – University of Arizona, USA
Frances Fox Piven – The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York (CUNY), USA
Adolph Reed – University of Pennsylvania, USA
Dean Robinson – University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Meredith Reid Sarkees – American University, USA
Sanford F. Schram – Hunter College, CUNY, USA
Claire Snyder-Hall – Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA
Victor Wallis – Berklee College, USA
Cornel West – Princeton University, USA

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