About Us

Mission Statement

The organized section on Political Organizations and Parties has worked for 35 years to further scholarship on American political parties, comparative political parties, and interest groups. Through our meetings, workshops, newsletter, and this website, we provide a means of interaction and communication for like-minded scholars. At our semi-annual short course at the American Political Science Association conference we work to train scholars in the use of various methods or databases or to promote new research in a particular area. Our participation through the sections mechanism of the American Political Science Association allows us to be a voice for our members’ interests within the APSA. We also organize the panels in our subfields for the annual APSA conference. Finally we recognize excellence in scholarship with our awards for best book, best article, best paper presented at the annual APSA conference, career achievement, and emerging scholar.

We are governed by the volunteer efforts of our officers and board. All of us want to encourage POP members to let us know what is on your mind, so let us hear from you!

Founded: 1983

Yearly membership dues:
$5.00 for students
$15.00 for professionals

Section Officers

Beth L. Leech
Rutgers University

Past President:
Amy McKay
University of Exeter

Hans Noel
Georgetown University

Katie Marchetti
Dickinson College

2019 Annual Meeting Program Chairs:

Timothy LaPira (focusing on interest groups)
James Madison University

Kristin Wylie (focusing on parties)
James Madison University

Executive Council:

Term: 10/2017-09/2019
Noam Lupu, Vanderbilt
Michael Heaney, Michigan
Heath Brown, John Jay College
Diana Dwyer, California State University at Chico

Term: 10/2018-09/2020
Bruce Larson, Gettysburg College
Ann-Kristin Kölln, Aarhus University
Michael J. Malbin, SUNY-Albany
Robin Kolodny, Temple University