Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-pjpqr Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-06-20T22:00:46.959Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

Networking 101 for Graduate Students: Building a Bigger Table

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 September 2021

Seo-Young Silvia Kim
American University, USA
Hannah Lebovits
University of Texas–Arlington, USA
Sarah Shugars
New York University, USA


Although the importance of networking often is emphasized to graduate students, straightforward guidance on how to approach this task is typically reliant on individual advisors who both know and can demystify the discipline’s hidden and informal practices. This article provides concrete, point-by-point tips for both junior scholars and their supporters, building on our experiences in creating an online communication forum for early-career scholars on the job market. Specifically, we suggest a model of community networking focused on robust, cross-rank engagement along dimensions of similar experiences and similar interests. Community networking moves beyond individuals angling to obtain a seat at the table and instead builds a bigger, more inclusive table. Although junior scholars must focus primarily on their research rather than expansive service commitments, community networking is ultimately both a service to the discipline and a fruitful strategy for raising a scholar’s profile and finding coauthors, colleagues, friends, and allies.

© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the American Political Science Association

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)



Beaulieu, Emily, Boydstun, Amber E., Brown, Nadia E., Dionne, Kim Yi, Gillespie, Andra, Klar, Samara, Krupnikov, Yanna, Michelson, Melissa R., Searles, Kathleen, and Wolbrecht, Christina. 2017. “Women Also Know Stuff: Meta-Level Mentoring to Battle Gender Bias in Political Science.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50 (3): 779–83.Google Scholar
Campos, Raquel, Leon, Fernanda, and McQuillin, Ben. 2018. “Lost in the Storm: The Academic Collaborations That Went Missing in Hurricane ISSAC.” The Economic Journal 128 (610): 9951018.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Esarey, Justin, and Wood, Andrew R.. 2018. “Blogs, Online Seminars, and Social Media as Tools of Scholarship in Political Science.” PS: Political Science & Politics 51 (4): 811–19.Google Scholar
Gupta, Devashree, and Waismel-Manor, Israel. 2006. “Network in Progress: A Conference Primer for Graduate Students.” PS: Political Science & Politics 39 (3): 485–90.Google Scholar
Metz, Thomas, and Jäckle, Sebastian. 2017. “Patterns of Publishing in Political Science Journals: An Overview of Our Profession Using Bibliographic Data and a Co-Authorship Network.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50 (1): 157–65.Google Scholar
Wuffle, A. 1989. “Uncle Wuffle’s Advice to the Advanced Graduate Student.” PS: Political Science & Politics 22 (4): 838–39.Google Scholar