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Diversities Reconsidered: Politics, and Political Science, in the 21st Century

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 June 2015

Heidi Souerwine*
Director of Meetings and Conferences
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APSA looks forward to welcoming members, faculty, and students in San Francisco for the 111th Annual Meeting this September. Join APSA and your colleagues, old and new, for four days of panels, roundtables, and special events for scholars to present, learn, and network at the largest political science conference. Discuss many of the latest issues facing political science, including issues related to the 2015 theme, “Diversities Reconsidered: Politics, and Political Science, in the 21st Century.”

Celebrate with colleagues at the Opening Reception and the Reception Honoring Teaching. Delve more deeply into topics with a short course on Wednesday, September 2, or interact with fellow APSA members at the APSA All-Member Business Meeting on Friday, September 4, at 11:00 a.m. Along with special events and networking, the APSA Annual Meeting provides attendees with worthwhile services, such as the eJobs placement service for on-site interviews, an exhibit hall hosting publishers, think tanks, classroom technology, software companies, and more.


Led by cochairs, Layna Mosley from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Alvin Bernard Tillery from Northwestern University, the theme panels for this year’s meeting address different elements of diversity, featuring scholars from across the discipline and using a broad array of theoretical and methodological approaches. They consider, among other things, representation and equality in the United States and abroad; diversity within our profession; the role of domestic and international political institutions in promoting or restricting diversity; and the ethical and practical issues associated with how we conduct our scholarship.


  • 30 Years After Protest is Not Enough: Neither Protest Nor Elections are Enough

  • After Obama: Legacies of America’s First Minority President

  • Backlash against Diversity in Europe

  • Beyond (and Back to) Ferguson: Race and Power(lessness) in American Cities

  • Beyond Our Borders: Does Political Science have an Impact on Other Disciplines?

  • Diversity of Women’s Interests

  • Diversity, Threats, and Exclusion: Experimental Investigations

  • Dynamics among Nations: Evolution of Legitimacy and Development in Modern States Ethics of Field Research

  • Empowering Women: Special Challenges Gender Poses for Inclusion and Diversity within the Profession

  • Fifty Years after the Voting Rights Act: The Future of Voting and Representation in the US

  • Global Diversities of Responses to Gender-Based Violence

  • Global Governance and the United Nations, 70 Years after the San Francisco Charter Is Anybody Listening? Political Science, the New Media, and Politics

  • Marginalization, Inclusion, and the Future of Political Science: A Panel Honoring David Easton

  • Marriage Equality in the US: How Did We Get Here?

  • New Theories and Evidence on Labor Politics

  • Race and Gender in the Early American Republic

  • Realism Meets Deliberative Democracy: Diversity in Political Theory

  • Responsibility for Racial Justice

  • Rethinking Democratic Agency: Race, Gender, Sexuality, Autonomy

  • Rethinking Religion, Democracy, and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Sexual Minorities–Policy-making and Political Representation

  • The Political Economy of Immigration, Redistribution, and Inequality

  • The Politics of Race and Class Inequalities in the Americas

  • The Rise of the Populist Right? Anti-Immigration Parties in Western Europe

  • Women in Conflict Processes

  • Women and Children and Violent Extremism: Victims to Victimizers?

  • Women’s Engagement in African Politics: Opportunities and Constraints

All photos courtesy of San Francisco Travel Association


Linked from the Events menu on the APSA main website, serves as the home of all APSA Annual Meeting details. Find panel dates, times, and more information in the online e-Program before arriving in San Francisco. Read more about the brand-new, robust mobile app that APSA has launched for 2015! The mobile app provides a truly fresh experience from past APSA apps, providing personal scheduling, event type sorting, division sorting, cross-event type keyword search functionality, interactive maps and exhibit hall floor plans, and colleague connections with in-app messaging.

Registration and hotel reservations may also be done through the conference website. August 6 is the deadline to receive the lower pre-registration rates and to book hotel rooms in the discounted blocks. Rooms are available at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the Parc 55 San Francisco, and the Hotel Nikko. Current APSA members receive lower registration rates, so we encourage non-members to consider joining to take advantage of reduced registration fees and other valuable services the association offers.


Join your colleagues for dynamic presentations from Robert Reich and John Ruggie. Robert Reich’s session, “Why Economics Is Too Important to Be Left to Economists,” will be held on Thursday, September 3, at 4:15 p.m. John Ruggie’s presentation, “Corporate Globalization and Governance: Lessons from Business and Human Rights,” will be held on Saturday, September 5, at 10:15 a.m. Read more about these exciting and renowned scholars on the Program Highlights page of the Annual Meeting website.


Each year, on the Wednesday prior to the start of the Annual Meeting, APSA hosts half- or full-day short courses that provide opportunities for meeting attendees to enhance knowledge and reinvigorate teaching or research skills. Short courses are only open to registered Annual Meeting attendees and pre-registration is required. View details on the Annual Meeting website.

All photos courtesy of San Francisco Travel Association