Status Committee Roundtables


Thursday, August 31
12:00 to 1:30 p.m. The 2016 National Asian American Survey and the State of AAPI Politics

The 2016 presidential election was manifestly a campaign unlike any other in recent or even past memory, conjuring descriptions as an epochal and perhaps existential election. Immigration and race took center stage in the clash of words and deeds that ensued. This panel presents papers that examine the actions and attitudes of Asian Americans, the fastest growing racial group and the largest contributor to population growth via immigration in the United States. The papers draw upon data from the 2016 National Asian American Survey (NAAS).


2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Achieving as Adjuncts: Lived Experiences and Policy Changes in Academia

The roundtable members will explain the role and goals of the new APSA Committee on the Status of Contingent Faculty, which includes members who are contingent, tenure-track, and tenured faculty. It will discuss the relationship between unionization and professional societies’ advocacy of contingent faculty, promotion paths for contingent faculty, and the link between fairness within the profession and political scientists’ advocacy for fairness in politics beyond academia.


4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Author Meets Critics: Melanye Price’s The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race

This panel will feature a critical discussion of Melanye Price’s book The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race (NYU Press, 2016). The panel will feature experts on race, ethnicity, and politics in dialogue with the author.


Friday, September 1
12:00 to 1:30 p.m. APSA Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars in the Profession Roundtable

This roundtable will discuss research and activities related to first generation scholars in the profession and bring focused attention to the ways in which class, economic inequality, and mobility can affect political scientists’ ability to thrive educationally and professionally, perhaps throughout their careers. This committee adopts a broad, inclusive definition of first generation scholar, including those scholars who may have parents who have attained neither a bachelor’s nor an associate degree and/or may be international scholars who are the first generation to study and/or teaching at the college or university level in the United States.


2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Professionalization of Latinos in Political Science: Surviving the Job Market, the Tenure Process, and Pursuing Happiness as an Academic

The Committee on the Status of Latinas and Latinos in the Profession is hosting a roundtable discussion to promote an approachable conversation concerning the pipeline and professional development of Latinas and Latinos in political science. This discussion is aimed at young scholars on the job market or in the early stages of their career. Topics of particular concern include; networking strategies, preparation for the job market, the informal rules of the tenure process, and the unique challenges of life/work balance for Latina/o scholars.


2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The Black Agenda and the Trump Administration

A discussion on what the Black agenda could and should be in the Trump Era.


4:00 to 5:30 p.m. A Discussion of Notable LGBT Rights Books from 2016

Authors on this roundtable will share insights from four recently published books in LGBT politics. The works featured are When States Come Out: Europe’s Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility (Ayoub), Out in the Periphery: Latin America’s Gay Rights Revolution (Encarnacion), Interpreting the Internet: Feminist and Queer Counterpublics in Latin America (Friedman), and Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights (Harrison and Michelson).


Saturday, September 2
12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Our Students are Your Students: Transferring in Political Science

This roundtable will feature faculty and students from a local two-year institution and primary transfer institutions. Participants will engage in a conversation about the experiences and challenges for students who transfer from community colleges to four-year colleges or universities in political science, and the faculty who teach and advise them.


12:00 to 1:30 p.m. The Sexual Division of Labor in the Profession

This roundtable will investigate the ways in which work in the political science profession is gendered, with panelists offering an overview of how the sexual division of labor affects not only who teaches what in political science, but what is taught to the next generation of scholars, the types of research questions the discipline asks and how it answers them, who is charged with the development of the profession, and who gets recognized for doing what work.


2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Gender in the Journals: Exploring Potential Biases in Editorial Processes
Teele and Thelen (2017) recently confirmed female scholars’ under-representation in top political science journals relative to their numbers in the discipline. The question is, what explains this pattern? This roundtable brings together several journal editors to discuss preliminary analysis of internal audits that attempt to answer this question, exploring the impact of gender on the pool of submissions as well as manuscript acceptance and rejection rates. 
4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Joint Status Committee Roundtable: Legitimacy and Intersectionality: The Role and Relevance of Political Science Scholarship in the Trump Era

Roundtable featuring APSA Status Committee members discussing the role of scholars in an ever-changing political and policy environment.