Program Highlights

Additional events will be added throughout the summer, so be sure to check back! Locations will be available in the late summer.

Wednesday,  August 30
APSA Short Courses (Pre-registration required)

APSA Awards Ceremony (Invite Only)
Westin, Colonial
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 31
Humphrey Award Panel: Rethinking Refugee Policy
Hilton, Plaza B
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

All Member Business Meeting
Hilton, Continental Parlor 1
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Breaking News Panel: Policy Shifts from Obama to Trump: Discussing the Current US Legislative Agenda
Hilton, Continental Ballroom 6
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Keynote and Conversation with University of California President Janet Napolitano
Hilton, Continental Ballroom 6
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

University of California President Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on Sept. 30, 2013. She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.

As UC president, she has launched initiatives to stabilize in-state tuition and achieve financial stability for the University; improve the community college transfer process; achieve carbon neutrality across the UC system by 2025; accelerate the translation of UC research into products and services; focus UC resources on local and global food issues; and strengthen the University’s engagement with its Mexican peer institutions of higher education. She has also implemented the Fair Wage/Fair Work plan, which established a $15 minimum wage at UC for employees and contract workers – the first for a public university – and implemented a series of reforms to ensure that all UC contractors are complying with wage and workplace condition laws and policies.  In 2014, she was appointed a tenured faculty member of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, as Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97.

Napolitano earned a B.S. degree (summa cum laude in Political Science) in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar, and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor.  In 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Career Fair
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Westin Grand Ballroom
Open to all registered conference attendees.
The first annual APSA Career Fair is an opportunity for APSA members to connect with departments, institutions, and organizations for informational and informal discussions about jobs in political science, and other careers that draw on political science training, both on campus and in applied/non-academic settings. Any APSA Annual Meeting attendee interested in learning more about career paths in political science is welcome to attend. Attendees do not need to be on the job market or actively seeking a position. Coffee will be served.

APSA Open Mentoring and Networking Reception
Nikko, Golden Gate Room
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

113th APSA Presidential Address: “International Legitimacy Lost: Rule and Resistance when America is First”
Delivered by APSA President David Lake
Hilton, Continental Ballroom 6
6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

113th Annual Meeting Opening Reception
Hilton, Continental Ballroom 4
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

International Attendee Reception
Hilton, Imperial A
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, September 1
Breaking News Panel: The Legitimacy of Elections: Russia, Fraud, and Public Confidence in the Electoral Process
Hilton, Continental Ballroom 6
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

James Madison Award Lecture
Hilton, Continental Ballroom 6
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

APSA Lounge Reception
Hilton, Grand Ballroom
3:00 p.m.

John Gaus Award and Lectureship
Westin, Elizabethan B
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

APSA Reception Honoring Women of Color in the Profession
Westin, Italian
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 2
The Travel Ban: Implications for Academics and Academic Freedom
Hilton, Imperial A
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Congressional Fellows Program (CFP) Happy Hour
Nikko, Kanpai Lounge
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Graduate Student Happy Hour
Hilton, Continental 4
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

RBSI/MFP Alumni Networking Reception
Nikko, Bay View Room
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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