August 2022 Newsletter

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Dear colleagues, friends, and members of the APG,

We hope this email finds you well. Below are some announcements of interest to those teaching and researching US politics.

  1. New APG site launched

We have just launched a new website. It is currently small, containing basic information about the APG. But over time we hope to grow it into a larger platform for hosting original content and acting as a hub for our activities.
We welcome feedback on aspects of the site such as appearance, features, and usability. We are also interested in what group members would like to gain from the site:
Moving forward we hope to provide more formal avenues for such feedback.
You can find the site here:

  1. Write on the 2022 midterms

We are looking into producing a briefing following the 2022 midterm elections. The idea at present is that a team will get the logistical infrastructure in place prior to the elections, and that short chapters (1,500-2,000 words) will be written in the weeks following the election, with a view to publishing in late 2022 or early 2023. The briefing will be published on the APG website under a Creative Commons licence, meaning you will also be able to reproduce it elsewhere if you wish.
A variety of expertise will be needed, including authors, editors, and those with knowledge of formatting and ensuring accessibility.
Diversity of contributors is welcomed, and contributors at all career stages are invited. More senior academics willing to mentor and write with ECRs are welcomed.
In the first instance, if you are interested email Pete Finn stating your expertise and/or what role you would be interested in playing by Sept 9th:

  1. CFP for PSA 2023 panel on political institutions and representation in the US

If you are researching related topics, APG members Amy Tatum and Jo Harmon are putting together a panel for PSA 2023
If you are interested email: &
Deadline: September 5th

  1. APG member in the 📰

APG member Jo Harmon wrote a piece for The Washington Post in July titled ‘The rise of the conservative legal movement reshaped gun politics’.
Jo explores how the conservative legal movement impacts attempts at gun control.
If your work has been featured in the media, or you have been interviewed or written an op-ed, let us know:

  1.  Cold War Archives Research Institute (CWAR) opportunity

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is proud to partner with the Wilson Center on the Cold War Archives Research Institute (CWAR). CWAR trains the next generation of Cold War historians in innovative archival research methodologies, while providing 15-20 graduate students the opportunity to visit archives that are critical for Cold War research.
If you are a graduate student, please consider applying to CWAR by the September 11, 2022 deadline. If you mentor graduate students, please encourage them to review the call for applications. Students can apply here.

6. Nominations now open for Mackenzie Book Prize

Now entering into its 36th year, the PSA’s Mackenzie Prize is awarded annually to the best book published in political studies and nominations are now invited for books published in the 2021 calendar year.
Nominations may be submitted by publishers, PSA Specialist Groups, heads of department and by self-nomination. Single-authored and jointly-authored books by members of the Political Studies Association published in the UK in 2021 are eligible.
You can submit your nomination using the online form here. Rules for submission are here.

Deadline: Wednesday 7 September 2022 (5pm UK time)

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