As the students of William & Mary geared up for the fall semester, faculty of the Government Department also prepared for the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting. Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 13,000 members in more than 80 countries, including members of the W&M Government Department.
This year’s meeting was held in historic Philadelphia, PA and its participants closely examined the theme “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of our Time,” and how our changing world influences our political society. “The annual APSA conference is one of the premier professional gatherings in our field,” said Department of Government chair, Paul Manna. “An added bonus of attending is that many of our former students are now graduate students or faculty members across the country, so we get to catch up with them and other alums in the host city while we’re there.”
Members of the Government Department presented a wide range of research at the conference. In seeing how our changing world influences our political society, faculty members debated, exchanged ideas, and made plans for future collaborations with fellow academics and researchers across the United States and the world. Professor Rani Mullen organized multiple panel and roundtable events at APSA and discussed the nature of current Indian democracy with her colleagues. “As this year is India’s 70th anniversary of independence, it was important for me to organize the panel discussing the India’s current democracy and the work that still has to be done,” said Professor Mullen. The research discussed at APSA also helped shape Professor Mullen’s notes for the September 13th panel hosted by the W&M Government Department: The 2016 Presidential Campaign: Is Illiberalism on the Rise in the Untied States?