New Leaders for Premier Political Science Journal, APSR

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The American Political Science Association and Cambridge University Press welcome the next editorial team for the American Political Science Review.

The American Political Science Association (APSA) and Cambridge University Press are pleased to announce the next editorial leadership of the American Political Science Review, the flagship scholarly journal in political science. Beginning in July 2012, the new APSR editorial team will be led by Professor John Ishiyama and colleagues Professors Marijke Breuning, Steven Forde, and Valerie Martinez-Ebers from the University of North Texas (UNT). The APSA Council appointed the new team to a four-year term, renewable for an additional two-year term. Professor Ishiyama will serve as the lead editor for the initial two years, after which time lead editor role may rotate among members of the editorial team with the consent of the team and the APSA Council.

Professors Ishiyama, Breuning, Forde, and Martinez-Ebers will assume leadership of the APSR from the current APSR editorial team located at UCLA and led by Professor Ronald Rogowski. The two teams are working together to ensure a smooth transition for authors, readers and editors. The new UNT editors will accept submissions from July 1, 2012 and the first issue (February) of the 2013 volume will reflect articles handled under their leadership.

The APSR has led scholarly publishing in political science for over a century and continues to represent both fundamental scholarship in political science and new directions and developments in the field. The incoming editorial team at UNT is eager to join this tradition to advance the journal’s service to the discipline. Brief biography of each new editor follows can be found at the end of this release.

The new editorial team’s vision for the APSR is based on three main principles:

1. To publish scholarly research that is of exceptional merit, focuses on important issues, and is widely accessible

2. To advance this excellent journal with a priority to increase the diversity of submissions via broad and systematic outreach

3. To engage constituencies both inside and outside APSA and related organizations

The new editors invite media to review their complete aspirations for the journal on the APSA website at:

Like the current editors, the incoming editors will “publish scholarly research that is of exceptional merit; that focuses on important issues; is of general interest; and understandable to as many scholars as possible." They seek to increase the diversity of submissions and will engage in a broad and systemic outreach to the range of constituencies within the APSA and groups of scholars affiliated with organizations, conferences and meetings outside APSA. A calendar of conferences where the editors will speak about the journal and be available for individual conversations about their plans for the journal appears at the end of this release and will be updated continually on the APSA website: The new team invite questions and feedback about the journal at apsr(at)apsanet(dot)org.

The APSR is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the American Political Science Association. Managing Director of Cambridge Journals, Simon Ross, said: “We are looking forward to working with the new UNT team to continue the APSR’s long tradition of publishing the very latest thinking and research in the fascinating world of American political science.”

Notes to Editors:

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About American Political Science Association:

Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association (APSA) is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, the APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics.

APSA publishes three academic journals, the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics and PS: Political Science & Politics, and is associated with over 15 additional political science journals through its organized sections and which cover a range of topics and areas within political science and related fields.

Meet the Editors:

The new editors will attend the following political science events to share their plans for the journal and encourage members of the community to connect with them.

1. APSA Teaching and Learning Conference - Feb. 17-19, Washington, DC (John Ishiyama)

2. National Conference of Black Political Scientists - March 14-17, Las Vegas (Valerie Martinez)

3. Western PSA - March 22-24, Portland, Oregon (Valerie Martinez)

4. International Studies Association - April 1-4, San Diego (Marijke Breuning)

5. Southwestern Social Science Association - April 5-7, San Diego, CA (Steve Forde)

6. Midwest PSA - April 19-22, Cichago (John Ishiyama, Valerie Martinez)

7. Latin American Studies Association - May 23-26, San Francisco, CA (John Ishiyama)

8. Institute of Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) - June 21-22, Syracuse University

9. International Political Science Assocation - July 8-12, Madrid, Spain (John Ishiyama)

10. APSA Annual Meeting - Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, New Orleans, LA (all editors)

11. Association for the Study of East European and Eurasian Societies (ASEEES) - Nov. 15-18, New Orleans (John Ishiyama)

12. African Studies Association - Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, Philadelphia (John Ishiyama)

The UNT Team:

John Ishiyama, Professor (1992 PhD Michigan State University) is a Comparative Politics scholar, who specializes in political parties and democratization in post communist Russian, East Central European, and African (particularly Ethiopian) politics. He has also done considerable work on ethnic conflict and politics (particularly the role played by ethnic parties) and on the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has published six books, 105 journal articles and 16 chapters in edited volumes. His work has included the use of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. He has held leadership positions in the APSA, MPSA, and ISA, in particular serving as a member of the APSA Executive Council from 2007-09 and the MPSA Executive Council from 2010-present. He was a book review editor for the journal International Politics. He is currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Political Science Education, the journal of the APSA Political Science Education Section, published by Taylor and Francis/Routledge.

Steven Forde, Professor (1984 PhD University of Toronto) is a political theorist who has published on ancient political thought, early modern political thought, philosophy of science, and American political thought. He has also published in the field of international ethics (and served as an associate editor of the International Studies Quarterly when it was housed at the University of North Texas.) He has published one book (with Cornell University Press), and numerous book chapters and refereed journal articles. Four of his articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review.

Marijke Breuning, Professor (1992 PhD Ohio State University) is an International Relations scholar who specializes in foreign policy analysis, and international political economy, particularly foreign aid. Further she has done considerable work related to political psychology, constructivism, political development, and women’s issues. She has held major leadership positions in the foreign policy analysis sections of both the APSA and the International Studies Association, and has served as an officer (Vice President) in ISA. She was one of the editors of Foreign Policy Analysis, a journal published by Blackwell Publishers for the ISA. She was a Book Review Editor for the journal International Politics. She is also the editor of the Journal of Political Science Education, the journal of the APSA Political Science Education Section, published by Taylor and Francis/Routledge.

Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Professor (1990 PhD Ohio State University) is a scholar of American Politics with expertise in the politics of race and ethnicity, women in politics and public policy, especially in the areas of education, immigration and aging. A co-PI for the Latino National Survey (8,600 respondents), funded by the Ford, Carnegie, Russell Sage, Hewlett, Joyce, and National Science Foundations, she has considerable experience in the design of survey research and the analysis of public opinion. She has also published work that relies primarily on qualitative analyses of focus group conversations or elite interviews. A former vice-president of the APSA and former president of the WPSA, she has served on the executive councils of APSA, WPSA and SWPSA and held a variety of other leadership positions in the organized sections and caucuses. She was guest editor for the Southwestern Journal of Aging but her most memorable editing experience was working as an APSR Intern under the direction of Editor Samuel C. Patterson.


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