Diversifying Political Science Publishing
Virtual Community


Community co-chairs:

  • Gwen Alphonso (Fairfield Univesity)
  • Julie Novkov (University at Albany, SUNY)

Contact information:


Virtual Community member login


Community focus and purpose:

The VC aims to increase substantive, methodological, and representational diversity in Political Science journal publications. We will conduct colloquia/workshopping for works in progress by scholars employing qualitative and/or interpretive methods, especially those from underserved backgrounds. The VC will advance inclusive professional practices, such as creating a warm and welcoming environment to develop personal and group relationships and providing peer support and mentoring. We hope to help scholars enhance their papers’ odds of publication in high-profile journals such as the American Political Science Review and to find/form collegial spaces and networks to advance their professional goals while experiencing meaningful inclusion into the academy. Overall, the aim is to advance diversity in political science as a discipline.

Types of events planned:

  • General workshops on crafting articles for submission to general interest journals
  • Specific workshops to discuss and improve members’ draft articles
  • Community-building events

How to join this virtual community:

Regular WPSA membership dues include participation in the Virtual Communities program along with discounted registration fees to WPSA’s in-person conference, subscriptions to its two journals, and eligibility to participate in all other WPSA activities. For scholars and students who are interested in participating only in the Virtual Communities, WPSA offers a limited membership that does not include any other benefits. We encourage everyone who can to join WPSA as a full member to help sustain the Association.

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