APSA Resources on Systemic Racism & Social Justice

Political scientists have long examined the linkages between race, power, governance, social injustice and oppression. This scholarship has made an invaluable contribution to our discipline and to public discourse.

APSA has gathered a collection of resources and scholarly work from political scientists and a variety of other sources, that we hope you will engage. Additionally, we have provided access to articles from the journals of the American Political Science Association that address these important questions.

This project arose as a means to acknowledge the issues and debates that have re-surfaced into the public discourse as a result of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of police, and the resulting protests and civil debates about social justice, race, systemic racism and public policy. With the understanding that these social, political, and economic themes predate the events and protests in Minneapolis, MN and the protests around globe. The goals of this project are to: 1) Highlight the range of scholarly expertise and contributions of political scientists whose research and public engagement addresses these important topics, 2) Identify a diverse array of political science resources that can be brought to bear to assist students and faculty in the classroom and the public the better understand and dialogue about these issues in a constructive way, and 3) Acknowledge and appreciate that these themes are core and essential to the study of political science.

The resource page is divided into five key sections, as described below. While the resource page is not meant to be comprehensive, it is dynamic and inclusive. As we learn of new resources from our members and staff, we will update the page.

Getting Started: Familiarize yourself with key terms, and access local resources about understanding race and social (in)justice.

Engage: Learn about strategies for further engagement, involvement and advocacy.

Get Informed: Read related political science research from APSA scholars and others on race, ethnicity and politics, social (in)justice, systemic racism, protest and politics, activism, criminal justice reform, institutional change, Black Lives Matter, police brutality, mass incarceration, human and civil rights and more.

Explore: Learn about existing diversity and inclusion and pedagogical resources such as syllabi and teaching tools.

Share: Would you like to share a resource or article for review? APSA wants to hear from you. You can submit your resource here.

If your suggested resource focuses specifically on increasing college student political and civic participation in its many forms, please use the Raise the Vote submission form linked in the banner below.