Experiences of Scholars Working at the Nexus of Legislative Studies and REP Research: A Message from the Guest Editors
By Tiffany D. Barnes, University of Kentucky and Christopher J. Clark, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The contributions in this spotlight of “From the Sections” were published in the American Political Science Association (APSA) Legislative Studies Section (LSS) newsletter, The Legislative Scholar, in Fall 2020. This spotlight focuses on the experiences of scholars who work at the nexus of legislative studies and race, ethnicity, and politics (REP). Few REP scholars in political science identify as legislative scholars or maintain LSS membership but many are doing important and timely research on legislative politics. By hearing directly from these scholars about their experiences in conducting research at the intersection of REP and legislative studies, we gain insight on when and why some scholars are more (or less) likely to identify with the LSS; understand the ways that a focus on REP research structures how scholars approach questions in legislative studies and vice versa; and hear advice from successful scholars about how to thrive as a REP and legislative scholar.