Short Course: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Looking Back and Moving Forward: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Founding of the APSA El Sector Latino de Ciencia Politica (Latino Caucus of Political Science)

Valerie Martinez-Ebers
Full Day

The Latino Caucus was created in 1998 to both promote and protect the professional development and well-being of Latina/o political scientists AND to increase the visibility and support for the study of Latina/o politics. At that time, Latinos were severely underrepresented in the discipline and there were less than a handful of articles on Latino Politics in general interest political science journals. Today, largely due to the notable contributions and efforts of individual Latina/o scholars and with the support of APSA and other professional associations, there is obvious improvement in the status of Latina/o political scientists and Latino politics research but the problems of underrepresentation and mainstream acceptance and/or respect for the scholarship remain. With these thoughts in mind, the goals of our mini-conference are three-fold: 1. To recognize and celebrate the contributions of early scholars who “plowed the field” in the study of Latino politics; 2. To listen and learn from presentations on the latest, cutting-edge research in Latino politics; and 3. To provide intensive, hands-on training and networking opportunities for junior faculty and graduate students that will assist them in their efforts to survive and thrive in our discipline.

**All Short Courses will take place on Wednesday, August 29 at the APSA 2018 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.**