Meet APSA Centennial Center Scholars, Saaz Taher and Daniela Heimpel

Saaz Taher and Daniela Heimpel share their experience as APSA Centennial Center Scholars, and how a grant from the Alma Ostrom and Leah Hopkins Awan Civic Education Fund supported their project, “The Challenges of Pluralism.”

From October 2014 to April 2015, we organized a series of six roundtables in political theory on “The Challenges of Pluralism” at the University of Montreal. As part of this project, around 20 leading researchers from Quebec / Canada, the US and Europe were exchanging on issues related to diversity and equally observable, in one way or another, across diverse liberal democratic societies: cultural pluralism and models like multiculturalism and interculturalism; religious diversity and « laïcité”; feminism and intersectionality; citizenship and recognition; civic education; as well as political integration beyond national borders (European Union).

Following the principle of collaborative research, the project was aimed at discussing these issues both in their respective contexts and in a more systematic and theoretic way to give an all-embracing view on “The Challenges of Pluralism”. We are grateful to the Centennial Center and to all our partners for their generous support for the project.

— Saaz Taher and Daniela Heimpel

The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs was opened in 2003 with a mission to encourages individual research and writing in all fields of political science, facilitates collaboration among scholars working within the discipline and across the social and behavioral sciences and humanities, and promotes communication between scholars and policymakers. It offers 13 different research funds, including the Alma Ostrom and Leah Hopkins Awan Civic Education Fund, for APSA members to assist with the costs of research.

The next deadline for Centennial Center research grant applications is February 1, 2016.
For more information about the Center and how to apply, visit

The Centennial Center, its facilities, and research support program continue to be made possible in part through the generous donations of APSA members. To support the Centennial Center, please visit