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Politics, Groups, and Identities

For a Special Issue on

How to Conduct Civically Engaged Research in A Time of Contentious Politics

Manuscript deadline
31 December 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Shelly Arsneault, California State University Fullerton
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Angie Bautista-Chavez, Arizona State University
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Stephanie Chan, Lafayette College
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Valerie Martinez-Ebers, University of North Texas
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How to Conduct Civically Engaged Research in A Time of Contentious Politics

In 2021, PS: Political Science & Politics published a collection of articles that sought to define and, ultimately, motivate political scientists to conduct civically engaged research (see Dobbs, Hess, Bullock, and Udani 2021). This special issue builds on these efforts by providing a guide for how to conduct ethical and rigorous civically engaged research. The collection of manuscripts will address the ethics, research design, methodology, and project management involved in developing, implementing, and communicating results from civically engaged research. By providing examples of successful civic engagement research and practical scaffolds, the Special Issue will serve as a valuable guide for political scientists as they develop their civically engaged research projects, while collectively advancing theoretical debates, ethical practices, and methodological pluralism in the discipline of political science. 

We invite scholars across all political science subfields using a range of methodologies to submit manuscripts addressing the following or related questions.

  • How is civically engaged research distinct from other methodologies in political science?
  • How can civically engaged research inform canonical theories of power, politics, and governance?
  • How to define “community” when conducting civically engaged research?
  • How can political science research center community expertise?

We are especially interested in examples and guides that range across research sites and across a range of issue areas.

  • Examples of civically engaged research in challenging or hostile political environments.
  • Examples of civically engaged research working with vulnerable communities.
  • Examples of civically engaged research that showcase variation in methods, data analysis, and data collection.

Submission Instructions

Please submit for peer review via PGI’s online submission portal. Please indicate that your submission is intended for the How to Conduct Civically Engaged Research in A Time of Contentious Politics Special Issue. Papers should follow PGI’s format for research articles. We will follow PGI’s guidelines for articles: articles should be no more than 8750 words, inclusive of: Abstract, Tables, References, Figure or table captions, Endnotes.


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