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Rockefeller College Professor Named Co-Editor of the American Political Science Review 

Julie Novkov is one of a new 12-woman editorial team for the American Political Science Review.

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 30, 2019) — Julie Novkov, professor and director of undergraduate studies at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, has been named a member of the incoming editorial team of the American Political Science Review (ASPR).

The quarterly peer-reviewed journal, founded in 1906, is the leading scholarly research journal in the field and is published by Cambridge University Press for the American Political Science Association.

“The College is extremely proud to have Professor Novkov as a member of APSR’s new editorial team,” said Rockefeller College Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer. “APSR is the most respected and cited journal in the field of political science. Dr. Novkov’s new role is a testament to her contributions to the field and speaks to the excellence of UAlbany’s Department of Political Science, particularly in the area of public law.”

Novkov, a Collins Fellow, is also a professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on the intersection of law, history, U.S. political development and subordinated identity. She is the author and co-editor of several books and journal articles, including the award-winning Racial Union, and served as president of the Western Political Science Association in 2016-17.

She joins 11 other political scientists on the new ASPR editorial team – all women – including deans and professors from public and private universities including Yale, Princeton and the University of Florida.

“Our team intends to broaden the readership, relevance and contributor pool for the journal. We invite colleagues from across the discipline to participate in this mission by reviewing and submitting,” Novkov said. “The appointment of our all-female, ethnically diverse team is a historical moment for the journal, and we are all excited to take on this challenge.”

“The members of the new, innovatively structured APSR editorial team bring a wealth of editorial experience to the vital task of publishing the most intellectually rigorous and substantively significant scholarship in political science, drawn from all parts of our diverse discipline,” said APSA President Rogers Smith of the University of Pennsylvania. “Recognizing that the APSR is a collective endeavor of the entire profession, APSA will now also provide a heightened level of administrative support, enabling more scholars from a wider range of institutions to contribute to the APSR’s editorial management.”

The new ASPR editorial team are:

  • Sharon Wright Austin, professor of political science, University of Florida
  • Michelle L. Dion, associate professor of political science, McMaster University
  • Lisa García Bedolla, vice provost for graduate studies, dean of the Graduate Division and a professor in the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley
  • Clarissa Rile Hayward, professor of political science, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Kelly M. Kadera, associate professor of political science, University of Iowa
  • Julie Novkov, professor of political science and women’s, gender and sexuality Studies, University at Albany
  • Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, associate professor of political science, Purdue University
  • Dara Strolovitch, professor of gender and sexuality studies and politics, Princeton University
  • Aili Mari Tripp, Wangari Maathai, professor of political science and gender and women’s studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Denise M. Walsh, associate professor of politics and women, gender and sexuality, University of Virginia
  • S. Laurel Weldon, professor of political science, Simon Fraser University
  • Elisabeth Jean Wood, Crosby Professor of the Human Environment and professor of political Science, Yale University

The new team’s term begins on June 1, 2020, and concludes on May 31, 2024, Novkov noted.

“While our term doesn’t start until next June, we are already hard at work, drawing on our extensive collective editorial experience to build a system that reflects our key principles,” she said. “These include editorial transparency; substantive, representational and methodological diversity; a commitment to research ethics; modernizing communications and expanding outreach to broad audiences.”

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