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APAN will host a number of events for prospective applicants, current students, alumni, and the broader community, which will be listed and updated here.

Any questions about these events can be directed to political-analytics [at] umd.edu. 

***At this time, all events will be hosted on Zoom***



Check back often for additional Information Sessions this Spring, ahead of our final July 1 application deadline.



Democracy at a Crossroads
May 6, 2021 at 4pm
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Join the Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement, the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, and the Department of Government and Politics for a conversation on the state of US Democracy, featuring: 

  • General James Clapper, retired lieutenant general in the United States Air Force and former Director of National Intelligence. 
  • Dr. Pearl Dowe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Emory University/Oxford College
  • Dana Priest, columnist with the Washington Post, and the Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at University of Maryland
  • Stella Rouse, Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, Director of the Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement, and Associate Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll at the University of Maryland
  • Tamara Wittes, Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings

Moderated by Shibley TelhamiAnwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution



PAST EVENTS - Thank you for coming!

Ruth J. Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University
April 27, 2021 at 12:45pm

Please join us for a conversation with President Simmons as she reflects on her experiences as a Black woman scholar in academic leadership.  Her experiences in leading both an HBCU and one of the "Seven Sisters" provide unique insights on the intersection of race and gender in academe.

Baha'i Chair for World Peace, Critical Race Initiative
April 27, 2021 at 12pm

In this lecture Prof. Benyera explores the meaning and structure of racism, paying attention to the mechanisms that sustain it. Using the decolonial lenses, he argues that racial ontology as a product of capitalism not only structures racism, but also sustains it. Racial ontology as the sustainer and underwriter of racism relies on five institutional and systems into which humanity was forcibly incorporated. These five Euro-North American centric phenomenon which have been efficacious in structuring racism are: (1) the international legal system, (2) the global financial and monetary system, (3) the world capitalist economy, (4) Euro-North American-centric world culture especially the languages, (5) Euro-North American-centric moral order which is dominated by Christian thought. These structures and institutions are enforced by four types of violence: (1), foundational violence, (2), institutive violence, (3), routinising violence (4), and maintenance violence. Racisms deals with its victims in three dormant ways, it either absorbs (assimilates), disciplines, or dispenses.

Everisto Benyera is an Associate Professor of African Politics in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a doctorate in African Politics from the same university. Everisto researches and publishes on community based non-state transitional justice, human rights, transitology, and decoloniality. Everisto has worked and researched in Zimbabwe, South Africa Namibia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He teaches two undergraduate classes in Political Behaviour and Participation and Understanding the State and one postgraduate class Peace, Conflict and Security Studies. He also supervises doctoral students at the University of Limpopo and the University of Pretoria.

Maryland Day!!! 
April 24, 2021 from 10am - 2pm

Maryland Day, the University of Maryland’s annual celebration, returns!

You are invited to enjoy a day of learning, fun and discovery. It’s streaming from College Park to wherever you are, so participate in demonstrations, tour our beautiful campus, conduct science experiments with everyday household items, get up and dance and even meet baby lambs. You’ll even meet our adorable mascot, Testudo! Come explore our world of Fearless Ideas. 

Forward with Hope Symposium
April 23, 2021 at 1:30pm

Inspired by race scholar Ibram X. Kendi’s New York Times op-ed, “Racial Progress Is Real. But So Is Racist Progress,” the panel discussion by social justice scholars and leaders will address the challenges of confronting racism throughout society, while advocating for racial equity. American history has shown us that even as society makes significant gains in racial progress in an anti-racism movement, white supremacy, anti-Blackness and racism also increases. How do we as scholars, students, advocates and leaders address these racist forces that threaten to undo the racial progress we have made?

The Forward with Hope program aims to engage the community in meaningful conversation about the impact of the 2017 murder of Lt. Richard W. Collins III by a University of Maryland student just days before Lt. Collins’ graduation from Bowie State University. The annual Social Justice Alliance Spring Symposium brings together the Bowie State University and the University of Maryland communities to forge solutions out of tragedy, specifically focused on hate crime legislation and the climate of race relations on college campuses.

Graduate Resources for the Outside World (GROW): Alumni Panel
April 23, 2021 at 12pm

Join UMD graduate alumni to discuss resources and tips for how to navigate the beginnings of a non-academic career. Panelists will include Donggyu Lee,'20, (ECON) Ph.D.,Economist, Fed NY
Lauren Weiss,'20, (NACS) Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton.

JPSM Seminar: Optimizing the Cost-Quality Tradeoff in a Responsive Design Setting
March 31, 2021 at 12pm

A conversation with Stephanie Coffey, Senior Mathematical Statistician in the Center for Optimization and Data Science at the U.S. Census Bureau. Her research is focused on the use of survey data, paradata, and other external data sources to improve the quality and cost properties of Census-conducted surveys, often through adaptive and responsive survey designs.  In this work, Stephanie has collaborated with several federal agencies, including the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Health Statistics.

A Conversation with Congressman ERIC SWALWELL (GVPT '03)
March 31, 2021 at 3:30pm

A timely political converstaion featuring Congressman and UMD Alum, Eric Swalwell. 

Book Talk: "Lucky, How Joe Biden Barely Won the White House"
March 25, 2021 at 7pm

A conversation with the New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Allen (GVPT '98) and Amie Parnes. This discussion will be moderated by Margaret Talev '94 (JOUR), Managing Editor of Politics at Axios and a CNN political analyst.

Fall 2021 Information Session
March 11, 2021 at 5pm
*Special focus on MS path

March 11, 2021 at 12pm

A Seat at the Table: Stories and lessons from UMD alumni is a new series featuring alumni from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, representing an array of industries and organizations. This series focuses on what it means to have a "seat at the table?" How does one get there? Who are your table guests? And how do you use your voice and influence within your organization once at the table? Through this program, we highlight BSOS alumni in mid to senior positions and learn from their leadership and personal experiences. This month's program feature Women in Data and Social Science. 

Using Sex and Gender in Survey adjustment
March 3, 2021 at 12pm

Accounting for sex and gender characteristics is a complex, structural challenge in social science research. While other methodology papers consider issues surrounding appropriate measurement, we consider how gender and sex impact adjustments for non-response patterns in sampling and survey estimates. We consider the problem of survey adjustment arising from the recent push toward measuring sex or gender as a non-binary construct. This is challenging not only in that response categories differ between sex and gender measurement, but also in that both of these attributes are multidimensional. In this talk we will reflect on the different statistical options available to us and the ethical implications of each.

Fall 2021 Information Session
February 10, 2021 at 5pm
*Special focus on 4+1 path