Webinar: Institute for Civically Engaged Research (ICER) Roundtable on Civic Engagement –

Join an expert panel of scholars and the participants of APSA’s Institute for Civically Engaged Research for a virtual roundtable discussion on the state of civic engagement in the Political Science profession. This event will include a discussion amongst our panelists and plenty of time for Q&A between audience members and panelists. This event is open to all APSA members.



  • Peter Levine (moderator)
  • Valeria Sinclair-Chapman (moderator)
  • Rob Lieberman (speaker)
  • Adriano Udani (speaker)
  • Melissa Michelson (speaker)
  • Lauren Bell (speaker)

Peter Levine, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University. Peter Levine is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life. He also appointments in Tufts’ Political Science Department (tenure home), Philosophy Department, Science & Technology Studies, International Relations, and the Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He was the founding deputy director (2001-2006) and then the second director (2006-2015) of Tisch College’s CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. In addition, Levine co-leads the Civic Studies major, teaches the Summer Institute of Civic Studies, and organizes the annual Frontiers of Democracy conference.

Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, Professor and Director of the Centner for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, Purdue University. Dr. Valeria Sinclair-Chapman’s work focuses on American political institutions, legislative politics, minority representation in Congress, and minority political participation.  Broadly construed, her research examines how previously marginalized groups gain inclusion in the American political system.  She is author or co-author of several journal articles and book chapters, as well as an award-winning book, Countervailing Forces in African-American Political Activism, 1973-1994 (Cambridge University Press, 2006).  Her current research projects examine how legislators represent the interests of racial and ethnic minorities in Congress at various stages of the legislative process. Sinclair-Chapman is past president of the Women’s Caucus of the South in the Southern Political Science Association, and former co-president of the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Rob Lieberman- Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Science, The Johns Hopkins University. He studies American political development, race and American politics, and public policy. He has also written extensively about the development of American democracy and the links between American and comparative politics. His most recent book is Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy (St. Martin’s Press, 2020), co-authored with Suzanne Mettler. His first book, Shifting the Color Line: Race and the American Welfare State (Harvard University Press, 1998), won the Social Science History Association Presidential Book Award, the Thomas J. Wilson Prize of Harvard University Press, and Columbia University’s Lionel Trilling Award. Shaping Race Policy: The United States in Comparative Perspective (Princeton University Press, 2005) was awarded the Best Book Prize by the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. He is also the co-editor of Democratization in America: A Comparative-Historical Analysis (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), Beyond Discrimination: Racial Inequality in a Postracist Era (Russell Sage Foundation, 2013), and The Oxford Handbook of American Political Development (Oxford University Press, 2016). He is a co-convenor of the American Democracy Collaborative and chaired the American Political Science Association Task Force on New Partnerships. He has received fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation and the American Philosophical Society. In 2021, he was the John G. Winant Visiting Professor of Government at the University of Oxford.

Adriano Udani- Associate Professor, University of Missouri St. Louis. Adriano Udani specializes in the study of political attitudes toward immigrant groups and policy decisions that affect immigrant treatment in the United States. He also studies public misperceptions of immigration enforcement and its impact on immigrant communities. His research is published in American Review of Public Administration; Adminitrative Praxis & Theory; Ameircan Politics Research; Social Sciences Quarterly; Politics, Groups, & Identitites; Policy Studies Journal; State Politics & Policy Quarterly; and Public Integrity. Adriano’s current work contributes to the emergence of “Civically Engaged Research” in political science, which aims to collaborate in racially equitable ways with people and groups beyond the academy to co-produce, share, and apply knowledge related to power and politics. His current project involves partnering with immigrant service proviers, attorneys, and asylum seekers to abolish detention of all forms.

Melissa Michelson- Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Political Science, Menlo College. Dr. Melissa R. Michelson is a nationally recognized expert on Latino politics, voter mobilization experiments, and LGBTQ rights. She is the award-winning author of six books, including Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns (2012) and, most recently, Transforming Prejudice: Identity, Fear, and Transgender Rights (2020). In her spare time, she knits and runs marathons. Dr. Michelson is Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Menlo College. Her academic work is solidly based in activist scholarship. Whether the focus is on members of the Latino, LGBTQ, or other marginalized groups, she uses her research to motivate greater equality and justice for all. Dr. Michelson went to graduate school to become a teacher and delights in leading classroom discussions, but also to write books that might make a difference, inspired by her undergraduate professor at Columbia University, Dr. Charles V. Hamilton. She has since written six books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters and is a nationally recognized expert in Latinx voter mobilization and LGBTQ politics.

Lauren Bell- James L. Miller Professor of Political Science, Randolph-Macon College. Lauren C. Bell is the inaugural James L. Miller Professor of Political Science and Special Assistant to the Provost at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia. Dr. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma.  She is a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (1997-98) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and a former United States Supreme Court fellow (2006-07) at the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, DC. In Fall 2015, Dr. Bell was a short-term visiting scholar on the Faculty of Law at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Bell is the author of Filibustering in the U.S. Senate (Cambria Press, 2011), Warring Factions: Interest Groups, Money, and the New Politics of Senate Confirmation (The Ohio State University Press, 2002) and The U.S. Congress, A Simulation for Students (Cengage, 2nd ed. 2022) as well as co-author of Slingshot: The Defeat of Eric Cantor (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2015) and Perspectives on Political Communication: A Case Approach (Allyn & Bacon, 2008). In addition to these books, Bell has published single- and co-authored articles in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of PoliticsPolitical Research QuarterlyThe Journal of Legislative StudiesThe Journal of Public Administration Research and TheorySocial Science Quarterly, the Journal of the Society for American Music (JSAM), and Judicature; previously, she served on the editorial board of Justice System Journal. Her work has also appeared in or been cited by The New York Times, Newsweek.com, U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, Roll Call, The National Journal, The Huffington Post, Foreign Affairs.com, Wisconsin Public Radio, Share Radio (London, UK), the Canadian Press, the Monkey Cage blog, the London School of Economics and Political Science’s American Politics and Policy Blog and The Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

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