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The American Academy of Political and Social Science was founded in 1889 to promote progress in the social sciences. Sparked by Professor Edmund J. James[1] and drawing from members of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and Bryn Mawr College, the Academy sought to establish communication between scientific thought and practical effort.[2] The goal of its founders was to foster, across disciplines, important questions in the realm of social sciences, and to promote the work of those whose research aimed to address important social problems. Today the AAPSS is headquartered at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and aims to offer interdisciplinary perspectives on important social issues.


The primary modes of the Academy's communication were to be the bimonthly journal, The Annals,[3] annual meetings, symposia, and special publications. Difficult topics were not avoided. The 1901 annual meeting was on race relations in America,[4] and included a paper by Booker T. Washington.[5] The Academy began as a membership organization. Membership was open and inclusive[2] with an emphasis on educated professionals; even from the its establishment, women were permitted to obtain membership.[4] The Academy's members have included not only academicians, but also distinguished public servants such as Herbert Hoover and Frances Perkins.[2] Perhaps for this reason, it is not a member of the American Council of Learned Societies.[4][6]

In 2000 the Academy began selecting and installing Fellows in recognition of social scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the field.[7] Since 2008 the Academy has presented an annual Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize to recognize public officials and/or scholars who have used social science and informed judgment to advance the public good.[8] The Academy continues to publish its bimonthly journal, and holds congressional briefings, special conferences, and biannual meetings of its board of directors. The Academy has moved away from the membership model, however.

Presidents of the AcademyEdit


The AnnalsEdit

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science  
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Edited byThomas A. Kecskemethy
Publication details
Publication history
SAGE Publications (United Kingdom)
Standard abbreviations
Annals Am. Acad. Pol. & Soc. Sci.
Ann. Am. Acad. Political Soc. Sci.
ISSN0002-7162 (print)
1552-3349 (web)
OCLC no.1479265

The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, a policy and scientific journal in political and social science, began publication in July 1890 and has continued uninterrupted up until the present.[9] The journal began as a quarterly but switched to a bi-monthly schedule effective with volume 2 in the summer of 1891.[9] From 1897 (volume 6), volume numbers began to be changed every three issues, with each single issue after volume 38 constituting its own volume.[9] A number of pamphlet supplements were also issued during the journal's early years.[9]

The Annals' recent authors and editors have included Henry Louis Gates Jr., Richard A. Clarke, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., and William Julius Wilson. The Annals has been published by SAGE Publications since 1981. In 2003, it changed from its traditional plain orange cover to a more graphic cover containing photographs.[7]

The Annals has covered topics including "The World's Food" (November, 1917) to "The Motion Picture and its Economic and Social Aspects" (November 1926), "Women in the Modern World" (May, 1929), "America and Japan" (May, 1941), "Urban Renewal Goals and Standards" (March, 1964), and "The Global Refugee Problem" (May, 1982). More recent volumes have focused on such topics as "Confronting the Specter of Nuclear Terrorism" and "The Moynihan Report Revisited: Lessons and Reflections after Four Decades".

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2017 impact factor of 2.401, ranking it 33rd out of 169 journals in the category "Political Science" and 11th out of 94 journals in the category "Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary".[10]


  • 1890–1895, Edmund J. James
  • 1896–1900, Roland P. Falkner
  • Jan. 1901–Mar. 1902, Henry Rogers Seager
  • May 1902–Sept. 1914, Emory R. Johnson
  • Nov. 1914–July 1929, Clyde L. King
  • Sept. 1929–July 1968, Thorsten Sellin
  • Jan. 1969–Nov. 1995 Richard D. Lambert
  • Jan. 1996–Nov. 2003 Alan W. Heston
  • Jan 2003–May 2006 Robert W. Pearson
  • July 2006–Dec. 2010 Phyllis Kaniss
  • Dec. 2010-Dec. 2011 Emily Wood
  • Dec. 2011–present Thomas A. Kecskemethy

The Academy OnlineEdit

In 2006, the Academy created a blog to take advantage of the Internet to provide a forum for ideas and research in the social sciences. Today, the Academy's website is the main source for news of the Academy, recently published Annals volumes, and information about the Fellows and Moynihan Prize.

Moynihan Prize WinnersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Falkner, Roland P. (1896) "Editorial" Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 7: pp. 74-77
  2. ^ a b c "About the Academy: History". American Academy of Political and Social Science. Archived from the original on 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  3. ^ Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science ISSN 0002-7162
  4. ^ a b c "Lara, Antonio and Rich, Paul (2003) "The American Academy of Political and Social Science in the Twenty-First Century" Special publication American Academy of Political and Social Science" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
  5. ^ Lindsay, Samuel McCune (1901) "Report of the Academy Committee on Meetings. Fifth Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Philadelphia, April 12 and 13, 1901" Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 18: pp. 181-187
  6. ^ "ACLS Constituent Learned Societies" American Council of Learned Societies
  7. ^ a b Pearson, Robert W. (2003) "A New Look at The American Academy of Political and Social Science" Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 585(Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century): pp. 6-7, p.7
  8. ^ "The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize of the American Academy of Political and Social Science". Archived from the original on 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  9. ^ a b c d "Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science," in International Magazine Co., Periodicals, vol. 1, no. 1 (October–December 1917), pg. 5.
  10. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Political Science and Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary". 2017 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2017.

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