Association for Politics and the Life Sciences

About APLS

Mission Statement

The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences (APLS) is an international and interdisciplinary association of scholars, scientists, and policymakers concerned with generating, disseminating, and using evolutionary, genetic, and ecological knowledge related to political behavior, public policy and ethics.


The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences in governed by an Executive Director and an Executive Council elected by the membership. The publication of the association's peer-reviewed journal, Politics and the Life Sciences, is managed by an Editor-in-Chief in cooperation with the Council and Executive Director.


Erik P. Bucy, Ph.D., Texas Tech University (2016-2023), Vice Chair (2018-2021) 
Amanda Friesen, Ph.D., IUPUI (2020-2023)
Matthew Hibbing, Ph.D., University of California, Merced (2020-2023)
Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz, Ph.D., University of Illinois (2020-2023)
Christopher Larimer, Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa (2016-2023), Secretary (2019-2021) 
Jordan Mansell, Ph.D., University of Quebec at Montreal (2018-2021)
Gregg R. Murray, Ph.D., Augusta University (ex officio, journal editor
Patrick Stewart, Ph.D., University of Arkansas (2005-2021), Chair (2015-2021) 


Gregg R. Murray, Ph.D. (2020-2022)
Department of Social Sciences, Political Science
Augusta University
1120 15th St., Allgood Hall N225
Augusta, Georgia 30912 USA


Our History: Founded in 1980

The history of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences as a "learned society" (or "scholarly association") has been shaped by both intellectual and political forces within academe. The intellectual content cultivated by the APLS was shaped in the 1960s and 1970s, as brain sciences, ethology, sociobiology reshaped orthodoxy in psychology, sociology, philosophy, and political science. 


The organization and activities of APLS are governed by a set of bylaws that were adopted in 1980 and amended in 1988, 1999, 2014, 2019, and 2021.

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