Heritage Experts Speak at National Political Science Conference


Heritage Experts Speak at National Political Science Conference

August 29th, 2019

This week, three Heritage Foundation experts will have the opportunity to not only promote policy but also political scholarship at the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) annual meeting from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.

The meeting will feature presentations from David Azerrad, Ph.D., director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and AWC Family Foundation fellow, and Arthur Milikh, associate director and research fellow for the Simon Center.

Heritage legal fellow Elizabeth Slattery, who manages the Appellate Advocacy Program for the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, will join them at the meeting. Slattery is serving as a moderator for a discussion on the Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term as well as how the newest justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, are shaping the court.

“It’s a real privilege to join APSA’s annual meeting as a presenter,” said Azerrad. “The necessity for political scholarship—particularly in the various political arenas of our time—is critical to say the least.” In one of his reports published earlier this year, he articulated the danger of identity politics and how it not only creates “politics of victimization” but also threatens “republican self-government by corroding patriotic ties and demanding special treatment rather than equality under the law.”

Each of APSA’s annual meetings has a theme and this year’s is “Populism and Privilege.” The event draws a variety of professors and other experts from a broad political spectrum.

The organization’s goals include asserting and protecting scholarly research on government and politics, representing political scientists’ interests, and “preparing citizens to be effective citizens and political participants.”

“Attendees at the event include some of the country’s leading political scholars,” said Slattery.

“The meeting lets us promote ideology and form discourse at the heart of our nation’s political landscape,” she added. “What’s more, it’s a chance for The Heritage Foundation to leave a footprint—to impact a demographic that plays a pivotal role in raising up the next generation of political leaders in our nation.”