- I welcome your interest in the Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS), which has provided continuous leadership, professional opportunities, and intellectual exchange to those interested in Chinese political studies since its founding in 1986.
- Over the past two years, the ACPS has held successful academic symposia in conjunction with the King’s College London China Institute (UK), Endicott College (USA), Fudan University’s National Institute for Advanced Study on Social Science (PRC), the National Chengchi University College of International Affairs (Taiwan), and the Missouri State University Department of Political Science (USA). It also has orchestrated well attended related group panels at the American Political Science Association annual meetings. These venues have yielded a number of articles, edited book volumes, and special journal issues, advancing the ACPS’s objective of promoting Chinese political studies.
- The ACPS has been active in establishing relations with institutions in China, the US, and elsewhere. Recent institutional members include the Peking University China Center for Strategic Studies (PRC), the Shenzhen University Contemporary Chinese Politics Research Institute (PRC), and National Chengchi University College of International Affairs (Taiwan). Centers, institutes, and other research bodies often find it advantageous to establish formal ties with us through an the mechanism of an institutional membership.
- In recent years, the ACPS has supplemented its large membership base with new members from a multitude of lands including Canada, China, France, Russia, and South Korea. If you are not a member, I encourage you to peruse our website and subsequently apply for an ACPS membership. Both the tangible and intangible benefits of membership are quite extensive. We have been described by some conference participants as “one big family” and many ACPS conference attendees build life-long associations through our gatherings.
- It is only with the support of individuals such as yourself that the ACPS will continue to fulfill its mission and to produce new achievements. We encourage you to participate in our conferences, to publish in our journal, to become a member, to contribute your time and money, and to facilitate new institutional memberships. Together, we can make a difference to the intellectual development of Chinese political studies as well as the professional opportunities of those in the Chinese political studies field!
John James Kennedy
President, Association of Chinese Political Studies
Director, Center for Global and International Studies, University of Kansas
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kansas