Association for Politics and the Life Sciences

Welcome to the Association for
Politics and the Life Sciences (APLS)

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

Today the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences recognizes the immense social and political implications wrought by revolutionary changes in biology. Ongoing developments in genetics, cognitive neuroscience, and evolutionary theory are having a huge impact on government decisions as well as the methods of political analysis. Today public policy decisions ranging from healthcare and environmental policies to the "war on terrorism" require input from the life sciences.

APLS welcomes all those interested in exploring the intersection between politics and the life sciences. This includes not only those who hope to further advance research and teaching in these vital areas, but also those engaged with related public policies.

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Politics and the Life Sciences-
The Official Journal of APLS

Politics and the Life Sciences is a biannual, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a global audience. PLS is the official journal of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, an American Political Science Association (APSA) Related Group and an American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Member Society. PLS is indexed in BIOONE, JSTOR, Academic Search Premier, International Political Science Abstracts, The Psychology and the Behavioral Science Collection, and Social Sciences Abstracts.

The PLS topic range is broad, including evolutionary and laboratory insights into political behavior, including political violence, from group conflict to war, terrorism, and torture; political analysis of life-sciences research, health policy, environmental policy, and biosecurity policy; and philosophical analysis of life-sciences problems, such as bioethical controversies. Typical contributors include political scientists and political behaviorists; biosecurity and international-security experts; life scientists, clinicians, health-policy scholars, and bioethicists; moral and evolutionary philosophers; environmental scientists and ecological economists; political-behavioral and environmental historians; science-policy scholars and historians of science; and legal scholars.

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APLS Annual conference 2015

The 2015 annual conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on October 23-24. For more information, please contact Gregg Murray, APLS Executive Director, at

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Recent Research...

Boix & Rosenbluth. 2014. 

"Bones of Contention: The Political Economy of Height Inequality." 

American Political Science Review 108(1): 1-22.

Price & van Vugt. 2014. 

"The Evolution of Leader-Follower Reciprocity." 

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8(363): 1-17

Hatemi et al. 2014. 

"Genetic Influences on Political Ideologies."

Behavior Genetics 44(3): 282-294.

Robison. 2014. 

"No End to Caring? Politics and the Moral Riptide of Human Evolution."

Politics and the Life Sciences 33(1): 2-32.