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 APLS 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 (PLS) is a biannual, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a global audience. PLS publishes research at the intersection of political science and the life sciences. The broad range of topics includes political behavior and institutions, public policy, and ethics as informed by sciences such as biology and physiology. 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. It is published by Cambridge University Press and indexed in BIOONE, JSTOR, Academic Search Premier, International Political Science Abstracts, The Psychology and the Behavioral Science Collection, and Social Sciences Abstracts.

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Recent Research...

Neiman et al. 2015. 

"Voting at home is associated with lower cortisol than voting at polls." 

PLoS One 10(9): e0135289.


Dawes et al. 2015. 

"Genes, psychological traits and civic engagement." 

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370.1683 (2015): 20150015


Harris. 2015. 

"State responses to biotechnology: Legislative action and policymaking in the U.S., 1990–2010."

Poliltics and the Life Sciences 34(1): 1-27.


Stewart et al. 2015. 

"Strengthening bonds and connecting with followers: A biobehavioral inventory of political smiles."

Politics and the Life Sciences 34(1): 73-92.