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.
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.
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, and sociobiology reshaped orthodoxy in psychology, sociology, philosophy, and political science.
The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences in governed by an elected chair 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 Chair.