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Peer-to-Peer Mentorship for Scholars of Politics, Groups, and Identities

Community Co-Chairs
• Erin Tolley, University of Toronto
• Sarah Allen Gershon, Georgia State University

How to Participate:
If you’re interested in participating, please contact: Erin Tolley,

How to Support
WPSA is not requiring any fees or membership dues to participate in its Virtual Communities during the 2020-2021 Pilot Program. Many people are volunteering their labor to make that possible, a model that will not be sustainable if we are to continue offering this program on a more permanent basis.

If you would like to support this initiative now and increase its viability for the future, please consider donating to help pay for administrative and IT costs. We especially invite participants who are not currently dues-paying members of WPSA to contribute. We suggest a sliding-scale of $5-$25 as you are able. You may contribute here:

Community Focus
This virtual community will connect scholars working on issues related to social groups and structural disadvantage, including the politics of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and class, which are the main focus of the WPSA journal of Politics, Groups, and Identities.

Intended Participants
Participants will be selected through an application process, and applicants must commit to being involved in the community for a 6-month period. Participants will have current but unpublished work on topics centrally related to politics, groups, and identities. They will generally be at an early career stage (either finishing their graduate work or within 2 years of having completed their Ph.D.). They will also have limited publishing experience (as indicated by few if any published peer-reviewed journal articles, but not including research published with senior scholars or advisors). Participants from a range of backgrounds and institutions who are interested in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles in the broad field of politics, groups and identities are welcome.

This virtual community situates publishing as mentorship. It aims to acquaint scholars with the publishing process, to provide a space for targeted feedback on work in progress leading up to submission to a peer-reviewed journal, and to nurture a cohort of scholars working on politics, groups, and identities.

Kinds of Events Planned
Participants commit to participating in this virtual community for a 6-month period. The virtual community will meet approximately once per month with the details to be confirmed. Meetings will include a mentorship component, the presentation of research, and peer review. The aim is to demystify the publishing process, introduce participants to senior scholars in this research field, and support a network of emerging scholars.

Upcoming Events
Information about upcoming events will be posted here and on the unified Virtual Communities calendar at as events are scheduled. Convert event times to your local time zone at

Meeting and Discussion: WPSA Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Introductory Webinar
Date: May 28, 2021 Time: 9:00 AM PT

Event Details:
During this webinar, the group will conclude its year with an “Ask Me Anything” about publishing session led by Dr. Dara Strolovitch (Princeton University) and Dr. Melissa Michelson (Menlo College). If participants are not able to attend, they are encouraged to submit questions via the group Slack channel ahead of the event.
We will also live tweet during this event. Please engage with @BrownPhDGirl and @PGI_WPSA to ask questions during this final session. The live tweets are accessible to scholars outside of this virtual community.

Contact for Access:

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