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APPAM Communities


APPAM Communities

#2023APPAM Opportunities: Interested in hosting a one-time, in-person gathering? APPAM members and conference attendees are invited to submit an APPAM Communities proposal for any purpose that they consider to be a priority. Like the virtual communities, these get-togethers may focus on shared interests or experiences, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, geographical location, methodology, innovative research topic, or research approach. You can review the 2022 Communities2021 Communities and 2019 Communities for reference. Proposals are due by July 17, 2023.


In 2019, APPAM began offering Communities at the Annual Fall Research Conference. The idea was for members to create a group meeting, based on an element/idea around which a community could be created such as religion, research type, geography and many more. Because the creation of a community transcends one meeting in one place, we decided to make these communities ongoing so they allow members to connect over a commonality, shared interest or value throughout the year, both virtually and in person. These Communities provide invaluable opportunity for connection.

Members of Communities will connect virtually through our online platform, Circle, led by the Community Co-chairs. Each Community will have their own space to chat, post content, hold virtual meetings and connect. Meetings for Communities will also be held at the 2023 Fall Research Conference this November.

APPAM is excited to introduce five communities below. These initial five were based off of attendance at the Communities from the last two Fall Research Conferences. Please note that while these are the first five, we are always taking proposals for new communities and encourage members to submit ideas and chair suggestions to Please note: you MUST be a member to suggest an idea for a new Community.  

Interested in joining? Fill out this form and we’ll send you a link to join the Circle space of your chosen Community. Communities are what you make of them so participate, talk to people, share resources and make connections.  



Active Communities

BIPOC in Public Policy 

This Community was created to help support Black, Indigenous and People of Color engaged in research. Discussions include challenges faced by BIPOC researchers, challenges in the field itself, and ways APPAM and other stakeholders can help engage and promote DEI.


Co-chair: Joseph Benitez, University of Kentucky


Co-chair: Robynn Cox, University of California, Riverside

Early Career Professionals

This Community is for those new to the research world (less than 10 years post terminal degree) and is meant to help support those just starting out in their career, whether academia, government, think tank, NGO, non-profit or a corporate role. 


Chair: Lindsay Moore, Veteran's Health Administration

First-Gen Researchers

First generation college graduates or those whose parents do not have four-year degrees can gather to create a space to discuss this  aspect of diversity. Join the Community to make new connections, discuss your own perspectives on policy research as a first generation researcher and find ways APPAM can continue to support this group.


Co-chair: Kandice Kapinos, RAND Corporation and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Co-chair: Samuel Mann, Vanderbilt University

LGBTQ+ Researchers

This Community was created to help better support LGBTQ+ members and increase inclusivity and diversity. Discussions include challenges faced by research on policy issues, challenges faced by LGBTQ+ researchers, policy challenges with the LGBTQ+ community and more.


Co-chair: Laura Bellows, RAND Corporation


Co-chair: Amy Cummings, Michigan State University

Women in Economics

This Community is for researchers committed to doing research about, supporting the development of, and/or advancing professional opportunities for women (cis and trans) and non-binary economists in the APPAM community. This is meant for members at all career stages. This Community will discuss professional concerns, current research, challenges and potential solutions, future APPAM activities and more.







Co-chair: Chloe East, University of Colorado, Denver and Equitable Policy Research Lab



Co-chair: Kathryn Edwards, RAND Corporation



Questions? E-mail Rebecca Cox at