The 2012 American Political Science Association (APSA) Meeting & Exhibition, set to begin August 30, 2012 in New Orleans, was canceled as Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Striking the Gulf exactly seven years after Katrina, Hurricane Isaac posed too much of a risk for conference goers, but didn’t halt the release of the September 2012 issue of Perspectives on Politics.

Coincidentally, Post-Katrina New Orleans is both the thematic focus of the journal’s September 2012 issue and was the planned location of its ten-year anniversary. As fate would have it, it was another hurricane, seven years later, which would keep political scientists from celebrating this anniversary.

As Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey C. Isaac states in the issue’s introduction:

“We hope that this special issue of Perspectives on Politics will not simply mark the tenth anniversary of the journal, but will honor, and stimulate, the impulse that has fueled the journal from the beginning—the impulse to promote forms of political science research and writing that are at once scholarly, serious, engaging, and mindful of their place in a world clearly in need of greater understanding.”

When Hurricane Katrina raged across the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005, it took almost two thousand lives. In the weeks that followed, the world watched as the natural disaster unfolded into a human, social, and political disaster, symbolized by flooding, destruction, and the displacement of New Orleans’ entire population of over 450,000 people.  Post-Katrina New Orleans encapsulates some of the most important themes in the study of politics: power and inequality, urban crisis, post-disaster reconstruction and development, and the complex intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

The September issue of Perspectives on Politics features a wide range of articles, essays, symposia, and book reviews and review essays dealing with these themes.

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