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Registration for MPSA 2015 in Chicago, April 16-19 is now open. Discounts are available for MPSA members, for those registering early and for attendees with reservations in one of the official hotels. Tip: Make your hotel reservation first!  By reserving a room and staying at one of these properties, you qualify for a lower conference registration rate.

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From the AJPS blog - Legislative Speech: Taking a Stand or Constituents or the Party?
From the AJPS blog - Legislative Speech: Taking a Stand or Constituents or the Party?

The article, Institutional Foundations of Legislative Speechby  Sven-Oliver Proksch  and Jonathan B. Slapin , is currently available in the American Journal of Political Science library on Wiley's AJPS website. A summary is available on the AJPS blog.  (Photo: gary yim / Shutterstock.com)

2014 Lucius Barker Award
2014 Lucius Barker Award

The 2014 Lucius Barker Award was awarded to Camille D. Burge and Cindy Kam of Vanderbilt University for their paper “The Meaning and Implications of Racial Resentment across the Racial Divide”.  Click here to read more about the award and to see a complete list of the 2014 MPSA award winners.

Featured MPSA Podcast
Featured MPSA Podcast

December's Featured MPSA Conference Roundtable Podcast: Following Candidates on Issues during Election Campaigns (2014)  (Ungated .mp3) 1 hour 7 minutes

MPSA 2015 Registration Now Open
MPSA 2015 Registration Now Open

Registration for MPSA 2015 in Chicago, April 16-19 is now open. Discounts are available for MPSA members, for those registering early and for attendees with reservations in one of the official hotels. 

Happy Holidays from MPSA
Happy Holidays from MPSA
The MPSA office will be closed Thursday, December 25 and Thursday, January 1 in observance of the holidays. You may have a delayed response during this time. We wish you a safe and relaxing holiday season!

MPSA 2015 Conference Updates

Scheduling Now in Progress - The ability to edit proposals for the annual conference has been temporarily suspended as scheduling takes place. You may still confirm or decline your participation by logging in to the website. Once logged in to the site, look to the top menu bar to click on Conference > MPSA 2015 Conference > Check Proposal Status. Section heads for panel and roundtables sections continue to make acceptance decisions over the next few weeks. Once a decision has been reached regarding your submission, you will see an action button in the status column to confirm or decline your participation. Each offer to participate must be responded to individually, even if multiple roles during the same session (i.e., chair/discussant).

New to the site or need help logging in? You do not need to be a member of the MPSA to submit a proposal or confirm/decline your participation, but you must be logged into the MPSA website.  If you have previously registered for an account (eg conference attendee, past member), but cannot remember your username or password, please save time and confusion by clicking here to retrieve your existing username and password. 

The MPSA Empire Lecture Series Returns in 2015! - A fantastic line up of speakers has been selected for the MPSA 2015 Empire Lecture Series! This year's series includes short talks over the course of two days by: Christopher Achen (Princeton University), Steve Ansolabehere (Harvard), Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt), Edward Carmines (Indiana University), James Druckman (Northwestern University), John Ferejohn (NYU), Anna Grzymala-Busse (Michigan), Jennifer Hochschild (Harvard), Robert Huckfeldt (University of California, Davis), Vincent Hutchings (University of Michigan), Donald Kinder (University of Michigan), David  Laitin (Stanford), Josiah Ober (Stanford), Tasha Philpot (University of Texas at Austin) and Theda Skocpol (Harvard).  

Lee H. Hamilton to present MPSA 2015 Pi Sigma Alpha Lecture -  MPSA is pleased to welcome Lee H. Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University and one of the nation’s foremost experts on Congress and representative democracy, as its 2015 Pi Sigma Alpha Lecturer.  Hamilton founded the Center on Congress in 1999 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented Indiana from 1965-1999.  He also served as President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., from 1999-2010. Read more about Hamilton here.

MPSA 2015 Call for Professional Development Sessions - MPSA will organize a series of Roundtables at the 2015 conference in Chicago that discuss aspects of the academic profession, including career development, publishing, teaching, research, professional development and public engagement.  If you would like to serve on a roundtable, please volunteer by completing this form.  If you wish to submit an entire roundtable (3-5 speakers on a topic), please use the standard roundtable submission form.  

New for MPSA 2015: The Junior Scholar Symposium (JSS) is a unique opportunity for graduate students and faculty who have recently earned their Ph.D. to meet and share their research. Learn more about the new session format. 

News from the Discipline 

Census Bureau Seeks Comment on Proposed Elimination of ACS Questions - (via COSSA) On October 31, the U.S. Census Bureau within the Department of Commerce issued a request for public comment related to the 2014 Content Review of the American Community Survey (ACS). According to the Federal Register Notice, the 2014 review "is the most comprehensive effort ever undertaken by the Census Bureau to review content on the survey, seeking to understand which federal programs use the information collected by each question, the justification for each question, and assess how the Census Bureau might reduce respondent burden."

MPSA Offers Complimentary Memberships to Scholars in Developing World - To encourage broad participation in the Association, the MPSA is offering a limited number of complimentary two-year electronic memberships to political science scholars in 139 developing countries (as defined by the World Bank for the 2015 fiscal year). Scholars from the developed world who are temporarily located in one of the developing countries (e.g. Fulbright Scholars) are not eligible, nor are scholars originally from the developing world who currently are faculty or graduate students in the developed world. Learn more about the program and access the application.

Call for Nominations: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus of the MPSA invites submissions for the Award for Best Undergraduate Paper on LGBT Politics.  Papers exploring LGBT politics from all political science and public law subfields are welcomed and may focus domestically or internationally. Papers should have been written for a course during the 2014 calendar year and may be revised further prior to submission.  Paper submissions are encouraged from current undergraduate students as well as first-year graduate students who are submitting a paper written during their senior year.  Sponsoring faculty members are asked to e-mail papers as an attachment to hdevries@pitt.edu by January 31, 2015 using the subject line "Submission for Award for Best Undergraduate Paper on LGBT Politics."  Members of the Award Committee are:  Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford; Dr. Melissa Michelson, Menlo College; and Mary J. Tobias, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the 2014 recipient of the award.  The 2015 award recipient will be announced at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the MPSA.

Position Openings - Open position? Please email it to heeke (at) mpsanet (dot) org for inclusion in our monthly newsletter and online. 

Funding Political Science Research: Updates

Read COSSA's Analysis of the Final FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill and Implications for Social and Behavioral Science  (12/12/14) 

MPSA Signs CPR Letters in Support of NIH (12/2/14) - MPSA has joined with the Coalition to Promote Research (CPR) send letters to both the House and Senate expressing continued and strong support for the competitive peer review process used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read the letter to the House of Representatives. Read the letter to members of the U.S. Senate

Universities Blast Congressional Probe of NSF Grants (11/11/14 - Inside Higher Ed) - The Association of American Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions, on Monday criticized an inquiry by the U.S. House science committee into specific National Science Foundation grants. 

MPSA co-signs letter urging funding anomaly for US Census Bureau for FY2015 CJS appropriations bill.

Read COSSA's Analysis of the  FY 2015 Senate Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill and Implications for Social and Behavioral Science.  "On July 24, the Senate Appropriations Committee released bill language and the accompanying Committee report for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill. The Labor-HHS Subcommittee approved the bill via voice vote in June." As a governing member of COSSA, MPSA is working with the organization and other associations to monitor potential legislation and will sent an alert when action is possible.