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MPSA 2015 Conference Registration is Now Open

Registration for MPSA 2015 in Chicago, April 16-19 is now open. Discounts are available for MPSA members, for those registering by March 23 and for attendees with reservations in one of the official hotels. Tip: By reserving a room and staying at one of the official conference properties, you qualify for a lower conference registration rate. 

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MPSA 2015 Program

The 73rd annual MPSA Conference will be held April 16-19, 2015 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL.  Click on a button below to search the preliminary 2015 conference program.


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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 /

2014 Patrick J. Fett Award
2014 Patrick J. Fett Award

The 2014 Patrick J. Fett Award was awarded to Joshua Clinton, Vanderbilt University, Molly Jackman, Stanford University and Saul Jackman, Vanderbilt University for their paper "Characterizing the Chief Executive: Using the Electoral Connection to Estimate Presidential Positions”. 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

January's Featured MPSA Conference Roundtable Podcast: Teaching Toward Communities of Practice (2014) - 1 hour 23 minutes   Allyson M. Lowe, Carlow University, Chair, Sandi DiMola, Carlow University, Heather Frederick, Slippery Rock University, Dana Brown, Chatham University, Cynthia Ann Karaffa, Carlow University, William S. Schweers, Carlow University 

MPSA 2015 Conference Updates

Panel and Poster Discussants and Chairs Needed - Looking for a different way to get involved at the MPSA conference? There are a limited number of panel chair and panel/poster discussant roles available for the annual MPSA conference. View the dates, times and topics for open roles and for direction how to participate. 

Preliminary Conference Schedule Now Available - The preliminary schedule for the 2015 MPSA conference is now available. The online program is searchable by participant name, session format, section and date/time. You do not need to be logged in to the site to view the conference schedule on the left sidebar of this page and at  

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.  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 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). Read more about the 2015 Empire Lecture Series.

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.

News from the Discipline

Call for Nominations: LGBT 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 by January 31, 2015 using the subject line "Submission for Award for Best Undergraduate Paper on LGBT Politics."  The 2015 award recipient will be announced at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the MPSA.

VIM 2015 will be hosted at the University of Kentucky - May 13-16, 2015 - VIM welcomes paper presentation proposals addressing measurement, causal inference, and applying advanced statistical methods to substantive issues. VIM provides opportunities for networking, mentoring, and scholarly progress for women in the political methodology community. Visit the VIM website for more details:

Call for applications for the 2015 EITM Certification Scholarships (deadline 1/30/15): To expand the pool of students who can benefit from what EITM has to offer, the EITM Certification Scholarships provide funds for students to attend classes at the ICPSR Summer Program. For more information:

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

MPSA Travel Grant for COSSA Advocacy Day - This grant provides $500 in travel assistance for MPSA members to attend the COSSA Social & Behavioral Science Advocacy Day on March 10, 2015 in Washington DC. This event will provide social science advocates with an opportunity to meet with their Congressional delegations to discuss the value and importance of social and behavioral science research. Training will be provided to members who sign up.  MPSA anticipates that those funded will serve as a core group involved in advocacy activities in support of social sciences as the association continues work with COSSA and other agencies. Deadline to apply: January 30, 2015. Notification: February 6, 2015. Click here to apply for the Advocacy Day travel grant.

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.