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Register TODAY for the MPSA 2016 Conference in Chicago, April 7-10

The deadline to register for the conference and guarantee a place on the program is February 29, 2016. Discounts are available for MPSA members and for attendees with reservations in one of the official hotels. (Tip: Make your hotel reservation first.)  

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MPSA 2016 Program

The 74th annual MPSA Conference will be held April 7-10, 2016 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL.  Click on a button below to search the preliminary 2016 conference program.



PROGRAM as a PDF(2/5/16)

Please note that the conference program is intended as a service for MPSA conference attendees and others wishing to verify attendee participation. This resource is not intended for marketing or other business development purposes.


Featured MPSA Podcast
Featured MPSA Podcast

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Black Conservatism and Racial Consciousness in the Age of Obama (37 minutes) - Presented by Tasha Philpot, The University of Texas at Austin, as part of the 2015 Empire Lecture Series. Blacks possess higher levels of racial group consciousness than any other group in American society. At the same time, the Black electorate has increasingly been identifying as conservative over the past three decades. The purpose of this lecture is to explore how Blacks negotiate between their ideology and group consciousness, particularly when faced with a political situation that puts those predispositions in direct odds with one another.  Video of this talk is also available on MPSA's YouTube page.


 MPSA Blog: Gender and Emotions on the Campaign Trail
MPSA Blog: Gender and Emotions on the Campaign Trail

Latest from the MPSA Blog:  Newly Paul explores gender stereotypes in the 2016 presidential campaign.  Go to the blog.

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MPSA 2016 Empire Lecture Series
MPSA 2016 Empire Lecture Series

MPSA Empire Lecture Series Speakers Announced for 2016 -  This year's series includes short talks throughout the day on Friday, April 8 by:   Zoltan L. Hajnal (University of California, San Diego), Claire Jean Kim (University of California, Irvine), Tali Mendelberg (Princeton University), Gary M. Segura (Stanford University), and Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. (Northwestern University).  Follow #MPSA16Empire on Twitter for the latest on the series.  Read more about the 2016 Empire Lecture Series.

Register TODAY for the MPSA 2016 Conference in Chicago, April 7-10 -  The deadline to register for the conference and guarantee a place on the program is February 29, 2016. Discounts are available for MPSA members and for attendees with reservations in one of the official hotels. (Tip: Make your hotel reservation first.)  Register now.

Still Need to Confirm Participation? 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 2016 Conference > Check Proposal Status.  Each offer to participate must be responded to individually, even for multiple roles during the same session (i.e., chair/discussant).

DISCUSSANTS NEEDED - Select Panel and Poster Discussants and Chairs Needed - MPSA still needs panel chairs and panel/poster discussants for select sessions. 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 2016 MPSA conference is now available at www.MPSAnet.org. 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 at www.MPSAnet.org/conference and on the left sidebar of this webpage.  

New to the site or need help logging in? -   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. If you do not have an account for the website, click here to register for an account on the site.  

MPSA Empire Lecture Series Speakers Announced for 2016 -  This year's series includes short talks throughout the day on Friday, April 8 by:   Zoltan L. Hajnal (University of California, San Diego), Claire Jean Kim (University of California, Irvine), Tali Mendelberg (Princeton University), Gary M. Segura (Stanford University),  Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. (Northwestern University).  Follow the #MPSA16Empire on Twitter for the latest on the series.  Read more about the 2016 Empire Lecture Series.

Speed Networking Events Return for #MPSA16: Participants will meet dozens of colleagues during these fast-paced networking events. Events are organized in new interest groups and are scheduled to be held during existing session times throughout the day on Thursday, April 7, Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9. Learn more and see the schedule of session topics.

RSVP for the First-Time Attendee Reception - Meet and greet first-time MPSA conference attendees from around the world during this reception on Thursday, April 7. Each host will be matched with a small group of first-time attendees from a variety of subfields to share experiences and tips to navigate the conference. First-time attendees are asked to RSVP by March 18 to allow MPSA staff to create small groups and make introductions. Follow this link to RSVP


MPSA Issues Letter to Wheaton College President  – On January 25, 2016, MPSA leadership issued a letter to Wheaton College President asking for the suspension of its Termination-for-Cause Proceedings against Larycia Hawkins. Read the letter. 

MPSA Announces Wikipedia Initiative - MPSA has partnered with the Wiki Education Foundation to ensure that accurate and complete political science information is available to the general public on Wikipedia. In order to accomplish this, MPSA encourages members to contribute content to Wikipedia, or assign students to do so as part of your courses. Learn more about the partnership at www.MPSAnet.org/WikiEdu  

MPSA Communities: A resource for members!  A new way to connect with fellow MPSA members to share resources, ask questions, and engage with your colleagues is here! Use your username and password for MPSAnet.org to log in to the MPSA Communities. Need a refresher? Click here for Login Help

Membership Orientation Session Now Online - Learn more about MPSA membership by watching an eighteen minute overview of MPSA membership programs including available access, benefits and opportunities for members. Learn more. 


Call for Applicants: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)Research Fellow Program -  The program's objective is to facilitate collaboration between academic scholars and government researchers in survey methodology, statistics, economics, and social sciences. Research Fellows are provided the unique opportunity to address some of the complex methodological problems and analytic issues relevant to BLS programs. Fellows will conduct research in residence at BLS, use BLS data and facilities, and interact with BLS staff. Interested researchers are advised to contact BLS before submitting a proposal, so assistance can be provided in tailoring the proposed topic to best utilize your skills and interests in addressing BLS issues. Proposals are due on February 8, 2016. More information. 

IAPSS Call for Applications for Editor of Politikon - The International Association for Political Science Students is herewith launching a Call for Applications for the positions of Editor for its flagship journal Politikon. A Politikon Editor is a position within the IAPSS Academic Department and will work closely with the Head of the Academic Department. Deadline of applications: February 22,2016  Learn more. 

The Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan was established by students, colleagues and friends of Charlie to honor him as a mentor and to further research and training on the interviewer-respondent interaction and its effects on the validity and quality of survey data. Applications for 2016-2017 grants are due Friday, February 26, 2016. More info on the fund. 

Call for Nominations: The 2016 Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research, An annual award of The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research - Nominations can be made for a specific project, innovation, conference paper, article or book, or for a larger body of work by a researcher or practitioner.  For full consideration, nominations must be received by April 1, 2016. Complete details (.pdf)

Call for Proposals to Add Questions to 2018 GSS - The General Social Survey plans to include some items or short topical modules designed by users in its 2018 survey, and invites users to submit proposals recommending such items or modules.  Proposals submitted in response to this call will be included based on assessments of their scientific merit; they need not be accompanied by funding to cover costs of data collection and data processing. The proposals are due by June 30, 2016. Full details (.pdf)

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