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MPSA 2016 Conference Proposal Deadline Extended Through October 8

Conference proposals are now accepted for the 74th Annual MPSA conference, April 7-10, 2016 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. Visit for the complete submission guidelines and deadlines. Log in to the website to reveal a proposal submission button below. 

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Featured MPSA Podcast
Featured MPSA Podcast

Featured MPSA Conference Roundtable Podcast: Sampling and Generalizing in Lobbying, Public Opinion, and Public Policy Studies (.mp3) - Paul Burstein, University of Washington; Frank Baumgartner, UNC at Chapel Hill;  Benjamin Page from Northwestern; David Lowery from Penn State (1 hour 3 minutes) 

Why Citizens Don’t Like Paying for Public Goods – and How Institutions Can Change That
Why Citizens Don’t Like Paying for Public Goods – and How Institutions Can Change That

Why are Americans reluctant to foot the bill for public goods – like high-quality roads, good schools, and a clean environment – on which most citizens place a high value? Read the summary of the forthcoming AJPS article “Policy Attitudes in Institutional Context: Rules, Uncertainty, and the Mass Politics of Public Investment” by Alan M. Jacobs and J. Scott Matthews on the AJPS blog. 

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MPSA 2015 Kellogg/Notre Dame Award
MPSA 2015 Kellogg/Notre Dame Award
The 2015 Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for best paper in comparative politics was presented to Gary King, Harvard University, Jennifer Pan, Harvard University, Margaret E. Roberts, Harvard University for "Reverse Engineering Chinese Censorship through Randomized Experimentation and Participant Observation(Research presented at MPSA 2014, award presented at MPSA 2015). Read more about the research. 

Call for MPSA 2016 Conference Proposals: The 74th Annual MPSA Conference Program Co-Chairs and section heads invite you to submit proposals that reflect the best thinking in the discipline, informed by theory, research and practical application. Visit for complete submission guidelines and deadlines. You do not need to be a member of the MPSA to submit a proposal, but you must be logged into the MPSA website.

Paper and Roundtable Proposal Submission Deadline Extended through October 8 - MPSA has received reports from members and proposal submitters experiencing intermittent outages during the proposal submission process.  In response, the MPSA 2016 conference paper proposal submission deadline has been extended through Thursday, October 8, 2015.

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MPSA 2016 Call for Professional Development Roundtable Sessions
 - The MPSA will organize a series of roundtables at the 2016 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 following the appropriate link below: 

To submit an entire roundtable (3-5 speakers on a topic), please use the standard roundtable submission form. 

Poster Discussants Needed - Presenters want to receive useful feedback on the papers that they present – and attendees tell us that the quality of feedback at the MPSA conference is better than feedback they receive at other similar conferences (by a ratio of 2.7 to 1). To continue to provide this excellent feedback, we request your assistance. Please volunteer to serve as a discussant on a poster session by following this link:

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. Now online at

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 

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Call for Applications: 2016 SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship - The fellowship provides graduate students in the humanities and social sciences with interdisciplinary training support to formulate innovative doctoral dissertation proposals. Applications due October 15. Eligibility details can be accessed via the program's website.

Job Placement/Position Openings
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Funding Political Science Research: Updates

Read the Consortium of Social Science Association (COSSA)'s statement delivered to the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in support of the social science community. Delivered August 14, 2015, the statement was written to "inform the development of America COMPETES Act Reauthorization legislation in the Senate". Read the statement. 

Read the background of MPSA's support for National Science Foundation (NSF)National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH),Federal Statistical Agencies including the Census Bureau and additional social science and humanities programs

Understand how the US Federal Budgeting Process Works - "Funding Social Science: A Primer on US Budgeting Process