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MPSA 2015 Proposals Now Accepted

Proposals are invited for sessions in 80 sections and 7 formats. Full instructions for doing so can be found on our Submission Guidelines page. Complete panel deadline is September 26. Papers, Junior Scholar Symposium, working group and open discussions deadline is October 3.

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A Look Back at the 2014 Conference

A Look Back at the 2014 Conference
A Look Back at the 2014 Conference
A Look Back at the 2014 Conference
The Latest from AJPS
The Latest from AJPS

The article, "Assortative Mating on Ideology Could Operate Through Olfactory Cuesby Rose McDermott, Dustin Tingley and Peter K. Hatemi, is currently available as an ungated Early View article from the American Journal of Political Science on Wiley's AJPS website.

2014 Best Paper in Comparative Policy
2014 Best Paper in Comparative Policy

Edmund James Malesky of Duke University, Cuong Viet Nguyen of National Economics University, Hanoi, and Anh Ngoc Tran of Indiana University are the recipients of the 2014 Best Paper in Comparative Policy Award for their article titled “The Economic Impact of Recentralization: A Quasi-Experiment on Abolishing Elected Councils in Vietnam". Click here to read more about the award and see a complete list of the 2014 MPSA award winners.

Featured MPSA Podcast
Featured MPSA Podcast

Blogging in the Academy - A roundtable recording from the 2014 MPSA Annual Conference is offered free to the public this month at the permission of the participants.

MPSA 2015 Call for Proposals
MPSA 2015 Call for Proposals

Proposals are invited for sessions in 80 sections and 7 formats. Full instructions for doing so can be found on our Submission Guidelines page. Complete panel deadline is September 26. Papers, Junior Scholar Symposium, working group and open discussions deadline is October 3.

News from the Discipline

Call for Proposals: Midwest Political Science Association's 73rd annual conference, April 16-19, 2015, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The committee invites proposals in 80 sections in a variety of formats from all political science subfields. New for 2015 is the Junior Scholar Symposium, a small group presentation format for emerging scholars. Important Note: You must be logged in to this site to access the submission proposal system in the left sidebar under Conference > MPSA 2015 Conference > Submit a Proposal.  For the best user experience, please use Mozilla FIREFOX or Apple SAFARI, instead of Internet Explorer or Google CHROME.

MPSA 2015 Call for Professional Development Sessions -  The 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. 

Conference Paper Archive Now Under Construction - We are currently working on a revamp of the conference paper archive this Summer. During this time, previous conference attendees will not be able to upload papers. The paper archive will be available in mid-November. If you have a paper to upload into the system while the archive is down, please forward directly to for later inclusion into the system.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus of the Midwest Political Science Association (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."  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.

Explore an Interactive Faculty Salary Database - Using 2013-2014 data compiled by the American Association of University Professors, the database can be searched by state, university type and academic rank. (LINK). 

Berkeley Law/Microsoft RFP on Open Data - Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft will fund up to six projects (totaling $300,000) to explore the civil rights, human rights, security and privacy issues that arise from Open Data (initiatives to release large datasets of government information to the public for analysis and reuse).  The RFP explicitly encourages interdisciplinary approaches and was designed to be broad enough to encompass thinkers from many different disciplines, including law, CS, economics, and statistics.  Proposals are due September 25, 2014.  The RFP is here.

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

First Annual Amartya Sen Prize Contest: Call for Submissions -  The Yale Global Justice Program, Global Financial Integrity, and Academics Stand Against Poverty invite submissions of original essays of ca. 7,000 to 9,000 words on how illicit financial flows relate to global poverty and inequality. All prizes are named in honor of Amartya Sen, whose work has shown how the rigor of economic thinking can be brought to bear on normative and practical questions of great human significance. Learn more about the contest. 

Benefits Options for Adjuncts - Inside Higher Ed (7/14/14) "... the American Federations of Teachers’ announcement on Friday that it was partnering with the Freelancers Union to offer adjuncts – even those who aren’t part of AFT – access to benefits came as good news to many. The AFT is not paying for benefits, but rather is offering adjuncts access to various plans that might be difficult or more expensive to obtain individually." Read the complete article from Inside Higher Ed.

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

  • Assistant Professor, American Politics, MIT (LINK)
  • Assistant Professor, Public Law, American Government and Politics, West Chester University of PA (pdf)
  • Public Affairs Specialist, NSF (LINK)
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science, Columbia University, NY (LINK)
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science (Public Administration), University of Nevada, Reno (LINK)
  • Tenure-Track Professor of Political Science, Kenyon College, OH (LINK)
  • Tenure-Track Position with Korean/East Asian Politics Focus, University of Utah (LINK)
  • Social Scientist, Economist and Statistician (Program Director), SBE/NCSES (LINK)
  • Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) (LINK)  
  • Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) (LINK)
  • 10 Fully-Funded PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy  (LINK)

Enhanced Format Now Available for AJPS Articles Online - MPSA and the American Journal of Political Science are pleased to share a new format for online articles. Wiley’s new Enhanced HTML,Anywhere Article, allows for optimized viewing of the entire online library of AJPS articles (going back to 2003) for your mobile devices and desktop. To view the enhanced version of the articles, just click Enhanced Article (HTML) within each issue’s Table of Contents an in each article. 

The Just-In-Time Professor - In a January 2014 report from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, “THE JUST-IN-TIME PROFESSOR - A Staff Report Summarizing eForum Responses on the Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty in Higher Education” calls on policymakers and higher education to scrutinize the link between student outcomes and working conditions of adjunct faculty. 

MPSA Members Now Receive 50% Off JPASS Access - As part of your MPSA membership, we are now able to offer the 1-year JPASS access plan for $99—a 50% discount on the listed rate. JPASS includes unlimited reading and 120 article downloads—not only to the American Journal of Political Science, but to more than 1,500 humanities, social science, and science journals in the JSTOR archival collections. Read more about MPSA's newest membership benefit. 

Funding Political Science Research: Updates

Please join MPSA and the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) in showing support for S. 2757: America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014. Messages of support and opposition are posted anonymously on the site and are also sent to your Member of Congress.

Latest Iteration of America COMPETES on Senate Floor (8/1/14 – Social Science Space) The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on Thursday released the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014, its bill to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation and other federal science agencies. 

Deputy Director Dr. Cora Marrett recently announced that she will be retiring from the National Science Foundation. (7/24/14)Read the announcement and a statement from Eddie Bernice Johnson. 

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. 

The Role of Congress in Funding Social Science Research - Listen to the roundtable presented at the 2013 MPSA Conference. Participants included Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan, Chair; Susan Haire, University of Georgia; Brian Humes, National Science Foundation; Daniel Lipinski, U.S. House of Representatives; and Christopher Zorn, Pennsylvania State University.

Virtual Issue of the AJPS: NSF Funded Research II - Former AJPS Editor Rick Wilson put together a FREE virtual issue that looks at important political science research funded by the National Science Foundation. Read more…