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Presenting at MPSA 2015? Please upload your paper for review by your chair(s) and discussant(s).  When your paper is uploaded, it will be available in the conference paper archive and in the online conference program. If your paper is not available, this will also be indicated in the search results. 

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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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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.

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Featured MPSA Podcast
Featured MPSA Podcast

Featured MPSA Conference Roundtable Podcast:  Measuring Women's Political Empowerment Across the Globe -  Amy C. Alexander, University of California, Irvine, Chair; Sandi DiMola, Carlow University; Melanie M. Hughes, University of Pittsburgh; Allyson M. Lowe, Carlow University; Diana Z. O'Brien, University of Southern California; Mary Caprioli, University of Minnesota, Deluth; S. Laurel Weldon, Purdue University (1 hour 36 minutes)

MPSA Members Receive Exclusive Access to AJPS App
MPSA Members Receive Exclusive Access to AJPS App

Keep up to date with the most recent research in political science. Complete issues and individual articles are now available in the AJPS app!   

 2014 Sophonisba Breckinridge Award
2014 Sophonisba Breckinridge Award

The 2014 Sophonisba Breckinridge Award went to Alan E. Wiseman,Vanderbilt University, Dana  E. Wittmer, Colorado College, and  Craig Volden,University of Virginia for their work on "Women's Issues and Their Fates in Congress".

Click here to read more about the award and to see a complete list of the 2014 MPSA award winners.

MPSA 2015 Conference Updates

Advanced conference registration ended March 23, 2015. On-site registration will be available at the Palmer House Hilton.

NOTE: MPSA may call confirmed conference participants with reminders to register for the conference or to make hotel reservations. However, MPSA staff making these reminder calls will not ask for payment information. If the person calling is requesting payment information, do NOT provide your information. 

New to the site or need help logging in? You do not need to be a member of the MPSA to register for the conference, 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. 

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.

Connect with Colleagues – Learn more about Dine Arounds (discussions over dinner), Working Groups (a conference within a conference, several sessions organized around  a single theme) and Open Discussions (topical group discussions) at the upcoming conference. See the topics and contact organizers to participate.

Preliminary Conference Schedule 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  

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 will speak Friday, April 17 at 1:15pm  Read more about Hamilton here.

The MPSA Empire Lecture Series Returns in 2015 
- A fantastic line up of speakers has been selected for 2015 Empire Lecture Series.

News from the Discipline

MPSA Members Receive Exclusive Access to AJPS App Keep up to date with the most recent research in political science. Complete issues and individual articles are now available in the AJPS app!   

Charles and Kathleen Manatt Democracy Studies Fellowship Program - The Manatt Fellowship nurtures talent in democracy-building among graduate students pursuing a degree in the Midwest.The Manatt Fellowship consists of a $5,000 stipend to subsidize fellows’ living expenses while in D.C. Fellows typically receive $2,000 upon the start of the fellowship, $2,000 midway through and $1,000 after completing their research. The Manatt Fellowship is available for U.S. or international graduate students attending universities in the following Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In previous years, IFES hosted fellows exclusively during the summer months. To accommodate graduate students’ diverse schedules, the fellowship is now offered on a rolling basis between April 1 and December 1, 2015. Learn more 

ICPSR Summer Program Scholarships Available - The Janet Box-Steffensmeier Scholarship provides a fee waiver for women PhD students to attend our 4-week sessions. The John A. Garcia Award provides a fee waiver for under-represented PhD students to attend our 4-week sessions. Application deadline: 4/15.

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 FY 2016 Budget Request for Social & Behavioral Science (2/11/15) - An "FY 2016 budget request, which includes details on the President's proposals for the dozens of departments, agencies, and programs of interest to social and behavioral science researchers."

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.