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MPSA Conference Updates

Save the Date - The 73rd annual MPSA conference will be held April 16-19, 2015 at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago. Watch for more information in the coming weeks.  

How can I access a receipt for my conference registration?  Conference attendees can print registration receipts from the website. Just log in at and click on your name on the top right of the screen to go to your Order History. Each transaction can be printed from this page by clicking on the "Print Transaction" button. 

Nominate a Paper - Section heads, panel chairs, and panel discussants may nominate papers for the following awards. MPSA strongly encourages individuals with section or panel responsibilities to nominate papers from their panels for consideration.  Nominations can be submitted by visiting the MPSA Awards page.

A Look Back at the 2014 Conference

The 72nd annual MPSA Conference was held April 3-6 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. 
Click on a button below to search the 2014 conference program.


Still need to upload your 2014 paper(s)? Please log in to your MPSA account and then click HERE to upload your paper.  Once you are logged in, you will be presented with a list of your paper(s). Click the button beside the title for the paper you want to upload. You then click the “choose file button” to select a file from your computer. You will then need to click the SAVE button and wait for the upload to complete. Large files may take some time to upload. Note: For the best user experience, please use Google CHROMEMozilla FIREFOX or Apple SAFARI, instead of Internet Explorer.

H.R. 4186 would Cut NSF SBE Funding by 26%

The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2014 (H.R. 4186), or FIRST Act, was passed by the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology on March 13. The FIRST Act reauthorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF), but it includes massive cuts for social science research - a 26% cut from the recommended level.  The bill also introduces additional rules for grant review that would undermine the already-gold standard merit review The bill will move on to consideration by the full House Science Committee as soon as the week of March 24th.  Write to your House member now and ask that they oppose the FIRST Act.

Read a blog post, The Social Sciences in the Crosshairs (Again) from former AJPS Editor Rick Wilson. 

News for the Discipline

Kaplan to Leave OBSSR for AHRQ; Riley of NCI to Serve as Acting Director - (via COSSA) On April 11, James Anderson, director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced that Robert M. Kaplan, Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), will be leaving NIH and moving to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), effective May 5, 2014. At AHRQ Kaplan will serve in a new position as Chief Science Officer. Read more from NIH.

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

  • Assistant Professor, Public Law/American Politics, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas (pdf
  • Social Scientist (Science Resources Analyst), National Science Foundation, NCSES-2014-0002  (LINK)
  • Social Scientist (Science Resources Analyst), National Science Foundation, NCSES-2014-0001 (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

Ranking Member Johnson (D-TX) Introduces America Competes Act of 2014
From Committee on Science, Space & Technology (3/6/14):  "Today, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced H.R. 4159, the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2014.  In 2007, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology passed bipartisan, landmark legislation based on recommendations from the 2005 National Academies’ report Rising Above the Gathering Storm. The report found that the scientific and technological building blocks critical to our economic leadership were eroding at a time when many other nations were gaining strength. The America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010 continued the Committee’s commitment to strengthen American competitiveness through sustained investments in science, innovation, and education." Read the complete release.

Cuts to Behavioral and Social Science Funding Threatened 
From SAGE Social Science Space (2/26/14): "The House Science Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), will introduce a bill in the coming weeks to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation. The Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) bill may include reductions in authorized funding levels for NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences." MPSA is working with COSSA and other associations to monitor potential legislation and will sent an alert when action is possible. 

COSSA’s Analysis of the FY2014 Omnibus
The Consortium of Social Science Associations’ (COSSA) has analyzed the FY 2014 omnibus and shares its impact on National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the Bureau of Labor Statistics and others. Read the full report (.pdf)

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…


Featured Article from AJPS

Showing Restraint, Signaling Resolve: Coalitions, Cooperation, and Crisis Bargaining - Scott Wolford (AJPS 58:1) 
Powerful countries like the United States often find themselves building military coalitions, yet fighting with “friends and allies” isn’t always viewed in a positive light. In fact, it’s generally accepted that coalition partners water down threats and generally make matters more complicated when it comes to powerful countries getting what they want from their enemies. I present a theory that shows this conventional wisdom is often wrong. Even when coalition partners water down threats, demanding limits on the scale of military operations in return for their cooperation, their presence can either raise or lower the chances of war. Read more here.