Section Descriptions and Contacts

The President-Elect appoints the Program Committee Chair(s), who appoint members to the conference program committee. Each committee member serves as chair of a section (a subfield or a part of a subfield) and is responsible for accepting or rejecting proposals submitted to their section. In addition, committee members/section chairs organize accepted papers into panels and identify chairs and discussants for each panel.

Sect. 1 - 2017 Program Chairs: 

Shaun Bowler, University of California, Riverside; Jennifer Lawless, American University Email a question to Section 1.

Sect. 2 - Political Science Literature Reviews

This section welcomes articles that examine the state of a specific subfield or topic.re

Section Head: Valerie Hoekstra, Arizona State University  Email a question to Section 2.

Sect. 3 - Comparative Politics: Industrialized Countries

This section invites proposals on a variety of topics related to industrialized polities such as electoral politics, political economy, political culture, individual behavior, and political institutions. Theoretically driven studies of substantive topics, and studies involving comparisons are particularly welcome. Proposals employing any methodological approach are welcome.

Section Head: Randy Stevenson, Rice University  Email a question to Section 3.

Sect. 4 - Economic Development 

This section welcomes papers, panels, and roundtables exploring the politics of economic development across the world. We are particularly interested in research that addresses socioeconomic inequalities and the ways that government policies and development strategies affect groups disadvantaged by race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Submissions of rigorous quantitative and qualitative work are encouraged.

Section Head: Eduardo Aleman, University of Houston   Email a question to Section 4.

Sect. 5 - Politics of Developing Countries

The section invites proposals on a variety of topics related to developing countries, including electoral politics, political economy, political culture, individual behavior, social movements, and political institutions. Theoretically driven studies of substantive topics, and studies involving comparisons are particularly welcome. Proposals employing any. Submissions of rigorous studies of substantive problems, regardless of their particular methodological approach, are welcomed.

Section Head: Allen Hicken, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor  Email a question to Section 5.

Sect. 6 - Comparative Politics: Developing Countries

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtables on a broad range of topics, including the study of institutions (institutional effects, endogenous institutions, and institutional weakness), processes of democratic transition and consolidation, political behavior (participation, voting, and social movements), and political economy.

Section Head: Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, University of Pittsburgh  Email a question to Section 6.

Sect. 7 - Transitions to Democracy 

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on democratic transitions in all geographical regions of the world. Topics include but are not limited to transitions to democracy, democratic breakdowns and backsliding, democratic consolidation and institutional development, transitional justice, as well as authoritarian breakdowns and consolidation. We are open to both theoretical and empirical research and welcome proposals of all methodologies.

Section Head: Emily Beaulieu, University of Kentucky   Email a question to Section 7.

Sect. 8 - Comparative Politics: Institutions

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable dealing with all aspects of the role of institutions in structuring politics, policy making, and policy outcomes. Topics include but not limited to how institutions resolve general problems such as preference aggregation, collective action, and the delegation of power; as well as reasons and consequences of institutional change. The section also seeks proposals that address new methodological and theoretical challenges in the study of comparative institutions.

Section Head: Chris Kam, University of British Columbia, Canada   Email a question to Section 8.

Sect. 9 - Comparative Political: Behavior

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on comparative political behavior understood in the broadest possible sense, including, but not limited to, public opinion, voting behavior, and political mobilization and protest. Papers comparing political systems, countries and groups, linking attitudes and behavior to social, political and economic context, and based on new and original data are particularly welcome.

Section Head: Laura Stephenson, University of Western Ontario, Canada   Email a question to Section 9.

Sect. 10 - European Politics

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on various aspects of European politics. Papers both with a comparative and an international relations focus are encouraged. Themes of interest include such topics as institutional development, public policies, party competition, public opinion, European integration, European politics, and responses to economic and financial crisis.

Section Head: Amie Kreppel, University of Florida    Email a question to Section 10.

Sect. 11 - Latin American and Caribbean Politics 

This section welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable proposals on all subjects related to Latin American and Caribbean Politics. Scholarship appropriate for this section includes - but is not limited to - work focused on issues of democracy and authoritarianism, formal and informal institutions, political behavior and public opinion, and economic development and policy. Papers with a comparative scope (within country, within-region, or across regions) and those offering original theoretical insights and/or utilizing new data sources are especially welcome.

Section Head: Liz Zechmeister, Vanderbilt University   Email a question to Section 11.

Sect. 12 - Politics of Central Asia

Section Head: Mariya Y. Omelicheva, University of Kansas   Email a question to Section 12.

Sect. 13 - Politics of South Asia & India

This section invites proposals on all subjects related to South Asia. We are especially interested in research related to electoral politics, democratic consolidation, economic development and reform, responses to globalization, minority incorporation and subsequent nationalist reactions, among other topics. Proposals using original data and applying rigorous methodologies are especially encouraged.

Section Head: Irfan Nooruddin, Georgetown University   Email a question to Section 13.

Sect. 14 - Politics of East Asia & China

Section Head: Haifeng Huang, University of California, Merced   Email a question to Section 14.

Sect. 15 - African Politics 

This section invites papers, panels and roundtable proposals on all Africa-related subjects. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, democratization, economic development and reform, identity politics, and political violence. All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. Proposals using newly collected data, whether quantitative or qualitative, are especially encouraged.

Section Head: Dan Posner, University of California, Los Angeles  Email a question to Section 15.

Sect. 16 - Politics of the Middle East 

The Middle East Politics section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable on the comparative politics and international relations of the broader Middle East region.  Possible comparative topics include, but are not limited to, economic development, political economy, Islamist mobilization, democratization and authoritarianism, the resource curse, civil and ethnic conflict, civil society, gender and politics, and contemporary issues like the Arab Uprisings.  Possible IR topics include, among others, the dynamics of war and peace, domestic and systemic security, terrorism and counter-terrorism, democracy promotion, foreign policy analysis, human rights, international law, nation-building, and more thematic topics like the Arab-Israeli conflict and Iraqi War.  All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome, including but not limited to comparative-historical work, case-oriented research, ethnographic analysis, large-N and econometric studies, and game-theoretic modelling.

Section Head: Marc Lynch, George Washington University   Email a question to Section 16.

Sect. 17 - Communist/Post-communist Countries 

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on political issues relevant to all post-communist countries, as well as countries that remain communist in name or in practice. Work engaging broader theoretical debates in the discipline is especially encouraged, and both papers and panels involving comparisons between communist and post-communist politics and politics in other regions of the world are welcome. Topics can include but are not limited to: democratization, democratic consolidation, authoritarian consolidation, electoral revolutions, state building and state capacity, political economy, poverty and inequality, elections and voting, parties and partisanship, legislatures, courts and judicial independence, social movements, nationalism and ethnicity, public opinion formation, and methodological considerations in studying communist and post-communist politics.

Section Head: Susanne Wengle, University of Notre Dame    Email a question to Section 17.

Sect. 18 - Comparative Political Economy 

This section invites papers, organized panels and roundtable proposals on any topic related to the interaction of domestic political institutions and economic policies and outcomes. The section encourages a varied mix of proposals, but papers that subject theoretically-driven propositions to empirical testing are particularly welcome.

Section Head: William Bernhard, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign   Email a question to Section 18.

Sect. 19 - International Political Economy 

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on the broad range of topics related to the politics of international trade, investment, money, finance and migration. The section encourages papers that develop new theories or subject theoretically-driven propositions to rigorous empirical testing. Substantively, the section encourages papers that explore the interactions between global movements of goods, money and people as well as those that examine the complex interaction of domestic and international factors in shaping outcomes in the international political economy.

Section Head: Pablo M. Pinto, University of Houston  Email a question to Section 19.

Sect. 20 - (Im)migration & Citizenship

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals which address issues related to the movement (immigration or migration) and/or incorporation processes (such as settlement and political acculturation) of migration groups.  Given that migrations occur across the globe, this section welcomes papers on any region and invites papers that offer insights into how responses to migration streams differ across countries or contexts.  Papers may consider questions related to the creation of institutions or policies as well as those that focus on the experiences of immigrants, refugees and other migration groups.  This section also encourages papers that consider how immigration and migration inform our understandings about a country’s racial, ethnic and religious diversity, class stratification, or issues related to gender and sexuality.

Section Head: Natalie Masuoka, Tufts University   

Email a question to Section 20.

Sect. 21 - International Relations and Domestic Politics

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals that address the internal-external linkages of international relations. Papers may focus on any subfield of international relations, including (but not limited to) international organizations, international security, foreign policy, and international political economy. A broad mix of papers is encouraged, including those informed by any of the major theoretical approaches in international relations as well as papers using a variety of methodologies to approach important questions.

Section Head: Joe Staats, University of Minnesota Duluth   Email a question to Section 21.

Sect. 22 - Peace Science

The Peace Science section invites proposals having to do with the balance of peaceful and conflictual interactions between states, or between governments and citizens. Topics include but are not limited to civil conflict, insurgency, interstate conflict, conflict management, repression, dissent, human rights, and development. Diverse theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. 
Section Head: Steven V. Miller, Clemson University   Email a question to Section 22.

Sect. 23 - International Conflict Processes

Section Head: Renato Corbetta, University of Alabama, Birmingham   Email a question to Section 23.

Sect. 24 - Political Violence, Terrorism & Resistance

Section Head: Christian Davenport, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor   Email a question to Section 24.

Sect. 25 - Conflict Processes   

The Conflict Processes section invites paper, panel and roundtable proposals broadly related to the dynamics of violent and nonviolent political conflict.  Submissions may focus on topics including but not limited to the dynamics of war and peace, civil conflict, nonviolent civil resistance, terrorism, insurgency, rebellion, militarized disputes, and crisis bargaining.  We welcome papers and panels from a broad array of theoretical perspectives, empirical approaches, and levels of analysis.

Section Head: Alex Braithwaite, University of Arizona   Email a question to Section 25.

Sect. 26 - Foreign Policy 

The section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on the broad range of topics related to the study of foreign policy, including foreign policy decision making and the role of leadership and beliefs; domestic versus international sources of foreign policy; and the integration of the studies of foreign policy and international politics. The section encourages papers that develop new theories or subject theoretically-driven propositions to rigorous empirical testing, as well as those that advance or extend foreign policy as a field of study. Of special interest are proposals that evaluate arguments from multiple perspectives—either with a multimethod approach or by exploring different levels of analysis; all methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome.

Section Head: Brian Lai, University of Iowa   Email a question to Section 26.

Sect. 27 - International Organizations & Cooperation 

When does cooperation occur across borders? Do cooperative arrangements influence state behavior? The International Cooperation and Organization section welcomes proposals on all aspects of international cooperation and organizational dynamics.  The section is especially interested in proposals concerning when cooperative arrangements occur transnationally, the particularities of these arrangements, and their effects on  political behavior.  Proposals are welcome on all types of international organizations, including formal and informal intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and public-private partnerships. 

Section Head: Nate Jensen, University of Texas, Austin   Email a question to Section 27.

Sect. 28 - International Security 

This section encourages theoretical and/or empirical submissions that advance our understanding of any area of international security. Topics include, but are not limited to, the causes and consequences of militarized inter-state conflict, insurgency, terrorism, and other forms of threats to international security and cooperation. All methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome.

Section Head: Han Dorussen, University of Essex, UK   Email a question to Section 28.

Sect. 29 - Human Rights

This section encourages theoretical and/or empirical submissions that advance our understanding of human rights. We are particularly interested in submissions on human rights organizations and work that addresses new directions and methodological challenges in in human rights research. 

Section Head: Patrice McMahon, University of Nebraska, Lincoln  Email a question to Section 29.

Sect. 30 - Electoral Campaigns 

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on topics related to campaigns and electioneering in the United States and in comparative perspective. Topics include campaign effects writ large, advertising, mobilization and get-out-the-vote efforts, strategy, primary election campaigns, and media coverage of campaigns. Proposals examining the role of fundamentals in relation to campaign efforts are especially welcome, along with studies using novel datasets and/or research designs.

Section Head: Barry Burden, University of Wisconsin, Madison   Email a question to Section 30.

Sect. 31 - Turnout and Political Participation 

The section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals that examine electoral and non-electoral forms of political participation. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): motivations for participation, differences in political participation across groups, changes in patterns of participation over time, place, and political context, the influence of electoral, political, social and economic institutions on political participation; the representational consequences of political participation, and new forms of participation (e.g. online, social media, etc.).
Section Head: D. Sunshine Hillygus, Duke University   Email a question to Section 31.

Sect. 32 - Legislative Campaigns and Elections 

The section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals that examine issues and problems in legislative elections and campaigns in the United States and in a comparative perspective from a wide range of methodological perspectives. Substantive topics of interest include (but are not limited to): campaign advertising and strategy, campaign finance, candidate emergence and recruitment, and election forecasting and results. Proposals that assess the influence of legislative activity and performance and electoral rules on outcomes are particularly welcome. 

Section Head: Antoine Yoshinaka, University at Buffalo, SUNY   Email a question to Section 32.

Sect. 33 - Representation and Electoral Systems 

Papers, panels and roundtable proposals are invited that fall into the "usual suspects" categories of representation and electoral systems. This year the section especially welcomes papers that draw on comparative (i.e. non-US) experience, as well as those examining the origins of electoral systems and electoral system change and the politics of mixed electoral systems.

Section Head: Michael Herron, Dartmouth College   Email a question to Section 33.

Sect. 34 - Voting Behavior

The section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on topics related to important theoretical, substantive, and/or methodological issues dealing with electoral behavior in the United States and in comparative perspective. Among others, topics could include the basis of electoral choice in national and sub-national elections, inter-election change, campaign effects, election forecasting, campaign finance reforms, alternative voting technologies, voter registration, mobilization, and turnout.

Section Head: Seth McKee, Texas Tech University   Email a question to Section 34.

Sect. 35 - Political Networks 

This section invites proposals that aim to explain the role of relationships between actors, agencies, and institutions in all aspects of politics. We are particularly interested in research that challenges fundamental assertions about independence in order to gain new insight on political processes and behavior. We are open to work that explores old substantive questions through the lens of political networks, as well as development of cutting edge methods and topics based on the concepts of interdependence. Substantive areas of interest include, but are not restricted to, the study of economic and political relationships between nations, policy implementation networks, the impact of political organizations at home and abroad, and the consequences of social discussion on political choices. Proposals that focus on the unique contribution of political science to network analysis, and vice versa, are also welcome.

Section Head: Nils Ringe, University of Wisconsin, Madison   Email a question to Section 35.

Sect. 36 - American Public Opinion

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on research that makes theoretical contributions to the understanding of public opinion, analyses of current public opinion in the United States, research on the ways in which public opinion affects political behavior or democratic processes, research on the sources of attitudes, and examinations of methodological issues in measuring and evaluating public opinion. Topics may include ideological and partisan polarization, stereotypes & prejudice, effects of information, political socialization, and attitudes about inequality, foreign policy, immigration, LGBT issues, feminism, the media, and much more.

Section Head: Matt Wright, American University   Email a question to Section 36.

Sect. 37 - Experimental Research  

Experiments in political science have exploded over the last decade -- this includes studies in the lab, field, survey and natural environments. With the rise of experiments, across subfields, a host of novel methodological issues also have arisen. This section is devoted to exploring the application and proper usage/analysis of the experimental method. We welcome proposals that are applied and/or methodological in nature.

Section Head: Christian Grose, University of Southern California   Email a question to Section 37.

Sect. 38 - Political Psychology 

This section seeks proposals that use a psychological lens to examine political belief and behavior. Additionally, this section seeks proposals that examine political phenomena in the service of developing and enhancing psychological theory. Proposals may focus on the intersection of politics and the following topics (among others): emotions, information-processing, neuroscience, identity, intergroup relations, media effects, personality, and biological processes. Proposals that employ methodological innovations are especially welcome. Empirical tests can be grounded in American politics, comparative politics, or international relations. Finally, both junior and senior scholars are encouraged to consider volunteering as panel chairs and/or discussants.

Section Head: Kevin Arceneaux, Temple University   Email a question to Section 38.

Sect. 39 - Public Opinion 

The section invites proposals that advance our understanding of the theoretical and empirical foundations of public opinion and its effects on democratic politics. Proposals that broaden and deepen our knowledge of the micro-foundations of opinion, the effects of external agents (social and political context, media, and political institutions) on public opinion, the effects of public opinion on political outputs, and the dynamic nature of mass-elite relationships are welcome. Proposals that adopt new research designs for studying public opinion or that employ methodological innovations are especially welcome. Empirical tests can be grounded in American politics, comparative politics, or international relations. And, proposals for roundtables also are welcome. Finally, I invite both junior and senior scholars to consider volunteering as panel chairs and/or discussants.

Section Head: Danny Hayes, George Washington University   Email a question to Section 39.

Sect. 40 - Information Technology and Politics 

Information technology continues to have a widespread influence on politics. Indeed, it sometimes seems like the pace of technology has far surpassed the pace of research on that technology. How has information technology most influenced political actors and institutions? How has information technology changed the ability of actors to influence politics? How does the spread of user-generated content affect the growth of grassroots movements? What theories and methods are most useful for the study of information technology and elections? The Information Technology and Politics (ITP) section welcomes paper, panel, roundtable, and poster session proposals that contribute to our understanding of the impact of IT on politics and policy (and vice-versa). We also welcome proposals that apply or evaluate IT in innovative ways as an instrument for teaching, data collection and dissemination, and statistical/information visualization and analysis.

Section Head: Laura Sudulich, University of Kent, United Kingdom   Email a question to Section 40.

Sect. 41 - Mass Media

This section welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable proposals on the mass media and its relationship to government and politics. This includes work studying the effect of the mass media on the public, the causes and dynamics of the behavior of the mass media, as well as work considering the mass media as a political institution and its relationship to other institutions and political elites. Research with either empirical contributions, theoretical contributions, or both are welcome. Work examining the media of any country is welcome.

Section Head: Jonathan Ladd, Georgetown University   Email a question to Section 41.

Sect. 42 - Political Communication

Section Head: Martin Johnson, Louisiana State University   Email a question to Section 42.

Sect. 43 - Gender and Politics 

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals dealing with the gender dimensions of a broad range of topics. I am particularly interested in papers and panels that explore the diverse facets of women’s political participation and representation in various institutions (i.e., legislative, executive, or judicial branches of politics) as well as in local, regional, national, and transnational levels, the interplay between descriptive and substantive representation, the development and use of innovative data, theories, and empirical strategies to further gender research, the evolving role of women’s groups and the women’s movement in society, the role of gender in the formation of political identities, and the development of social policies related to women in both developing and developed countries.

Section Head: Chris Karpowitz, Brigham Young University   Email a question to Section 43.

Sect. 44 - Race, Class and Ethnicity 

This section is interested in producing rigorous empirical and theoretical knowledge of the roles that race, class, and ethnicity--or the intersection of any of these categories--play in U.S. politics or in comparative perspective. The section invites papers, panels and roundtable proposals that aim to develop and/or refine appropriate theoretical models in the study of race, class, and ethnicity. Especially welcome are papers that emphasize new theoretical insights and those that represent innovative methodological approaches to relationship between race, class, ethnicity, and politics. 

Section Head: Paru Shah, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee   Email a question to Section 44.

Sect. 45 - Foundations of Political Theory 

What questions, concepts, works, and figures are foundational to political theoretical endeavors and the study of politics more generally? Does political theory still have coherent foundations?  If not, is this a loss or advance? We especially invite papers and panels offering fresh accounts of how we should envision the history or genealogy of political thought, whether through perennial debates, temporal or spatial comparison, or newer accounts of the geopolitics of what emerges as historic thought. All methodological and theoretical orientations are welcome, with a particular interest in those who see grappling with foundations as consistent with the aims of doing constructive, engaged, contemporary political theoretical work. 

Section Head: Steven Kelts, Princeton University   Email a question to Section 45.

Sect. 46 - Political Theory: Critical and Normative 

This section invites paper and panel proposals that engage in a critical assessment and normative evaluation of central political ideas, concepts, practices, or discourses. We are interested in proposals that illustrate the relevance and importance of political theory to the understanding of the “real world” of politics and / or papers that reflect on the standpoint from which political theory can engage in criticism or evaluation.

Section Head: Amit Ron, Arizona State University   Email a question to Section 46.

Sect. 47 - Political Philosophy: Approaches and Themes 

All social-scientific inquiry depends upon an appeal to concepts and values that are contestable in principle, and that are often contested in fact. It follows that the intelligent conduct of social scientific inquiries depends, among other things, on sustained reflection about the concepts and values that guide, or that should guide, these inquiries. This is the principal function that political theory serves within the broader discipline of political science. I therefore welcome paper and panel proposals from a wide variety of methodological and substantive approaches which encourage the reader to think critically about the concepts and values that we bring to the study of political life. I especially welcome proposals which, in addition to drawing connections within and across theoretical debates, draw connections between these debates and real-world political events and controversies.

Section Head: Huss Banai, Indiana University, Bloomington   Email a question to Section 47.

Sect. 48 - Liberalism and Democratic Theory 

This section invites papers, panels and roundtable proposals that explore democratic theory and/or liberalism. We welcome critical engagements with theorists of democracy in the history of ideas; with contemporary problems of democratic theory and/or liberalism; and with particular models of democracy. We encourage submission of critical treatments of democracy through the lens of gender and race, and the examination of democracy and difference in general. Explorations of tensions between democracy and liberalism, genealogies of liberalism, and the challenges to democracy brought about by neoliberalism are all welcome. We also invite submissions that consider the joint trajectories of liberalism and empire. Finally, we welcome proposals that theorize democracy along migration, transnational activism, and cosmopolitanism. 

Section Head: Suzanne Dovi, University of Arizona   Email a question to Section 48.

Sect. 49 - Contemporary Political Theory 

This section welcomes submissions in contemporary political theory, broadly defined.  Submissions that are especially welcome will address:  late twentieth and twenty-first century political thinkers from within political science and beyond; comparative political theory; contemporary issues of global political thought and practice; the connection of contemporary political theory to political action; the status of critical theory; contemporary framing of such political problems as justice, environmental change, forms of domination, and so forth; the role of political theory in the contemporary formation of the discipline of political science.  Single paper proposals are welcome.  Panel proposals are also welcome and should include participants from multiple institutions and who are at different levels of their careers (e.g., graduate students and faculty).

Section Head: Joan Tronto, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities   Email a question to Section 49.

Sect. 50 - Formal Modeling 

The section welcomes submissions covering the entire range of political science scholarship, distinguished by approach rather than topic. Theoretical and empirical analyses of substantive political science questions based on game theory, social choice theory, decision theory, behavioral decision theory, laboratory experimentation, agent-based or other computational techniques, and other formal methods -- or papers advancing the frontiers or critiquing the use of these approaches -- are especially appropriate.

Section Head: John Patty, University of Chicago  Email a question to Section 50.

Sect. 51 - Methodology 

The Methodology section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals that highlight areas where political science has made distinctive methodological contributions rather than just imported techniques, but is also interested in applied methodological papers focusing on the practical challenges in empirical political research. In all cases, we seek to keep the scope and epistemology of political methodology as broad and inclusive as possible. We particularly welcome full panel proposals around these or any other relevant themes that fit into the sub-discipline.

Section Head: Maya Sen, Harvard University   Email a question to Section 51.

Sect. 52 - Political Parties and Interest Groups

The section welcomes proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables that examine any kind of political organization, including parties and interest groups, as well as social movements/social movement organizations, and politically active corporations, institutions, or associations. Work that addresses the implications of parties, organizations, and movements for inequality and marginalization (e.g., race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, nationality, and other axes of oppression and identity) is particularly welcome.  The section encourages proposals for papers and panels that examine parties and organizations in a single country, across countries, or transnationally, as well as proposals that bring together work from across subfields, methodologies, and epistemological approaches.  

Section Head: David Karol, University of Maryland, College Park   Email a question to Section 52.

Sect. 53 - Presidency and Executive Politics 

The section welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable proposals that address core questions of executive governance, broadly defined, both in the United States and around the world.  We encourage submissions that employ innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to yield new perspectives on long-standing questions.  These could include, but are not limited to, analyses of the creation, maintenance, and exercise of executive authority; relations with the legislature and judiciary; the internal organization and management of the executive branch; policy implementation; and challenges to executive authority.  

Section Head: Doug Kriner, Boston University   Email a question to Section 53.

Sect. 54 - Legislative Institutions 

The section welcomes proposals that address theoretical and empirical questions involving legislatures in the U.S., other national or subnational legislatures, or those in a comparative context. Research questions should focus on the institutional nature of legislatures or parliaments, such as parties, committees, rules and procedure, floor politics, leadership and coalition building, budgeting, advocacy, or representation. The section is particularly interested in original research that features rigorous theory, innovative research designs, and investigations that lead to the evaluation of causal claims. These might include new data, approaches, and methodological innovations. Although both panel and individual paper proposals are invited, individual paper proposals are generally easier to accommodate.

Section Head: Sean Theriault, The University of Texas   Email a question to Section 54.

Sect. 55 - Law and Society 

This section welcomes proposals for papers, panels and roundtables exploring the law as a social institution and the interrelationship of legal, social and/or ethical issues.  Proposals exploring the legal implications of policy and decision-making from an interdisciplinary approach are also welcome. Law and society is traditionally an interdisciplinary field and as such this section welcomes submissions that cross disciplinary boundaries or employ diverse theoretical or methodological approaches.

Section Head: Shana Gadarian, Syracuse University   Email a question to Section 55.

Sect. 56 - Law and Jurisprudence 

The section welcomes proposals for papers, panels (including author-meets-critics) and roundtables exploring how politics, institutions, ideas, and arguments shape and constrain the law’s development. Papers may employ normative or empirical approaches, tackle philosophical and jurisprudential questions, offer doctrinal analysis or historical perspectives, focus on institutional design, and/or apply cross-national or cross-disciplinary perspectives. Innovations to traditional approaches to the study of law and jurisprudence are especially welcome.

Section Head: Michael Fine, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire   Email a question to Section 56.

Sect. 57 - Judicial Politics

This section welcomes proposals for papers, panels (including author-meets-critics) and roundtables exploring the role of legal actors and legal institutions in American and comparative contexts from diverse theoretical and methodological orientations. While papers on any area of judicial politics are welcome, I encourage proposals focusing on connecting judicial politics scholarship to other subfields in political science and to other disciplines. I encourage proposers of full panels or roundtables to organize such sessions to encompass diverse methodological and theoretical approaches from scholars at different ranks of academia.

Section Head: Vanessa Bouche, Texas Christian University   Email a question to Section 57.

Sect. 58 - State and Intergovernmental Politics 

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtables that focus on issues of state politics and American federalism. Of special interest are papers that develop and/or test general theories of political behavior, institutions, or policy making using the methodological advantages arising from the substantial variance found across the U.S.

Section Head: Tracy Osborn, University of Iowa   Email a question to Section 58.

Sect. 59 - Urban and Local Politics 

The section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals with a strong theoretical motivation focusing on various aspects of public policy and politics in local governments, metropolitan areas, and regions. Work using newly collected data on urban areas and local governments is especially encouraged. "Author Meets Critics" and roundtable submissions are welcome.

Section Head: Annette Steinacker, Loyola University, Chicago   Email a question to Section 59.

Sect. 60 - Comparative Public Policy 

The section welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable proposals with a strong theoretical foundation focusing on the development of public policy theory through comparative research. Research that advances our theoretical understanding of public policy, while being methodologically rigorous is particularly encouraged. "Comparative" is inclusive of comparisons across countries, regions, states, time, etc. The section welcomes work that focuses on single or multiple policies, as well as research on non-North American and European cases. Papers that introduce innovative theories or use new data are particularly welcome.

Section Head: John Hogan, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland   Email a question to Section 60.

Sect. 61 - Health, Education and Social Policy

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals for any aspect of health, education or social policy. Studies may focus on the United States, but comparative investigations are also welcome. Of special interest are studies that examine how theoretical questions in political science apply to these policy areas, or how policy in these areas can contribute to our theoretical understandings of how politics works.  We welcome full panel proposals and are particularly interested in studies that engage experimental work in the lab, field, survey and natural environments.

Section Head: Betsy Sinclair, Washington University in St Louis   Email a question to Section 61.

Sect. 62 - Policy, Punishment & Social Control

This section welcomes papers, panels, and roundtables that examine how public policies impact, and are impacted by, the processes of control, use and restriction of force, marginalization, and punishment in society. We especially welcome papers that examine the intersections between a variety of policy issues in this broad domain. We are open to quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Section Head: Chandra Commuri, California State University, Bakersfield   

Email a question to Section 62.

Sect. 63 - Environmental Politics and Policy 

The section invites papers, panels and roundtable proposals that focus on the politics of environmental problems and/or the processes by which they are addressed. Proposed papers and panels that emphasize comparative environmental politics are encouraged, as are papers that emphasize theory building and empirical testing with cutting-edge political methodology. Of particular interest are papers that use environmental policy as a critical research setting to address core questions in political science and public policy.

Section Head: Mark Lubell, University of California, Davis   Email a question to Section 63.

Sect. 64 - Public Policy 

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on the broad range of topics related to public policy. The section encourages papers that advance on theoretical and empirical questions in public policy research across all major theoretical and methodological approaches. Papers that leverage variation across time, institutions, or policy fields are especially welcome. Both panel and individual paper proposals are invited.

Section Head: Alexandra Filindra, University of Illinois, Chicago   Email a question to Section 64.

Sect. 65 - Bureaucratic Politics 

The Bureaucratic Politics section concerns the behavior of individual bureaucrats in their organizational environment; the interaction of public bureaucracies with external stakeholders such as courts, interest groups, legislatures, the executive branch, other bureaucracies and governmental units, and society at large; the role and legitimacy of bureaucracies in the policy process; the antecedents and design of bureaucratic structures; and the effect of bureaucratic structure on behavior and performance. The section welcomes submissions from any theoretical creed or methodological persuasion in social science, including but not limited to organizational behavior, social psychology, rational choice, game theory, historical institutionalism, case narratives, comparative case studies, statistical models, ethnography, and laboratory experiments.

Section Head: Amanda Rutherford, Indiana University, Bloomington   Email a question to Section 65.

Sect. 66 - Non-Profit Administration

Section Head: Maryann Barakso, University of Massachusetts, Amherst   Email a question to Section 66.

Sect. 67 - Public Administration 

The public administration section welcomes submissions from all areas and traditions of the field, broadly construed. The section is especially interested in submissions that are theoretically innovative and methodologically rigorous. Submissions that focus on a particular national or sub-national political system are welcome, as are submissions that are comparative in their orientation.

Section Head: David Nixon, University of Hawaii, Manoa   Email a question to Section 67.

Sect. 68 - Politics and History 

The section welcomes proposals for papers, panels and roundtable proposals covering the broad scope of the study of politics and institutions using historical perspectives to address issue areas of contemporary concern. In particular, the section encourages submissions from scholars whose work focuses on themes related to major political processes and concepts, such as institutional development, idea formation and political culture, state building, party building, democratization, citizenship, political identity, and representation. We encourage research in the traditions of American political development, comparative-historical analysis, and historical-institutionalism more broadly, as well as theoretical work that links these research programs together.

Section Head: Rob Mickey, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor   Email a question to Section 68.

Sect. 69 - Politics and Religion 

The section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals that address the interaction between religion and politics from all subfields in political science using diverse methodological approaches, especially submissions that use religion to address broader theoretical questions in political science that would be of interest to non-specialists.

Section Head: Eric McDaniel, The University of Texas, Austin   Email a question to Section 69.

Sect. 70 - Research Papers on Teaching & Learning

The section welcomes paper, panel and roundtable proposals on all topics related to educating both undergraduate and graduate students. Proposals could explore such topics as: assessment, civic engagement, curriculum development, diversity within the classroom, experiential learning, internships, service learning, simulations, teaching strategies, and technology. Papers that use empirical evidence (broadly construed) to make and assess claims about the effectiveness of teaching practice are particularly encouraged. Qualitative, interpretive, quantitative, theoretical, or philosophical approaches will all be considered.

Section Head: Dick Simpson, University of Illinois, Chicago   Email a question to Section 70.

Sect. 71 - Class and Inequality 

This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on the subjects of social class or economic inequality. The aim of this section is to bring together exciting new scholarship from a wide range of subfields and methodological perspectives that engages these important and timely topics. Paper or panel proposals exploring the causes or consequences of social class stratification or economic inequality are welcome, including (but not limited to) research under the headings of public opinion, political psychology, social movements, political economy, comparative politics, political theory, state and local government, interest group politics, welfare states and redistribution, campaigns and elections, political participation, mass media and communications, political institutions, elite decision making, and economic development.

Section Head: Nick Carnes, Duke University   Email a question to Section 71.

Sect. 75 - Methodology Posters & Lightning Talks 

This section welcomes proposals for posters and  presentations on political methodology. Submissions might include but are not limited to discussions of methodological tools for political scientists and contributions to substantive questions using advanced analytical methodologies.

Section Head: Cheryl Boudreau, University of California, Davis  Email a question to Section 75.

Sect. 76 - American Politics Posters & Lightning Talks

Section Head: Cara Wong, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign   Email a question to Section 76.

Sect. 77 - Comparative Politics Posters & Lightning Talks

The Comparative Politics posters and lightning talk section invites submissions representing a wide range of substantive topics and methodological approaches from all regions of the world.

Section Head: Michelle Taylor-Robinson, Texas A&M University   Email a question to Section 77.

Sect. 78 - International Relations Posters & Lightning Talks 

This section welcomes proposals for posters and presentations on topics in international relations. Submissions may focus on any subfield of international relations, including (but not limited to) peace and conflict studies, international security, foreign policy, international political economy, and international organizations. A broad mix of papers is encouraged, including those informed by any of the major theoretical approaches in international relations, interdisciplinary approaches to international relations questions, and papers using a variety of methodologies to approach important international relations questions.

Section Head: Zaryab Iqbal, Penn State   Email a question to Section 78.

Sect. 79 - Public Policy & Public Administration Posters & Lightning Talks 

The public policy and public administration poster and lightning talk section invites submission from theoretically motivated research on public policy process, policy analysis, and public administration, defined broadly. The section welcomes submissions from a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives that extend our understanding of the political, institutional, and social influences on policy-making, offer insights into the nuances public policy analysis and evaluation, or which contribute new approaches to public policy research. The section also invites submissions from papers that engage historical or current debates across a range of national and international policy areas.

Section Head: Holly T. Goerdel, University of Kansas   Email a question to Section 79.

Sect. 80 - Political Theory Posters & Lightning Talks 

This section welcomes poster and lightning talk proposals presenting innovative and creative political theory research. This may include research that investigates innovative applications of canonical texts, as well as creative explorations of the boundaries of how far political theory may stretch. Inquiries into whether genres and texts other than what we typically consider political philosophy, may pose some of the same questions as political philosophy or political theory, are especially welcome. Equally welcome are projects that apply political theoretical insight in unconventional areas.

Section Head: Emily Nacol, Vanderbilt University   Email a question to Section 80.

Sect. 81 - Political Institutions Posters & Lightning Talks

Section Head: E. Scott Adler, University of Colorado, Boulder   Email a question to Section 81.

Sect. 82 - Undergraduate Research Posters 

This section welcomes proposals for poster presentations on the research, scholarly, and creative experiences of undergraduate students. It provides students with the opportunity to present their projects in a professional environment and to impress upon them the importance of faculty-mentored projects to their overall education, especially for those considering graduate education. We are open to a wide range of topics and methods.

Section Head: Richard Fox, Loyola Marymount University   Email a question to Section 82.

Sect. 83 - Working Groups

A working group is a conference within a conference. Participants commit to attend a small group of related or organized sessions. A volunteer coordinator for each working group proposes a theme, selects and/or organizes sessions for the group to attend, promotes the working group, and facilitates communication among participants. A working group consists of 10-25 participants. The MPSA assigns meeting space, maintains a roster of participants, and provides a certificate of participation upon completion, if requested. A working group may meet before and after a session(s) or during lunch for additional discussion and interaction. *The person who submits a topic in this section must have a Ph.D. to do so.*

Section Head: Tamara Speelmon, MPSA Email a question to Section 83.

Sect. 84 - Midwest Women’s Caucus      

Section Head: Yanna Krupnikov, SUNY, Stony Brook Email a question to Section 84.

Sect. 85 - Society for Greek Political Thought   

The Society for Greek Political Thought is an interdisciplinary organization devoted to the study of classical political thinking in all of its forms. We welcome paper, roundtable, and panel proposals on the political philosophy, politics, and politically-relevant poetry of the ancient Greeks. 

Section Head: Mark Lutz, University of Nevada, Las Vegas  Email a question to Section 85.

Sect. 86 - Caucus for LGBT Political Science      

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Caucus welcomes proposals that address key facets of LGBT politics and how it has evolved over time. Proposals may be for full panels, individual research papers, or author-meets-critics book panels. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that address LGBT politics around the world, expanding our focus beyond the United States, and in proposals that examine post-Obergefell politics in the U.S. 

Section Head: Melissa Michelson, Menlo College Email a question to Section 86.

Sect. 87 - Leadership and Politics          

Section Head: Heather McDougall, Leadership exCHANGE Email a question to Section 87.

Sect. 88 - Caucus for New Political Science       

Section Head: James Simmons, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Email a question to Section 88.
   

Sect. 89 - Midwest Latino/a Caucus       

Section Head: Betina Cutaia Wilkinson, Wake Forest University Email a question to Section 89.

Sect. 90 - Midwest Caucus for Public Administration    

Section Head: Stéphane Lavertu, The Ohio State University Email a question to Section 90.

Sect. 91 - Politics, Literature and Film    

Section Head: Davide Panagia, University of California, Los Angeles Email a question to Section 91.

Sect. 92 - Professional Associations, NGO's and Non-Profits    

What are we learning about the social, public and political role of professional associations, NGO's and Non-Profits? Has technology changed how they pursue their goals? How can volunteerism and advocacy contribute to these organizations' success? We are looking for quantitative and qualitative research on the third sector with an eye toward future trends and innovation.

Section Head: William Morgan, MPSA Email a question to Section 92. 

Sect. 93 - Political Science in Literature Review 

This section welcomes articles that examine the state of a specific subfield or topic.

Section Head: Stéphane Lavertu, The Ohio State University Email a question to Section 93. 

 

Last update 11/16/16