Special Offerings

MPSA is constantly striving to bring programming to the conference that not only enhances the attendee experience, but deliver resources that continue to make our attendees be the best in their fields. The Tech Classroom and Grad Lab sessions are two offering that help us meet that goal.


Through these sessions we encourage the membership to think about new ways to apply applications to their research and to their professions in general. We understand that we have an audience with multiple viewpoints on how to both approach and incorporate technology. Therefore, we address this in an effort to expand the knowledge base of our attendees and close a divide. We continuously want to promote the good work that academics are doing and introducing them to technological connections that help foster and reinforce that work. 

Last year we launched the MPSA Tech Classroom for companies with technology-based platforms as a new way to get their innovative software, app or digital learning tools in front of our members. This year, we’ve changed the focus slightly, we’ve also made some adjustments b the logistical setup of our emerging technology sessions.

  • The Tech Classroom sessions will no longer require advance sign up by attendees. Instead, they’ll be listed in the conference program for attendees to freely attend like the other program sessions. Tech sessions will even be browseable via the conference app. A convenience feature that we felt was needed.
  • Sessions will also not be held in the balcony area of the exhibition hall. Instead, we’ve moved the sessions to a more brightly lit and spacious location.
  • We’ve also added more time slots for these sessions at the request of attendees.

For Attendees

The time and location of Tech Classroom sessions will be listed in the online, onsite print program and on the mobile app for you to view. You can freely attend any Tech Classroom session you choose. These are NOT sales pitches, but real topic sessions important to you and your research.




Designed to give you political technology resources at your fingertips to help enhance your research and your knowledge of technology in the political science sphere.

Tech Classroom: Election Line Management at Polling Places: Using Online Tools
(Presented by the Voting Technology Project)

Time: Thu Apr 6 2017, 11:00am to 11:30am
Time: Fri Apr 7 2017, 4:15pm to 4:45pm

Tech Classroom: International Affairs Analysis and Research through Reality-Based Approaches
(Presented by World Politics Review)

Time: Thu Apr 6 2017, 9:00am to 9:30am & 3:30pm to 4:00pm      
Time: Fri Apr 7 2017, 9:00am to 9:30am & 1:30pm to 2:00pm         

Tech Classroom: The Election Toolkit: A Link between Political Scientists and Election Officials
(Presented by the Center for Technology and Civic Life)

Time: Thu Apr 6 2017, 11:45am to 12:15pm & 1:45pm to 2:15pm  
Time: Fri Apr 7 2017, 11:45am to 12:15pm & 3:30pm to 4:00pm     

Tech Classroom: What Can We Learn from the Tech that Helped Shape the 2016 Elections?
(Presented by Democracy Works)

Time: Thu Apr 6 2017, 1:00pm to 1:30pm & 4:15pm to 4:45pm      
Time: Fri Apr 7 2017, 10:00am to 10:30am & 12:45pm to 1:15pm   






Tech Classroom: Applying Automated Content Analysis in Political Science

Time: Thu Apr 6 2017, 10:00 to 10:30am      
Time: Fri Apr 7 2017, 2:30 to 3:00pm






For Students:

Grad Lab is a MPSA grad fair event that helps graduating students research schools of interest through a hands-on advisory approach.  Participating schools are higher education institutions with strong academic offerings in political science, public policy, government and other social sciences, who are eager to better inform you about their graduate and doctoral programs.

For Schools: 

Grad Lab is a MPSA grad fair event for higher education institutions with strong academic offerings in political science, public policy, government and other social sciences, who are looking for a new way to get their programs before potential students. Grad Lab also helps graduating students research schools of interest to them through a hands-on advisory approach.

The Grad Lab approach allows you to gauge potential student interest. Students sign-up in advance for small group information sessions with your department’s program representative. Advanced sign-up allows you to tailor your time at the conference around when students can see you instead of standing at a booth for hours on end.


University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Political Science Department is consistently ranked as one of the very top programs in the country. This ranking is based upon peer evaluations of the scholarly innovations and achievements of department members and on their ability to disseminate this information to a wide audience of undergraduates, graduates, and professionals.

The graduate program in Political Science at the University of Michigan is a Ph.D. program intended to develop scholars who manifest a high level of excellence in teaching and research as professional social scientists. It is distinguished by a wide variety of areas of specialization and ample opportunity to tailor programs to fit the needs and interests of individual students.



Purdue University - POLITICAL SCIENCE - Graduate



The Department of Political Science at Purdue University offers Masters and Doctorate degrees designed to prepare students for teaching and research careers. With about 55 graduate students and 25 faculty members, we have a strong interdisciplinary focus and offer balanced educational opportunities in four areas of interest: (1) American Politics, (2) Comparative Politics, (3) International Relations, and (4) Public Policy. The Department also offers certificates in both Social and Environmental Policy.

We believe there are several strengths to our program.

  • Five faculty are members of the editorial team of Politics, Groups, and Identities Journal, a peer-reviewed journal of the Western Political Science Association.
  • The Department of Political Science is an integral component of Purdue University’s Building Sustainable Communities initiative. Key themes of the program initiative include the study of institutions and their role in promoting and inhibiting sustainability and resilience, as well as the relationships between complex social/political and engineered and ecological systems.
  • Graduate Assistantships and/or Fellowships are available for all admitted graduate students.
  • Financial support for graduate student research travel and training is provided.

For more information about our program, please visit https://www.cla.purdue.edu/polsci/gradprog/index.html or contact Dr. Eric Waltenburg (Director of Graduate Studies) at ewaltenb@purdue.edu.