Call for Papers and Proposals 

76th Annual Conference
April 5-8, 2018
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL 

Program Chairs: 
Antoine Banks, University of Maryland-College Park
Irfan Nooruddin, Georgetown University
S. Laurel Weldon, Purdue University 


Plan now to present your research at the 76th annual Midwest Political Science Association conference, April 5-8, 2018 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL USA.  The MPSA Conference Program Chairs and section heads invite you to submit proposals that reflect the best thinking in the discipline, informed by theory, research and practical application. The deadlines for submitting proposals have now passed.

Conference presentations are organized by topic in more than 80 sections based on different subfields or areas of study. Many of these are interdisciplinary and draw scholars from 50+ countries and a multitude of fields, providing a variety of perspectives. 

The MPSA conference has the research collaboration opportunities you seek and the networking opportunities and professional development sessions to account for scholars at every career stage (including yours).  

Instructions for Submitting Proposals

Proposals should be submitted directly to the appropriate section heads of the 2018 Program Committee using the online form. Do not send the same proposal to more than two section heads. Submitting a proposal to two section heads does not increase the chance of having the proposal accepted.

If you are offering to serve as a chair or discussant, please indicate your fields of expertise and provide a statement of your interest. Individuals may participate on no more than three panels, poster, JSS, or lightning talk sessions. Participants may give two paper presentations (only one may be single authored), and serve as a chair and/or discussant on a third session. Roundtables are \exempt from participation limits. Groups not affiliated with MPSA that wish to sponsor sessions should contact the MPSA ( to arrange this.

The 2018 meeting will take place over four days, on a Thursday morning through Sunday afternoon schedule of sessions. By submitting a proposal, individuals agree to be available to participate in sessions during any of the four days of the conference. Request for specific days or times for participation are not accepted, except for reasons related to religious observance or unusual family circumstances. Though the MPSA does value teaching, approximately 80% of attendees teach and we cannot schedule around teaching schedules. Special scheduling requests must be submitted to no later than November 22, 2017.

The Midwest Political Science Association reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal received from an individual or individuals desiring to participate in the annual meeting.