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MPSA Annual Conference

The 74th annual MPSA conference will be held April 7-10, 2016 at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago. 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 different fields, providing a variety of perspectives.  (View past conference programs and photos.)

Attendees of the 2015 conference were asked what they thought of the conference, and they were quite positive:

  • Papers at the MPSA were seen as better than papers at “other conferences of this type” (by a ratio of 2.3:1) as were the discussants (by a ratio of 2.7:1).
  • Overall, the MPSA conference was seen as "better than others of its type" by a ratio of 2.5:1.
  • Over 90% of the MPSA survey respondents said that they would recommend the conference to a colleague.

DISCUSSANTS NEEDED - Select 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.

Call for Proposals: Late Breaking Sessions - MPSA conference program chairs invite you to submit roundtable proposals for topical sessions to be held at the 2016 MPSA conference in Chicago, April 7-10, 2016. The breaking issues panels will be held during normal session times. Proposals must include complete panels addressing a specific issue in current news. Examples of session topics include: executive orders on gun control, civil terrorism, employer agreements and academic freedoms, and recent SCOTUS decisions. Log in to the MPSA website to submit complete panels to Section 1 Program Co-Chairs) for consideration (Once logged in to the site, look to the top menu bar to click on Conference > MPSA 2016 Conference > Check Proposal Status). Acceptances will be granted on a rolling basis. 

2016 Preliminary Conference Program

The 74th annual MPSA Conference will be held April 7-10, 2016 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL.  Click on a link below to search the preliminary 2016 conference program. 

PARTICIPANT NAME     SESSION FORMAT      SECTION       DATE/TIME   PROGRAM as a PDF (2/5/16) 

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.

MPSA 2016 Conference Program Overview

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm                          Registration                                                                  
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm                          MPSA Welcome Reception                                         

Thursday, April 7, 2016
7:30 am – 5:00 pm                          Registration                                                                  
9:30 am – 7:30 pm                          Exhibits                                                            
9:45 am – 11:15 am                        JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
9:45 am – 11:15 am                        Speed Networking: Comparative              
9:45 am – 11:15 am                        Speed Networking: International Relations            
11:30 am – 1:00 pm                        JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
11:30 am – 1:00 pm                        Speed Networking: Current Students                      
12:20 pm – 2:20 pm                        MPSA Council Meeting & Luncheon                        
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm                          JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia                                            
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm                          Speed Networking: American Politics                      
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm                          Speed Networking: Public Policy                
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                          JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia                                            
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                          Speed Networking: Political Behavior                      
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                          Speed Networking: Political Institutions                
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm                          JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm                          MPSA Exhibitor Reception    
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm   Reception for Retiree Bert Rockman, Purdue University                                                                     
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm                          MPSA First Time Attendee Reception**                  
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm                          Mentoring Reception I**  

Friday, April 8, 2016
7:00 am – 5:00 pm                          Registration                                                                  
8:00 am – 9:30 am                          JSS, Panels, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
9:30 am – 6:30 pm                          Exhibits                                                                          
9:45 am – 11:15 am                        JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
9:45 am – 11:15 am                        Speed Networking: American Politics                      
9:45 am – 11:15 am                        Speed Networking: Political Methodology            
11:30 am – 1:00 pm                        JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
11:30 am – 1:00 pm                        Speed Networking: Comparative              
11:30 am – 1:00 pm                        Speed Networking: International Relations
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm                          JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm                          Speed Networking: Current Students        
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                          JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                          Speed Networking: Faculty: Non-PhD Granting Institutions
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                          Speed Networking: Normative                  
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm                          JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm                          Speed Networking: Public Policy                
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm                          MPSA Undergrad Reception**                                  
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm                          AJPS Editorial Board Meeting                                    
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm                          MPSA Mentoring Reception II**                
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm                          MPSA Annual Mentoring Kickoff Meeting**          
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm        Indiana University Political Science Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm         Columbia University Politicl Science Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm         Northwestern Centennial Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  Policy Gathering Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm         Midwest Women's Caucus for Political Science
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm         LGBT Caucus Business Meeting and Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Midwest Latino Caucus Business Meeting      
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm                          AJPS Reception for Reviewers                                                                              
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm                          MPSA Minority Caucus Reception                            
9:30 pm – 11:30 pm                        MPSA 2015 Program Committee Reception    
10:00 pm -11:00 pm  Texas Universities Reception

Saturday, April 9, 2016
7:00 am – 5:00 pm                          Registration                                                                   
8:00 am – 9:30 am                          JSS, Panels, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
9:30 am – 5:00 pm                          Exhibits                                                            
9:45 am – 11:15 am                        JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
9:45 am – 11:15 am                        Speed Networking: Political Behavior                      
9:45 am – 11:15 am                        Speed Networking: Political Institutions                 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm                        JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
11:30 am – 1:00 pm                        Speed Networking: Faculty: Non-PhD Granting Institutions
11:30 am – 1:00 pm                        Speed Networking: Normative                                  
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm                          JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm                          Speed Networking: Comparative               
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm                          Speed Networking: International Relations            
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                          JSS, Panels, Posters, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                          Speed Networking: Political Methodology             
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                          Speed Networking: American Politics                      
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm                          JSS, Panels, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm                          MPSA Business Meeting & 2015 Awards  
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm                          MPSA President’s Reception      

Sunday, April 10, 2016

7:30 am – 11:40 am                        Registration                                                                  
8:00 am – 9:30 am                          JSS, Panels, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
9:45 am – 11:15 am                        JSS, Panels, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia
11:30 am – 1:00 pm                        JSS, Panels, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia

*All poster sessions take place in the State Ballroom on the 4th Floor
** Advanced registration required.

Updated 2/5/16 - Subject to change.

Future Conference Dates

  • 74th Annual Conference, April 7-10, 2016
  • 75th Annual Conference, April 6-9, 2017
  • 76th Annual Conference, April 5-8, 2018
  • 77th Annual Conference, April 4-7, 2019
  • 78th Annual Conference, April 16-19, 2020
  • 79th Annual Conference, April 15-18, 2021
  • 80th Annual Conference, April 7-10, 2022
  • 81st Annual Conference, April 13-16, 2023