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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.

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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. 


The preliminary conference schedule will be published on the MPSA website in January 2016. 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 Call for Proposals    
Complete Panel Deadline: September 28, 2015 
Paper and Roundtable Deadline: October 8, 2015 - EXTENDED!
Poster Proposal Deadline: December 10, 2015


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The 2016 MPSA Annual Conference Program Co-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 committee invites proposals in over 80 sections  in a variety of formats from all political science subfields. The 2016 conference introduces two new session formats: Symposia and Research Blitz. This year also marks the return of popular professional development sessions, the Junior Scholar Symposium, the Empire Lecture Series, networking receptions and mentoring receptions. 

Proposals must be submitted electronically. Full instructions for doing so can be found on our Submission Guidelines page.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: After submitting your proposal at, you should immediately receive a screen thanking you for your proposal which will include your six digit Proposal ID number as verification of proposal receipt. For more tips on the proposal submission process, please visit

Program participants are not required to be MPSA members, though all participating presenters are required to register for the conference and MPSA members receive significant registration discounts. After completing the formal proposal submission process, submitters will be invited to indicate interest in a variety of networking experiences taking place at the conference.

Proposals must be submitted electronically with complete information on co-authors and presentation details by October 8, 2015. Questions about the content of proposals should be directed to the Program Committee Co-Chairs or section heads . Questions about policies, presentation formats, and the electronic submissions process should be directed to MPSA staff at

Useful Links to Help You Prepare for MPSA 2016  

Important Deadlines  
Session Formats and Role Descriptions  
Section Descriptions and Contacts  
Programs and Photos from Past MPSA Conferences

Follow the conference on Twitter using #MPSA16 


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MPSA 2016 Call for Professional Development Roundtable Sessions

MPSA 2016 Call for Professional Development Roundtable Sessions - The MPSA will organize a series of roundtables at the 2016 conference in Chicago that discuss aspects of the academic profession, including career development, publishing, teaching, research, professional development and public engagement. If you would like to serve on a roundtable, please volunteer by following the appropriate link below: 

To submit an entire roundtable (3-5 speakers on a topic), please use the standard roundtable submission form. 

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