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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.)

Prepare Your Questions for Symposia Participants - Please take this opportunity to review the symposia recordings and formulate questions and feedback to ensure a more purposeful discussion. Faculty presenters will briefly share their research before the floor is opened to the discussant and attendees for comments and questions. With time to prepare better questions, you can generate better conversation and provide better feedback. Learn more about the session format and review the uploaded symposia presentations.

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.

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         

6:30pm - 8:30 pm                            Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Reception                                      

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm                          MPSA First Time Attendee Reception**                 

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm                          Mentoring Reception I**   

7:45 pm – 8:45 pm                          MPSA Minority Caucus Reception                

9:30 pm – 11:30 pm                        MPSA 2016 Program Committee Reception                

Friday, April 8, 2016

7:00 am – 5:00 pm                          Registration                                                                  

8:00 am – 9:30 am                          JSS, Panels, Research Blitz, Roundtables, Symposia

9:00 am - 10:00 am                         SPSA Program Committee Meeting (Offsite: Elephant and Castle) 

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        

11:00 am - 2:00 pm                         SPSA Executive Council Meeting  (Offsite: Elephant and Castle)  

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       

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm                          2017 MPSA Program Committee Meeting

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm                           SPSA JOP Editorial Board Meeting  (Offsite: Elephant and Castle)  

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

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm                          MPSA Undergrad Reception**    

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm                           W.W. Norton - In-Booth Keg Party                            

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                           Policy Gathering Reception

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm                           Midwest Women's Caucus for Political Science

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm                           Midwest Latino/a Caucus Business Meeting   

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm                           Oxford University Press - In-Booth Reception for Arthur Lupia   

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm                           Columbia University Political Science Reception

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm                           LGBT Caucus Business Meeting and Reception

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm                           Northwestern Centennial Reception

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm                          AJPS Reception for Reviewers

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          

12:00 - 1:30 pm                                The Political Networks Section, Off-Site Lunch Reception

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          

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm                          Northwestern University MPPA Program with Faculty Director Bill Lester            

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

** Advanced registration required.

Updated 3/31/16 - Subject to change.

Future Conference Dates

  • 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