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MPSA 2015 Program

The 73rd annual MPSA Conference will be held April 16-19, 2015 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL.  Click on a button below to search the preliminary 2015 conference program.

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From the AJPS blog
From the AJPS blog

The article, "It's (Change in) the (Future) Economy, Stupid: Economic Indicators, the Media, and Public Opinion by Stuart N. Soroka, Dominik A. Stecula and Christopher Wlezien, is currently available in the American Journal of Political Science library on Wiley's AJPS website. A summary is available on the AJPS blog.  

2014 Patrick J. Fett Award
2014 Patrick J. Fett Award

The 2014 Patrick J. Fett Award was awarded to Joshua Clinton, Vanderbilt University, Molly Jackman, Stanford University and Saul Jackman, Vanderbilt University for their paper "Characterizing the Chief Executive: Using the Electoral Connection to Estimate Presidential Positions”. Click here to read more about the award and to see a complete list of the 2014 MPSA award winners.

Featured MPSA Podcast
Featured MPSA Podcast

Featured MPSA Conference Roundtable Podcast:  Best Practices in Civic Engagement Across Two-year and Four-year Colleges (2014) - 1 hour 38 minutes  - Shyam Krishnan Sriyam, Georgia Perimeter College, Chair, John J. Theis, Lonestar College, John P. Forren, Miami University, Amy Leigh Atchison, Valparaiso University, Elizabeth Anne Bennion, Indiana University, South Bend, Arthur Sanders, Drake University, Patrick Francis McKinlay, Morningside College, Peter Levine, Tufts University

MPSA 2015 Conference Updates

Register today!  There is still time to register for the conference to avoid paying on-site registration fees. Members receive lower conference registration rates. Register here.

New to the site or need help logging in? You do not need to be a member of the MPSA to register for the conference, but you must be logged into the MPSA website.  If you have previously registered for an account (eg conference attendee, past member), but cannot remember your username or password, please save time and confusion by clicking here to retrieve your existing username and password. 

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.

Connect with Colleagues – Learn more about Dine Arounds (discussions over dinner), Working Groups (a conference within a conference, several sessions organized around  a single theme) and Open Discussions (topical group discussions) at the upcoming conference. See the topics and contact organizers to participate.

Preliminary Conference Schedule Available - The online program is searchable by participant name, session format, section and date/time. You do not need to be logged in to the site to view the conference schedule on the left sidebar of this page and at www.MPSAnet.org/conference.  

Lee H. Hamilton to present MPSA 2015 Pi Sigma Alpha Lecture -  MPSA is pleased to welcome Lee H. Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University and one of the nation’s foremost experts on Congress and representative democracy, as its 2015 Pi Sigma Alpha Lecturer. Hamilton will speak Friday, April 17 at 1:15pm  Read more about Hamilton here.

The MPSA Empire Lecture Series Returns in 2015 
- A fantastic line up of speakers has been selected for 2015 Empire Lecture Series.

News from the Discipline

Charles and Kathleen Manatt Democracy Studies Fellowship Program - The Manatt Fellowship nurtures talent in democracy-building among graduate students pursuing a degree in the Midwest.The Manatt Fellowship consists of a $5,000 stipend to subsidize fellows’ living expenses while in D.C. Fellows typically receive $2,000 upon the start of the fellowship, $2,000 midway through and $1,000 after completing their research. The Manatt Fellowship is available for U.S. or international graduate students attending universities in the following Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In previous years, IFES hosted fellows exclusively during the summer months. To accommodate graduate students’ diverse schedules, the fellowship is now offered on a rolling basis between April 1 and December 1, 2015. Learn more 

Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Offers 2015 Research Grants - The Dole Archive and Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics houses Senator Bob Dole's extensive collections that document his 36-year career in the House and Senate. Established in 2010, our funding programs award grants to scholars engaged in projects studying Congress, politics, or policy issues. While in residence, the Research Fellow and Travel Grant awardees will use these collections, which encompass a wide range of legislative, historical, and policy issues. The 2015 Research Fellowship is a $2,500 award and the fellow will be required to conduct research at the Dole Archives for a period of 1-3 weeks between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. The deadline to apply is March 17, 2015.  The Travel Grant program is intended to defray costs associated with research-related travel to the Dole Institute and offers reimbursements of up to $750. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.  For more information on how to apply, please see http://dolearchives.ku.edu/grants

Position Openings

Open position? Please email it to heeke (at) mpsanet (dot) org for inclusion in our monthly newsletter and online. 

Funding Political Science Research: Updates

Read COSSA's Analysis of FY 2016 Budget Request for Social & Behavioral Science (2/11/15) - An "FY 2016 budget request, which includes details on the President's proposals for the dozens of departments, agencies, and programs of interest to social and behavioral science researchers."

MPSA Signs CPR Letters in Support of NIH (12/2/14) - MPSA has joined with the Coalition to Promote Research (CPR) send letters to both the House and Senate expressing continued and strong support for the competitive peer review process used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read the letter to the House of Representatives. Read the letter to members of the U.S. Senate

Universities Blast Congressional Probe of NSF Grants (11/11/14 - Inside Higher Ed) - The Association of American Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions, on Monday criticized an inquiry by the U.S. House science committee into specific National Science Foundation grants. 

MPSA co-signs letter urging funding anomaly for US Census Bureau for FY2015 CJS appropriations bill.

Read COSSA's Analysis of the  FY 2015 Senate Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill and Implications for Social and Behavioral Science.  "On July 24, the Senate Appropriations Committee released bill language and the accompanying Committee report for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill. The Labor-HHS Subcommittee approved the bill via voice vote in June." As a governing member of COSSA, MPSA is working with the organization and other associations to monitor potential legislation and will sent an alert when action is possible.