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for the 2018
MPSA Conference
in Chicago

The 76th annual MPSA conference will be held April 5-8, 2018 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL USA. Discounts are available for MPSA members, for those registering early and for attendees with reservations in one of the official hotels. Learn more and register for the 2018 MPSA conference. 


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Does not include session locations. Additionally, the schedule for subfield sections, including undergraduate poster sessions, will be available in early January.

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. 

Conference Updates

NOTICE ABOUT CALLS: MPSA has been made aware of calls to conference participants regarding an "urgent matter" related to the conference. Do not be fooled. If the person calling requests payment information and you were not expecting the call , do NOT provide your information. MPSA is unaffiliated with the caller and has not authorized these calls. In the event that MPSA staff does call with conference-related reminders, we will clearly state the reason for our call and will not ask for payment information. 1/30/18

Preliminary Conference Schedule now Available - The preliminary conference program* for the 2018 MPSA conference is now available here. 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 access the program here and on the left sidebar of this webpage.

Registration is OPEN for the 76th Annual MPSA conference in Chicago - Discounts are available for MPSA members and for attendees with reservations in one of the official hotels. (When you are signed in on the website, a gold conference registration button will appear below.) Learn more and register here.

Volunteer to Serve as a Discussant or Chair - We want to be sure that a discussant is available to provide feedback on all of the research presented at the upcoming MPSA conference. Please consider volunteering your expertise to demonstrate your support of your colleagues in the discipline. (Graduate students: Roles are also available for you at

Still need to confirm or decline your participation in the conference? Please log in to this website and click “Check Proposal Status” or send us an email to let us know if we should include you in the role(s) on the conference program.

Host a Dine Around at the MPSA Conference - Hosts propose a dinner discussion topic, coordinate details including if/when the group should meet to travel together to the restaurant, confirming reservations, and managing the group’s payment of the check. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and for paying for their own meal, drinks and tip, if applicable. Follow this link to express interest in hosting. 

Allegations of Misconduct

January 22, 2018

MPSA Members,

As some of you may be aware, earlier this month, an allegation of inappropriate conduct was made involving one of our officers in 2002.

We – the President, President-elect, and the Immediate Past President of the MPSA – want to assure each of our members that we are committed to the highest standards of professional conduct from the association’s officers and members. We are also committed to ensuring the highest standards of due process are met.

The allegations are currently being reviewed by the University of Michigan's Office for Institutional Equity. At this point, we are actively monitoring the situation, and intend to wait for the pending review to produce necessary additional information and guidance. Whatever the outcome, the MPSA is fully committed to working to strengthen our policies and procedures to ensure that all of our members are treated with dignity and respect when interacting with the MPSA and its affiliates.


Vincent L. Hutchings, MPSA President
Elisabeth Gerber, MPSA President-Elect
Jan Leighley, MPSA Immediate Past President

Call for Proposals for 2018 Elsie Hillman Prize - The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is pleased to announce the competition for the new 2018 Elsie Hillman Prize for Research on Women and American Politics.  Learn more. Extended Deadline: February 16, 2018

NSF SBE American National Election Studies (ANES) Competition (ANES) - The Political Science Program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences expects to make two awards for the 2020 Presidential election cycle with the award to run from fiscal years 2018 to 2021. Learn more on the NSF website. Letter of Intent Target Date: February 21, 2018

The National Academy of Social Insurance is currently accepting applications for its summer internship programs for students interested in social insurance policy. The policy areas covered include: Health and Income Security Policy (Washington Internship); Aging and Long-term Care Policy (Somers Internship); Disability Policy (Eileen Sweeney Internship); and Health Policy (Rashi Fein Internship). Deadline: March 1 Learn more and apply:

Women’s Suffrage in the Americas NEH Summer Institute - The National Endowment for the Humanities and Carthage College invite you to apply for a professional development opportunity in women’s history this summer (July 23 – August 3). Seventeen specialists from Argentina to Canada will each present a piece of the interconnecting pattern that led to suffrage extensions across the hemisphere. Learn more at Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School Teachers and College and University Faculty - Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs. Learn more about the NEH Summer Programs. Application deadlines: March 1  

Call for Participation - Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Conference , Norfolk, Virginia, October 11-13, 2018  The call to participate is now open to all applied social scientists, as well as those looking to use their social science skills in applied and clinical areas. Deadline for abstract submission: June 1, 2018. For more information email: or

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