75th Annual MPSA Conference

April 6-9, 2017, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL

Program Chairs:
Shaun Bowler, University of California, Riverside
Jennifer Lawless, American University


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. Updates to the conference program, including changes to contact information and research titles, may take several hours to appear. 

MPSA Response to Executive Order on International Travel 
On February 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has maintained suspension of the Executive Order that severely limited entry into the United States for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. While this ruling means that individuals from these seven countries may continue to enter the United States, MPSA maintains its support of affected scholars, including allowing presenters who are citizens of one of the seven countries referenced to present virtually, waiving or refunding conference fees for these scholars, organizing a set of Late Breaking Sessions exploring the impact of this type of Executive Order, and hosting a reception to welcome scholars who travel from outside the United States to attend the conference. Read more .

The deadlines have passed for submitting papers, roundtables, and complete panel proposals and subfield proposals.

The 2017 meeting will take place over four days, on a Thursday morning through Sunday afternoon schedule of sessions. By submitting a proposal, individuals agree to be available to participate in sessions during any of the four days of the conference. Request for specific days or times for participation are not accepted, except for reasons related to religious observance or unusual family circumstances. 

MPSA conference sessions are organized by topic in more than 80 sections based on different subfields or areas of study. Many of these are interdisciplinary and provide participants with a new perspective on the research. The MPSA conference is held under one roof at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, and includes multiple receptions, formal networking events, organized mentoring opportunities, and access to our extensive exhibit hall. Additionally, MPSA offers a variety of conference-related scholarships for working parents and graduate students, as well as a fee waiver scholarship for those from the developing world and outside of the discipline.

Explore this section of the website for more information on conference registration, official MPSA conference hotels, resources for traveling to and within Chicago, as well as creating a sense of home away from home if traveling to the conference with your family.  

Connect with Colleagues – MPSA has a variety of options to keep you connected as you attend the annual conference. Follow all of the conference updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Remember to add the #MPSA17 hashtag to your own messages about the conference.

Questions about the upcoming conference? Please send us an email at conf@mpsanet.org

Highlights from the 2016 MPSA Conference

Select Presentations (Video Playlist):

From the MPSA blog: