Call for Proposals

77th Annual MPSA Conference
April 4-7, 2019
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL 

Program Chairs:
Jon Rogowski, Harvard University;
Betsy Sinclair, Washington University in St Louis

Submission Deadlines
EXTENDED to October 15, 2018 - Deadline for submitting paper, roundtables, and complete panel proposals.
December 7, 2018 - Deadline for submitting subfield and working group proposals.
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Plan now to present your research at the 77th annual Midwest Political Science Association conference, April 4-7, 2019 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL USA.  The MPSA Conference Program 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 deadlines for submitting paper proposals is October 5, 2018. 

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 50+ countries and a multitude of fields, providing a variety of perspectives. Tweet: #MPSA19 paper proposals are due 10/5/18. Learn more about the conference and submit a proposal:

The MPSA conference has the research collaboration opportunities you seek and the networking opportunities and professional development sessions to account for scholars at every career stage (including yours).  

Instructions for Submitting Proposals

Proposals should be submitted directly to the appropriate section heads of the 2019 Program Committee using the online form. Do not send the same proposal to more than two section heads. Submitting a proposal to two section heads does not increase the chance of having the proposal accepted.

If you are offering to serve as a chair or discussant, please indicate your fields of expertise and provide a statement of your interest. Individuals may participate on no more than three panels, poster, JSS, or lightning talk sessions. Participants may give two paper presentations (only one may be single authored), and serve as a chair and/or discussant on a third session. Roundtables are exempt from participation limits. Groups not affiliated with MPSA that wish to sponsor sessions should contact the MPSA ( to arrange this.

The 2019 conference 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. Requests for specific days or times for participation are not accepted, except for reasons related to religious observance or unusual family circumstances. Though MPSA does value teaching, approximately 80% of attendees teach and we cannot schedule around teaching schedules. Special scheduling requests must be submitted to no later than November 21, 2018.

The Midwest Political Science Association reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal received from an individual or individuals desiring to participate in the annual meeting.