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80th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference
Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16, 2023
In-Person at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL

All Panels, Roundtables, Lightning Talks and Working Groups will Feature a Hybrid Format (for In-Person or Virtual Participation). Poster Sessions will be In-Person Only.


Conference Fee Waivers and Scholarships       Opportunities to Get Involved at Conference       Paper Upload Instructions       About the Annual Conference       Exhibit, Advertise and Sponsor COVID-19 Policies        Code of Conduct at Events       About the MPSA

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Volunteers Needed! View and Sign Up for Open Roles for the Conference

Discussants are always needed! Please consider volunteering your expertise to demonstrate your support of your colleagues in the discipline. Discussants play an essential role at the conference by providing guidance and feedback to scholars looking to move their research forward. Professional-level members and submitters may volunteer to be a discussant or chair. Second-year graduate students may volunteer to serve as a discussant on undergraduate sessions (please note poster sessions are for in-person participation only). To view a curated list of open roles and sign up to volunteer, please click here. Learn more about conference participation roles here. A complimentary registration will be available for those who are attending the hybrid conference (either in-person or online) and are only participating as a discussant. If you are listed as a co-author you must decline your role and have your name removed from the paper so it does not appear on the program in order to qualify for a complimentary registration (please email conf@mpsanet.org for assistance). If you are added to a role on the program (other than to an additional discussant role or as a participant on a professional development roundtable in Section 74 of the conference), the complimentary registration may be revoked. If you are eligible to receive a complimentary registration, you will be emailed a link to register at no charge.

Register Now for the MPSA Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 80th Annual MPSA Conference! Reduced registration rates are available to MPSA members and to those who reserve a room at one of the official conference hotels.

Attendees have the flexibility to change their registration status from in-person to virtual (or vice versa) if their plans change. In order to minimize any changes to the program, all panels, roundtables, lightning talks and working groups will feature a hybrid format (for in-person or virtual participation) and will be broadcast in real time. Poster sessions are available for in-person participation only.

To ensure you receive the best conference registration rate:

  1. Check to see if your membership is active through April 30, 2023 to get member pricing. Login to your account to check your membership status, and join the MPSA/renew your membership before registering for the conference.
  2. Book your hotel accommodations in an official MPSA hotel to receive the in-hotel registration rate. If you are planning to participate virtually, you will automatically receive the lower in-hotel rate. Unsure about the length of your stay? Book as many nights as you want in order to secure the reduced rate, and then drop any extra unneeded room nights before the cutoff date. Please be aware if you register for the conference at the lower in-hotel rate but are not a registered guest in an official conference hotel, you will be billed for the difference between the in-hotel and out-of-hotel rates. If more than one person is staying in the room, make sure everyone’s name is on the reservation or your conference registration rate will be adjusted.
  3. Register by the deadline of March 29, 2023 to get regular registration rate pricing.

You must be logged into your MPSA account to access the registration system. If you do not have an account, or are unsure, please click here. If you need to reset your password, please click here.

A pdf registration form may be found here.

View the Preliminary Conference Program and Respond to Your Invitation to Participate

The preliminary schedule for all sessions at the 80th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference is available here. You will be asked to set your time zone before you can view the program. The online program is searchable by participant name, session format, section and date/time. As a reminder, if you have not done so already, please log in and Accept or Decline your participation role(s). You must be logged in with your MPSA username and password to access the system.

Opportunities to Get Involved at the Conference

Volunteer to Serve on a Professional Development Roundtable
Network and share career advice with your colleagues on a Professional Development Roundtable at the 2023 MPSA Conference! Professional Development Roundtables are a valued tradition of the MPSA Annual Conference, providing an opportunity for scholars at all career stages to share professional experience, expertise, and other resources with colleagues. These roundtables are dedicated to specific topics in the areas of career advancement, publishing, teaching, public engagement, and graduate school. If you are interested in participating on a Professional Development Roundtable, please fill out this short form. The 2023 Professional Development Roundtables are listed here along with short descriptions of each roundtable. A complimentary registration will be available for those who are attending the hybrid conference (either in-person or online) and are only participating as a professional development roundtable panelist (Section 74 only). If you are listed as a co-author you must decline your role and have your name removed from the paper so it does not appear on the program in order to qualify for a complimentary registration (please email conf@mpsanet.org for assistance). If you are added to a role on the program (other than to an additional role as a participant on a professional development roundtable in Section 74 of the conference or as a discussant), the complimentary registration may be revoked. If you are eligible to receive a complimentary registration, you will be emailed a link to register at no charge.

Sign Up to be a Mentor at the Mentoring Reception
The MPSA invites faculty members to sign up to participate as a mentor in the MPSA Mentoring Reception (Small Group Mentoring) during the Annual Conference. The Mentoring Reception will be held Friday, April 14, 2023 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. Mentors will guide conversations with no more than four mentees to discuss current research and professional aspirations.​​ The reception provides an opportunity for conference attendees who are graduate students, contingent faculty, junior faculty, or PhDs holding non-academic positions to meet with faculty mentors over refreshments in a small-group setting during the annual conference. Please note, you must be registered for the in-person conference to participate; there will not be an option to participate virtually. Learn more about the reception here. Interested mentors should submit their information on this application form no later than Tuesday, February 21.

Schedule a Meeting or Reception
MPSA intends to hold some networking sessions, meetings and receptions. Attendees are also invited to propose meetings, receptions and networking events for the conference. If your group needs to arrange for a meeting, reception, or catered meal in conjunction with the 2023 MPSA Annual Conference, complimentary meeting and reception space is available to our professional colleagues on a first-to-ask, first-to-receive basis. If your group needs to arrange for a function at the conference, please complete this form and email it to Bonnie VanDeventer, Conference Administrator at vandeventer@mpsanet.org. Meeting rooms will be assigned on or before February 28, 2023.

Coordinate a Working Group
Working group participants agree to attend, as audience members, a small group of related sessions at the conference. A volunteer coordinator for each working group proposes a topic or theme, selects the sessions for the group to attend, promotes the working group, recruits participants, and facilitates communication among participants. A working group may also organize sessions of their own and/or hold a meeting for additional discussion and interaction. MPSA staff handles scheduling logistics (i.e., ensuring that participants are free during those sessions which the working group is attending) and maintaining rosters. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals and cohorts to stimulate focused thought and discussion around a specific theme, topic, or specialization without the hassle of logistics. Contact MPSA Professional Development Manager Lewis Hoss, Ph.D. at hoss@mpsanet.org to coordinate your working group at the 80th Annual MPSA Conference!

Hold a Conference-within-a-Conference
Individuals holding a Ph.D. may submit a proposal to convene a conference-within-a-conference, or multiple organized sessions related to a single theme, topic, or area of study. Proposals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The convenor(s) are responsible for recruiting participants, organizing them into sessions, and facilitating communication and cooperation within the group. MPSA staff will assign meeting space, provide for the logistical needs of the group, maintain a roster of participants, help to promote the event, and work with the convenor(s) to accommodate scheduling requests. This is an excellent opportunity for cohorts to gather around specific areas of study that may not be well-represented in the normal conference sections, or to develop specific projects like an edited volume. To propose a conference-within-a-conference or for other inquiries, please contact MPSA Professional Development Manager Lewis Hoss, Ph.D. at hoss@mpsanet.org.

Host a Dine Around
Dine Arounds allow colleagues to gather for dinner at a local restaurant in Chicago during the MPSA Annual Conference to discuss professional topics and network with fellow attendees with similar research or professional development interests. Dine Arounds can range in size from groups of 6-20. A Dine Around host/coordinator proposes a discussion topic, maintains rosters, coordinates details including restaurant reservations, and manages the group’s payment of the check onsite. Dine Around attendees are responsible for their own transportation and for paying for their own meal, drinks and tip. Learn more about Dine Arounds and how to sign up here.

Learn More About MPSA Volunteer Opportunities
MPSA offers many opportunities to volunteer! Join a committee, volunteer to be a mentor, offer to participate on a professional development roundtable, and more! Learn more here.

Upload Your Paper to the Online Conference Program

Please upload your research to the online conference program. Uploading your research early allows for those attending your session to come prepared with meaningful feedback. Instruction on how to upload your paper can be found here.

About the MPSA Annual Conference

The MPSA Annual Conference is one of the largest political science conferences in the discipline with over 1,000 panels, a large exhibit hall, and a variety of networking and professional development activities. The conference historically averages more than 5,000 attendees from every state in the US and over 100 countries around the world representing 90+ political interest areas. The conference brings together scholars, researchers and decision makers in the political science community to exchange information and address the latest scholarship in political science.

The conference has the international and multidisciplinary research collaboration opportunities you seek and the networking opportunities and professional development sessions tailored to help you take the next step with your research.

Hybrid Session Formats and Real Time Sessions
The 80th Annual MPSA Conference will feature a hybrid session format for all Panel/Paper sessions, Roundtables, Lightning Talks and Working Groups. Sessions will be broadcast online in real time. Panels may consist of individuals participating in-person, online, or a mixture of both. Please note that Poster sessions and Receptions and Networking Events are available for in-person participation only. Each format is described in detail here.

All conference events, including research panels, networking and mentoring receptions, will be held at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel. For those participating in-person, hotel rooms will be available at various price points at the Palmer House and at multiple nearby hotels. Featuring two international airports (ORD and MDW), Chicago is one of just FIVE cities on Earth with direct air service to all inhabited continents – traveling to Chicago couldn’t be easier!

Presenter Registration Status Flexibility
If you register for in-person attendance and are unable to travel, you can change your registration status to virtual if you are participating on a session featuring a hybrid format (Panel/Paper sessions, Roundtables, Lightning Talks and Working Groups). You may also switch your registration status from virtual to in-person as needed.

If you have a participatory role (presenter, chair, discussant) on a Poster session, you will not be able to switch your registration status from in-person to virtual as this session type is available for in-person participation only.

More information on how to make changes to your registration status will be available in 2023. Adjustments to registration pricing (based on in-hotel/virtual, out-hotel status) will be processed accordingly. If a balance is due, your registration will not be updated until the balance is paid in full. Any refunds due to registration status changes will be issued after the conference.

View picture highlights below from the 79th Annual MPSA Conference which was held in a hybrid format – April 7-10, 2022!

Code of Conduct at Events

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) is committed to providing a safe, harassment-free, hospitable and productive meeting environment for everyone attending our events, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, religion or belief. All conference participants must agree to abide by the MPSA Code of Conduct at Events as well as the MPSA Streaming and Recording Policy.

About the MPSA

Home of the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), one of the top-ranked academic journals in the discipline, the purposes of the MPSA are to promote the professional study and teaching of political science, to facilitate communications between those engaged in such study, and to develop standards for and encourage research in theoretical and practical political problems.

As such, MPSA is a nonpartisan association. It does not support political parties or candidates.

Questions?

About Your Account: Contact MPSA membership staff at mpsainfo@mpsanet.org.
About the Conference: Contact MPSA conference staff at conf@mpsanet.org.

Future MPSA Conference Dates

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    • Thursday, April 3 – Sunday, April 6, 2025
    • Thursday, April 23 – Sunday, April 26, 2026
    • Thursday, April 1 – Sunday, April 4, 2027
    • Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2, 2028