MPSA 2022-2023 Academic Year-Long Mentoring Program

Each year, the MPSA invites faculty members to serve as volunteer mentors to mid-career faculty (tenured but not full professor), junior faculty, contingent faculty, PhDs holding non-academic positions, and graduate students nearing PhD completion in the Academic Year-Long Mentoring Program. If selected for the program, mentees will work remotely (via phone or video chat) with a faculty mentor in a structured format over the academic year. MPSA staff matches one mentee per mentor based on the information provided by both parties. The total time commitment is approximately 10 hours. You must be an MPSA member to participate.

The deadline for mentors and mentees to apply to participate in the 2022-2023 Academic Year-Long Mentoring Program has passed. MPSA staff is currently matching mentors and mentees. Applicants will be notified soon if they have been placed in the program.

What is the timeline for those accepted to the Mentoring Program?

In mid-August both parties will receive a notification containing names, contact information, and CVs. Mentees will be asked to reach out to their mentor within one week to establish contact and begin coordination of an initial meeting to establish expectations (using an MPSA-provided template).

Not all applicants will be paired with a mentor for this year’s program. Preference will be given to mid-career faculty, junior faculty, contingent faculty, PhDs holding non-academic positions, and graduate students nearing PhD completion.

Questions? Please contact MPSA Membership staff at

2022-2023 Mentors

The MPSA is grateful for the following members who have volunteered to serve as mentors for the 2022-2023 academic year. Additional information including mentor biographies, CVs, research interests, and more can be found here.

  • Nurgul Aitalieva, Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Natasha Altema McNeely, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Kevin Arceneaux, Sciences Po Paris
  • Melissa Baker, University of Texas El Paso
  • Florence Bouvet, Sonoma State University
  • Crystal Brown, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Chao-yo Cheng, Birkbeck University London
  • Barbara Chotiner, University of Alabama
  • Todd Collins, Western Carolina University
  • Cynthia Cook, Creighton University
  • Daniel Costie, Eastern Oregon University
  • David Dolowitz, University of Liverpool
  • Elizabeth Dorssom, Lincoln University
  • David Foster, Kenyon College
  • Sujay Ghosh, Vidyasagar University
  • Dennis Goldford, Drake University
  • Taha Hameduddin, National University of Singapore
  • Christopher Harrison, Northern Arizona University
  • Marsha Hinds Myrie, University of Guelph
  • Faisal Javaid, Federal Urdu University, Karachi
  • Taewoo Kang, Siena College
  • Jeffrey Kraus, Wagner College
  • Anju Lis Kurian, Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Kevin Lorentz, Saginaw Valley State University
  • Frank T. Manheim, George Mason University
  • Brian Norris, Lincoln University
  • Diana Orcés, Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)
  • Cătălin Partenie, National School of Political Studies and Administration, Bucharest
  • Juliette Passer, Stony Brook University
  • Veronica Reyna, Houston Community College
  • Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca, Australian National University
  • Paul Sniderman, Stanford University
  • Shayam Sriram, Canisius College
  • Susan Sterett, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  • Aaron Stuvland, George Mason University
  • William Tennant, Oakland Community College
  • M. Blair Thomas, University of Oregon
  • Dennis Weng, Sam Houston State University
  • Matthew Wilson, University of South Carolina
  • Mark Wrighton, Independent Scholar
  • Sotirios Zartaloudis, University of Birmingham

MPSA Mentoring Reception (Small Group Mentoring) at the Annual Conference

The MPSA Mentoring Reception (Small Group Mentoring) is held each year at the MPSA Annual Conference at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. Individuals from the following groups who sign up in advance of the application deadline (graduate students, junior faculty, mid-career faculty, contingent faculty and PhDs in non-academic position) meet with faculty mentors for the small-group subfield mentoring reception. Each mentor connects with groups of no more than four mentees to discuss current research and professional aspirations.

Short biographical sketches of the mentors are posted to the website each year and potential mentees are assigned with a mentor of their choice on a first come, first served basis. Mentee contact information and research/conversation questions are shared with mentors and participants in the small groups in advance of the reception. Each participant will receive a message of introduction to others participating in the small group mentoring session.

There are no on-site signups for this event, so mentors have plenty of time to review the information for those in their group prior to the event. Attendees must be registered for the in-person conference to participate; there is no virtual option to participate.

Please check back later for more information on the 2023 MPSA Mentoring Reception and call for participants.