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Presenting at MPSA 2015? Please upload your paper for review by your chair(s) and discussant(s).  When your paper is uploaded, it will be available in the conference paper archive and in the online conference program. If your paper is not available, this will also be indicated in the search results. 

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MPSA 2015 Program

The 73rd annual MPSA Conference will be held April 16-19, 2015 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL.  Click on a button below to search the preliminary 2015 conference program.

Download a .pdf of the 2015 program (2MB) - Current as of 4/13/15. Please check the online program for updated information. 

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.

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Featured MPSA Podcast
Featured MPSA Podcast

Featured MPSA Conference Roundtable Podcast:  Measuring Women's Political Empowerment Across the Globe -  Amy C. Alexander, University of California, Irvine, Chair; Sandi DiMola, Carlow University; Melanie M. Hughes, University of Pittsburgh; Allyson M. Lowe, Carlow University; Diana Z. O'Brien, University of Southern California; Mary Caprioli, University of Minnesota, Deluth; S. Laurel Weldon, Purdue University (1 hour 36 minutes)

MPSA Communities - A new resource for MPSA members!
MPSA Communities - A new resource for MPSA members!

A new way to connect with fellow MPSA members to share resources, ask questions, and engage with your colleagues is here! Use your username and password for to log in to the MPSA Communities.

MPSA Members Receive Exclusive Access to AJPS App
MPSA Members Receive Exclusive Access to AJPS App

Keep up to date with the most recent research in political science. Complete issues and individual articles are now available in the AJPS app!   

 2014 Sophonisba Breckinridge Award
2014 Sophonisba Breckinridge Award

The 2014 Sophonisba Breckinridge Award went to Alan E. Wiseman,Vanderbilt University, Dana  E. Wittmer, Colorado College, and  Craig Volden,University of Virginia for their work on "Women's Issues and Their Fates in Congress".

Click here to read more about the award and to see a complete list of the 2014 MPSA award winners.

MPSA 2015 Conference Updates

New to the site or need help logging in? If you have previously registered for an account (eg conference attendee, past member), but cannot remember your username or password, please save time and confusion by clicking here to retrieve your existing username and password. 

Need a receipt for your conference registration? Please log in at and click on your name on the top right of the screen to go to your Order History. Each transaction can be printed from this page by clicking on the "Print Transaction" button. If you need a certificate of participation, please send an email to

Connect with Colleagues – Learn more about Dine Arounds (discussions over dinner), Working Groups (a conference within a conference, several sessions organized around  a single theme) and Open Discussions (topical group discussions) at the upcoming conference. See the topics and contact organizers to participate.

The MPSA Empire Lecture Series Returns in 2015 - A fantastic line up of speakers has been selected for 2015 Empire Lecture Series.

News from the Discipline

MPSA Communities: A new resource for members!  A new way to connect with fellow MPSA members to share resources, ask questions, and engage with your colleagues is here! Use your username and password for to log in to the MPSA Communities. Need a refresher? Click here for Login Help

MPSA Announces Wikipedia Initiative - MPSA has partnered with the Wiki Education Foundation to ensure that accurate and complete political science information is available to the general public on Wikipedia. In order to accomplish this, MPSA encourages members to contribute content to Wikipedia, or assign students to do so as part of your courses. Learn more about the partnership at 

The 4th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods will be held at the National University of Singapore, June 8-19, 2015. This year's Methods School offers thirteen quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods courses, such as Bayesian Analysis, Case Study Analysis, Experimental Methods, Game Theory, Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Mixed Methods, Network Analysis, QCA, and Quantitative Text Analysis. For more information on the various courses and instructors, financial aid, registration fees, and more, please visit the website ( or contact the Methods School at

The Department of Political Science, University of Karachi, Pakistan, is organizing a one-day conference on the theme of " Comparative Local Government and Administration" on April 21, 2015. For more information, please email

MPSA Members Receive Exclusive Access to AJPS App Keep up to date with the most recent research in political science. Complete issues and individual articles are now available in the AJPS app!   

Job Placement/Position Openings

Since there are traditionally very few positions open in the spring, we decided to forgo the traditional placement area at the MPSA conference. Open position? Please email it to heeke (at) mpsanet (dot) org for inclusion in our monthly newsletter and online. 

Funding Political Science Research: Updates

Read COSSA's Statement on the House America Reauthorization Act of 2015 - HR 1806 (4/17/15)

Read COSSA's Analysis of FY 2016 Budget Request for Social & Behavioral Science (2/11/15) - An "FY 2016 budget request, which includes details on the President's proposals for the dozens of departments, agencies, and programs of interest to social and behavioral science researchers."

MPSA Signs CPR Letters in Support of NIH (12/2/14) - MPSA has joined with the Coalition to Promote Research (CPR) send letters to both the House and Senate expressing continued and strong support for the competitive peer review process used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read the letter to the House of Representatives. Read the letter to members of the U.S. Senate

Universities Blast Congressional Probe of NSF Grants (11/11/14 - Inside Higher Ed) - The Association of American Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions, on Monday criticized an inquiry by the U.S. House science committee into specific National Science Foundation grants. 

MPSA co-signs letter urging funding anomaly for US Census Bureau for FY2015 CJS appropriations bill.

Read COSSA's Analysis of the  FY 2015 Senate Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill and Implications for Social and Behavioral Science.  "On July 24, the Senate Appropriations Committee released bill language and the accompanying Committee report for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill. The Labor-HHS Subcommittee approved the bill via voice vote in June." As a governing member of COSSA, MPSA is working with the organization and other associations to monitor potential legislation and will sent an alert when action is possible.