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Editorial Search, American Journal of Political Science (2025-2029) - Midwest Political Science Association 06/03/2024

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) invites proposals from editorial teams to lead and manage the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). The AJPS is one of the leading general research journals in Political Science. It strives to publish manuscripts that make outstanding contributions to scholarly knowledge about notable theoretical concerns, empirical issues, or methodological strategies in any subfield. The editorial team may propose a three or four-year term beginning in June 2025, with subsequent opportunities for annual renewal in one-year increments.

The editorial team has primary responsibility for the integrity, high standards, and ethics of the review process and the publication of articles dedicated to the scientific and public value of Political Science research. We seek proposals from diverse teams that offer a vision and plan for the AJPS to continue to be on the cutting-edge of innovation, excellence, and rigor in the discipline specifically, and in the broader social sciences and inter-disciplinary communities as well.
The full request for proposals, including information for candidates and guidance on where to direct questions and submit proposals is available here:

Editorial Search, American Journal of Political Science (2025-2029) - Midwest Political Science Association Editorial Search, American Journal of Political Science (2025-2029) The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) invites proposals from editorial teams to lead and manage the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). The AJPS is one of the leading general research journals in Political Scien...

05/21/2024

If you haven't completed the MPSA Climate Survey yet, now's the time! The survey is anonymous and is being resent to everyone. If you have already take the survey - thank you for your response! If you have not taken the survey yet, please watch your email soon for a link.

05/06/2024

The MPSA needs your help to ensure that the MPSA and its annual conferences provide high quality experiences and a positive working climate. To that end, the association will be circulating a Climate Survey to present and recent past MPSA members. The survey includes a general climate survey put together by Elizabeth Zechmeister, Vanderbilt University; Jennifer Merolla, University of California-Riverside; and David Campbell, University of Notre Dame. Please watch your email this week for a link to participate. We encourage you to participate this year and we appreciate your time and consideration in doing so.

The Challenge of Teaching in an AI World - Midwest Political Science Association 04/06/2024

The use of AI to write student papers is a tricky situation. AI poses some unique problems because it generally cannot be detected with 100% accuracy. Read more about the trials and tribulations of AI in "The Challenge of Teaching in an AI World" by Michael A. Smith, Professor of Political Science, Emporia State University.

The Challenge of Teaching in an AI World - Midwest Political Science Association by Michael A. Smith, Professor of Political Science, Emporia State University The first day of is in the books, […]

From Nerves to Knockout: Essential Tips for Conference Presentations - Midwest Political Science Association 04/06/2024

Simplicity over Complexity; Clear, Large Visualizations; Practice Before You Present. Read about these tips and more in "From Nerves to Knockout: Essential Tips for Conference Presentations" By James Steur, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

From Nerves to Knockout: Essential Tips for Conference Presentations - Midwest Political Science Association By James Steur, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign MPSA is almost here, and many conference participants are eagerly […]

#MPSA2024– This Is My Why - Midwest Political Science Association 04/02/2024

Our world and our lives today are filled with all sorts of communications technology, making it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to meet up with people from all over the world without physically traveling very far. So, why go to political science conferences, or academic conferences more generally? I think there are a number of good reasons. Read more in " – This Is My Why" by Michael A. Smith, Professor of Political Science, Emporia State University

#MPSA2024– This Is My Why - Midwest Political Science Association by Michael A. Smith, Professor of Political Science, Emporia State University Our world and our lives today are filled with […]

Do Values Affect Issue Stances? Evidence from Panel Studies - Midwest Political Science Association 03/29/2024

The latest MPSA blog post is a summary of the research that won the Midwest Political Science Association’s Best Paper in American Politics Award for research presented at the 2023 MPSA Annual Conference: " Do Values Affect Issue Stances? Evidence from Panel Studies" By: Arjun Vishwanath. Read it here:

Do Values Affect Issue Stances? Evidence from Panel Studies - Midwest Political Science Association By: Arjun Vishwanath, Vanderbilt University The following blog post is a summary of the research that won the Midwest Political […]

What are the local impacts of unauthorized Mexican migration in the United States? - Midwest Political Science Association 03/27/2024

"What are the local impacts of unauthorized Mexican migration in the United States?" By: Ernesto Tiburcio and Kara Ross Camarena, is the latest MPSA blog and features the research that co-won the MPSA's 2023 Best Paper in Political Behavior. Read it here:

What are the local impacts of unauthorized Mexican migration in the United States? - Midwest Political Science Association By: Ernesto Tiburcio and Kara Ross Camarena The following blog post is a summary of the research that co-won the […]

The Rise of New Trade Coalitions Under Global Value Chains - Midwest Political Science Association 03/14/2024

The latest to the MPSA blog: "The Rise of New Trade Coalitions Under Global Value Chains" By: Hao Zhang, is a summary of the research that won the Midwest Political Science Association’s Best Paper in International Relations Award for research presented at the 2023 MPSA Annual Conference. Read it here:

The Rise of New Trade Coalitions Under Global Value Chains - Midwest Political Science Association By: Hao Zhang The following blog post is a summary of the research that won the Midwest Political Science Association’s […]

Introducing “Parties, Politics, Peace: Electoral Inclusion as Peacebuilding” - Midwest Political Science Association 02/15/2024

The notion of liberal peacebuilding, the prevailing approach to international intervention to end civil war in the decades after the Cold War’s end, has fallen out of favor of late. But for the last thirty years, international peacebuilding efforts have been built on a foundation of electoral politics and specifically, electoral inclusion for former armed opposition groups. Read more in Introducing “Parties, Politics, Peace: Electoral Inclusion as Peacebuilding” by Carrie Manning, Ian O. Smith, Ozlem Tuncel, as the authors examine the impact of electoralism on the construction of peace.

Introducing “Parties, Politics, Peace: Electoral Inclusion as Peacebuilding” - Midwest Political Science Association by Carrie Manning, Ian O. Smith, Ozlem Tuncel The notion of liberal peacebuilding, the prevailing approach to international intervention to […]

U.S. States are Trying Political Scientist-Approved Voting Reforms. How's It Going? - Midwest Political Science Association 02/13/2024

Most U.S. elections use plurality voting, in which the single candidate winning the most votes is elected, even if they fall short of a majority. If the election is partisan, chances are that the finalists were chosen in party primaries in which relatively small groups of voters chose the Democratic and Republican nominees, respectively. For decades, political scientists have criticized this system as doing a poor job of translating the wishes of voters into election results.

Read more in the latest MPSA Blog "U.S. States are Trying Political Scientist-Approved Voting Reforms. How's It Going?" by Michael A. Smith, Professor of Political Science, Emporia State University

U.S. States are Trying Political Scientist-Approved Voting Reforms. How's It Going? - Midwest Political Science Association by Michael A. Smith, Professor of Political Science, Emporia State University Most U.S. elections use plurality voting, in which the […]

Reforming the Rhetoricians: Aristotle’s Underhanded Aim in the Rhetoric - Midwest Political Science Association 02/02/2024

Reforming the Rhetoricians: Aristotle’s Underhanded Aim in the Rhetoric, the latest blog post by: Michael C. Hawley, University of Houston, showcases research that won the MPSA's 2023 Review of Politics Award. The award recognizes the best paper in normative political theory. Read it here:

Reforming the Rhetoricians: Aristotle’s Underhanded Aim in the Rhetoric - Midwest Political Science Association By: Michael C. Hawley, University of Houston The following blog post is a summary of the research that won the […]

Dangerous Logic of Ambitions: Autocrats’ Quest for Historical Immortality - Midwest Political Science Association 01/23/2024

What do autocrats truly want? Read the latest MPSA blog: "Dangerous Logic of Ambitions: Autocrats’ Quest for Historical Immortality" by Daria Blinova, PhD student, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware!

Dangerous Logic of Ambitions: Autocrats’ Quest for Historical Immortality - Midwest Political Science Association by Daria Blinova, PhD student, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware What do autocrats truly want? The theory of autocratic […]

01/22/2024

Volunteer as a faculty mentor for the Mentoring Reception at the MPSA Annual Conference!

📅 Friday April 5, 2024
⏲️ 6:30 - 7:30 PM
(In-person participation only)

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01/04/2024

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2023 Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award presented at MPSA - Midwest Political Science Association !

01/04/2024

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2023 Pi Sigma Alpha Best Undergraduate Paper Presented in a Poster Format award presented at MPSA - Midwest Political Science Association !

Direct Election and Senate Representation - Midwest Political Science Association 12/18/2023

The blog post "Direct Election and Senate Representation" is a summary of the research that won the Midwest Political Science Association’s Patrick J. Fett Award for research presented at the 2023 MPSA Annual Conference. The award recognizes the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency. Read it here:

Direct Election and Senate Representation - Midwest Political Science Association By: Gabriel Foy-Sutherland, University of Chicago; Daniel J. Moskowitz, University of Chicago; Jon C. Rogowski, University of Chicago The following […]

Fee Waivers - Midwest Political Science Association 12/08/2023

A limited number of fee waivers are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and cover the MPSA conference registration fee only; no additional funds for travel or hotel are provided. Fee waiver recipients can apply their fee waiver to either in-person or online conference participation. Learn more about fee waivers and how to apply. The application deadline is January 12, 2024.

Fee Waivers - Midwest Political Science Association 81st Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference Thursday, April 4 through Sunday, April 7, 2024 Hybrid Format: In-Person at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL or Online All Panels/Paper Sessions, Roundtables, Lightning Talks and Working Groups will Feature a Hybrid Format (for In-Pe...

12/04/2023

Don't miss your chance to present your research at ! Today is the deadline for subfield, undergraduate section and working group proposals. Submit now before it's too late! https://www.mpsanet.org/conference/

What’s the Matter with Thomas Frank? - Midwest Political Science Association 11/28/2023

Kansas native Thomas Frank wrote about the rise of the religious right in his 2004 bestseller, What’s the Matter With Kansas. Frank had his critics from the beginning, particularly in political science. Larry Bartels published his point-by-point rebuttal called “What’s the Matter With What’s the Matter with Kansas?” in 2006. Read more in the latest MPSA blog "What’s the Matter with Thomas Frank?" by Michael A. Smith, Professor of Political Science, Emporia State University.

What’s the Matter with Thomas Frank? - Midwest Political Science Association by Michael A. Smith, Professor of Political Science, Emporia State University Earlier this month, Ohio voters voted to amend their […]

11/27/2023

The MPSA is honored to announce the creation of a new Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, the “Vincent Hutchings Diversity Travel Scholarship”, to help defray travel costs associated with attending the annual conference. The scholarship honors the work and accomplishments of Vincent Hutchings, Ph.D., Diversity and Social Transformation Professor; Hanes Walton, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Read more here: https://ow.ly/euoa50QbJlg or apply for a grad student travel scholarship today: https://ow.ly/O6Bp50QbJlf

MPSA Announces the Creation of the Vincent Hutchings Diversity Travel Scholarship - Midwest Political Science Association MPSA Announces the Creation of the Vincent Hutchings Diversity Travel Scholarship The Midwest Political Science Association is honored to announce the creation of a new Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, the “Vincent Hutchings Diversity Travel Scholarship”, to help defray travel costs associat...

11/21/2023

Registration is now open for the 81st 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. Additionally, the MPSA is accepting applications for a limited number of Conference Fee Waivers and Graduate Student Travel Scholarships. https://www.mpsanet.org/conference/

The Erosion of the Nuclear Taboo in Contemporary Global Discourse - Midwest Political Science Association 11/14/2023

A new MPSA blog is available! "The Erosion of the Nuclear Taboo in Contemporary Global Discourse", by Daria Blinova, PhD student, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware

Since times of the devastating bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II the international community has adhered to unwritten norms against the use of nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, driven by mutual distrust in the anarchic international environment, the temptation to enhance nuclear capabilities remains extremely high.

Read more here:

The Erosion of the Nuclear Taboo in Contemporary Global Discourse - Midwest Political Science Association by Daria Blinova, PhD student, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware Since times of the devastating bombings of Hiroshima and […]

The Downhome Sound 11/10/2023

📚💡 Member Publication Spotlight:

The Downhome Sound: Diversity and Politics in Americana Music

Mandi Bates Bailey provides an in-depth study of Americana music, its political and cultural influence, and its implications for social justice. Learn more @ LSU Press:

The Downhome Sound American roots music, also known as Americana music, can be challenging to categorize, spanning the genres of jazz, bluegrass, country, blues, rock and roll,...

11/06/2023

There is still time to submit a proposal to share research at the 81st Annual MPSA Conference, April 4-7, 2024! The MPSA is accepting proposals for subfields, undergrad sections and working groups through December 4. The later conference proposal deadline for these sections provides additional time for individuals to submit their proposal to participate in the conference. https://www.mpsanet.org/conference/

10/27/2023

Member Publication Spotlight:

Inspired Citizens: How Political Role Models Shape American Politics

Jennie Sweet-Cushman examines how political role models influence democratic behavior and citizenship through the lens of political psychology.

Learn more here: https://ow.ly/3fIB50Q1Ee1

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About MPSA

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) publishes the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), a premier journal for research in all major areas of political science. MPSA also holds one of the largest political science conferences in the discipline with more than 5,000 presenters from throughout the United States and around the world. Traditionally, the conference is held each April at the historic Palmer House Hotel in Chicago.

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) was founded in 1939 and is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all areas of political science. 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.

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