Section Chairs

Congress, the Presidency & Courts
All aspects of legislative studies, presidential research, constitutional law, and the courts including the intersection of and relationships among the three branches.
James Ronan
Villanova University
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State and Metropolitan Politics 
All aspects of state, metropolitan and neighborhood politics, federalism and intergovernmental relations.  Sub-federal work in the field of American political development is welcome. 
Daniel J. Mallinson
Penn State Harrisburg
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Parties, Interest Groups, Social Movements, & Electoral Behavior 
All aspects of U.S. parties, interest groups, social movements, political behavior, elections, and public opinion.
Adam Silver
Emmanuel College
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Public Policy and Public Administration 
All topics in public policy and public administration.
Carl Taylor
Walsh University
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Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy
All aspects of Ancient (Greek, Roman) and Medieval (Jewish, Christian, Islamic) political thought.
Greg McBrayer
Ashland University
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Modern Political Theory 
Machiavelli to Harriet Taylor Mill, including but not limited to normative political theory and the history of ideas. We welcome proposals on political thinkers between 1500-1850 from outside the Western tradition.
Andreas Avgousti
Simon Fraser University
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Continental Political Thought 
Includes but not limited to German idealism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, existentialism, post-structuralism, post-modernism, critical theory, French feminism, Nietzsche and Marxism.
Elizabeth Amato
Gardner-Webb University
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Democratic Theory
All topics in contemporary democratic theory including deliberative democracy, identity politics, group rights, and citizenship.
Ian Drake
Montclair State University
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American Political Thought 
All topics in American political thought.
Jonathan Keller
Manhattan College
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International Relations 
All topics in international studies broadly defined, including international relations theory, international law and organizations, foreign policy, globalization, human rights, human security, international development, conflict resolution, military/strategic studies, feminist theory/gender studies, and international political economy.
Chris Dolan
Lebanon Valley College
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Comparative Politics
All areas of comparative politics, including the politics of advanced industrial, post-communist, or developing countries; cross-regional studies; broad theoretical issues such as democratization, economic development, globalization, and ethnic and nationalist conflict are welcome.
Nayma Qayum
Manhattanville College
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Identity Politics 
This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals dealing with gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion.  Of interest are papers and panels that explore the impact of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religious groups on political participation and representation in various institutions Topics focusing on all areas of the world and utilizing a variety of methodological perspectives are welcome. Papers examining the interplay between any of these categories are also desired.
Courtney Burns
Bucknell University
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Environmental Politics & Policy
Topics may include, environmental movements; environmentalism, its variants or rivals; environmental policy formation and implementation; environmental regimes; management of common pool resources; environmental policy analysis; and sustainable development. Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome.
Guy Bellino
Salem State
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Teaching, Learning, & The Profession
All aspects of undergraduate and graduate teaching, especially in the areas of integrating technology into the curriculum, the use of cooperative and collaborative learning techniques, and experiential learning. Proposals are also welcome on the future of the profession and on professional education in political science, including approaches to preparing new professionals for academic and non-academic positions.
Chris Cook
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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Popular Culture & Politics
All works that explore the intersection of popular culture and politics. Especially relevant are papers that examine the ways in which film, television, literature, and music depict political institutions, affect political socialization, shape public opinion and serve as a tool for explaining concepts and fostering debate. Papers that explore popular culture as an instrument for providing context and diverse perspectives are also welcome.
Mark Sachleben
Shippensburg University
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Politics & History
Welcomes paper and panel proposals that theoretically, conceptually, and empirically advance our understanding of history and politics, covering the broad scope of the study of politics, policy, and institutions using historical perspectives to address issue areas of contemporary concern.
Sara Grove
Shippensburg University
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Undergraduate Research
An opportunity for promising undergraduate political science students to experience a professional academic conference and to contribute to our understanding of politics while showcasing outstanding research. Individual and collaborative papers in any area of political science are welcome. Proposals should include contact information of the faculty sponsor of the research.
Paula Holoviak
Kutztown University
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