2020 Virtual Conference Overview

The year 2020 has been a year like no other. From a global pandemic, to a presidential campaign without campaign rallies, to protests and counter-protests over systemic racism, to escalating international tensions between rival powers and even within traditional alliances, this year has seen it all and more! We will be getting together for our annual meeting to discuss the political and socio-economic issues of our day, explore solutions, and see how our theories hold up in the real world. This year,  the meeting on will be on Saturday November 7.  It will bring together scholars from across the subfields of the discipline for a series of Zoom panels, some live and others pre-recorded.

Due to the special circumstances we are in, we are sorry for not being able to include all of the submissions. If your paper was not selected, we encourage you to re-submit next year for the conference in Boston.

Registration is open until November 4. Click here to register now.

Below is the summary schedule of our one-day conference of November 7, 2020. Click here for the detailed program.


10-11:30 am
Roundtable I: Is Democracy Dying?
Roundtable II: The 2020 Election: The Parties Respond

12:30-1:30 pm
Keynote Presentation
Leverage the Moment: The Role of Higher Education in Combating Institutional Racism
Dr. David Bell, Dean of the School of Education, St. John’s University

1:30-1:50 pm
Meet  the new editorial team of Polity, the NPSA journal
Discussion of exciting plans for the journal

2-3:30 pm
Panel I: Politics and Society in the Time of Corona
Panel II: Mechanisms and Institutions: Comparative Studies of Race and Capitalism

3:45-5:15 pm
Panel III: Women and Politics Globally
Panel IV: Theory and Politics Today

Pre-Recorded Panels
Accessible to conference participants throughout the month of November.

Panel V: China and the World
Panel VI: Jerry Mileur Panel on the Future of the Parties
Panel VII: Generational Perspectives on American Politics
Panel VIII: Theorizing Race and Capitalism/Racial Capitalism

We hope you can join us on Saturday November 7th.   The conference registration fee of just $50.00 will include a one-year membership in NPSA and a subscription to Polity for the year. After you register, you will receive information on how to access all conference panels.

See the detailed conference program and  click here to register.

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