All aspects of American Politics that are related to the following themes: legislative studies, presidency, interbranch relations, American political development, state and local politics, federalism, parties, interest groups, social movements, political behavior, elections, and public opinion.
|Modern & Contemporary 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 and 1850 from outside the Western tradition
|Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy
All aspects of Ancient (Greek, Roman) and Medieval (Jewish, Christian, Islamic) political thought.
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.
|Judicial Politics & Public Law
All themes related to constitutional law, judicial politics, public law, law & society, and critical legal studies.
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.
All topics in international relations 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.
|Media, Popular Culture, Politics, and History
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.
|Public Policy & Public Administration
All topics in public policy and public administration.
|Teaching, Learning, and 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.
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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.