2021 Call For Participation – Boston

The Northeastern Political Science Association 
53nd Annual Meeting 
November 11-13, 2021
Boston, MA
(Moved to Online due to health concerns)

Program Chair
Vanessa Ruget
Salem State University
[email protected]

The Northeastern Political Science Association will hold its 53rd Annual meeting in Boston on November 11-13, 2021, at the Omni Parker House Hotel. We are planning for an in-person conference but might switch to an online or hybrid format due to the ongoing pandemic.

Please, go to our Allacademic submission site to upload your paper, panel, or roundtable proposal, as well as to indicate your availability to serve as a panel chair or discussant. Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. Remember that you need to create a new account in Allacademic every year. It is free and easy.

As always, we need volunteers to serve as panel chairs and discussants.

The submission deadline is July 1, 2021.

Please note, only one paper submission per person is allowed. However, a paper presenter may also serve as a chair and/or discussant on other panels or as a roundtable participant; faculty members may serve in the additional role of mentor for undergraduate research.

NPSA will award travel grants by lottery to two graduate students who register for, and participate in, the annual meeting in Boston. Names will be selected at the conference; each student will receive a check for $150 to help offset expenses associated with attending the conference.

Registration for the Annual Conference opens every year on September 1 . Membership also can be renewed at the same time. Discounted rates will be available between September 1 and October 31st.  Travel accommodations can be arranged any time by the attendees. See our Hotel and Travel Discounts page.

The NPSA website is regularly updated with conference information. For questions, please contact the appropriate Section Chair or the conference Program Chair, Vanessa Ruget ([email protected]).

2021 Section Descriptions and 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
[email protected] 
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
Public Policy and Public Administration 
All topics in public policy and public administration.
Carl Taylor
Walsh University
[email protected]
Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy
All aspects of Ancient (Greek, Roman) and Medieval (Jewish, Christian, Islamic) political thought.
Greg McBrayer
Ashland University
[email protected]
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
[email protected] 
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
[email protected]
Democratic Theory
All topics in contemporary democratic theory including deliberative democracy, identity politics, group rights, and citizenship.
Tony Spanakos
Montclair State University
[email protected]
American Political Thought 
All topics in American political thought.
Jonathan Keller
Manhattan College
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
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
[email protected]