Annual Conference

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MIPSA’s annual conference normally takes place in October of each year on the campus of one of its member institutions.

The 2019 conference will take place October 24-25 at the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University. Information about the conference may be accessed through the links below. For questions not covered by the information presented here, please contact the organizer and host, Dr. John Clark,

Call for Proposals

Proposals for individual presentations and entire panels are welcome on topics of interest in all areas of political science, as well as public administration and public policy. We also accept proposals from scholars in other disciplines whose work touches on power, politics, government, and/or public policy. Proposals for papers, posters, full panels, roundtables, and for chairs and discussants may be submitted using the link below.

The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to September 27.

Call for Proposals

Submit a proposal



Professional 2019 Annual Conference Registration

Includes dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday

Student 2019 Annual Conference Registration

Includes dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday




The conference will be held at the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Driving Directions

Complimentary parking is available next to the Fetzer Center building in parking lot 72F.


Keynote Speakers


Dave Campbell is chair and Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. His most recent book is Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics (with John Green and Quin Monson). He is the co-author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (with Robert Putnam), which received both the 2011 Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Political Science Association for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs and the Wilbur Award from the Religious Communicators Council for the best non-fiction book of 2010. He is also the author of Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life, the editor of A Matter of Faith: Religion in the 2004 Presidential Election, and a co-editor of Making Civics Count: Citizenship Education for a New Generation.


Sue Ellen Christian is a professor in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University, where she teaches courses in journalism, multimedia and media literacy. She is the author of Overcoming Bias: A Journalist’s Guide to Culture and Context and the newly-published Everyday Media Literacy: An Analog Guide For Your Digital Life, both published by Routledge. She is the recipient of the 2016 Michigan Professor of the Year award from the Michigan Association of State Universities. Prior to joining academia, Christian was a reporter for the Detroit News, Los Angeles Times (Washington, D.C. bureau) and for ten years was a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, covering beats such as public health, transportation and state government.


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All events are at the Fetzer Center

Thursday, October 24

1:30 Registration Opens
2:30 - 3:45 Concurrent Sessions
4:00 - 5:30 Concurrent Sessions
5:30 - 6:15 Reception
6:15 - 8:00 Dinner and Keynote Address

Friday, October 25

9:00 - 10:15 Concurrent Sessions
10:30 - 11:45 Concurrent Sessions
12:00 - 1:30 Luncheon and Keynote Address
1:45 - 3:00 Concurrent Sessions
3:15 - 4:30 Concurrent Sessions



Hotel rooms have been reserved at two nearby hotels, Staybridge Suites and the Radisson Plaza Hotel. Room rates do not include relevant taxes and fees. Staybridge Suites offers free parking and breakfast; the Radisson does not.

Staybridge Suites
2001 Seneca Ln, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: (269) 372-8000
$109.95 -- Studio Queen Suites with 1 Queen, sofabed, full kitchen
$119.95 -- One Bedroom Suites with 1 King, sofabed, full kitchen

Radisson Plaza Hotel
100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: (269) 343-3333
$129 per room (parking extra)