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You can now submit your abstract for the 2016 Meeting in San Juan! Please take a look at the 2016 Call for Proposals or visit All Academic to upload an abstract! The 2016 Meeting will be held January 7-9, 2016 at the Caribe Hilton.

The Caribe Hilton is accepting online reservations for the Annual Meeting.  Please use this link to book your room.  You can also call the Caribe Hilton for reservations: 1-787-721-0303.

Special Delta Airlines rates are available for SPSA Meeting travel to San Juan originating and ending between December 29, 2015 and January 16, 2016.  Book via .  Select “Book a Trip,” click on “Advanced Search” and enter the meeting code NMLG8 in the box provided on the Search Flights page.  The discount does not apply to all fare classes.  You can also purchase tickets by calling Delta Meeting Network Reservations at 800-328-1111, but please note that a Direct Ticketing Charge will apply for booking by phone.


Latest Happenings

There is still time for you to nominate papers presented at the 2015 SPSA Annual Conference for an endowed award. The nomination deadline for all awards is August 31, 2015.  For an overview of the awards, please see the Endowments and Awards page.  To find out who to contact to nominate a paper or person for an award, please email

The SPSA is also soliciting nominations of individuals to serve as Program Chair, Secretary, and members of the Association’s Council.  Please email any nominations for these roles in the Association to Marc Hetherington, Nominations Committee Chair (

Journal of Politics

The Journal of Politics is the official journal of the Southern Political Science Association, and is published quarterly by the University of Chicago Press.  A subscription to JOP is included with an SPSA membership.  

Submission procedures can be found here.  For more information, or to contact the JOP Editorial Office, please click here.

Welcome to SPSA

Thank you to all 2015 Meeting Attendees! The SPSA experienced record breaking attendance. We look forward to seeing everyone back in San Juan!

“Welcome to the website of the Southern Political Science Association, the nation’s oldest regional political science association. I hope you find our redesigned website informative and easy to use. Drop down menus allow easy access to information about joining the SPSA and also about the Association’s leadership, programs, and grants and awards.

The SPSA is committed to serving the broad community of political scientists and others interested in the study and teaching of politics. The Association hosts a conference each January which provides a venue for the presentation and discussion of the latest research in political science as well as opportunities for attendees to interact and network in a collegial environment. The SPSA’s journal, The Journal of Politics, is a leading general interest journal in political science, publishing theoretically innovative and methodologically diverse research in all subfields of the discipline.

I invite you to take a moment and peruse our website. If you are an SPSA member, thanks! If you are not a member of the SPSA, please consider joining. And a reminder: our 2016 conference will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico; our 2017 conference will take place in New Orleans.”  

-Ann O’M. Bowman, SPSA President