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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.

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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. 

Malcolm Jewell Award – This $500 award is given annually to the author(s) of the Best Graduate Student paper presented at the last SPSA Annual Conference. To nominate a paper for this award please send the nomination with a copy of the paper being nominated to Elisha Savchak, Chair (ecsavchak@hotmail.com).

Marian Irish Award – This $500 award is given to the author(s) of the best paper on Women and Politics presented at the last SPSA Annual Conference. To nominate a paper for this award please send the nomination with a copy of the paper being nominated to Kathleen Dolan, Chair (kdolan@uwm.edu).

Neal Tate Award: This $500 award is given to the author(s) of the best paper on Judicial Politics presented at the last SPSA Annual Conference. To nominate a paper for this award please send the nomination with a copy of the paper being nominated to Mark Hurwitz, Chair (mark.hurwitz@wmich.edu).

Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award – This $1000 award is given to the author(s) of the Best Overall paper presented at the last SPSA Annual Conference. To nominate a paper for this award please send the nomination with a copy of the paper being nominated to Erik Herron, Chair (esherron@mail.wvu.edu).

Diane Blair Award – This $1000 award is presented biennially to a political scientist who has played an outstanding role in politics and/or government during their career at the local, state, national or international level. This award honors the memory of Diane Blair by emphasizing the importance of political scientists applying their professional skills and learning as she did. Please email nominations for this award and your reason for nominating the person to Pearl K. Dowe, Chair (pkford@uark.edu).

The V. O. Key Award – This $1000 award is presented to the author of the best book on Southern politics published in the previous calendar year. If you are the author of a book on Southern politics that was published in 2013 or 2014 and believe it qualifies for this award, please feel free to self-nominate it. The V. O. Key award was not presented in 2015, therefore nominations are being accepted for books published in 2013, as well as 2014. When nominating a book for the V. O. Key Award, please notify the SPSA office via email (info@spsa.net). Provide the name of the book, the author and the publisher’s contact information.

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 (marc.j.hetherington@vanderbilt.edu).

Journal of Politics

The Southern Political Science Association and the Journal of Politics are proud to introduce the new Editorial Team, whose term formally began January 1, 2015: Jeffery Jenkins (Editor-in Chief, American Institutions), Lisa Ellis (Political Theory), Sean Gailmard (Formal Theory/Methods), Lanny Martin (Comparative Politics), Jennifer Merolla (American Behavior), and William Reed (International Relations).

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