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The New Orleans Hyatt Regency is accepting reservations at the conference rate of $175 per night plus taxes and fees.  You can make reservations using this link.

Conference attendees get discount airfares on Delta.  You must book through, and enter the meeting code NMNLY during the booking process.  Telephone reservations can also be made using the meeting code for discounted flights, but telephone customers will pay Delta’s telephone booking fee.


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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF), invites you to register as a potential 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) panelist. NSF seeks GRFP panels composed of researchers and educators from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, and disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Serving as a GRFP panelist is an excellent opportunity to apply your research and career expertise to help identify future science and engineering leaders, and to gain valuable perspective to share with faculty and students at your institution.

Below are details of the 2017 panels:

·  All reviews and panels will be conducted online and do not require any travel. 

·  In November, panelists must attend an orientation session webinar, selecting one from several available sessions.

·  Panelists review graduate school-like applications consisting of one 3-page statement, one 2-page statement, transcripts, and three reference letters.

·  Each panelist will review approximately 30 assigned applications in early December, over the course of about 4 weeks. 

·  Panelists will enter their reviews and scores online.

·  In January 2017, panels will convene online using WebEx for two virtual panel sessions scheduled on two different days (either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday) to discuss the applicant pool and make selection recommendations to NSF.

If you would like to be considered as a 2017 GRFP panelist, please visit to register in the panelist system.

GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science or engineering at accredited US institutions (for GRFP details see the new solicitation, NSF 16-588). For more information, see our webpage at

We thank you in advance for your interest. If you have any questions, please contact us at or the GRFP Operations Center at (866) 673-4737. 


Joerg Schlatterer, Susan Brennan, Erick Jones, Jodie Jawor, and Gisele Muller-Parker, Program Directors

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 2016 Meeting Attendees! The SPSA experienced record breaking attendance. We look forward to seeing everyone back in New Orleans!

Hello, and welcome to the website of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA)! Founded in 1929, the SPSA is the oldest regional political science organization in the United States. But, the Association is actually a global entity, with more than 1000 members from all over the world.

Our 2016 Annual Meetings were held January 6-9 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The conference was a resounding success, with more than 1,400 participants and 387 panels. My thanks to Program Chair David Lewis (from Vanderbilt University) and 2015 SPSA President Ann Bowman (Texas A&M University) for their great efforts. Their work certainly paid off in a wonderful conference!

The 2017 Program Chair, Jeff Gill of Washington University in St. Louis, has appointed a Program Committee and they are already hard at work preparing for next year’s SPSA conference, which will be held in New Orleans, LA. When the Call for Proposals appears later this year, I hope you will respond favorably. The SPSA Annual Meetings are well-known not only as an excellent venue for presenting top-tier research, but also for the opportunities to interact with other attendees in a friendly and supportive setting.

The Southern Political Science Association publishes The Journal of Politics. The JOP is a general-audience professional journal, meaning that it strives to present excellent work representing all subfields, methodological orientations, and epistemological perspectives in the discipline. The JOP is a highly prestigious publication outlet, and is generally regarded as one of the “top three” political science journals (along with the American Journal of Political Science and the American Political Science Review). Objective indicators bear this out: The JOP has a Thomson-Reuters Five-Year Impact Factor of 2.482 (twelfth among political science journals) and a Google H5-Index value of 45 (third among political science journals). So please think about The Journal of Politics as a potential outlet for your best work.

As 2016 President of the Southern Political Science Association, I want to build upon the path-breaking work of my predecessors to consolidate the Association’s position as one of the foremost professional organizations in our discipline. Along with our primary objectives of promoting excellence in research and facilitating scholarly interactions, we have a strong commitment to providing mentoring and other forms of support to young political scientists who are just entering the profession as well as scholars from previously-underrepresented groups. The SPSA believes that fostering diversity within our professional community is one of the best ways to strengthen the overall political science discipline. I am very proud to be a part of this and hope that you will join me in moving forward with the Southern Political Science Association.”  

-William G. Jacoby, SPSA President